Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, (almost) zero edges and nothing notch: a slider reveals the front cameras
After the first years in which the inspiration to Apple was quite marked, Xiaomi has been able to build not only its own identity but also a good catchment area outside of China and there is evidence of the official presence for some time in various Western markets. The aforementioned inspiration is still noticeable in the products, but compared to the past, today it falls much more in the perspective of a qualitative level to be reached and possibly beat, a fact demonstrated by rather daring devices like those of the Mi Mix series. The new generation was presented a few hours ago, evolving the design with extremely reduced edges that had already distinguished the predecessors.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is undoubtedly one of the Android devices with the thinnest frames on all sides, including the lower one. The choice of Xiaomi also gives a nod to those who can not suffer the notch: in fact it is not present, leaving free field to the 6.39 AMOLED screen, except for the narrow slot dedicated to the headset capsule. Mi Mix 3 has a resolution of 2340×1080 and a ratio of 19.5: 9, is also supported HDR. Inside we find hardware not top of the range, more: along with the Snapdragon 845 that we already got to know about other flagships there are 10 GB of RAM RAM DDR4X! This in the tip version, if you want you can settle for 6 or 8 GB. The storage type UFS 2.1 provides only two cuts, 128 or 256 GB. Connectivity is complete, with dual SIM slots, 4G Gigabit, Wi-Fi 802.11ac MIMO dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. In 2019 will also come a variant with support for 5G networks.
But where is the front camera? The answer is given by the image below: it is hidden, along with other elements. There are also two cameras, one with 24 Megapixel and the other with 2 Megapixel, dedicated to detecting depth. Both are derived from Sony, with the main that also has the Super Pixel technology to combine 4 single pixels into a larger one, improving the yield in low light conditions while reducing the resolution of the final image. The slider is not a novelty in the absolute sense, since a similar solution was already present in the Oppo Find X, but here the scroll is manual and not motorized. Xiaomi claims that based on tests conducted in the laboratory the average duration of the mechanism is estimated at 300,000 cycles of opening and closing, not at all bad.
Behind we find the main photographic industry, two 12 Megapixel sensors, always edited by Sony. They have openings f / 1.8 and f / 2.4 respectively and there are both 4-axis optical stabilizer and 2X zoom. There are also other advanced shooting modes that are expected from smartphones, even with the help of artificial intelligence. Video recording is by default in 4K at 60 fps and if you go down to Full HD you can reach 240 or 960 fps. Also on the back is the biometric system, a classic fingerprint sensor. Although it seems possible to use facial recognition, it is the very simple variant that is based on the front camera only and does not have a complete system of components to the Face ID. The glass-ceramic body also announces another feature, namely support for the Qi wireless charging for the integrated 3.200 mAh battery. Those who prefer the cable can count on QuickCharge 4.0+ support and USB-C, but it’s hard to resist wireless temptation when a 10-W charging base is already included in the sales package. The pre-installed operating system is Android 9 Pie with proprietary interface MIUI 10.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be on sale from November in China, in the shades Jade Green, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black. Chinese prices are still quite tempting: about $ 475 for the 6/128 GB configuration, $ 510 for 8/128 GB, $ 575 for 8/256 GB and $ 720 for 10/256 GB, the latter called the special edition of the Palace Museum, in honor of the historic Forbidden City inside Beijing where the launching keynote was held. It will also arrive in other markets but more details will be known later; better not to expect, however, to find the same prices of the home market, although they should remain interesting as tradition of Xiaomi.