tech2 News Staff Oct 25, 2018 14:14 PM IST
At an event held in China, internet company Xiaomi today launched its first truly bezel smartphone called the Mi Mix 3. The smartphone seems to follow in the footsteps of the previous Mi Mix concept and the Mi Mix 2 (which is currently on sale in India).
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 features a gorgeous ceramic and metal construction and comes in a slider form factor where the user need to press down on the display to expose the selfie cameras at the top. The ‘Magnetic Slider Design’ is driven by neodymium magnets and the mechanism has been used as a part of the UX where in a user can slide open the smartphone to answer calls, take selfies, open a shortcuts drawer or even open an app. The fingerprint reader sits at the back.
Xiaomi claims a life expectancy of 3,00,000 cycles for the sliding mechanism so it is expected to be durable.
On the front sits a massive 6.39-inch FHD+ AMOLED 19.5:9 aspect ratio display sporting a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels that runs from edge to edge unlike the previous Mi Mix devices that featured a thick bezel (chin) below the display that also included the sensors and the front facing camera.
With that said, the bezels on the Mi Mix 3 are not razor-thin like on the Oppo Find X but the thickest point on the bezel measures 4.46 mm that sits at the bottom area below the display.
Of course, there is no notch in sight as Xiaomi’s engineers have managed to place them on a separate layer that slides out with the second half which forms the back of the smartphone.
At the back sits a familiar dual camera setup that looks similar to the one on the Mi Mix 2S, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, the Mi A2 as so on. The rear setup includes a 12 MP + 12 MP AI enabled camera, with one sporting a wide-angle lens with an f/1.8 aperture and the second a telephoto lens with an f/2.4 aperture.
The front facing camera gets a 24 MP + 2 MP setup with the second camera being used to click bokeh images in Portrait mode. At the event Xiaomi even claimed a DxOMark Mobile score of 103 which is better than the Mi 8 and the Mi Mix 2S.
Similar to the Night Mode on the Huawei P20 Pro and more recently, the Pixel 3 XL’s Night Sight, Xiaomi too uses a new ‘steady handheld night photography mode’ that delivers better low light photography.
Inside, we get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with 10 GB RAM in the top-end variant. The other variants include, an 6 GB + 128 GB (3,299 CNY), 8 GB + 128 GB (3,599 CNY) and 8 GB + 256 GB (3,999 CNY). This roughly converts to Rs 34,800, Rs 37,900 and Rs 42,100 respectively.
Shockingly Xiaomi has also included a 10 W wireless charger as a bundled accessory!
The Mi Mix 3 will be available in Onyx Black, Jade Green and Sapphire Blue finishes. The Mi Mix 3 will also be available in a special Palace Museum Edition in China, comes with 10 GB RAM + 256 GB storage and is priced at 4,999 CNY (approximately Rs 52,700).
As for 5G connectivity, it will only be in a separate variant called the 'Mi Mix 3 5G' and will be available in China around Q1 2019.
As of writing, there are no details about the handsets availability outside China.