Once a prop for the communicating devices in sci-fi flicks, today the edge-to-edge screen has become a must-have feature for any flagship smartphone. It was Xiaomi who made the first steps in this direction back with their original Mi Mix phone a year before Apple came up with their notched iPhone X. The Mi Mix 3 proves once again that nothing is impossible and delivers a truly bezel-less screen with a twist (or rather, with a slide).
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has achieved one of the highest screen-to-body ratios a smartphone can have right now, sharing the top spot with the Honor’s Magic 2. To get rid of the chin that stood in the way of perfection, the maker moved all the essentials on a slider. This means the dual-selfie camera, its LED flash, and the earpiece are all on the mechanical slider.
Mi Mix 3 and Magic 2
Because of this slider you can fully enjoy the 6.39″ Super AMOLED screen, notch-less and well, almost bezel-less. But that’s not the only eye-catcher you’ll see on the Mix 3. Xiaomi has made the phone’s shell from bent ceramic and polished aluminum, and that’s quite a stunning combo.
The Mix 3 comes with the latest available Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 8 or 10 gigs of RAM. Xiaomi has confirmed a model with Snapdragon 855 chip and 5G modem is in the works but is yet to be officially announced and will surely cost more.
The Mix 3 has an impressive dual-camera setup on the back – it’s the same pair we saw on the Mi 8 series with 12MP regular and telephoto snappers and 4-axis OIS, but on the Mi Mix 3 you also get the newly developed Night mode for better low-light shots and 4K at 60fps video recording.
The selfie experience has been vastly improved since the previous Mixes, probably thanks to the available space in the slider. Another dual-camera is on selfie duty, with a 24MP main snapper and 2MP depth sensor. There is also a LED fill-flash to help in low-light situations.
Another upgrade over the Mi Mix 2S is the added support for 10W wireless charging. The battery has shrunk a bit though – it’s now 3,200 mAh in capacity, 200mAh less than on the 2S.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs
Body: Slider, 7000-series aluminum, ceramic back
Screen: 6.39″ Super AMOLED, 1,080 x 2,340px (403ppi), 19.5:9 aspect ratio, HDR
Chipset: Snapdragon 845: octa-core Kryo 385 CPU (4×2.8GHz + 4×1.7GHz); Adreno 630 GPU
Memory: 6/8GB of RAM (LPDDR4X), 128/256GB storage (UFS 2.1); 10/256GB special edition
OS: Android 9.0 Pie; MIUI 10
Camera: 12MP f/1.8 (1.4m) + 12MP f/2.4 (1.0m); 4K video capture at 60fps; 1080p at 240fps and 960fps
Camera features: 2x telephoto, Dual Pixel AF, 4-axis OIS
Selfie cam: 24MP (0.9m) + 2MP depth sensor, LED flash
Battery: 3,200mAh; 18W QuickCharge 4.0+ supported; 10W wireless charging (charger included in box)
Security: fingerprint reader on the back;
Connectivity: Dual SIM, dual VoLTE; 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD, dual band GPS/Galileo, also single-band GLONASS/Beidou;
There is little missing on the Mix 3 specs sheet, with the most notable absence being the water-proofing. Then again Xiaomi has never had an IP-rated phone before, so even if it weren’t for the slider, the Mix 3 would have still been prone to water damage.
Unboxing the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 retail package is nothing short of impressive and that’s how any company should treat its flagship phones. The Mi Mix 3 is bundled with an 18W charger and USB-C cable, both white.
There is also a very thin plastic case and USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter inside the big black box.
But that’s not all. Xiaomi also bundles one very compact 10W wireless charger, so wireless charging is no longer an extra. And you won’t have to choose which charger to put in your luggage as both are petite in size.
Sure, the Mix 3 box omits headphones, but looking once again at those contents – we think we got more than what we expected.