Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 tops the list of bezel-less smartphones. I will be telling you more about this shortly. Over time we have seen smartphone companies experiment with notches. And as a result, we have seen the likes of the regular notch, then the ‘bath-tub’ notch, dew/water-drop notch (which are on other devices referred to as V or U notches) and recently we have seen motorized pop up selfie cameras that are activated by software to achieve. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 brings something different to the mix. Stay tuned to find out. Below is a lost of the main features of Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone- Mi Mix 3.
Features of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- GSM, CDMA, HSPA and LTE network technology
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Front glass, aluminum frame (7000 series), ceramic back
- Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~85.0% screen-to-body ratio)
- 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset
- Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU
- Adreno 630 GPU
- Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
- 256 GB, 8/10 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
- Primary camera: 12MP + 12M
- LED flash, HDR, panorama
- 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 1080p@960fps
- Selfie camera: Mechanical pop-up 24 MP, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm
- Mechanical pop-up 2 MP, depth sensor
- LED flash, HDR
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
- Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
- GPS with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
- USB Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
- Non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery
- Fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+)
- -Wireless charging 10W
- Colors Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, Onyx Black, Forbidden City Blue (10 GB only)
Well, well, well! What a smartphone. This one will be a pleasure to review.
Design and build
If you are looking to buy a good-looking smartphone, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 would be great option to consider. Thanks to its ceramic-glass back it supports wireless charging and has a beautiful body. It is a slider smartphone. Not the traditional slide to access keypad like on the Blackberry Priv for example but slide to pop out the front facing camera(s), flash and sensors. That means there is not top bezel here and the side and bottom chin have been kept minimal. This slide feature however disallows for IP rating. It however does give an assurance of durability as compared to motorized pop ups. On the back of the Mi Mix 3 is a rear mounted fingerprint scanner and a dual camera setup with and LED flash in between. You will also notice MIX branding on the lower bottom. On one side of the aluminum frame is the power button and volume rocker and the other there is a dedicated button for Google Assistant (can be mapped). This phone weighs about 218 grams and has a build that thickens it to 8.5mm. I would recommend you slap on the back cover it comes with since Mi Mix 3 can be slippery because of its build.
Display and camera
I applaud Xiaomi for using Super AMOLED display on all their flagship smartphones. S AMOLED is a high-end display type popularly known for its deep blacks and overall great content presentation. That is what you get on Mi Mix 3’s 6.39 inches display. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels with 19.5:9 ratio and ~403 ppi density. As it that were not enough it has been made durable by including on Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is MIUI 10 you will be interacting with here. I love it for you can customize it to your preference or liking in theme store and it does have some captivating transitions and animations as well. Outdoors the display of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is brilliant, just slightly less brilliant as when indoors.
This front facing LED flash should be a constant for all smartphones really. It’s usually nice to know you have it on board like we see on this model here. Then the selfie camera it self is a dual 24MP lens with a 2MP depth sensor. And depth sensing here is outstanding by the way. The two camera lenses will be nowhere to be seen unless you slide your smartphone for it pop up. Strange though why face recognition to unlock your phone isn’t an option here. Shame, it would have been relevant. Video recording here is 1080p@30fps.
Then there are two camera lenses on the back. The main a 12MP wide lens with 4-axis optical image stabilization and the other yet another 12MP telephoto lens. Guess what, video recording is 4K 2160p@30fps quality. And given OIS is on board you get superb stable videos.
This is an android smartphone running Android Pie 9.0 straight off its box with Xiaomi’s customization of MIUI 10. It boasts a high-end Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset and an Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) CPU. Its breathtaking graphics are well and efficiently handle by an Adreno 630 GPU. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is a flagship smartphone dear reader, it must have top notch performance and it does. Prepare to be blown away because it doesn’t stop at this.
Memory and storage
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 runs on either 256 GB internal storage with 8/10 GB RAM or 128 GB with 6/8 GB RAM. 10GB RAM version is available mate- let that sink in. There is no support for external internal memory expansion and this is the first smartphone I let get away with this. I mean seriously, the very least 128GB should be more than enough, let ¼ TB.
Expect long hours of screen-on-time here with Mi Mix 3’s non-removable Li-Po 3200 mAh battery. And charge it with either fast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4+) or via wireless charging 10W.
It takes quite some time for any smartphone company to release a smartphone as solid as Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. But for Xiaomi, it is here and it is very available now and today at Phone Place Kenya in Jade Green, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black. There is a special color for the distinct 10GB RAM owner in Forbidden City Blue. Buy yours today.