25 October 2018, India:
Xiaomi has launched it’s next flagship smartphone – Mi Mix 3. From being Notch-less to 5G to 10 GB RAM, we saw many rumours about this smartphone. Let’s see how many of them turned out to be true, and what company is offering with this smartphone.
Xiaomi has managed to make Mi Mix 3 a bezel-less smartphone without using a Notch. The front camera has been put on a slider. We have seen this placement on some other smartphones also, but the slider on Mi Mix 3 is not powered by motors. The slider is a magnetic manual slider. It works like older slider style smartphone.
Xiaomi said that the slider can be customised to activate different functions such as open app drawer, make call, take selfie etc.
Some people were expecting an in-display fingerprint sensor. But the company has decided to go with a conventional fingerprint senor, which is placed at the back of the smartphone.
Mi Mix 3 has a thin chin at bottom. The chin is thinner than that of Mi Mix 2S.
Mi Mix 3 has a 6.39 inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It has 19.5:9 screen-aspect ratio. The resolution of the display is 2340 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone has 93.4 percent screen-to-body ratio. The pixel density is of 403 ppi. The display has 600 nit brightness and 103.8 percent NTSC gamut.
Mi Mix 3 has Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. We have seen this processor in many flagship smartphone, the processor delivers good performance.
RAM and Storage
The Mi Mix 3 has four variants. the base variant comes with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB Internal Storage. It also has a 8 GB RAM variant which has 128 GB Internal Storage. The next variant consists of 8 GB RAM and 256 GB Internal Storage.
Xiaomi has also launched a Forbidden City Museum Palace Special Edition variant of Mi Mix 3 which has 10 GB RAM (well yes 10 GB!) and 256 GB Internal Storage. This is not the first smartphone with 10 GB RAM. Recently, Xiaomi launched a gaming smartphone Black Shark 2 with 10 GB RAM.
The 10 GB RAM is a feature or an overkill, that’s another debate and we will talk about that another day.
There is no 512 GB Storage variant, but 256 GB storage looks good.
The Mi Mix 3 has dual rear camera. The primary shooter is a 12 MP camera which has f/1.8 aperture with 1.4 micron pixels. The sensor used in primary rear camera is Sony IMX 363.
The secondary camera is a 12 MP telephoto camera with smaller f/2.4 aperture with 1.0 micron pixels.
The smartphone support 960 fps slow motion video recording. According to reports, this frame rate os likely achieved with the use of frame interpolation from 240 fps to 960 fps as the Sony IMX363 sensor doesn’t have a DRAM die to record true 960 fps videos.
Mi Mix 3 has dual front camera to shoot selfies and other photos. The primary front camera is of 24 MP. The primary front camera uses pixel binning technique to achieve the pixel size of 1.8 micron. During pixel binning, the resolution is reduced to 6 MP. The secondary front camera is a 2 MP depth sensing camera.
The front cameras are placed on a slider.
Mi Mix 3 has got a DxOMark camera rating of 103, which place it among some smartphones which have got DxOMark camera rating of over 100.
The smartphone runs on MIUI 10 on top of Android Pie.
Mi Mix 3 gets it’s power from 3200 mAh battery. The smartphone supports fast charging. The smartphone supports wireless charging. The company has bundled a 10W wireless charger with the smartphone.
There were many rumours that Mi Mix 3 will support 5G. However, the current variants don’t support 5G. The company told that the 5G variant will be launched in 1st quarter next year.
The Mi Mix 3 has a USB Type – C port for charging and data transfer. 3.5mm Headphone Jack is not present on the smartphone. Also there is no Micro-SD card Slot, So you will be depended on Internal Storage.
The smartphone has Bluetooth 5.0. It has NFC.
The base variant of Mi Mix 3 (with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB Internal Storage) is priced at 3,299 Yuan (about $475 or about ₹35,000). The 8 GB RAM + 128 GB Internal Storage variant is priced at 3,599 Yuan (about $518 or ₹38,000). The 8 GB RAM + 256 GB Internal Storage is priced at 3,999 Yuan (about $576 or about ₹42,000). The Forbidden City Palace Museum special variant (with 10 GB RAM and 256 GB Internal Storage) is priced at 4,999 Yuan (about $720 or about ₹53,000).
The Mi Mix 3 will be launched in India soon and the official Indian prices will also be disclosed soon.
What are your opinions about this smartphone? The slider is the solution of Notch? 10 GB RAM is required? Tell us your opinions in the comment section.
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