Chinese manufacturing giant, Xiaomi, has released at least five flagship smartphones this year. These smartphones are spread across two series, Xiaomi Mi MIX series, and Xiaomi Mi 8 series. Xiaomi’s first flagship smartphone for 2018 is the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S which arrived in March. The company subsequently released the Xiaomi Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer edition in May. In September, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro joined Xiaomi’s 2018 flagship lineup while the most recent Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 was released in October. The Mi Mix 3 is now available to buy on GearBest and the price is a bargain. Here’s a quick look at the flagship Mi Mix 3.
On Mi Mix 3, the industrial design has finally undergone a relatively big change. It adopts the sliding full-screen design to hide the front camera under the screen, making the phone become a really full screen, which gives us a better and more shocking overall visual effect. However, as we know, in this before, the front camera of the Xiaomi Mix has been criticized by customers.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is equipped with a 6.39-inch 19.5:9 AMOLED screen display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The sliding screen design saves large space of the screen, coupled with the 72% reduced antenna area, the Mi Mix 3’s screen to body ratio reaches the 93.4%. In terms of the overall look, the screen performs well in the display effect, which is significantly improved compared with the previous generation – Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The back of Mix 3 still continues the classic ceramic material of Mix series, adopting the design of four curved surfaces and adding a new color option of sapphire blue. This color idea comes from traditional ceramic technology, which is with Chinese characteristics. Compared with the “one color is hard to get” of the previous Mix series, this time Xiaomi directly took out two color schemes of sapphire blue and emerald as the standard edition, which proves Xiaomi’s great proficiency on the color ceramic technology.
Except for the color, the back design of Xiaomi Mix 3 is very similar to the previous Xiaomi 8, which comes with the same vertical dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor. Here one thing to note is that Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 doesn’t have the version of in-display fingerprint unlock. I am a little disappointed about this, but considering the unlocking experience, rear-fingerprint unlock is the best way to unlock (if there is no face unlock). In addition, there is a little change. The original text line on the back panel “MI Mix DESIGN BY Xiaomi” has been changed into a simple Mix BY Xiaomi, which is very simple and in line with the glossy back panel, delivering you a more compact visual effect.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 sets an independent AI button on the left side of the body, which can wake up Xiao ai speaker with one key. In addition, it also supports many other additional functions, such as long press to speak, double-click to generate a screenshot, etc. The thickness of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is well controlled, which is 8.46mm. You will not feel very thick holding it in the hand. But in terms of weight, the 218g is slightly heavier.
In the time when large-screen smartphones haven’t yet become widespread, the sliding design is almost ubiquitous. But different from the traditional spring-loaded slide design, the Xiaomi Mix 3 is designed with a magnetic sliding track, with two NdFeB magnets embedded in the cell phone, so the sliding cover is driven with the principle of “the same charge repel”. Besides, the sliding process is full of intelligence, coupled with the magic sliding sound. That’s a fun touch to play. According to Xiaomi, the slide screen can be used up to 300,000 times and the driven force is 2.6N, so just feel free to play this feature.
Besides, the selfie function is also very easy to be activated, as you just need to swipe down the screen to take selfies. Through swiping down the screen, some common tools will pop up, such as weather, calculator, payment code, recorder, etc. Additionally, you can set the shortcut application. For example, you can set the Google APP as the shortcut application, then you will quickly use it as long as swiping down the screen. That’s a very convenient feature.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 camera: 108 points on DxOMark photo score
The Mix 3 adopts the same lens module as the Xiaomi 8, with dual 12MP cameras and the main IMX363 camera. But the biggest change is still on the camera. The Mi Mix 3 added the handheld super night scene mode and 960 frames super slow-motion shooting in its camera.
Hardware: flagship level configuration
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is equipped with a Snapdragon 845 processor and the RAM starts from 6GB, which has been the standard configuration of the current flagship phones on the market. On the Palace Museum special edition, the Mix 3 is even equipped with 10GB of RAM.
During the test of playing two games, “Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds” and “King of Glory”, the Mix 3 ran smoothly. The frame number of the King of Glory kept at around 59 frames. After one hour of a game, the temperature of the phone was around 40 degrees. Overall, the game performance of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is good. In other respects, the battery of Xiaomi Mix 3 is reduced to 3200mAh due to the slide screen design. In terms of charging, Mix 3 supports QC4.0+ quick charge and 10W wireless quick charge, and it is equipped with a 10W wireless charger.