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Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 Review: Reborn Sliding Structure

On this day of October 25, Xiaomi launched the first-gen Mi MIX, starting a new era of full-screen smartphones. In the following two years, the shape of the smartphone has undergone earth-shaking changes, with no forehead, 18:9 aspect ratio, bangs, and water drop design. The screen ratio of smartphones is also constantly refreshed.

In mid-June, OPPO launched the Find X, which came with a lighting structure. So it was the more enhanced variant of the VIVO NEX’ pop-up camera design. Today, a new smartphone was officially announced. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 uses a sliding structure, which provides the same effect of a genuine full-screen. But the different with those two is that you have to do it manually.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

On the one hand, Xiaomi’s sliding screen structure is manually designed, which is not the same as OPPO Find X and VIVO NEX with motor drive. On the other hand, when using the front camera, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 will slide the entire screen to reveal the front camera, which is different from the other two smartphones.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 Appearance

Well, let’s continue talking about the selling point of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 in this section and discuss the design elements. Xiaomi also set animation effects and sound effects on the sliding screen of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3.

Speaking of technical details, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3’s sliding screen is not exactly the same as the early sliding phones. This handset adopts a magnetic power rail design, and the sliding rail part adopts NdFeByong, which is called ‘Magnetic King’. The magnet has a sliding screen life of up to 3 times that of a spring slider phone, up to 300,000 times.

Xiaomi also specially adjusted the sliding thrust of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 and chose the best 2.6N. For this reason, Lei Jun called the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 a new generation of ‘decompression artifacts’.

The company has also designed three main application scenarios for the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. One is the self-timer. Because the Mi MIX 3 hides the front camera in the mechanical structure, it is obviously more convenient to ‘slide’ directly.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

In addition, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3’s sliding screen can also wake up the tool drawer and quickly launch a certain application. In the state of video and games, the sliding screen can quickly wake up the video toolbox and game toolbox. So you can quickly use screenshot, screen recording, and reply to SMS functions.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

So we can state the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is ‘functionalized’ through the sliding screen. Thus that the sliding screen design is no longer only for hiding the camera. It also increases the practicality of the smartphone.

Because the inverted front camera was replaced by the sliding screen design, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 screen ratio has a significant increase compared with the previous generation, reaching an astonishing 93.4%.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Moreover, on the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, two functions of the off-screen display and the raised wrist screen are added. The off-screen display supports the time period setting.

It is worth noting that, on the Xiaomi Mi 8, although the AMOLED display was also used, these two functions have not been added. After adopting these functions on the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 internal measurement system, the old models are not excluded to use them as well.

The top of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is designed with a dual earpiece. In the non-sliding state, the handset on the front panel will be used during the call. But when the sliding screen is opened, the handset will switch to the handset inside the mechanical structure, guaranteeing the quality of the user’s call.

On the front side, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 uses a 24MP (Sony IMX576) + 2MP sensors combination, of which, the main camera in the dark light can use the four-in-one technology to synthesize 1.8?m large pixels to improve the brightness of the photo, while the 2MP DoF sub-camera will record the photo depth information and enhance the layering of the photo.

In addition to canceling the inverted camera, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 display also uses a customized extreme antenna tuning approach, which reduces the antenna clearance area by 72%, and the chin area is extremely narrow.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

On the back of the fuselage, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 continues the family design style of Xiaomi products launched this year. It still uses the vertically arranged rear dual-camera and fingerprint recognition module, and the fingerprint opening is shallower. So it looks more natural.

We didn’t expect this phone to come with a rear fingerprint, and there is no fingerprint recognition module under the screen and no front structure light for face unlocking. Xiaomi said this is because the slide structure has a limited thickness on either the screen side or the main body side, and it is difficult to insert the screen fingerprint and the structured light into it.

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is also made of ceramics. On the previous Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, Xiaomi first tried to introduce the color ceramic – the emerald version. This time, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 provides three colors of black, emerald, and sapphire.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Plus, the logo of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has changed. From the previous ‘Mi MIX Designed by Xiaomi’ in the middle with a vertical arrangement, it has been changed to ‘MIX’. The word ‘Xiaomi’ is only marked with small characters.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 Performance

The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is packed with a Snapdragon 845. As you know, this is the current flagship chip of Qualcomm that adopts the Samsung 10nm LPP process technology, uses a Kryo 385 octa-core CPU and Adreno 630 GPU. The phone runs on MIUI10 based on Android P. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is in 6GB+128GB, 8GB+128GB, and 8GB+256GB versions (the Palace Limited Edition offers 10GB+256GB storage combination). We are reviewing the 8GB+256GB version. We guess many will be disappointed when heating this. But those who follow what’s happening in the smartphone industry, know the new flagship chip of Qualcomm will be launched only at the beginning of 2019.

In AnTuTu, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 scores over 282,000. Compared with the Xiaomi Mi 8 and the Xiaomi mi MIX 2S, it performs better. It’s because Qualcomm recently introduced the new version of the GPU driver of the Snapdragon 845, and the processor graphics performance has been further improved. As for the storage configuration, the lowest variant comes with a 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This is a quite satisfactory option for 80% of users. But Xiaomi wants more and more. So there are higher variants as well.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Note: In addition, they also cooperated with the Forbidden City to produce a special version with a 10GB RAM. A few years ago, 10GB was almost the storage capacity of mobile storage. But we knew this will happen. And this is the first smartphone with so large RAM.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

In the actual game test, the highest quality frame rate of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is 59FPS, and the frame rate stability is quite high. The failure to reach the full frame rate is likely to be a previous version of the system optimization problem.

In addition, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 also sports a 3200mAh battery, supporting QC4+ fast charge (though comes with a standard QC3.0 charger) and 10W wireless fast charge.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

During the endurance test, the SIM card is inserted, it is connected to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth is turned off, and the background apps are cleared. Under such conditions, we tested the phone via playing a 1080P video for one hour, surfing the net for 30 minutes, making calls for 30 minutes, and playing two games for 30 minutes each. After the whole test, the smartphone consumes 47% of power. According to this data, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 can be used for 6.5 hours. So the battery life is average. Probably, this is related to the sliding screen design. Plus, it comes with a thin body, which affects the battery capacity for sure.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 Camera

Starting from the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S, the camera performance of Xiaomi smartphones began to ‘evolve’. This time, the Xiaomi mi MIX 3 once again took the shooting performance to a new height. Interestingly, this phone did not radically choose a new camera sensor. Instead, it decided to continue optimizing the Sony IMX363 sensor. Generally, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 features a dual 12Mp wide-angle + telephoto dual-camera, supports 2x optical zoom and four-axis optical image stabilization. The rear main camera has a large pixel of 1.4?m and supports Dual PD speed focusing. At the same time, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 adds a support for Super Night Scene technology and 960 frames of super slow-motion.

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When there is a sufficient light, the photo performance of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 maintains a high standard. So the detailed performance and exposure control performance are very good. Moreover, you can open AI mode and the phone will also identify and optimize the shooting process to enhance the look and feel of the photo.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Standard sample Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Super night scene

This set of samples clearly show the improvement of the night scene performance of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. , Say, the Starbucks logo is more excellent in processing the source light, and the details in the dark part of the left side are also better.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Standard sample
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Super night scene

In this comparison, the super night scene proofs show more accurate color on the road, the exposure control of the street light and the building light part is better, and the details of the dark parts are more complete.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Standard sample Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Super night scene

In this set of samples, the super night scene proofs are more accurate than the left display position where the exposure control is excellent.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Standard sample Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Super night scene

Here, the color reproduction of the flowers, the preservation of the details of the dark parts, the glare treatment of the light source part, and the super night scene mode also have advantages.

Due to a good hardware and an optimized software, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is said to score 108 points in DxOMark. But when visiting this site, we can see only 103 points. This makes the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 third in the list.

In general, the main lens of the MIX 3 follows the mid-year flagship mainstream by choosing the IMX 363 sensor. But the DxOMark score is obviously improved. Obviously, the algorithm is the key. From the high-end models launched recently, it is also a new trend for independent ISP chip computing power to add points to the photos. So the level of performance is also uneven.

Wrap Up

Although we believe that the integrated design is more in line with the future development trend of smartphones, it is undeniable that the sliding screen design of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is more in line with the user aesthetics than the current pop-up front camera, which still can’t be hidden under the screen.

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Moreover, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has a number of improvements in comparison to the previous models. And those enhancement refer to all aspects, including the camera, wireless charging, etc. Of course, the price remains the same.

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Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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