Xiaomi’s new Mi Mix 3 Solves its Selfie Camera Conundrums with a Mechanical Slider
Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series is one of the earliest flag bearers of the edge-to-edge screen age. However, it’s always been criticized for putting the selfie camera in an awkward position for achieving a truly bezel-less front. Xiaomi’s new Mi Mix 3, which went official today, overcomes that predicament with a — you guessed it — mechanical slider.
Yes, like the Oppo Find X and Vivo Nex, the Mi Mix 3 comes with a sliding camera system at the top which houses several sensors including two front-facing cameras — a regular 24-megapixel snapper and another 2-megapixel lens for depth-sensing. But how it works is quite different.
Instead of the camera system rising whenever there’s a demand for it, the Mi Mix 3 is a good-ol slider phone. That means you can slide the back of the phone for various purposes like taking calls, launching apps, clicking selfies, and more. Considering how fragile mechanical sliders are, longevity will be a huge challenge for the Mi Mix 3 since it would be raised a whole lot more than just for when you need to click a picture.
The rest of the Mi Mix 3, however, follows a familiar equation found on its predecessors including a ceramic build. It comes with a 6.39-inch OLED, 1080p screen which is nearly bezel-free except for a narrow chin. The aspect ratio is 19.5:9 so you will have issues with content playback on apps like YouTube.
On the rear, you will find two cameras as well — a primary 12-megapixel wide-angle f/1.8 lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto lens with an aperture of f/2.4. In addition to Optical zoom, the phone also offers all the other standard features such as Portrait Mode, AI scene detection, and more. There’s also 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization for more stable videos and better low-light shots.
In spite of the moving parts, the Mi Mix 3 is no slouch as far as specifications are concerned either. For starters, it’s the second phone (after its own sibling, the Black Shark Helo) to feature up to 10GB of RAM. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 256GB of onboard storage, and a 3,850mAh battery which is compatible with 10W wireless charging too.
The Mi Mix 3 will be available in three color options — Onyx Black, Jade Green, and Sapphire Blue. It starts at 3,299 Yuan (~Rs 35,000) for 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 3,599 Yuan (~Rs 38,000) for 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and 3,999 Yuan (~Rs 42,000) for 8GB RAM, 256GB storage. The 10GB RAM variant goes all the way up to 4,999 Yuan (~53,000) and comes with a complimentary wireless charger. It will go on sale in China from November 1st.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Specifications
- 6.39-inch (2340 × 1080 pixels) Full HD+ display, 19:5:9 aspect ratio
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 64-bit 10nm Octa-Core Mobile Platform, 2.8GHz, Adreno 630 GPU
- 6/8/10GB LPDDR4x RAM, 128/256GB (UFS 2.1) storage
- Android 8.1 (Oreo), MIUI 10
- Dual SIM, Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (4×4 MU-MIMO), Bluetooth 5, NFC, USB Type-C
- Rear Cameras: 12-megapixel primary camera with 26mm wide-angle lens, 1/2.6″ Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4µm pixel size, dual LED flash, 4-axis OIS, Optical zoom, 4K video recording, 960 fps slo-mo recording, secondary 12-megapixel camera, Samsung S5K3M3+ sensor, 1.0 µm pixel size, f/2.4 aperture, 2X zoom
- Front Cameras: 24-megapixel primary camera with Super Pixel low-light tech, secondary 2-megapixel DOF camera, customized high CRI selfie light
- Fingerprint sensor
- 3,850mAh battery with fast charging, 10W Qi wireless charging