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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

The slider flagship Mi Mix 3 tries to make a mark in the premium market with its brilliant design, but does not come with fantastic hardware to contend with top-end premium companies.

Key Features
Display
Battery
Performance
Camera

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Description

Xiaomi’s flagship Mi Mix 3 stands tall in the flagship market. Priced at 34,800, Mi Mix 3 not only has the excellent slider mechanism, but has some potent hardware designed to give stern competition to its non-slider competitors.

 

Mi Mix 3 comes with a powerful processor and excellent battery. While it does set itself apart from other mainstream sets with its slider, the phone could have done better with its battery. The low-light pictures captured by the camera are not always well-defined. However, if you happen to be a Xiaomi fan, then this flagship is just for you.

Highlights

The Mi Mix 3 arrives with the impressive slider design that sets it apart from most flagship models. It has certain pros and cons:

Pros

– The slider mechanism of Mi Mix 3 sets it as a different-looking phone from its competitors.

– Mi Mix 3 comes with a Snapdragon 855 which delivers a blazing-fast performance and can run the latest games without lags.

– The battery keeps chugging for most of the day. Plus it comes with decent fast charging.

– The phone has wireless charging.

– The camera clicks decent shots in daylight and can capture great static shots at night too.

Cons

– The slider mechanism is not entirely smooth and can attract dust easily.

– The phone is quite hefty and thick.

– No water and dust resistance.

– The display appears quite muted and not bright enough for excellent sunlight legibility.

– Motion photos tend to get blurry in low light.

Mi Mix 3 looks different from mainstream phones and will attract people towards it. It is an all-rounder and is a recommended phone with Xiaomi flagship trust.

Expert Opinion

The slider flagship Mi Mix 3 tries to make a mark in the premium market with its brilliant design, but does not come with fantastic hardware to contend with top-end premium companies.

Display

The phone arrives with a 6.39-inch display and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It has no notch or punch-hole and so, you get a fantastic large screen with enough space to work with. The phone has an AMOLED display and comes with Full HD+ resolution along with 2340 x 1080 pixels. The images look natural, and the blacks are intense. But the screen is not as punchy as the AMOLED screens offered by OnePlus handsets or Samsung Galaxy sets. The colours appear a bit muted.

Screen Size6.39 inches
Display Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels

Design

One of the most eyesight-grabbing features of the Mi Mix 3 is the sliding screen. It is easy to slide up, and a bit of push downwards will make the magnetic mechanism start working, clicking it in its proper place. It has an all screen display, and the magnets work well so that there are no accidental slides. However, the attraction feels too strong. The phone is quite slippery and heavy also, thus, you have to exert yourself to slide the phone open. The sliding mechanism is not as smooth as the BlackBerry Priv. The slider is used if you want to click a selfie or to answer calls, though the on-screen swipe is much more comfortable for the latter. It makes the slider mechanism to accept calls look gimmicky. The fingerprint scanner present on the rear is easy to reach making it suitable for one-handed use. However, there are certain drawbacks. Since the phone is weighty at 218g and thick at 8.5mm, it becomes unwieldy and difficult to type with one hand. Even the uncovered section of the slider turns out to be a dust magnet. The phone, according to Xiaomi, is not water and dust resistant. Plus, the phone, following the modern tradition, does not come with the 3.5mm headphone jack. It does have a USB Type-C port as well as a Google Assistant button at the left side.

Weight225 g
BuildFront glass, aluminum frame (7000 series), ceramic back

Performance

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 arrives with a Snapdragon 855 chipset, and it gets the job done. It is paired with a Snapdragon X50 5G Modem. When running multiple apps or switching between various apps, you will find that the phone does not struggle a little bit. It can even run high-end games like PUBG without faltering, offering a fantastic and smooth gameplay. The phone gets a multi-core score of 9,028 on Geekbench which beats OnePlus 6T’s 8,461 points but fails to touch Honor View 20’s 9,709 points.

RAM/Internal Storage64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Chipset GPQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)

Camera

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 comes with two cameras – a 12MP rear camera with different focal lengths so that you can click portrait mode photos as well as get a 2x zoom without losing quality. In outdoor daylight conditions, detailed shots can be clicked. The HDR mode is generally kept on and can improve your images only by a small margin by brightening up the darker areas. AI mode gives a more significant difference as you get to change the blurring effect using a slider.

While the blur effect is good, it does tend to go into the subjects making the distinction unclear. In night mode, the pictures have a high definition if the subject is not in motion. Moving objects will result in blurry shots.

On the front, the phone carries a 24MP primary camera and a supporting 2MP camera. The selfie camera is excellent with for Instagram shots. The colours are accurate, and the beautification does not create any artificial texture.

Battery

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has a small 3,800 mAh battery. It will be able to keep the phone chugging through the day with light to moderate use, but you will be experiencing low battery when you reach around 11 pm. Mi Mix 3 lost about 13% of its battery when running a 90-minute HD video in full brightness and Wi-Fi syncing on, which is quite impressive. The phone also supports fast charging and gets a decent charge within half an hour. It also supports Qi Wireless charging, though the charging is slow.

 

Battery Capacity3800 mAh
Battery TypeLi-Po

Verdict

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 accomplishes what it advertises – it has excellent performance, a reliable battery, and fresh design. While the sliding design is not perfect, it is capable enough and does its work if pushed with some force. The camera may not be award-winning, but it gives a fair fight against its competitors. As a cheap handset, the Mi Mix 3 is a capable flagship delivering premium hardware at an affordable range. However, if you are not into the innovation that the phone comes with, you can always go for standard phones like OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20.


Tech- Specs

General
  • Bluetooth5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
Design
  • Thickness0.33 inches
  • Height6.22 inches
  • Weight225 g
  • ColorSapphire Blue, Onyx Black
  • BuildFront glass, aluminum frame (7000 series), ceramic back
  • Width2.94 inches
Display
  • Display TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Screen Size6.39 inches
  • Pixel Density403 ppi
  • ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Display Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Screen to Body Ratio85.00%
Performance
  • CPUOcta-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)
  • Chipset GPQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)
  • GPUAdreno 640
  • OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie) MIUI 10
Memory & Storage
  • Expandable MemoryNo
  • RAM/Internal Storage64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
Back Camera
  • Dual Camera12 MP (wide), f/1.8, 1/2.55, 1.4 micron12 MP (telephoto), 1/3.4, 1.0 micron
  • Back Camera FeaturesLED flash, HDR, panorama
  • AutofocusDual Pixel PDAF
  • OIS4-axis OIS
  • Back Camera Video2160p30/60fps, 1080p30/60/240fps, 1080p960fps gyro-EIS
Front Camera
  • Front Camera Video1080p30fps
  • Front Camera FeaturesLED flash, HDR
  • Dual CameraManual pop-up 24 MP, 1/2.8, 0.9 micronManual pop-up 2 MP, depth sensor
Sound
  • HeadPhone JackYes
  • LoudspeakerYes
  • Audio FeaturesActive noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Battery
  • User ReplaceableNon-removable
  • Battery Capacity3800 mAh
  • ChargingFast battery charging 18W (Quick Charge 4)Wireless charging 10W
  • Battery TypeLi-Po
Communications
  • USBType-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • RadioNo
  • Network SupportGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
  • NFCYes
  • GPSYes, with dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • SIMDual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
Miscellaneous Features
  • SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Launch
  • Announced On2019, February
  • StatusAvailable. Released 2019, May

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