Insane Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 bezel-less design revealed, launches in October

Insane Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 bezel-less design revealed, launches in October
Xiaomi has been pioneering the bezel-less smartphone look since October 2016 when it debuted the Mi Mix, which was subsequently improved upon last with the Mi Mix 2. Thanks to an image posted by Xiaomi’s President Lin Bin and later confirmed by CEO Lei Jun, though, it seems as though the Mi Mix 3 will take the overall design to a whole new level.

Eliminating almost every sign of bezel on the front panel, the Mi Mix 3 boast extremely thin bezels on either side of the display and towards the top. More impressively, though, is the size of the bottom chin, which is just a hair thicker than the rest of the bezels and represents a huge reduction over the Mi Mix 2 series. Because of this reduction size of the chin, Xiaomi has been forced to rethink the placement of its selfie camera. Thus, much like the Oppo Find X and Honor’s Magic 2, which was announced earlier today, the rear portion of the Mi Mix 3 will slide upwards slightly, revealing a new dual-camera setup of unknown specifications. Also, this area is home to the in-ear speaker and what could potentially be a front-facing flash, although the latter can't be confirmed due to the angle of the image.

In regards to the spec sheet, no official information has been provided as of yet. However, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 will presumably be present alongside 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Elsewhere, considering the recent release of Android 9 Pie, the latest software will hopefully be on board upon launch.

At this moment in time, it’s unclear how Xiaomi will choose to price its smartphone upon launch. However, the executives did reveal that sales would commence towards the end of October, which means an official unveiling towards the beginning of the month is likely.

source: Weibo (translated) via: Slashleaks

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Mi Mix 3
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera)
    24 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie

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38 Comments

38. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I'm sad to write this but OPPO Find X looks better than this one. The mechanism used in Oppo's phone looks better than Xiaomi's. I guess they need to get rid of their French designer.

32. cheetah2k

Posts: 2341; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Looks nice - but does it bend? Give it to Jerry to test!!

31. aReefer

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 21, 2015

Reminds me of the sliding system in my old Nokia N-95 - but that one was more ambitious as it slid either up or down for 2 different phone configurations. Up revealed the keyboard, and down revealed the media player keys. Something similar but different could have been implemented here I think.

28. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Wait, is it an automatic sliding mechanism or manual slide. I wouldn't mind a manual, my Priv was great with it.

23. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Now this looks so much better than the Find x. Why? Cuz it's got a flat screen. Let's hope there's on screen fps and none of that face recognize silliness.

18. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

I think the best way forward for bezeless phones is a small screen on the back. Some brands have patented such designs too. A 2.5 - 3 inch screen would suffice. No moving parts, better durability, lesser costs, more space saved inside phone. No front camera, costs saved for the manufacturer (only if they wish to pass on the same to customers). Better selfies as rear cameras are multiple (2,3) and vastly superior compared to front with Optical zoom, wide angle, low light etc functions.

24. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

So the screen on the back would be there for a person to center themselves in the picture and hit the capture button? If they went that far on adding another display, it could be an E-ink, always-on display...basically like the Yotaphone.

25. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Exactly. That is what those patents also hope to do. This solves so many issues without any compromises and complexities. If it is an E-ink display it would be always on type as it consumes very little power but colored displays are better IMO. It can be made to turn on only while capturing selfies(selfie mode). Or it can be customizable on what instances the camera would turn on. Btw, Meizu had made a phone few years back with a display on the back side. So it is really easy to do.

35. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

E-ink colour limitation and slow response time will make it annoying to took a selfie with it (even worse with video call). Extra 2 inch AMOLED like on meizu pro7, wont hurt the battery..

16. ushoda

Posts: 80; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

clearly this is a slider, like the doogee mix 4 prototype.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Look closely, this is not the same method as that of Oppo Find X. It is a slider phone where back of the phone is lifted up manually or the front is made to slide down to expose front cam, earpiece etc. This is the same as old time phones where sliding up used to expose keyboard etc. Also, there is no way this can be auto mechanized, since there is no internal component movement, rather phone is separated into two halves to have a movement. Also motor for such a function would have to be massive and quite power hungry. Older slider phones used to fail quite a bit overtime. Let's see how this goes.

8. ikenvape

Posts: 310; Member since: May 28, 2014

This would be a great call back to the Sony Ericsson W760. Mechanical setup of an independently moving screen will last an extremely long time.. If this is the case of course.

14. AbhiD

Posts: 891; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Seeing how much such setups Sony Ericsson did back in the day, one would think that Sony would attempt it in newer phones, but nope. They are rather busy committing suicide.

7. andrewc31394

Posts: 314; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

the only thing insane is these companies think having a mechanical moving component on a mobile device is a good idea.wait until 1 drop and your SOL

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1489; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Why is it a bad idea? The idea has been very successful in the past, why would it be that much more of an issue now?

13. donnykd03

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 30, 2018

Sorry wrong reply

19. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

I would buy it over a notch, notch + chin devices. I am sure by the time they are launched some kind of case protection will be offered. Regarding longevity the device should be good for at least 3 years which is already long enough by today standards not to mention the device won't be software supported by it's manufacturer by then.

29. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Xiaomi support their phones almost forever. They're still updating 2013 models.

5. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

It appears that the screen moves independently compared to the back? So I'm guessing the user would simply slide the screen down to access the selfie camera?

3. donnykd03

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 30, 2018

With a mechanical moving top like that, how can one use a case?

15. srgonu

Posts: 574; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Case can have opening just like for other ports.

17. donnykd03

Posts: 5; Member since: Aug 30, 2018

If you look closely, The entire top half of the phone is sliding downward. So if there is a case, it will get in the way of the sliding mechanism. so putting on a case is almost impossible.

36. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Haven't you seen any BB priv case? They could copy that case designs (and probably use some adhesive just to make sure)

2. Elvis358

Posts: 303; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Vivo's take on pop up camera is better than oppos Imo!

6. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Yes, it seems like a mechanism that only has to lift a small pop-out camera rather than the entire top of the phone would be more likely to last longer.

30. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I was eagerly anticipating this phone to replace my Mix2 and I'm seriously disappointed. I don't mind the sliding mechanism but putting the earpiece in there is a complete deal breaker. The Mix2 earpiece is a tiny notch in the frame that's almost invisible. With this you have to slide to answer just because of that damn front camera. Though I love Xiaomi phones I'll be buying the Vivo Nex S which is by far the best solution in my opinion.

37. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

After reading about the NexS it seems I'll be buying this after all. Funtouch is a nightmarish mess apparently with excess bloat and restrictive. The in-screen fp sensor is poor too. I guess I'll have to get used to the Mix3 somehow.

1. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

There is nothing insane here. What's insane is that in 2016 Xiaomi created the first near bezel less phone meanwhile the trillion dollar company couldn't even figure out how to shrink its phones bezels for 4 years in row. This is not insane at all, its the norm for Xiaomi and other companies. But I get it, being a super Apple fanboy anything with less bezels than iPhone X is insane for you.

4. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wtf are you even talking about?

21. OneLove123

Posts: 1329; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Nice reply, and somehow they won't ban you for this

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