Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is official, a 93% screen slider with up to 10GB RAM and a 5G version

When Sharp and the Essential phone pioneered the waterdrop notch, nobody paid attention as they were, well, niche devices. When Apple notch-ified its whole lineup to fit the TrueDepth camera kit at the front and still brag with huge screen diagonals, most Chinese phone makers paid attention and started issuing one notch-y phone after another. Not Xiaomi, though, as it held out on the top bezel protrusion for its flagship devices, leaving it for phones like the A2 Lite, for instance.

Moreover, the "dewdrop" front design certainly contributes to the whopping 88% screen-to-body ratio of the Mate 20, for instance. Such an approach to the venerable "all-screen" design is all the rage these days and has proven successful to leave a bezel-less impression in the user, but there is another budding trend here. 

We aren't talking about eventual exotics like a hole for the front camera directly in the display, or a second screen on the back to use the rear shooter as selfie-taker, but rather about the return of the good ol' sliding design. Oppo has one on the Find X, Vivo started it all with the NEX, but Xiaomi went all-out with the just-announced Mi Mix 3 and showed everybody what a true "all-screen" phone actually means. 

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Design

With the Mi Mix 3 teasers, Xiaomi hinted at a screen-to-body ratio way above the 90% mark, achieved by separating the screen part from all the other paraphernalia that usually goes into the top bezel, and it delivers. The screen half slides back and forth with a satisfying click to reveal a dual front camera when you need it, but when it is shut, the phone is indeed 93.4% "all-screen" at the front.

The sliding mechanism is magnetic, so there are much fewer things to break or wear out, and it has been tested more than 300,000 times to gauge its endurance. Not only can you assign five different sounds to the sliding motion, but also different actions to be executed when you push the screen down, like answering a phone call, or starting an app, cool!

Granted, the slider approach, while seemingly the Holy Grail of bezel-trimming, comes with its own set of issues. Finding a case for such phone would be a challenge that could entail some protection compromises, but Xiaomi does include one in the box, so you are covered in that regard.

The frame is built out of 7000-series aluminum alloy with tapered ceramic back and the phone and the Mi Mix 3 comes in three enticing colors - a sweet Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, Onyx Black, and a "Forbidden City Palace Museum" special edition that comes with 10GB RAM, and is the most expensive in the bunch. 

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs

As you can expect from a Q4 2018 flagship, the Mi Mix 3 comes powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6/8/10GB RAM, and up to 256GB storage. A fairly pedestrian 3200mAh with fast-charging technology is backing the whole set up and there are wireless charging coils under the hood, plus the handset comes with its own 10W charger in the box, sweet! A 6.4" FHD+ screen of the OLED variety fronts the offering, complete with an Always-on display functionality.

The dual camera on the back consists of a 12MP main sensor with 1.4-micron pixels and fast dual-pixel autofocus, paired with a 12MP telephoto lens for 2x "optical" zoom. The usual AI shenanigans like scene recognition, faux portrait bokeh and studio lighting are thrown in, but we'll have more on the camera capabilities when we get a unit for review. 

The front-facing kit consists of one 24MP camera and another 2MP sensor for depth perception in portrait shots. The main cam can do pixel-binning, resulting in virtually combined large 1.8-micron pixels that are supposed to gather more light in night shot scenarios.

Besides the unique 10GB RAM version - a first for the industry - the Mi Mix 3 will also have a model with 5G connectivity, coming in "early 2019" when the first 5G phones from other manufacturers are expected to make a cameo, too. Previously, the Mi Mix 3 was rumored to come with Snapdragon 855, so that might be the model bandied about to have Qualcomm's next-gen 7nm chipset.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price and release date

The Mi Mix 3 is available for pre-order immediately, and pricing takes off at the mere 3,299 yuan ($475) for the 6GB RAM / 128GB of storage model. The next trim is 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for 3,999 yuan ($575), while the record-holding 10GB RAM model is a "Forbidden City" edition that has 256GB of storage and costs 4,999 yuan ($720). 

Expect these prices to rise 20-30% when the phone comes in the Westworld, but Xiaomi throws in its 10W wireless charger in the box for free to soothe those markup pains. Pre-orders will run until October 31, and the Mi Mix 3 will start shipping from November 1. Any takers?

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Mi Mix 3
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3200 mAh




Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

Wait what ? It has 3.5mm???

13. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

It doesn't have 3.5mm unfortunately. That's one of three things that made me order the NexS to replace my Mix2. The others are the slider design and finding an effective case and the 3200mah battery. The Mix2 battery is only adequate. This needed at least 4000mah.

2. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I don't use selfie cam so two thumbs up for the big ram, battery and the almost no bezel display. If mi mix 3 pass jerryrig's torture tests then this is a major go.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

It is unfortunate that overseas companies are doing all the innovating, while Apple sits on their money, ripping off customers, and offering nothing new.

22. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Investors. Apple is not trying to please consumers anymore. Even forbes writers think that their business model now is about squeezing more money from their dedicated loyal fans.

21. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

6 hours ago, battery was listed as 3850mah. Now that the real battery of 3200mah is confirmed, I am quite disappointed that battery life will not be on par with note 9 or pocophone. Crossing my fingers on black shark helo's battery life reviews.

24. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Major major major go.

3. MroziQ

Posts: 33; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

Comparison this phone with Honor Magic 2 will be interesting. And the price difference

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I guess Magic 2 will be under $600 as well (because it's "Honor")

4. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

That green just wow me

5. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 118; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Nice phone for affordable price

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

SuperAMOLED with HDR support.

6. Abdbaas

Posts: 154; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

If only it had stock Android

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm sure there will be LineageOS for it.

7. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

This is a great phone design. I'm very happy they stuck with their guns and didn't bend to the notch trend. They started this bezel less design trend, nice to see them improving with every interaction.

20. notfair

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

The Mi8 has a notch....

23. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Nobody is perfect.

25. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

That's not the Mix line.

8. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

I want it. Those prices are way more reasonable than expected

10. panrt321

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 23, 2018

3200mAh? Rly no 3850mAh?

15. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Yeah, I was 100% in until I read 3200mAh. That really doesn't cut it with the SD845. If it was the rumored 3850mAh, this would have been my next phone. I guess I'll have to wait for the OnePlus 6t next week. Although, the OnePlus doesn't have wireless charging which I would miss.

14. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Wow what a beauty!

16. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

That’s one small step for a notchless design, one girant leap backwards for phone design.

18. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

That’s one small step for a notchless design, one girant leap backwards for phone design.

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