The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is finally here, and it’s a beauty. The Android device features a bezel-less design with a lofty 93 percent screen-to-body ratio. Xiaomi was able to achieve this by ditching the display notch that has become increasingly popular with Android flagships (to the chagrin of many).
In its place, Xiaomi has designed a slider mechanism in which the entire back panel of the smartphone slides up revealing dual selfie cameras. The primary camera uses a 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor, while a secondary 2MP sensor is used for depth of field effects. The slider is not motorized, so it slides up and down with a thumb push similar to the old candy bar-style sliders (which hid the keyboard) that were popular before smartphones arrived on the scene.
The Mi Mix 3 features a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2340×1080) and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi claims that the display offers a 60,000:1 contrast ratio and a maximum brightness of 600 nits. On the rear of the phone you’ll find another set of cameras: there is a 12MP wide angle lens (Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8) and a 12MP telephoto lens (Samsung S5K3M3+, f/2.4). The cameras support optical zoom, 4-axis optical image stabilization and AI scene detection.
Running the show is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor which is available with 6GB, 8GB or a generous 10GB of RAM. Xiaomi also says that a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 will be available in the first quarter, making it one of the first such devices to hit the market.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be available in China starting on November 1st. The base phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage will sell for 3,299 yuan ($475), Stepping up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will cost 3,999 yuan ($575). Finally, there is the “Forbidden City Palace Museum” edition that packs in the full 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage; it will be priced at 4,999 yuan ($720). The phones will be available in Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue and Jade Green.
At this time, there is no word on pricing and availability for the rest of the world.