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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: classic sliding screen returns in the most modern way

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review: classic sliding screen returns in the most modern way

By  Linky Johnson 2018-11-01 5039 0

Different from the previous models, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 proposed a brand new solution - sliding full screen, which has made great changes in industrial design. Today, let’s take a look at whether this Xiaomi Mix 3 can bring us back the amazing feeling when we first saw the Mix series.

Inustrial design: return in the way of sliding full screen

On Mi Mix 3, the industrial design has finally undergone a relatively big change. It adopts the sliding full screen design to hide the front camera under the screen, making the phone become a really full screen, which gives us a better and more shocking overall visual effect. However, as we know, in this before, the front camera of the Xiaomi Mix has been criticized by customers.

the sliding full screen of Mi Mix 3


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The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is equipped with a 6.39-inch 19.5:9 AMOLED screen display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The sliding screen design saves large space of the screen, coupled with the 72% reduced antenna area, the Mi Mix 3’s screen to body ratio reaches the 93.4%. In terms of the overall look, the screen performs well in the display effect, which is significantly improved compared with the previous generation - Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S.

The back of Mix 3 still continues the classic ceramic material of Mix series, adopting the design of four curved surfaces and adding a new color option of sapphire blue. This color idea comes from the traditional ceramic technology, which is with Chinese characteristics. Compared with the "one color is hard to get" of the previous Mix series, this time Xiaomi directly took out two color schemes of sapphire blue and emerald as the standard edition, which proves Xiaomi’s great proficiency on the color ceramic technology.  

the back design of Mi Mix 3 

Except the color, the back design of Xiaomi Mix 3 is very similar to the previous Xiaomi 8, which comes with the same vertical dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor. Here one thing to note is that Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 doesn’t have the version of in-display fingerprint unlock. I am a little disappointed about this, but considering the unlocking experience, rear-fingerprint unlock is the best way to unlock (if there is no face unlock).

In addition, there is a little change. The original text line on the back panel "MI Mix DESIGN BY Xiaomi" has been changed into a simple Mix BY Xiaomi, which is very simple and in line with the glossy back panel, delivering you a more compact visual effect.

the back panel 

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 sets an independent AI button on the left side of the body, which can wake up Xiao ai speaker with one key. In addition, it also supports many other additional functions, such as long press to speak, double-click to generate a screenshot, etc.

The thickness of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is well controlled, which is 8.46mm. You will not feel very thick holding it in the hand. But in terms of weight, the 218g is slightly heavier.

the thickness of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 

In the time when large screen smartphones haven’t yet become widespread, the sliding design is almost ubiquitous. But different from the traditional spring-loaded slide design, the Xiaomi Mix 3 is designed with a magnetic sliding track, with two ndfeb magnets embedded in the cell phone, so the sliding cover is driven with the principle of “the same charge repel”.  Besides, the sliding process is full of intelligence, coupled with the magic sliding sound. That’s a fun touch to play. According to Xiaomi, the slide screen can be used up to 300,000 times and the driven force is 2.6N, so just feel free to play this feature.

In fact, there are also some problems with the sliding screen design, such as the dust issue, the scratch problem of the sliding, etc. During the test, although there are some dust on the front camera, but it didn’t affect the beauty and our use. Thanks to the compact sliding structure and magnets, the sliding process is very stable.

 the sliding screen design of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Besides, the selfie function is also very easy to be activated, as you just need to swipe down the screen to take selfies.

the selfie function of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 

Through swiping down the screen, some common tools will pop up, such as weather, calculator, payment code, recorder, etc. Additionally, you can set the shortcut application. For example, you can set the Google APP as the shortcut application, then you will quickly use it as long as swiping down the screen. That’s a very convenient feature.

some common tools  of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 camera: 108 points on DxOMark photo score

The Mix 3 adopts the same lens module as the Xiaomi 8, with dual 12MP cameras and the main IMX363 camera. But the biggest change is still on the camera. The Mi Mix 3 added the handheld super night scene mode and 960 frames super slow-motion shooting in its camera.

the camera of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 

Hardware: flagship level configuration

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is equipped with Snapdragon 845 processor and the RAM starts from 6GB, which has been the standard configuration of the current flagship phones on the market. On the Palace Museum special edition, the Mix 3 is even equipped with 10GB of RAM.

During the test of playing two games, "Playerunknown's Battlegrounds" and "King of Glory", the Mix 3 ran smoothly. The frame number of the King of Glory kept at around 59 frames. After one hour of game, the temperature of the phone was around 40 degrees. Overall, the game performance of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is good.

the game performance of Xiaomi Mi Mix  

In other respects, the battery of Xiaomi Mix 3 is reduced to 3200mAh due to the slide screen design.

In terms of charging, Mix 3 supports QC4.0+ quick charge and 10W wireless quick charge, and it is equipped with a 10W wireless charger. This practice can be said to be very conscientious. As for the 5G network, Xiaomi will first launch the 5G version of the Mix 3 in Europe in January next year.

Bottom line

When I first saw the rendering of Mix 3, I didn't expect much of it. After all, I didn't really use it. But when I got the phone, I had to admit that it was "really fragrant" and the visual effect after removing the front camera on the screen is very good. The experience of the sliding cover is magical. However, the full screen of the sliding cover also has some disadvantages. It is a little bit difficult to slide the screen when the hands are wet, and it should also be a problem to operate with gloves in winter. But there may be no other better solution.

So, if you are a Mi fan and can’t wait for changing a new full screen smartphone, the Mix 3 is a good choice. If you are not in a hurry, we suggest you go to Xiaomi’s offline stores to experience it first, and then make your own decision. After all, you can just feel the magic only when you really use it.


 You may also want to read:
 Xiaomi MI MIX 3 launch conference confirmed on Oct. 25
 It’s sure! Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 with sliding cover full screen and 10GB RAM
 Will Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 be the first commercial phone with 5G support?


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