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Review: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 the year that the notch dies

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2019 is set to be the year the notch dies, with the lack of a notch means the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s display occupies almost all of the front of the phone. In fact, it has an impressive 94% screen-to-body ratio and all the bezels are as slim as I’ve seen on any phone.
The bottom bezel is slightly thicker than the others but not distracting so.
Indeed, in conjunction with the phone’s glossy ceramic body and muted, yet attractive colours, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is a striking thing to both touch and look at.

The superficially at least, the workings of the sliding mechanism have had little impact on the overall design and function of the phone. The Mi Mix 3 is, perhaps, slightly thicker than your average flagship phone, but not significantly so. It’s quite heavy at 218g, but with a screen this big you’re always going to expect a little heft.

Otherwise, it looks and behaves just like any regular Android smart phone. Volume and power buttons reside on the right-hand edge of the phone, there’s a shortcut “AI” button on the left for launching Google Assistant and on the bottom edge are a pair of speaker grilles and a USB charging port.

The rear plays host to a small, circular fingerprint reader and it’s also worth noting that the phone supports wireless fast charging at 10W, Mi Mix 3 does include a charger in the box.
So far, it’s all good stuff, but there are some potential stumbling blocks. First, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, which is fine if you always use Bluetooth but not so much if your favourite headphones are wired. Second, the battery at 3,200mAh in capacity is on the small side for a phone this big.
Finally, although the phone comes with Android 9 Pie out of the box, this is running with Xiaomi’s Mi OS (MIUI) on top.
Specifications
6.39in Super AMOLED, 1,080 x 2,340 (403ppi),
19.5:9 display
Octa-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
6GB RAM
128 storage (UFS 2.1)
Dual rear cameras: 12MP f/1.8; 12MP f/2.4 (2x telephoto); OIS; slow-motion 1080p video at up to 960fps
Dual front cameras: 24MP; 2MP (depth of field only)
3,200mAh battery; 10W wireless charging (charger included)
Android 9 Pie
Colours: Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue
Price: £499.99 (ebuyer), Xiaomi)
The phone’s camera setup looks good, though. On the rear, the Mi Mix 3 has a pair of 12-megapixel snappers set up for telephoto photography. One of these has an aperture of f/1.8, while the other offers a 2x zoom and has an aperture of f/2.4.

At the front, there’s also a dual camera array, although it works in a slightly different way. The primary camera delivers 24-megapixel images but the secondary 2-megapixel camera is used only for depth of field mapping.

Camera Samples
Pictures were taken in the Beautiful city of Barcelona, at this year MWC 2019

For

  • Tiny amounts of bezel thanks to the slider design
  • Large screen and great AMOLED quality
  • Dual rear cameras produce decent results
  • Solid battery considering the capacity
  • Distinctive design

Against

  • Selfie camera is poor quality
  • Heavy and a little thick design
  • Software not always the fastest going

With battery life on the Mi Mix 3 will last you the average 9 to 5 job for the day, it may not last that much longer With the slider design gets a bit clogged with gunk, the front-facing camera is poor (surprisingly so, considering it’s one of the main features), the MIUI software isn’t quite as eloquent as some established Android rivals, and the lack of an in-screen fingerprint scanner is a disappointment.

Chris Hare
Chris Hare
A True Tech Geek at Heart, I Started my life of being a Tech Geek at the age of 5 with the BBC Micro. Went on through most of Nintendo stuff and now a Xbox and PlayStation fan. I also leaked the information about the leaked Hotmail passwords story from October 2009 that went World Wide. I Started writing tech articles at the beginning of 2011, most of my articles are about Android phones and Xbox One and PlayStation 4 and other gaming news. When Chris has free time its with the family.

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