On the threshold of being fulfilled two years since the original Mix passed from concept to final product, Xiaomi is ready to bring it to Europe My Mix 3.
With a consolidated input range and Mi Mix 8 Pro as the most classic reference, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 that we tested in Xataka maintains a different terminal status with a touch of difference. In this case you should talk about 10 GB of RAM and sliding camera to avoid position in frameless design.
Data sheets from Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
At this point of the year and wait for MWC 2019 to leave us the first terminal with relevant internal news, which is Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 together in technical sheets a solid base that we have seen several times this year.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
AMOLED 6.39 "2,340 x 1080, 19.5: 9
Dimensions and weight
15.79 x 7.47 x 0.85 cm / 218 grams
6GB, 8GB or 10GB
128GB or 256GB
Dual 24 MP + 2 MP
Double 12 MP (f1.8) + 12 MP (f2.4)
Android 9 with MIUI 10
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, BT 5.0, NFC, USB-C
Slide the body to spread the camera
In the case of Mi Mix 3, Xiaomi rushed to RAM, where we have a 6 GB series, which can be upgraded to 8 and even 10 GB in ceramic finishing. By 2019 it is hoped that the replacement of other screws in the form of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 which is compatible with the 5G network will arrive at the market.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix New 3 It still has no official price in Europe, and can only be obtained by importing from 569 dollars. In our case, we have tested a version with 8GB RAM and a Chinese ROM (only available in Chinese and English, with lots of local services and without Google services or the Google Play Store installed).
A frameless design, without position and without a front camera visible
That one Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 not only has the frame, the front fingerprint reader or even is not as static as we will see, it places it right among the winners of the screen advantage, with more than 93% according to the manufacturer.
The next sign of smartphone identity is how they approach a frameless design but with a secondary camera. This Mi Mix 3 bet offers a real "all screen" design
At the design level, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is terminal that is very visually attractive. The model we analyzed has a green result, very striking for that tone. This is built in glass but the combination has a disadvantage original mirror it also attracts quite a lot of traces.
The visual appeal clashes with Mi Mix 3's ergonomics. In the hand, it's a large but manageable terminal, and even though it's balanced, weighing nearly 220 grams is seen with the passage of time. But what worries me most is currently using Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 because the main cellphone is the back curvature and the type of glass that makes it a very slippery phone in hand. Xiaomi doesn't learn and something too repetitive in the terminal.
For me it's almost important to carry a case, and in fact, in the box, besides an adapter for headphones and wireless chargers, there is a rigid plastic box with a good touch This increases grip and supports sliding screens no problem
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has physical volume control and on / off on the right side, at a height that may be rather high to reach them in a natural way that someone will take this terminal dimension. Only on the opposite side, at the same height as the power button, we found physical button for Xiaomi's virtual assistant, which, in the version we have tested with local ROM, is only available in Chinese.
In the future, and as Xiaomi said, it is expected to arrive in more languages and even become button that can be used with Google's assistant, something that will give you more benefits than you currently have.
Another element of the frame is the nanoSIM (double) and USB-C charging port flanked by two speakers, although as happens more than desired, only one is real.
Hidden selfie camera
For many potential buyers, the most distinctive characteristic of Mi Mix 3 at the design level is the system for opening and activating secondary camera blocks. There is no decent position herenot big or small.
In this design Xiaomi has chosen to integrate a system with it the camera appears when you shift the back of Mi Mix 3 to the top Different and be careful with privacy. The latter is the only thing that saves the system that has been tested on a day to day basis.
The Mi Mix 3 sliding camera system, as applied, does not convince me of the functional level but has won me privacy
This system is indeed strange, yes, but I am worried that, as applied, it is more important precisely because of curiosity than because of effective results.
For starters, the slippery rear glass makes sliding movements with one hand to "wake up" the front camera system does not work more than if we make a large force on the panel. Sufficient strength in reality. And in any case it takes longer to try to open the camera by hand rather than give up and will help us with the other side, something that hasn't become something natural now I spend with Mi Mix 3 from Xiaomi.
But even getting used to it, the effort to open the system with the screen activated sometimes causes us to finally press the application and in the end, we have to go back to the two-handed operation again.
The sliding system also hides the front speaker, which when opened, reveals all the dirt that can accumulate when carrying the terminal in the pants pocket.
That speaker will work when, after receiving a call, we move the screen to accept it. Yes, as in the past, although for now, in the version we can try on Engadget, this function has not been implemented. If we choose to receive calls to the current mode, there is no problem with the sound because it's right on the edge, we have a fully functional speaker. Clear and loud sound during a call is one of Xiaomi's features that I like the most.
The sliding system for the camera still seems to be half determined. In fact, when we finished the review, an update appeared that finally allowed us to configure other uses outside of taking selfies
Regarding operation, when entering camera mode directly from the locked terminal, it is not possible to access the image gallery. Logical However, the system does not allow once the camera is opened, we use a fingerprint reader to identify us and can access the gallery. This step is only possible if we shift the screen and enter the PIN code, the pattern we have chosen or directly fingerprinted.
And if we are forced face identification system? Not both. In this case too, when we activate it, opening the front slide camera does not take us directly to selfie mode but enters the system in the normal way. This is the default configuration when we enable face recognition, which, outside of Xiaomi's own warnings, doesn't give us much security, even though it's fast enough.
Registration of our faces is only done using photos, there is no movement of the head scanner as usual. Xiaomi at least warns us that our suspicions about this identification insecurity are justified, and in fact, even though no one in my neighborhood can pass for me, it's quite simple that with the latest photos, Xiaomi's Face ID system will give us access to the system. Be careful with this.
Mi Mix 3 includes a face recognition system that is very fast, but not complicated to cheat or work (logically) if we do not have a "open" screen system
At the moment, using a sliding camera system, I don't have the feeling that the business is worth it, no matter how many people hate tabs on the screen. At least as applied. In fact, during the review (actually done it) we got a system update to add an option in the terminal menu that lets you configure the opening gesture and, besides activating the selfie mode, let's launch the application directly. or access to the control panel with several shortcuts as the control center.
Finally, the operation of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 attracts attention vibration, the strongest I have ever had in my hand. So much so that in my case, I usually keep key vibrations and some active elements even in silent mode, I have to deactivate it because it's clear to me, but also to the environment, which he even appreciated it with acoustics. Needless to say, the danger of this powerful vibration in the terminal tends to escape by sliding from where you put it.
The screen is loyal to AMOLED and FullHD +
Except for differences in your camera's sliding mode, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 maintains the manufacturer's high range structure for 2018. The screen is one element that repeats but at the same time is safe.
The only drawback of AMOLED screens from Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is in Always Display mode which is almost anecdotal and the resolution does not rise above FullHD + in the terminal that wants to be the most prominent and ambitious of Xiaomi.
Mi Mix 3 panel is one type AMOLED with a diagonal of 6.4 inches and resolutions that don't work well in this model are outside FullHD + that cannot be left by Xiaomi. Already having the Mi 8 Pro on the market, this is a good opportunity to distinguish and be brave with something more at the level of resolution.
AMOLED panels are a small step below the Samsung market best in global quality and configuration options. We lost more contrast, even though a high brightness of 600 nits made the screen's visibility outside the room is very good, the best this year.
Among the screen options we find the reading mode, which makes the screen color warmer, and the double touch on the screen, the night mode that can be adjusted in brightness and color temperature, and Ambient Display Mode which we can program but without further options or controls about what or in what way we want to emerge.
For terminals with AMOLED panels and this category, we hope more in this regard, at least to be able to configure Ambient Display lighting intensity. These are details, such as low-level screen lighting in automatic mode, where more and more are fixed to evaluate terminals that are very similar in other aspects.
The best thing about the Mi Mix 3 screen is that, without the camera and using gestures for the interface, the entire front panel is useful for the user.
From screen mode there are three possible choices: automatic contrast, enhanced contrast, and standard mode. The correct mode is automatic contrast, but we also have to adjust the temperature of something, which by default is rather cold.
From multimedia experience with Mi Mix 3 we have a section dedicated to sound. Here no headset port, You must pull the USB-C adapter included in the terminal's caution box.
In general, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 offers sound quality but we cannot place it among the important things in this aspect. This maintains personalization according to the type of handset that we place, but focuses too much on the model itself, which of course nothing goes into the box. We can adjust the listening experience with the equalizer, which we can only use with connected headphones.
The speaker, which, as we have pointed out, is stereo but with a distorted grid at the bottom of the terminal, offering correct volume and accuracy.
Up to 10GB RAM to accompany Snapdragon 845
In terminals that store lots of numbers, starting from the price, the fact sheet cannot be ignored. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 attaches to Snapdragon 845 and lots of RAM to attract us.
The model that we are trying to enjoy 8 GB RAM, but there is a version with 10 GB which is very tempting by numbers. Reasons for such figures might be sought in system optimization, because with difficult or multitasking assignments, Mi Mix 3 stores 6 GB of RAM.
This 8 GB RAM version, like 10 GB, is in pairs internal memory of 256 GB (without the possibility to expand with microSD) which gives us plenty of room for improvement. A priori we should not have capacity problems for many applications or content that we store in our Mi Mix 3.
In the performance of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, it is not surprising. The terminal exceeds in synthetic tests and is ready for everything on a day to day basis. Multitasking, streaming, editing applications, games … everything is liquid in Mi Mix 3.
Being Xiaomi experienced assemblers, there are no problems in terms of component operating temperatures or problem areas or are interrupted by excessive heat. Everything is normal.
Android 9 with MIUI 10 is in control
With several updates in the week of using this terminal for review, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has shown me that its arrival in the European market will probably be a little rushed. For our review, we have calculated terminal with local ROM, which translates into an interface in English but with lots of loading interfaces and applications related to the local market.
As happened recently with the Xiaomi terminal, it has touched find the trick to be able to adjust the keyboard and Google services and the Android store running.
Once reached, we have found the system has been updated to Android 9 and with the MIUI 10 layer in control. The experience is good at the level of stability, and even though it's not my favorite layer, the appearance is getting closer to Android in elements such as notifications that I like. Despite all this with the peculiarities that MIUI users have used well.
MIUI 10 stores many levels of bloatware, bringing AI from Xiaomi itself and some welcoming help such as movement, which allows us to control the interface quite successfully releasing the classic button and thereby getting more useful screen space.
We are worried: 3200 mAh is not enough for the battery
Maybe because the high-end terminals aren't too heavy, Xiaomi chose almost all of them for the battery capacity on paper presented as short for diagonal screens and terminal pretensions.
That happens in a special way in this Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, a terminal that even though the screen is almost 6.5 inches, no more than 3200 mAh battery capacity. These numbers translate into very fair autonomy to reach the end of the day with solvency and without having to use a charger.
The weak points of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 are too important elements: batteries. No more than 4 hours of screen does not guarantee us to arrive at the end of the day if we are intensive terminal users
On days where we are most demanding, we cannot avoid having to charge your battery before arriving at night, with an average No more than 4 hours of screen in any case.
The only good news around the Xiaomi Mi 3 battery is outside. Especially inside Wireless chargers that come as standard, compact and 10W to accelerate the usual low loading speed of this type of technology.
Camera from Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
With this interior that is assimilated from high-end Xiaomi in 2018, parts of the camera also maintain the combination that has been known and used by Chinese manufacturers in 2018: dual rear camera (12 megapixel wide angle f / 1.8 with image optical stabilization and 12 MP Telephoto by opening f / 2.4) but with novelty also includes a dual sensor on the front (24 MP with 2 MP second sensor support)
To control the system, four Xiaomi cameras offer us a classic interface, one of them better balancing the choice and simplicity of use. Modes are changed by sliding, including manual ones, and among the most useful options are not to skip HDR, AI, flash or filter modes, and only two touches, other options such as timer and general configuration. Very good here from Xiaomi.
The photos that we can get with Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 are not surprising. If there is no complicated light scenario, the results are convincing if we do not need very fine details. They also sinned in excessive saturation in some cases, and there AI brought almost nothing.
We are accustomed to using an AI system that is applied to the camera to stop the view and the ground simply saturates the image. In the case of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, we are glad that almost nothing extra is repeatedly invisible because the scene will be completely destroyed.
Another way to work more consistently is HDR. You must not believe the choice made by the camera by default, so you must arm yourself with patience and work many times with trial and error until you get the desired results.
On the contrary the mode that we really like is night. With that, we get more photos of information in dark areas that reduce noise, but we lose some clarity and, depending on the case, the image becomes more artificial if we get too close.
This works quite well both indoors and outdoors, but shooting takes about two seconds to be effective, so you have to take it into account.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has portrait mode that, like what happened to the Xiaomi camera this year, met without further ado. It is better in very bright environments and worse when light is scarce. In both cases the operation was not enough to convince us because far from adapting the portrait mode to our frame, we had to play with distance to get good results, something rather complicated with the object. Much better to draw close focus and natural depth of field thanks to the opening of the main lens.
If we choose classic portrait mode, in our tests the clipping is done generally well, with a little slip, but Our blur seems somewhat denatured according to the scenario.
This MIX 3 premiered me in portrait mode functionality studio light. This is a priori that is similar to what Apple has to offer, but in this case the effect hardly changes light but is more like a curious effect and, with patience, we will leave the portrait.
As for secondary cameras, MIx 3 Mi has two sensors. The main one, from 24 MP, makes it possible to get selfies with a high level of detail, also including portrait mode with the same defects as in the main camera. Do software that is delayed once more.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 surprised us very positively with video recording. In 4K and 1080p modes at 60 fps in both cases, the level of detail is high, colors are very successful and stabilization helps move us freely.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, opinions and notes on Xataka
With prices that are not as stringent as other Xiaomi terminals even in the high range, Mi Mix 3 is again repeating the strategy in the Chinese brand catalog. The exclusivity on this occasion comes from the hands of numbers (10 GB RAM in the best version) and specifically in a sliding system that makes the secondary camera hidden below the screen.
Apart from doubts that this system produces and tangible benefits, and limited autonomy at this point, the main problem with Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is in its own home, where the Mi 8 and Mi 8 Pro, even PocoPhone F1 at the bottom of your catalog, they are now better choice unless you want exclusivity and pay it logically.
- A quality screen that is truly "all screens"
- Outstanding performance
- Very fast back fingerprint reader
- The camera is still below the high reference range
- Not quite autonomous, how much it comes with a 10W wireless charger
- The sliding screen system doesn't convince us. This is still a phone that goes out of hand without a casing