Hands-on with Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 slider phone

Hands-on with Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 slider phone

Xiaomi’s latest upcoming phone the Mi Mix 3 attempts to make sliders sexy again as the phone introduces a sliding mechanism up top that hides the selfie cameras when needed and to provide more screen real estate.

Externally, the Mi Mix 3 bears a relatively contemporary look with curved tapered edges, a mirrored backplate, subtle antenna bands on the top and bottom as well as a large display up front. Where it differs from other phones is the inclusion of a manual sliding mechanism held by neodymium magnets that hides a front-facing dual camera array (24-MP+2-MP) which ought to please more security conscious folks. This also incidentally allows for much more screen real estate with the phone coming with a huge 6.39-inch Super AMOLED panel with 2,340 x 1,080 pixel resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio along with a 93.4% screen-to-body ratio.

Fortunately, they’ve ditched the notch on this one so you get an essentially rectangular panel in FHD+ resolution to gaze at with exceptionally slim bezels to boot. The finish comes in three colour variants – Onyx Black, Jade Green and Sapphire Blue though which colours are coming to Malaysia haven’t been decided as yet. The finish is paved over with a ceramic compound, which not only makes it inordinately reflective but slippery to boot. Significant care is needed to avoid this from encountering terminal deceleration trauma.

Under the hood, the phone comes with this year’s leading Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, an Adreno 630 GPU and four different storage/RAM configurations – 6GB RAM/128GB, 8GB RAM/128GB, 8GB RAM/256GB and 10GB RAM/256GB though which variants will be making it to Malaysia has not been decided on at this point in time.

The rear consists of a dual camera array with a 12-MP F/1.8 paired up with a 12-MP F/2.4 camera. Powering the whole affair is a 3,200mAh battery with QuickCharge 4.0 support as well as Qi wireless charging. Unfortunately, the phone lacks a 3.5mm audio jack though it does come with a 20W wireless charger and a QuickCharge 3.0 charger bundled in the box.

There’s no word on price or launch date for Malaysia but the local Xiaomi reps say it should be sometime before the end of the year or the early quarter of 2019.

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