Xiaomi, having tormented the fans for half a year, has finally released a full-fledged update of the premium line: a completely frameless smartphone Mi Mix 3.
Aside from the unique design, the transition from Mix 2s to Mix 3 looks strange: this is not a new model, but the second minor update in a year!
But still, this is the most interesting smartphone of the outgoing year. For adequate money, nothing will be cooler – and I know what I will buy.
Shut up and take my money!
Xiaomi Mix: stand of achievements and some smartphone
For the European market, Xiaomi Mi Mix became the first frameless smartphone. Before him, there were also Japanese Sharp for the domestic market, but only Xiaomi managed to create first mass model.
The industry has never seen anything like it before or since. The second generation just got better. Rare case.
It was in this line that Xiaomi first tested ceramics as a case material. And why not, if Mi Mix has become not just the company’s flagship smartphone – it is a “showcase of achievements” from the conceptual ideas of developers and powerful stuffing.
A few years later, these smartphones confirmed their status, becoming “early birds”: MI Mix is the first to receive system updates and unique accessories of Xiaomi’s own design.
But with Mix 3 Something went wrong. Or does it just seem?
The ugly duckling or the fate of smartphones?
Let’s be honest – the rumors around Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 promised much more than we expected: a frameless screen, an under-display fingerprint scanner, a unique camera and a completely new platform …
Rumors only fueled interest, but did not materialize. The scanner is normal. In fact, it works faster than the sub-screen, more accurate and better.
But after all, what matters to us is not usability, but innovation for the report of marketers, right?
As a result, the smartphone seems to be ambiguous – there is too little innovation per cubic millimeter of a smartphone. Mix 3 lost the “chin” and did not gain the “unibrow”.
Whether it’s a classic MIX, created back when Hugo Barra! Wide, large and uncomfortable – but stylish.
Seriously: Xiaomi already has Mi Mix 2sdeveloped by the French
Lebedevby designer Philippe Starck, who has an entire Wikipedia page of world-famous works.
Mix 3 – just a design change?
Now Xiaomi’s main display case is like Oppo Find X and Huawei Magic 2 with their retractable mechanisms: the same AMOLED screen with a diagonal of 6.3 inches, occupying 93% of the front surface.
Of course there are frames, there are even more of them than in other “frame” smartphones. The renders are a little cunning: the black stripe on the side takes 3 mm, from the bottom and top – about 4 mm.
Also the screen resolution 2340×1080 (19.5 by 9). Why not increase up to 2K+/4K+? This decision would have saved OnePlus, by the way.
But Xiaomi is doing so well. Grid inherent AMOLEDmissing:
- endless contrast,
- great brightness in 600 cd/m2,
- color gamut is sufficient for professional retouching – 103.8% NTSC.
And due to the resolution, the load on the system is minimal.
Who needs a slider in 2018? And why?
Good grade for copying? Because Oppo unlocks with the camera, popping out the front-facing camera array with an eerie whirring of electric motors.
Slider operation in Oppo Find X
Xiaomi made a smartphone for geeks who are not greedy for fat frontal shots with wild anti-aliasing for cool selfies.
Slider in Mix 3 mechanical, like the good old days! Now you can use the front camera only if necessary: if you need it, move your smartphone apart, if you don’t need it, live like a paranoid.
I don’t know about my colleagues or our readers, but, apparently, due to my gender, age and weight, I use the front camera in the rarest cases. mechanism on 30000 operations enough for me for the rest of my life.
Count for yourself how often it is used. And how, do you even need a dual front camera in the middle of the screen for you personally? I doubt.
However, the camera here is special. Main module 24 MP + minor 2 MP clearly know how to recognize faces well, although there is no IR module (there is soft flash). But for chats, Skype negotiations will be enough.
Find another suitable operator to stream FullHD at 60 fps with HDR drive from the front camera.
Old platform and minimal changes
Rumors promised a fundamentally new platform in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. How this could happen, if at the moment the index is full for the version of Snap 845 for Windows laptops, is unknown.
However, Xiaomi did announce a version Mi Mix 3 with 5G. To do this, she will have to change the processor – the current Snap 845 does not work in 5-generation networks.
Waiting for the beginning of winter Xiaomi Mi Mix 3s on a new processor with 5G support. The current model can’t handle it.
On the other hand, what is the difference between us, the residents of the CIS? New networks will appear in Russia no earlier than 2020, and only in large cities. It’s good that LTE is more or less working.
So the platform is old, boring (anyway ARC Core no one is interested).
Yes, there is a built-in DSP Hexagon 685 for artificial intelligence (as in Mix 2s) and high-quality photo processing. Yes, high energy efficiency.
But this platform is the best for Android smartphones, with crazy performance and a great video core. Let the same as its predecessor, in the same equipment.
Possible 10 GB of RAM and fast ten-watt (Mix 2s has 7.5 W) wireless charging will slightly smooth out the negative. Buy a pair and forget about the empty battery forever.
Multimedia features: the most minor update
For those who follow Xiaomi smartphones, the main camera should be a disappointment: Mix 3 received a module from Mix 2s from a pair of 12 MP sensors Sony IMX363 and S5K3M3+.
One of them is equipped with a wide-angle, the second – a telephoto lens. You can use “smart shooting” to get HDR from the results of each, you can use it separately.
According to the test results, DxO turned out to be slightly worse than the iPhone Xs. But in numerical terms, the result completely repeats the result of Mix 2s, which failed our independent testing.
Sample photos on Huawei P20 Pro (left), Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (right)
And advertising photos are ready to argue even with the flagships of Huawei and Samsung. Maybe the Chinese managed to fix the software?
Apparently, not only that: the smartphone has learned to shoot Super slow motion – videos with frequency 960 frames per second. This is a hardware feature.
What is Mix 3 for?
As a result of the preliminary assessment of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, you can put honest 4+without waiting for the first results.
The Mix line continues its ideology, even changing its image to a more modern one: it original smartphonestuffed with its own solutions.
But do not forget that the first Mix was born as an original idea of Xiaomi engineers. Mix 3 was a direct answer to Oppo Find X and Huawei Magic 2.
Image Oppo Find X
Whether this is good or bad – everyone decides for himself. Although, in my opinion, today Mi Mix 3 has become the only completely frameless smartphone that can be recommended for purchase.
All competitors have not gone beyond concept devices, or unique technology demos for dudes.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 – a real device that will not only attract attention, but also perform its functions no worse than an iPhone or Samsung.
What to choose: Mix 2s or Mix 3?
That is why it is worth considering buying Mi Mix 3. The basic version, despite major changes, costs only $475 – so much they asked for Mix 2s with 6/128 GB.
But the real price for the Russian buyer will be higher for a very long time. And today you can buy Mi Mix 2s for 400-450 dollars.
For a reduced framework, you can overpay a couple of thousand
And it will work in exactly the same way, and be rated for the same solid 4+.
But Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s is not a slider. So I’m going to buy Mix 3.
Disappointment or breakthrough? Ambiguous.
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