Xiaomi has released several smartphones with taller displays, including last year’s Mi MIX 2, but the release of the Mi MIX 3 means that the company will be looking to shred those bezels entirely. Unfortunately, that will certainly come at a price and that could mean that the Mi MIX 3 will be the first smartphone from Xiaomi to feature moving parts. For decades, smartphones were always solid-state devices, but the transition to bezel-less forms have forced manufacturers to think of different ways to achieve a full-screen design.
Mi MIX 3 to Feature a Pop-up Camera Like the NEX
The image shows extremely thin bezels on the alleged Mi MIX 3 so it is highly likely that the accommodation of the selfie camera unit would come from moving part that we have seen on the Vivo NEX. Xiaomi will also try to avoid to use of 3D facial recognition technology like it has used on the Mi 8 since that will require a notch to be present on the Mi MIX 3. However, if that happens, then the smartphone will not be able to feature those razor-thin bezels like the one you can see in the image below.
Mi MIX 3: Expected Specs, Features
Since Qualcomm is not believed to launch any new high-end chipset for the remainder of 2018, the Mi MIX 3 will only be seeing a Snapdragon 845 chipset. However, the base model could see 6GB of RAM, while the model with the highest specifications possible will most like see 8GB RAM. The 8GB RAM could feature 256GB of internal storage while the 6GB RAM version could be limited to 64GB memory.
Like all Xiaomi high-end smartphones, this one is not going to feature an expandable storage slot so when the Mi MIX 3 does officially launch in India, you will have to take care as to which model you decide to purchase. Luckily, the bezel-less smartphone will get support for dual-SIM, so apart from performance, a beautiful design, you have the option to add two numbers if you wish.
For the software, while it is more likely for Android 8.1 Oreo to come installed by default, we hope the move to Android P isn’t too far behind. It also is not certain what the resolution of the camera units will be on the phone. The previous Mi MIX 2S came with a 12 + 12MP configuration at the back. The Mi MIX 3 could come with a similar setup, offering 2x optical zoom for the second camera.
The front camera on the Mi MIX 3 will be a pop-up shooter and it could be an 8MP unit. Xiaomi will probably have no choice but to use this camera because the smartphone will have very thin bezels from all angles and corners. This also means that the device could come with an in-display fingerprint reader.
Mi MIX 3: Expected Launch Date, Price
The Mi MIX 3 is expected to be announced at an event in China sometime in September of this year. This is based on the September 2017 announcement of the Mi MIX 2. While the Mi MIX 2 did launch in India shortly after, the Mi MIX 2S never officially made its way here.
Hopefully, the response of the Mi 8 in this country will be enough for Xiaomi to release the Mi MIX 3 before the end of this year. As for pricing, we expect the new phone to be priced closer to the Rs. 40000 mark as it a notable upgrade over the Mi MIX 2 which cost around Rs. 35999 when it launched in the country.