The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is going to the best flagship from the Chinese OEM, in both design and internal specifications. Its exterior will resemble the OPPO Find X (review), and so, the upcoming handset will eventually become the latter’s competitor. In the latest hands-on video, the Mi MIX 3 can be seen. The clip manages to reveal the design of the smartphone, as well as provide a glimpse of how its face unlocking system will work. Let us take a closer look at the device and how you’ll be using it if you intend to buy one.
Mi MIX 3 Hands-on Video Details
The video posted on the Chinese micro-blogging website Weibo reveals what the Mi MIX 3 will look like. It also shows how you’ll be using the cameras for taking images and unlocking the smartphone. To unlock the device, the user will need to manually slide down the mechanism to reveal the front camera, which will proceed to unlock the handset. In the video below, as the person slides the phone down the notebook unlocks, possibly due to a 3rd party app integration. You can already unlock Windows 10 devices using your Android phone’s fingerprint sensor, so it might be possible to do it using facial recognition as well.
While this is a clever way to reduce the bezels and increase screen-to-body ratio, it does have some drawbacks. Firstly, the sliding mechanism will have a finite number of operations. Even though Xiaomi might claim that this phone’s unique addition will last for several years, moving parts will always have a smaller lifespan than solid state ones. Also, a dust and water-resistance rating for the Mi MIX 3 will be out of the question due to this design choice.
The company might bundle a custom case for the flagship, but that will not make it any less fragile. If you accidentally drop the phone, chances are that the damage it receives will be irreparable. If the Mi MIX 3 will employ an OLED screen, it just might feature an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Instead of having to use the face unlock feature of the smartphone, users can increase the lifespan of this mechanism by using that fingerprint reader.
Mi MIX 3 Expected Specifications, Features, Launch Date
The Mi MIX 3 is expected to feature a 6.4-inch OLED screen, which will have a Full HD+ resolution at least. The internals of the flagship will include a Snapdragon 845 and 6GB RAM for the base model. Other memory configurations might include 8GB RAM + 256GB of storage, but there is also going to be a 10GB RAM variant in the works.
That’s not all, as the Mi MIX 3 will also be the first smartphone to feature a 5G modem. This modem will either be a Snapdragon X24 or X50 from Qualcomm, but it could hurt battery life. The launch of the flagship will happen on October 25 in China, after which the handset might show up in other markets.