News Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: with slider design? CEO publishes first picture

Apparently all the leaks and rumors about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 were going in the wrong direction. Honor presented their new Honor Magic 2 at the IFA yesterday, which Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun used as an opportunity to post a photo of the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 3! This photo shows a borderless smartphone with slider mechanism, as already known from the Oppo Find X

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Slider CEO

The only additional information was that the Mi Mix 3 should already be on sale in October. Remembering that the official launch of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 took place on September 11, 2017, this release date seems quite likely.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S was released just six months after the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Now there are already the first signs of the successor and continuation of the Mix series. Now first concept photos of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 appeared!

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Front Camera Pop-Up


First concept photos

The pictures don’t come from Xiaomi directly, of course, but have appeared on several Chinese tech pages. On it we can see a smartphone that immediately reminds us of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The biggest difference: the much narrower “chin”, i.e. the lower edge of the screen. This is where Xiaomi last positioned the front camera. But now it’s back to the top. However, it is hidden in the housing and only slides out of the smartphone when needed. We already know such a pop-up front camera from the Vivo NEX.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Concept Pictures Front

To be fair, however, it has to be said that Xiaomi did not simply copy this idea. The Chinese manufacturer applied for a patent for such a pop-up camera as early as 2015. Three years later this could become a reality. By the way, if you take a closer look, you can see that there is still a small LED flash above the sensor. The Vivo NEX, for example, lacks this. The Xiaomi Mi 8 has also proven that Xiaomi attaches more importance to the front camera in the recent past.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Patent Pop-Up Camera

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with fingerprint sensor in display?

In addition, further information can be extracted from the pictures. No fingerprint sensor is visible on the back. This means either that you unlock the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 only by Face Unlock or that the fingerprint sensor is in the display. With the NEX, face unlocking works surprisingly quickly, so such a solution is quite plausible. But the fingerprint sensor in the display seems just as likely, as this technology is already used in the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Design

On the back you can see a dual camera again. However, this is now arranged differently from the Mix 2S. Now the camera is central again like the Mix 2, but of course it is a dual camera. Of course, nothing is yet known about the other equipment. It is more than conceivable that a Snapdragon 845 processor or even the Snapdragon 855 is at the heart of it. But the last one is not yet on the market.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Dual Camera

First Leak-Photos of the Mi Mix 3

The back reminds us again strongly of the previous mix models, glass or ceramic should be used here again. After all, the wireless charging option using Qi should also be used here. Even if the dual camera is positioned slightly differently, the golden lettering can also be seen again. However, it is noticeable that a fingerprint sensor is missing on the back. This seems to confirm the fingerprint sensor in the display!

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 back side

Much more interesting, however, is the front. One of the biggest criticisms of the predecessor was the front camera on the underside, which now seems to have disappeared. The pictures confirm the very narrow underside, where there would be no room for the selfie-cam. We only know this in the form of the Vivo NEX. Otherwise you can only see on the underside that of course a USB type C slot as well as loudspeaker and microphone are installed.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Leak underside
The screen-to-body ratio should easily exceed 90%!

Our opinion

Of course, this is not official information from Xiaomi. It could just be a very well done fake; we don’t want to rule that out. But if you consider that Xiaomi is currently following a 6-month release rhythm, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 should be released in September. The date of 15 September is in the room. Therefore it is quite logical that the first leaks spread on the Internet, even if the Mix 2S still seems very fresh.

What is interesting, however, is that some details of the first concept photos can be found in the leak. Although there are no clear images of the pop-up camera or fingerprint sensor in the display, the missing fingerprint sensor on the back and the thin “chin” are indications of the existence of these features.

Would this design be a purchase reason for you or are you satisfied with the current design of the Mix series?

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Comments (2)

  • 02.09.18 um 12:44


    Yeehaw! Ride em cowboy, show us how a great phone should work And feel;

  • 04.09.18 um 09:22


    Nice one tho..

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