Overview of smartphone Xiaomi Mi MIX 3: spreading and conquer

Xiaomi traditionally collects cash on inexpensive models of the Redmi family, and his main “numbered” smartphone (in the season – Mi 8), leaving for a series of MIX in a certain kind of eccentric reputation: with this smartphone are always connected some experiments – go to “chin” frontalka, ceramic back maximum bermocoll. To some extent, eccentricity can be called and the application for the competition with flagships A-brands, for which neither the first nor the second Mi MIX frankly not

enough “rock”.

MIX Mi 3 is also set to play in this League – the official price of a smartphone in Russia is about 45 thousand rubles. About the money today can buy, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro, on the other hand, the flagship Xiaomi back more cheap Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T. Mi MIX 3, designed not least to the fans of the brand, trying to take his, as usual, non-standard design solution (now it went to the slider mechanism), double front-facing camera and several interesting software solutions. Have Xiaomi in the sleeve and a few surprises.


Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX Xiaomi Mi 8 OnePlus 6T Honor View 20 Oppo RX17 Pro
Display 6.39 inches, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 403 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.21 inches, AMOLED, 2246 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch 6.41 inch, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 402 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.4 inch, IPS,
2310 × 1080 pixels, 398 ppi, capacitive multitouch
6.4 inch, AMOLED,
2340 × 1080 pixels, 401 ppi, capacitive multitouch
Safety glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Corning Gorilla Glass (version unknown) Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845: four cores Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + four cores Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz HiSilicon Kirin 980: eight cores (2 × ARM Cortex A76, 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex A76, frequency of 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A55, 1.8 GHz); architecture HiAI Qualcomm Snapdragon 710: dual core Kryo 360 Gold, 2.2 GHz + six cores Kryo 360 Silver, 1.7 GHz
Graphics controller Adreno 630, 710 MHz Adreno 630, 710 MHz Adreno 630, 710 MHz ARM Mali-G76 MP10, 720 MHz Adreno 616, 750 MHz
RAM 6 GB 6 GB 6/8/10 GB 6/8 GB 6 GB
Flash memory 128 GB 64/128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128/256 GB 128 GB
Memory card support No No No No There
Connectors USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C USB Type-C minijack 3.5 mm USB Type-C
SIM card Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM Two nano-SIM
Cell 2G connection GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA 800/1900 GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
3G cellular communications HSDPA 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz CDMA 2000 UMTS 850/900/1900/2100 800/850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100 HSDPA MHz HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz 800/850/900/1700/1900/2100 WCDMA MHz
Cellular 4G LTE Cat.18 (up to 1.2 GB/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66 LTE Cat. 16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat.16 (up to 1024 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66, 71 LTE Cat. 13 (up to 400 Mbit/s): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 19, 20, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41 LTE Cat.15 (up to 800 Mbps): the bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
NFC There There There There There
Navigation GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Sensors Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass) Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass), infrared sensor Light, proximity, accelerometer/gyroscope, magnetometer (digital compass)
Fingerprint scanner There There There, on the screen There There, on the screen
The main camera Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera) Double module: 12 MP, ƒ/1,8 + 12 MP, ƒ/2.4 GHz, phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization (main camera) Double module, 16 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,7 + ƒ/1,7, hybrid autofocus, dual-led flash Double module, 48, ƒ/1,8 + 3D-TOF camera, phase detection autofocus, led flash Double module, 12 + 20 MP, ƒ/1,5-2,4 + ƒ/2.6, the phase detection autofocus, optical stabilization, led flash
Front camera Double module: 24 MP + 2 MP, fixed focus 20 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 16 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 25 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus 25 MP, ƒ/2.0, fixed focus, no flash
Food Removable battery: 12,16 W·h (3200 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 12,92 W·h (3400 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 14,06 W·h (3700 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 15,2 WH (4000 mAh, 3.8 V) Removable battery: 14,06 W·h (3700 mAh, 3.8 V)
Size 157,9 × 74,7 × 8.5 mm 154,9 × 74,8 × 7.6 mm 157,5 × 74,8 × 8.2 mm 156,9 × 75,4 × 8.1 mm 157,6 × 74,6 × 7.9 mm
Weight 218 grams 175 grams 185 grams 180 grams 183 grams
Protection case No No No No No
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie shell MIUI Android 8.1.0 Oreo, shell MIUI Android 9.0 Pie shell OxygenOS Android 9.0 Pie shell EMUI Android 8.1 Oreo, shell ColorOS
Current price 33 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB on average, 44 990 rubles in the official store 27 490 rubles for the version 6/64 GB, 28 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 28 150 rubles for the version 6/256 GB 35 260 rubles for the version 6/128 GB, 37 800 rubles for the version 8/128 GB 45 250 rubles for the version 8/256 GB 37 990 rubles for the version 6/128 GB 44 990 rubles for the version 8/256 GB 49 990 rubles

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX the stuffing according to the application CPU Z

Design, ergonomics and software

Even starting with the first, strange, Mi MIX, I went to the tradition of the best of bezremontnoy smartphones in this series. And without any holds barred, like bangs. Mi 3 MIX fits perfectly into this range display is 93.4% of the area of the front panel, and the problem of placing the front camera this time decided not to transfer to the screen and using the slider mechanism.

Unexpectedly returning greetings from the 2000s for the first time on smartphones of the current generation appeared in OPPO Find X – there are, however, sliding panel with cameras equipped with electronic actuator. And in October-November, almost simultaneously came the hero of today’s review and Honor Magic2, officially available outside of China. Such a scheme immediately caused a lot of debate: on the one hand, the gadget looks much sleeker without the cut-out in the middle of the status bar; on the other – an extra mechanical element, the additional weak link is under the threat of failure.

I was able to meet with Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX at the very end of October – after minimal experience with the gadget, it seemed to me that the slider mechanism is not very well executed, for spreading your smartphone requires too much force, creates the risk that at some point you can drop it from his hands. After a longer communication with the device (approximately two weeks) should take his words voiced in the article about Honor Magic2, ago. Yes, in my opinion, the impact and a slight vibration from the Honor is more pleasant, but the extra effort to pan cover MIX Mi 3 is not necessary to apply, the balance is good enough. Also, there should be no problems with possible slippage of the fingers on the back panel – it is here again made of ceramic, very brand (the fingerprints are collected instantly), but tenacious.

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX in the case

In any case, I recommend to use at least for starters complete case of soft-touch plastic – it from having to constantly wipe the rear panel to get rid of and even add the clutch housing. Yes, it’s a rather big smartphone will become even thicker and more massive, but in any case, those things that need to be included in the purchase MIX Mi 3. No one hides the device weight 218 grams. Ceramics, sir! It is also worth mentioning that in the sliding area of the smartphone is very active stuffed dust; what if you decide to relax with the Mi 3 MIX on the beach, I think, paint is not worth it. Of course, absent declared sealed, it is a weak point of the flagship Xiaomi.


The slider is used here not only to hide on the cover’s front camera – Xiaomi has thought through several scenarios of application of the mechanism. The first is, of course, automatic switching of the camera in selfie mode, it’s read. The second unlocking of the smartphone with the help of a person (not necessarily a script – there is a traditional fingerprint scanner on the rear panel). Third – the opening of a special quick access to multiple settings. The fourth is the challenge of any application, you have defined yourself. As a bonus – you can choose the sound with which the smartphone is expanded from five options, with each voice added its own animation that is displayed around the screen. I would not say that any of the scenarios radically change the experience from a smartphone, but at least they all look meaningful and appropriate.

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, the front panel: sliding panels – two front camera lens, IR assistant for facial recognition and speaker; at the upper edge above the screen another speaker

Then his arms stretched themselves to write “the rest of the MIX Mi 3 is a smartphone”, but not quite. There is one additional control key on the left edge, which by default is responsible for calling the Google Assistant, but, again, there are options. For example, it is possible to hang a flashlight. Missed Nokia 3110?

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, rear panel: the fingerprint scanner and the camera unit with dual lenses and dual led flash

MIX the Xiaomi Mi 3 is available in three colors. In addition to black, which we got, there are green and blue versions – very nice, but again, this is the smartphone that is highly recommended to use with the case. And here is the shell color becomes not so important.

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, the left side: slot for two nano-SIM card and multifunction button

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, right side: the power key and volume adjustment

Another victim of the slider – mini Jack. When thick, it would seem that the housing (8,46 mm) should be divided into two parts, designated for the 3.5 mm connector do not remain.

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, top face: additional MIC

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, bottom side: USB Type-C, main speaker

Back MIX Mi 3 is easily confused with the Xiaomi Mi 8 camera module and the recess for the finger is taken there directly. If not required for the series logo – the feeling of luxury is absolutely not created.


Both scenarios unlock the work efficiently and with minimal failure rates. However, face recognition is done using front camera – the depth is not measured, the retina is not read, the level of protection is low. Except that, as in Xiaomi Mi 8, there is an IR led that helps the camera in the dark.

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MIUI for some time not regarded as the most obvious alternative to “pure” Android in smoothness of operation it is already ahead of the EMUI, according to the set of high-quality software (which, however, MIUI has never been famous for) – Xperia UI, appear shell with the ability to clone applications, and create a “second space” in your smartphone. Probably, Xiaomi had to lose the position of king of the mountain, to relax and bring out the best in a few years shell. There is no breakthrough of chips, and the eternal problem with the frames around the icons is still not solved – even worse, she decided, but partly around some of the icons we see the framework around some not; a hell of a perfectionist. But there are a few very nice things.

The first is the open apps screen in the form of matrix boxes of different sizes, including a row with quick access to some features. Like anything especially, but really is extremely handy thing. The second virtual sliders to change brightness and volume, which were greasy, use them very nice. Third, the new notification list without borders between the lines, again looks good. The system works quickly, without glitches and freezes. Fans of MIUI nothing to fear – all the charm (and part of the usual sorrows) sheath still in place. And MIUI-skeptics should at least try to – in my opinion, have made a significant step forward, albeit in large part aesthetic.

Display and sound

For the first time in Xiaomi Mi MIX is set AMOLED-display, and open the manufacturer specifies the manufacturer of the matrix. Is Samsung, who else is doing it today? The matrix, however, is much more simple than the flagship Galax: there are no curved edges, and the lower resolution – screen diagonal of 6.39 inches and format 19,5:9 displays 2340 × 1080 pixels. The density of pixels, respectively, of 403 ppi. Not the highest level for today, but enough to make the fonts look smooth, and Full HD video to watch comfortably. 4K content you can already see the difference.

On the front glass uses high quality oleophobic coating, the screen collects fingerprints are not very willing. But easily assembles micro-scratches, a longtime trouble Gorilla Glass 5, which can not cope. Is that to stick the protective film. In the settings there is no mode in the gloves, but he as usual in the Xiaomi smartphones, you do not need – “winter” way of management is supported and so.

The measured maximum brightness of the 428 CD/m2. It is a measure at the same time far from a record, but quite bad for the OLED display. To use a smartphone in bright sunlight is no problem, due to the perfect contrast text is read very easily. Will be felt only a slight lack of color saturation.


MIX the Xiaomi Mi 3, settings, display

The display settings have not changed since the Mi MIX 2. Can be set manually increased or the standard “contrast” (actually, to contrast these options are irrelevant, talking about color balance), and it is possible to provide a smartphone that will adjust the color reproduction on their own, starting from the external lighting (as True Tone clear where). Does this smartphone still very aviobase, constantly falling in the cold tone. This can be adjusted using the color wheel or the available preset color temperature or selecting a “contrast” of the two preset options.

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, gamma. Yellow – indicators Mi MIX 3, the dotted reference gamma

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, color temperature. Blue line – performance Mi MIX 3, the dotted reference temperature

Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, color gamut. Gray triangle – coverage of the sRGB triangle coverage Mi MIX 3

I measured the colour Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX in “standard” mode contrast which propose to consider as the main, despite the fact that the default adaptive mode. Average value range in standard mode is of 2.27 with very smooth curves shades. The color temperature is near the reference values (6 500 K). The picture is moderately warm, with very nice toning. The average DeltaE deviation for the extended Color Checker palette (shades of gray + a wide variety of colour shades) is 3.23 at the rate of 3.00 and standard of 2.00. A slight deviation is (you may notice that the color space is shifted relative to the norm of sRGB), but absolutely critical. We have to admit the display quality – it is able to display the picture honestly, though not in the mode of operation by default.

The lack of mini-Jack forces you to use either wireless headphones which smartphone in good contact (supported Bluetooth profiles, allowing you to transfer high quality sound) or wired, but via an adapter (included). The eternal problem associated with the inability to simultaneously listen to music through your headphones and charge your smartphone solved here complete pancake wireless charging – Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX here took the lead on all “obeschannyh” competitors. Some of them, of course, also supports inductive charging, but in the box with the phone they had, in addition to Xiaomi, not to be.

The quality of sound to say something specific not – MIX Mi 3 has a normal supply of power, detailing medium, any emphasis on any frequency spectrum not. While progress regarding Mi MIX 2 definitely have the third mix sounds better; also disappeared software problem with constant jumps in volume when switching on and off of the screen. Built-in speaker is monaural, hidden behind the right grille from the USB Type-C. Finger it does not overlap, which is quite loud and gives a not so bad for such a loudspeaker sound. To view the video on Youtube – just enough. Your phone features Mi MIX 3 performs quite properly – the quality connection I have to it had no claims.

Source: 3dnews.ru

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