Bezels are so 2015. Many smartphone users want a phone that has no bezels or if any, the tiniest there could be. Apple did try this with the iPhone X much to the liking of many, but it ended up with a notched display screen, something others didn’t enjoy at all. Although the iPhone X honestly looks pretty cool, some of the resulting copycats by Android smartphone vendors have been horrible, to say the least.
One company that is looking to completely do away with the notch – and the chin for that matter – is Xiaomi. Yes, the company already has several phones with an iPhone X-style notch, but we should also remember that it is Xiaomi that really popularized the near bezel-less design with the OG Xiaomi Mi Mix.
Since the Mi Mix’s launch, we’ve seen two more iterations where Xiaomi has been improving on the design aspect of the phone, but even with the impressive Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S that came out in March 2018, it wasn’t able to do away with the significant chin at the bottom end. On the brighter side, it appears that the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be the device to do exactly that and finally give us a true bezel-less smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs
- 6-inch 18:9 FHD+ display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
- 6GB or 8GB RAM
- 64GB, 128GB or 256GB non-expandable storage
- Dual 16MP + 16MP main camera
- 8MP front camera
- 3500mAh battery
- Android P
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Fast wired and wireless charging, NFC, 3D face unlock, in-display fingerprint scanner, etc.
One of the most anticipated things about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is the design language. With every other Chinese smartphone vendor fighting for the limelight, fans expect to see Xiaomi taking the Mi Mix 3’s design to the next level with the introduction of several firsts. And the latest leaks and rumors don’t disappoint either.
High on the list is a pop-up camera similar to the Vivo Nex. This means the Mi Mix 3 will have a small section at the top popping up to reveal the selfie camera whenever it’s needed, at least if the alleged teaser above is anything to go by. Also, rumors claim the phone will ditch the physical fingerprint scanner in favor of an in-display scanner, much like the Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition, however, it’s also possible that the Mi Mix 3 could get a premium variant that will adopt this technology alongside 3D face unlock while the standard variant will stick to a rear-mounted scanner and infrared face ID.
Another leaked image of the device in the wild further adds weight to the idea of a true bezel-less handset, as seen below. The device has MIUI 9 on board, but we expect MIUI 10 to power it out of the box.
Xiaomi’s phones have nothing to do with waterproofing and while we’d like to see this feature included on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, having it will only up the phone’s price. If anything, we expect some form of protection against minor splashes to be included, much like what OnePlus did with the OnePlus 6.
Like its predecessor, don’t expect to come across a 3.5mm audio jack on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, but a USB-C port will be in place, probably with a Type-C to 3.5mm adapter included in the box. Speaking of Type-C, the brick in the box should support Quick Charge 4.0+, similar to the Xiaomi Mi 8. Since the Mi Mix 2S supports wireless charging, we only expect to get a better version of this technology. In fact, the company already has a new Mi wireless charger that is believed to be meant for the Mi Mix 3.
Due to the bezel-less design, we expect to see a 6-inch display screen housed in a body smaller than the Mi Mix 2S.
With Xiaomi already trialing the latest Android P beta on the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S, we won’t be surprised if the Mi Mix 3 breaks cover with P running the show and the aforementioned MIUI 10 atop.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price and release date
Going by previous release windows, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 should be launched towards the end of this year. However, the teaser above claims otherwise, that the Mi Mix 3 will be ready for launch in September 2018.
We cannot guarantee that this is indeed the launch date, but given that the Mi Mix 3 is the device that’s expected to compete against the likes of Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, and Google Pixel 3 XL, among others, a September launch makes sense.
In terms of pricing, we expect the same affordable price tag we’ve gotten accustomed to see on Xiaomi phones. The Mi Mix 2S and all of its might goes for about $530 for the base model while the recent Xiaomi Mi 8 has a price tag of about $500. If anything, the Mi Mix 3 should come in priced between $500 and $600.