What do we think about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3?
From an engineering perspective, it’s a much better implementation than having motorized parts. Obviously, this magnetic mechanism is more durable than any motor since there’s technically no lifespan on the magnets themselves.
Though, we do have our concerns when it comes to slider mechanisms as well. The one biggest issue that plagued slider phones is the fact that it needs something to connect both parts of the phone together. And to do that, a ribbon cable is used.
Ribbon cables are always said to be breaking inside these slider phones too. Also, an opening is needed for the ribbon cable to exit and enter the two parts of the phone – hence the lack of any IP rating on the Mi Mix 3 as well.
Let’s not forget the concern of having debris like sand – or the god forbid – salt crystal entering between the gap on the sliding mechanism, it’ll cause a terrible scratch and potentially damage the phone.
Either way, it’s a step forward in the right direction to hide the notch while maintaining the highest screen to body ratio. It’s an exciting phone for sure – and we’re looking forward to actually using the Mi Mix 3 ourselves. Performance and software, however, shouldn’t be far off from any other Xiaomi smartphone powered by Snapdragon 845 chipset.