- Page 1: Introduction
- Page 2: Design
- Page 3: Connectivity & Ports
- Page 4: Display
- Page 5: Cameras
- Page 6: Software - Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10.0
- Page 7: Performance & Gaming
- Page 8: Battery & charging
- Page 9: Wrapping up the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 review
In terms of design, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3’s novelty is in its slider mechanism – obviously. This is the first ever modern smartphone that is available in Malaysia with a slider! Yet Xiaomi always goes all out in terms of the beauty and materials used to craft the Mi Mix series of smartphones.
The ceramic back of the phone feels fantastic on the palm of my hands, though slippery. The near full screen display at the front just makes me drool since it does not have any notches at all yet the bezels are still thin. This beautiful Mi Mix 3, it catches attention from all directions.
The slider mechanism is surely a magnificent feat in itself. By utilizing magnets and a single rail only, one half of the phone can be slid down and up with ease. This sliding mechanism is smooth and enjoyable to use – especially for those who wants the nostalgic factor. However, for me personally, the novelty does wear out within a day or so.
More on this later – especially on the software side of things.
How the Mi Mix 3 achieved this slider mechanism is by splitting the phone into two parts. The teardown video here actually shows us a lot of considerations and tough decisions that Xiaomi has to make in order to make the Mi Mix 3 a great smartphone.
The Mi Mix 3 is split into two parts – one for the screen itself and the second part to house all of the other components. These two parts will need its own enclosure, hence requiring a certain amount of thickness for the enclosure itself. However, Xiaomi still maintains a very thin form factor for the Mi Mix 3 – which means the phone itself suffers from space limitation.
More on this limitation part later.
Looking at the included hard shell case, Xiaomi once again took the liberty to redesign their case because of the sliding mechanism. There is no way that the Mi Mix 3 can use a typical TPU case because of its flexibility and how the case wraps around the phone. The TPU case will just get loose over time and lose its grip on the phone entirely.
The included hard shell case is actually of high quality and uses the physical buttons themselves as the “anchors” of the case.
I highly recommend using the TPU case even though it covers the beautiful back – and we will talk about the reason why in later parts.