Software - Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10.0

The MIUI 10 was launched since last year – and it came to the Mi 8 Lite while we were nearly finished reviewing it. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 does come with a lot more additional features too.

Firstly, the AI button – or at least that is what Xiaomi is calling it. This button can be customized to perform other actions through the settings menu.

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Then comes the other features where you can set even more shortcuts through gestures by pressing and holding different buttons. Overall, it is quite versatile.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 settings menu

Thirdly, you can customize what does the Mi Mix 3 perform when you slide open the phone. Essentially, this is a customizable shortcut as well. And you can even customize what sound it makes when you slide. No custom chimes, sadly.

Xiaomi also included something called a “booster” for when you are gaming. To find this feature, you will have to go into the “Security” app to find it.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 settings menu
Why is it in the Security app again?

This feature does have some great options in it. This is just the first part of the two-part menu, by the way.

The second part of the “booster” menu is actually found in the game itself. It can’t do much other than screen recording, taking a screenshot, clearing RAM, or blocking notifications. Xiaomi’s implementation is decent enough, but still cannot block Facebook Messenger chat heads. So far, only Samsung is able to block Facebook Messenger chat heads.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 game tools

Back to the settings menu. The point is, MIUI 10 is available for months already – but it has a bunch of issues that absolutely needs fixing.

Firstly, the settings menu. I have no idea how and why MIUI managed to make things so complicated. I wanted to change the idle time before sleep – and this setting is found in the “lock screen & password” menu instead of “display” like every other smartphone. Why?

Then I wanted to flip the back and menu buttons. I tried to fine everywhere else – and eventually I found it in “full screen display” menu. Again, why?

Samsung just revamped their UI with One UI including the settings menu which I appreciate even more now – and Samsung such a good job cleaning it up and streamlining the overall user experience.


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