Battery & charging

Packed with only a 3,200mAh battery, we once again know that this is a necessary compromise since the phone is – again – split into two parts. A larger battery cannot be fitted inside because of the limitation in physical space.

Our battery life benchmark is only performing a repetition of work-related tasks and not gaming, and the Mi Mix 3 scored just slightly above 10 hours.

Xiaomi Mi MIx 3 battery life benchmark

We can tell for sure that the Mi Mix 3 will have quite a tough time trying to last through the day with a single charge. If gaming is involved, then be prepared to be tethered to a power bank.

Charging

As we mentioned since the unboxing part, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 comes with a wireless charging pad with the phone itself. We put both the chargers to test and see just how long it takes to charge the phone.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

We did a total of 3 tests – one with the cable directly plugged into the phone, another one with the wireless charging but without the hard shell case, and another one with the hard shell case.

Why? Because the added width between the wireless charging pad and the phone will hinder the charging time – or so we thought.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

We were wrong because the phone slides around the wireless charging pad and does not have a good direct contact with the phone’s wireless power receiver. The case locks the Mi Mix 3 in place when placed on the wireless charging pad.

Xiaomi Mi MIx 3 battery charging curves

The wired charging took about 22 minutes to reach 51% and about 35 minutes to reach 75% charge, which is speedy because of the relatively small 3,200mAh battery.

As for wireless charging with the hard shell case on the phone, it took 31 minutes to reach 50% charge and a total of 55 minutes to reach 75% battery mark.


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REVIEW OVERVIEW
Design & Materials
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Software
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Connectivity and ports
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Screen
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Specifications
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Camera
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Battery and charger
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