The first ever beautifully crafted smartphone with a high screen-to-body ratio is actually from Xiaomi with their original Mi MIX smartphone from a few years ago. After some advancements and tweaks done to the original design, Xiaomi has now unveiled the new Mi MIX 3 at the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City isn’t exactly forbidden, as it is also known as the Palace Museum.

In short, the new Mi MIX 3 takes the screen-to-body ratio race to a brand new level, as it now has broken the barrier of 93.4% screen-to-body ratio. That is achieved by Xiaomi’s new technology – a magnetic sliding mechanism.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Xiaomi has patented this technology where it uses neodymium magnets that has been carefully calibrated to push against each other once the mechanism is engaged and snaps with just the right amount of force. On paper, this magnetic sliding mechanism will last forever if the phone is not dropped. It will also last longer than any sliding mechanisms that is powered by motors. Xiaomi has dedicated substantial resources to the production process to ensure the slider has a life expectancy of 300,000 cycles in lab tests.

The slider design reveals the front cameras and antenna while allowing the maximum full-screen display. The Mi MIX 3 has a a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 2340×1080 pixelsand the aspect ratio of 19.5:9. With a combination of these technologies, Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 3 is able to achieve a screen-to-body ratio of 93.4%.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

Reminiscent of the older slider phones that we used to own, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3’s sliding mechanism can be customized as well. You can slide open the phone to answer calls or customize it to launch different functions. Additionally, there is a special in-game function for the slider, allowing users to access screen capture, screen recorder, or hide notifications during gaming sessions – though that means there will be an extra piece of thing protruding out from the side of the phone.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

The new Mi MIX 3 is available in up to 10GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, and also equipped with the Snapdragon 845 chipset. As for its camera specs, it has two rear-facing cameras and two more selfie cameras.

  • Rear-facing cameras
    • 12MP, f/1.8, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, 4-axis OIS
    • 12MP, 1/3.4″, 1.0µm
  • Selfie cameras (hidden under slider mechanism)
    • 24MP, 1/2.8″, 0.9µm
    • 2MP, depth sensor

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

The Mi MIX 3 will also be the first ever smartphone from Xiaomi that has a dedicated AI button called the Xiao Ai. Directly translated from Mandarin, it means “little love”. Essentially, it’s a button to wake Xiao Ai and talk to it to perform actions. Xiao Ai can now understand seven Chinese dialects and can automatically adjust its loudness according a user’s voice.

The new Mi MIX 3 will be available in Jade Green, Sapphire Blue, and Onyx Black on 1st November in China with a starting price of RMB 3,299 (~RM1,979) and there will also be a specially designed version co-branded with the Palace Museum.