As expected, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 was revealed at a launch event in China – and there are a handful of reasons to get excited about this Android powerhouse’s official UK release, thanks to some mind-boggling specs that include 10GB of RAM and incoming 5G connectivity.
We were already expecting to see the Mi Mix 3 get a UK release – read on to find out why – and now it seems to be all-but-confirmed following Xiaomi’s tie-up with affordable mobile network Three.
The Mi Mix 3 might be the first phone to land on the back of the partnership, but all signs point to it arriving sooner rather than later.
Witness the following tweet from Three in the aftermath of the announcement of its new relationship with Xiaomi.
Now, “keep your eyes peeled” could mean all manner of things, but given the fact that we know Xiaomi has its sights trained on the UK market ahead of the commercial launch of 5G in 2019, it would be a real shock if the Mi Mix 3 didn’t end up coming to the British High Street – even if it’s under a slightly revised moniker.
Read on for everything you need to know about the new Xiaomi flagship, including the Mi Mix 3’s specs, UK release date and price.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 specs and design
On the design front, the Mi Mix 3 follows in the footsteps of the Oppo Find X (and offers a taste of what’s to come from the Honor Magic 2) by featuring a sliding display mechanism that hides the unsightly notch housing the device’s front cameras.
There’s a total of four of these – 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto lenses sit on the rear, while a 24-megapixel ‘selfie cam’ is augmented by 2-megapixel sensor on the front of the device.
The Mi Mix 3 offers the kind of full-screen design that’s now virtually ubiquitous on high-end phones, but it ups the ante compared to previous Xiaomi flagships by using an OLED panel measuring 6.4 inches and offering a 1080p resolution. There’s also the familiar Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood, which isn’t a surprise, and it’ll support fast 10W wireless charging.
Sound like pretty much every other Android flagship released this year? There’s a couple of things that make the Mi Mix 3 stand out and have us excited about its potential wider release.
The first is that a 10GB RAM option broke cover at the Chinese launch event, which to the best of our knowledge is a first for a mainstream phone. This might seem an unnecessarily beefy spec, but the demands of on-the-go streaming and handset gaming aren’t going to lessen any time soon (quite the opposite) so we’re excited to see how this translates into real world performance.
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3: UK release date and price
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly for the average user, is that a 5G Mi Mix 3 is now confirmed for a 2019 European release. The UK might just about still constitute part of Europe then, at least in the eyes of global marketing teams, so we’re pegging a UK Mi Mix 3 launch as more likely than not – MWC 2019 would be the obvious regional launchpad for the phone.
For sure we know that Xiaomi is launching its phones in the UK from November 8. The firm has also confirmed it is opening its first UK store on November 10, at the Westfield shopping centre in White City. It has promised a flagship device and maybe we’ll see the smart home products and electric scooter?
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Pricing for the Mi Mix 3 starts at 3299 Chinese yuan, which directly converts to about £365 at time of writing, for the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. Additional cost details should be available soon, with India in particular understood to be one of the countries getting the Mi Mix 3 first.
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