About two years have passed since the original Mix passed from concept to final product, Xiaomi is ready to bring to Europe its My mix 3.
With the consolidated entry range and my Mix 8 Pro as the most classic reference, the Xiaomi my Mix 3, which we have already tried in Xataka, maintains the status of a different terminal with a touch of distinction. In this case, we need to talk about 10GB of RAM and a slider to avoid having notch in its design without frames.
Technical file of Xiaomi meu Mix 3
At the moment of the year and he expects the MWC 2019 to leave us the first terminals with relevant internal innovations, the Xiaomi my Mix 3 Together in its technical data sheet a solid foundation we have seen many times this year.
Xiaomi my Mix 3
AMOLED 6.39 "2.340 x 1080, 19.5: 9
Dimensions and weight
15.79 x 7.47 x 0.85 cm / 218 grams
6 GB, 8 GB or 10 GB
128 GB or 256 GB
Dual 24 MP + 2 MP
Dual 12 MP (f1.8) + 12 MP (f2.4)
Android 9 with MIUI 10
Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, BT 5.0, NFC, USB-C
Slider body to unfold the camera
In the case of my Mix 3, Xiaomi runs out of RAM, where we have a 6 GB series, which can increase up to 8 and even 10 GB in a version with ceramic finish. By 2019, it hopes to reach a more thread-shaped twist on Xiaomi my Mix 3 compatible with 5G networks.
he new Xiaomi my Mix 3 It still has no official price in Europe, and can only be achieved by import from $ 569. In our case we have tested the version with 8GB of Chinese RAM and ROM (only available in Chinese and English languages, with numerous local services and without the Google services or Google Play store installed).
A design without frames, without notice and without front-facing cameras
The fact that the Xiaomi my Mix 3 Do not have enough frames, front finger reader, not even notice how we will see, places it fully among the winners of the screen, with more than 93% according to the manufacturer.
The next smartphone identity signal will be in how they face design without frames but with secondary cameras. This My Mix 3 is committed to offering a real "all screen" design
At the design level, the Xiaomi meu Mix 3 is a very attractive terminal visually. The model we have analyzed has a green finish, very striking for this tone. It is built in glass but this combination presents the inconvenience it is a real mirror which also draws enough traces.
This visual appeal sharply conflicts with the ergonomics of my Mix 3. In hand, it is a large but manageable terminal, and although it is balanced, The weight of almost 220 grams is noticeable over time. But what I have most worried in this time using the Xiaomi my Mix 3 as the main phone has been that the curvature of the back and the type of finished glass make it a very slippery phone in hand. Xiaomi does not learn and is something too recurring in its terminals.
For me it is almost essential to carry the case, and in fact, in the box, in addition to the adapter for headphones and wireless charger, comes a rigid plastic cover with a good touch It improves the grip and admits the sliding of the screen no problem.
Xiaomi my Mix 3 has the physical controls of volume and on / off to the right side, at a height perhaps a little high to be able to reach them in the natural way in which one will take a terminal of these dimensions. Just the opposite, at the same height as the on-screen button, we find the physical button for the Xiaomi virtual assistant, Which, in the version we tested with local ROM, is only available precisely in Chinese.
In the future, and as Xiaomi told us, it is planned to reach more languages and even be a button that can be used with the Google assistant, Which will give you much more utility than you have in the news.
The rest of the elements of the frames are the nanoSIM card slot (double) and the USB-C charging port Flanked by two loudspeakers, although the more you spend, only one of them is real.
The hidden selfie camera
For many potential buyers, the most characteristic of my Mix 3 at the design level is the system of opening and activating the secondary camera block. There's no point here that's worth it, Neither big nor small.
In this design Xiaomi has chosen to integrate a system by which The cameras appear when you slide the back of my Mix 3 up. different and careful with privacy. The latter is the only one that saves the system once tested on a daily basis.
The slider camera of my Mix 3, as it is implemented, does not convince me at functional level but it has been won by the subject of privacy
The system is indeed curious, yes, but I'm afraid that as it is implemented, it is more important precisely because of the odd than effective result.
To begin with, that the back of the glass is slippery causes the gesture to slip with one hand to "wake up" the system of frontal cameras It will not work unless we do a great deal of force against the panel. Pretty force in fact. And in any case we took more time trying to open the cameras with a hand that stopped and went to help us with another hand, which has not yet become a natural thing in this time that I have spent with my Xiaomi Mix 3.
But even getting used to it, the attempts to open the system with the screen activated cause that sometimes we end up pressing an application and in the end, we have again to return to the handle with two hands.
The sliding system also conceals a front loudspeaker, which, when opened, reveals to us all the dirt that can accumulate when carrying the terminal in a pocket of the pants.
This speaker will be the one that works when, when receiving a call, we slide the screen to accept it. Yes, as in the old days of telephony, although for now, in the version that we have tried in Xataka, This functionality is not yet implemented. If we choose to accept the call in the most current way, there is no problem with the sound because right at the edge we have a fully functional speaker. The clear and high sound during the calls is one of the features of this Xiaomi that most have liked.
The slider system for cameras seems still half-defined. In fact, when we were completing the review, an update arrived that finally allowed us to configure other uses beyond selfies
As for the operation, to enter the camera mode directly from the blocked terminal, it is not possible to access the gallery of images. Logical However, the system does not allow once the camera is opened, we use the fingerprint reader to identify us and be able to access the gallery. This step is only possible if we slide up and the screen and put the PIN code, pattern that we have chosen or directly our fingerprint.
And if we turn to the Face identification system? Either. In this case also, when we activate, the opening of the sliding front camera does not directly lead us to the selfie mode, but instead enters the system normally. It is the default setting for when we have face recognition activated, which, beyond Xiaomi's own notices, does not give us much security precisely, even though it is fast enough.
The registration of our face is done only by means of a photo, nothing of the movement scanner as usual. Xiaomi at least warns us that our suspicions about the uncertainty of this identification is justified, and in fact, although no one in my environment was able to pass through me, it was quite simple that with a recent photo, the Xiaomi Face ID system gives us access to the system. Eye then with that.
My Mix 3 includes face recognition system very fast, but it is not complicated to deceive nor does it work (logically) if we do not have the "open" screen system
In this time using the slider camera system, I do not feel like the effort is worth it so much as one can hate the tabs on the screen. At least as implemented. In fact, during the review (actually finalizing), we received an update from the system to add an option in the terminal menus that allows you to configure the gesture of opening and that, in addition to enable the way selfie, let us launch an application directly or access to a control panel with some shortcuts as a control center.
Finally, the operation of Xiaomi my Mix 3 is powerfully calling attention the vibrationThe most powerful thing I ever had in my hands. So much so that in my case, I usually keep the vibration of the keys and some active element even in silent mode, I had to deactivate – so it is obvious that it was for me, but also for the environment , what I even appreciated acoustically. Needless to say, the danger that this vibration is so powerful in a terminal that tends to escape by slip wherever you place it.
Screen faithful to AMOLED and FullHD +
Except for the distinction in the slider mode of your camera, the Xiaomi my Mix 3 maintains the structure of the manufacturer's high-end for this 2018. The screen is another of these recurring but at the same time certain elements.
The only catch on the AMOLED screen of Xiaomi my Mix 3 is in a Always Display mode almost anecdotal and that the resolution does not go over FullHD + in a terminal that wants to be the most outstanding and ambitious of Xiaomi
The panel of my Mix 3 is a type AMOLED with a 6.4-inch diagonal And resolution that does not go in this model beyond the FullHD + to which Xiaomi is not able to resign. Having already had my 8 Pro in the market, this was a good opportunity to differentiate and dare with a little more at the level of resolution.
The AMOLED panel is a small step below the best in the Samsung market in both global quality and configuration options. We are missing more contrast, although the high brightness of 600 nights makes it so The visibility of this exterior screen is very good, Of the best of this year.
Among the screen options, we find the way of reading, which warms up the colors of the same, as well as the double touch on the screen, night mode adjustable in brightness and color of temperature, and one Ambient display mode We can program but without more options or controls on what or how we want it to appear.
For a terminal with an AMOLED panel and this category, we expected much more in this regard, at least to be able to configure the intensity of the lighting of the Ambient Display. They are details, such as the low level of screen lighting in automatic mode, in which one is increasingly set to value terminals that are very similar in other aspects.
The best on the screen of My Mix 3 is that, without cameras and using gestures for the interface, the entire front is a useful panel for the user
There are three possible options for screen modes: automatic contrast, enhanced contrast and standard mode. The most correct way is automatic contrast, but it is advisable that we also adjust the temperature, which by default is something cold.
Of the multimedia experience with my Mix 3 we have the part dedicated to the sound. here there is no headphone jack, You must stretch the USB-C adapter included in the box of this terminal.
In general, Xiaomi my Mix 3 offers a quality sound but we can not put it among the highlights in this regard. It maintains the customization according to the type of headset that we place, but too focused on its own models, which by the way does not come into the box. The listener experience can be adjusted with the equalizer, which we can only use with the headphones connected.
The speakers, which we have indicated are stereo but with a fake grid at the bottom of the terminal, offer the right volume and fidelity.
Up to 10 GB of RAM to accompany the Snapdragon 845
In a terminal that goes a lot of numbers, beginning with its price, the technical data sheet could not remain neglected. Xiaomi my Mix 3 clings to Snapdragon 845 and a lot of RAM to attract.
The model we've tried enjoys 8 GB of RAM, But there is a version with 10 GB that is very tempting by numbers. Why these figures may need to be searched for in system optimization, as with hard-to-do tasks and multitasking, my Mix 3 kept up to 6GB of RAM.
This 8 GB version of RAM, like the 10 GB one, comes matched with an internal memory of 256 GB (No possibility of extending with microSD) that gives us a lot of improvement. A priori we should not have capacity problems for many applications or content that we store in our Mix 3.
In the performance of Xiaomi my Mix 3, no surprise. The terminal complies with the synthetic test envelopes and is willing to do everything in the day to day. Multitasking, streaming, edition apps, games … everything is fluid in my Mix 3.
Being an experienced assembler Xiaomi, there is no problem with regard to the operating temperature of components or problem areas or annoying by excessive heat. Everything in the normal way
Android 9 with MIUI 10 on commands
With a couple of updates to the week of using this terminal for review, Xiaomi my Mix 3 has shown that its arrival in the European market must be perhaps one precipitated mica For our review we have had a terminal with a local ROM, Which translates into an interface in English but with a lot of load of the interface and applications associated to the local market.
As it happened not long ago with the Xiaomi terminals, it has touched look for the Aragoneses to be able to have adapted keyboard as well as the services of Google and the store Android working.
Once achieved we have found ourselves a system already updated on Android 9 and with the MIUI 10 layer on the controls. The experience has been good at the level of stability, and although it is not my favorite layer, the appearance is increasingly focused on Android in elements like the most notifications. Although all this with the peculiarities to which the users of MIUI are already well-used.
MIUI 10 maintains a lot of bloatware levelIt carries the AI of Xiaomi itself and some welcome aids like gestures, which allows us to control the interface with great force by renouncing the classic buttons and thereby gaining even more useful screen space.
We feared: 3200 mAh are not enough for the battery
Maybe because their high-end terminals do not overweight, Xiaomi is opting for almost all of them for a battery capacity that appears on paper as short for the diagonal screen and pretensions of the terminal.
It happens especially in this Xiaomi my Mix 3, terminal that despite its screen of almost 6.5 inches, It does not exceed 3200 mAh battery capacity. These figures translate into a very fair autonomy to reach the end of the day with solvency and without having to resort to the charger.
The weakness of Xiaomi my Mix 3 is in an element that is too important: the battery. No more than 4 hours of screen does not guarantee us to arrive at the end of the day if we are intensive users of the terminal
In the days that we demanded most we could not avoid having to charge the battery before arriving at night, with an average of not much more than 4 hours of screen in no case.
The only good news about the Xiaomi meu 3 battery is on the outside. specifically a the wireless charger that is standard, Compact and 10W to accelerate the usual low load speed of this type of technology.
The camera of Xiaomi my Mix 3
With an assimilated interior of the other high-end Xiaomi in 2018, the camera part also maintains a combination well known and used by the Chinese manufacturer in 2018: double rear camera (12 megapixel wide angle f / 1.8 with stabilization Image optics and 12 MP Tele with aperture f / 2.4) but with the novelty included also a double sensor on the front (24 MP with support for a second sensor of 2 MP)
To control this system of four cameras Xiaomi offers us classic interface, one that best balances options and simplicity of use. The modes are changed slider, including a manual, and between the options manually there are not just one way to use the HDR, AI, flash or filters, only two touches, other options such as the timer and the general configuration Very good here from Xiaomi.
The photos we can get with Xiaomi my Mix 3 are not surprising. If there are no complicated light scenarios, the results are persuasive if we do not need a very fine detail. They also get a bit of excessive saturation in some cases, and here the AI does not contribute much.
We are accustomed to the AI systems applied to the camera holding the scene and simply to saturate the image in a baroque way. In the case of Xiaomi my Mix 3 we are glad that there is hardly an extra often invaluable because the scene would be damaged completely.
Another way you need a little more work to be consistent is the HDR. You should not trust yourself to the choice that always makes the camera default, so you have to be patient and work many times with essay-error to achieve the desired result.
On the other hand, a way that we liked quite a bit is the night. With him, we got photographs with more information in dark areas, reducing noise even more, although we lose some clarity and, as the case may be, the image becomes more artificial if we get closer.
It works pretty well both indoors and outdoors, but the shot takes about two seconds to be effective, so you have to keep that in mind.
Xiaomi my Mix 3 has one portrait way That, as happened in the Xiaomi cameras this year, it complies without more. It does better in highly illuminated environments and worse when light is scarce. In both cases the operation does not just convince us because far from grasping the portrait mode in our frame, we have to play with the distance to achieve good results, which with objects is a bit complicated. It is much better to throw close focus and depth of the natural field thanks to the opening of the main lens.
If we opt for the classic portrait mode, in our tests the cut is done in general well, with some small slip, but the blur seems to us a denatured thing depending on the scenario.
This my mix 3 opens in portrait mode the functionality of studio day. It is a priori similar to that offered by Apple, but in this case the effects barely change the light but are more like curious effects and, with patience, it will leave us portraits.
Regarding the secondary camera, my mix 3 has two sensors. The main, of 24 MP, allows to obtain selfies with a high level of detail, including in addition a portrait way with the same defects as in the main room. Work pending software once more.
Xiaomi my Mix 3 surprised us very positively with video recording. In the 4K and 1080p modes at 60 fps in both cases, the level of detail is high, the right color and the stabilization helps us to move freely.
Xiaomi my Mix 3, the opinion and note of Xataka
With a price not so adjusted as other Xiaomi terminals even in the high end, my Mix 3 again repeats strategy in the catalog of the Chinese brand. Exclusivity on this occasion comes with the numbers (10 GB of RAM in the best version) and especially in A slider system that keeps the secondary cameras hidden beneath the screen.
Despite the doubts that this system generates and its real usefulness, as well as the low autonomy of this now, the main problem of Xiaomi my Mix 3 is in the house, where my 8 and My 8 Pro, even the PocoPhone F1 for the bottom of its catalog, are now Better options unless you want exclusivity and of course pay for it.
- Quality screen that is really "all screen"
- excellent performance
- Fingerprint reader very fast
- The camera is still below the high reference range
- Insufficient autonomy as long as it comes with a 10W wireless charger
- The slider screen system does not convince us. It is still a phone that escapes hands without a cover