Xiaomi officially launched its new flagship phone— the Mi MiX 3 at the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 25. The total shipment was expected to reach 100 million by the end of October, completing the phone’s annual goal of 2018 in advance.
The phone echoed “the combination of tech and art”, theme of the launch event, with selling points such as magnetic sliding-screen, flagship dual-lens cameras and the ceramic bodies.
Mi MIX 3 achieves a screen-to-body ratio of 93.4 percent, one step further compared with the “three-side bezel-less” screen of Mi MIX 2. The magnet is made up of neodymium, with a life expectancy of over 300,000 times.
It is equipped with a 12Mp + 12M rear-facing and 24MP+2MP front-facing dual-lens cameras, which largely elevate its selfie-taking capabilities. Its rear camera supports optical zoom and four-axis Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and is capable of 960fps slow-motion video. On the whole, its phototaking capabilities score an alarming 108 in the DxO ratings, which ranks the third in the world.
In terms of industrial design, Mi MIX 3 comes in Onyx Black, Jade Green and Sapphire Blue, with a unique Palace Museum edition. The special edition is jointly designed by Xiaomi and the Palace Museum, which is known as the largest treasure house for ancient artworks. The special edition also has a pattern of an ancient mythical beast on its back.
The phone has four storage options, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage: 3299 yuan ($474.87); 8GB RAM + 128GB storage 3599 yuan ($517.93); 8GB RAM + 256GB storage: 3999 yuan ($575.50). The Palace Museum edition comes with 10GB RAM and 256GB storage, and is priced at 4999 yuan ($719.41).
The phone will be up for pre-sale starting from 6 p.m. tonight, and will be officially on sales both offline and online starting from November. 1. The Palace Museum edition is expected to come by the end of November.