Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 Review: The Slider Phone Is Back

No one enjoys watching YouTube videos or browsing Facebook and Instagram pages on small screens anymore. In fact, most online content and applications nowadays are specifically designed to be enjoyed in big-screened devices. Thus, the demand for huge displays led to the birth of bezel-less and notched smartphones.

Honestly, bezels are just dead spaces on our phone screens. So, Samsung, iPhone, Huawei, and other world-renowned brands started limiting the size of phone bezels or turned to notches in the hope of achieving 100 percent full-screen display.

Unfortunately, no smartphone company has achieved such an ambitious dream. Samsung’s 6.4” Galaxy Note 9 only has 84.42 percent screen-to-body ratio. Apple’s  only have 82.9 percent and 84.4 percent screen-to-body ratios respectively. Meanwhile,

While the screens of the abovementioned devices are wider than their predecessors, you can’t deny the fact that the notches and noticeable bezels still occupy a significant portion of their displays.

But, don’t fret. While these companies are back in the drawing room working on their next screen designs, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is already sliding its way smoothly into the hearts of smartphone users. This latest offering from Xiaomi has defied the odds to give the public what no other smartphone manufacturer has given before – a broader and better screen experience!

What’s a ‘slider phone’?

The Mi MIX 3 is Xiaomi’s latest flagship geared towards the premium market. It doesn’t follow Apple’s path toward notched phone designs or Oppo’s pop-up mechanism. Instead, Xiaomi forged its own display design by incorporating an old concept to its latest smartphone model.

Like the Mi MIX 2, the Mi MIX 3 takes advantage of the “slider phone” design to hide its dual front-facing cameras and give users a bigger screen to enjoy. However, unlike its predecessor, the Mi MIX 3 uses magnets to hold its sleek design into place, creating a satisfying “click” sound every time you slide its screen into a new position.

Simply put, this sliding design makes Mi MIX 3 a modern “slider phone.” If you’re not familiar with slider phones, these were cellular devices made famous by Nokia in the early 2000s. As the name implies, a portion of the device – usually the keypad – stays hidden until the user slides it out in place.

Design and display

Like all other products in the Mi MIX series, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 which boasts of 6.39” panel was designed with one goal in mind – maximized screen-to-body-ratio. And indeed, its developers didn’t fail to deliver. The device is nearly bezel-less with over 93 percent of its front occupied by the screen.

No notch or camera is visible on top of the screen, and no home button or fingerprint scanner is present at the bottom of it. It is just pure screen. All thanks to the multifunctional slider that hides the cameras when not in use.

The Mi MIX 3 also makes use of AMOLED panel typically found in Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro. This sophisticated display technology from Samsung ensures that the sliding panel is thin enough and will not make the phone bulky to hold. While it’s still early to tell how robust the sliding mechanism of Mi MIX 3 is, Xiaomi claims that it already surpassed intensive testing and could withstand up to 300,000 slides.

Also, instead of the Mi MIX series’ iconic white finish, Xiaomi opted to release the Mi MIX 3 in three different ceramic finishes: Jade Green, Onyx Black, and a Sapphire Blue finish. At this stage, whatever finish you choose, you’ll still surely get the best out of your purchase with this phone.