Xiaomi today announced its first 5G-ready smartphone, Mi MIX 3 5G, along with the Mi 9 model for other global markets.
Available in May, Mi MIX 3 5G brings 5G wireless technology to Mi MIX 3, using the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform with the Snapdragon X50 modem.
Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s latest flagship, featuring an AI triple camera, 20W wireless charging and performance powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, will first be available in Western Europe starting from €449.
Mi MIX 3 5G
Integrating the Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, Mi MIX 3 5G can connect to sub-6GHz signal that has gigabit-class download speed.
Inside Mi MIX 3 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform, built using the latest 7nm process. The Qualcomm Kryo 485 CPU incorporates eight cores for a balance between performance and power efficiency. Single core performance is up to 45% faster, a great leap from the previous generation. The Qualcomm Adreno 640 GPU see increased performance by 20% compared to the previous generation, and the fourth-generation Qualcomm AI Engine provides up to three times faster AI performance.
To support applications requiring high-levels of device performance during extended periods of time, such as advanced multi-player gaming, Xiaomi has also developed a hybrid cooling system for Mi MIX 3 5G. The Rogers HeatSORB thermal material implements a phase change effect that quickly captures heat generated by the device under demanding scenarios and delays temperature increases. Then, a passive heat pipe composed of six layers of graphite disperses heat at a speed three times faster than a typical dual graphite sheet.
Mi MIX 3 5G inherits the same 12MP AI dual camera from Mi MIX 3, which received a DxOMark photo score of 108, and features all the AI features of Xiaomi smartphones, including 960 fps slow-motion video capabilities. For selfies, Mi MIX 3 5G offers a 24MP + 2MP dual camera setup, making use of Sony’s IMX576 sensor. The camera is managed by the Qualcomm Spectra 380 ISP.
Mi MIX 3 5G uses Xiaomi’s patented magnetic slider. Users can set the slide to perform functions such as answering calls or starting up the camera app. Thanks to the slider design, the bezels are extremely thin, achieving an extreme screen-to-body ratio. What you notice is only the screen, which is a 6.39” 2340 x 1080 FHD+ Samsung AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
Mi MIX 3 5G will be available in May, with a starting price of €599, in Onyx Black and Sapphire Blue.
Mi 9—AI triple camera flagship
Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first flagship with an AI triple camera, with the main camera utilizing the latest 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 1/2″ sensor. Users can choose to shoot high-resolution 48-megapixel images, or in low-light conditions, take even clearer and brighter photos as Mi 9 will combine four pixels to one, resulting in very sensitive 1.6μm large pixels. The AI triple camera combination of the main camera, 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera, and a 12-megapixel telephoto camera gave Mi 9 a score of 107 by the DxOMark website, giving it the second highest score of all tested smartphones. In addition, a video score of 99 puts it at number one on DxOMark for video capture.
Mi 9 has an all-curved back cover design. A back cover color process gives Mi 9 a stylish holographic rainbow spectrum, so it looks different every time it is picked up.
On the front, Mi 9 sports a 6.39-inch 19.5:9 Samsung AMOLED Dot Drop display. Under this display is a new and improved in-screen fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone up to 25% faster than the previous generation.
Inside the Mi 9 is a large 3300mAh battery, featuring a fast charging solution for both wired and wireless charging. This solution has received certification from renowned German institution TUV Rheinland for safe quick charging.
The 27W wired charging supports Qualcomm’s QC4+ standard, and enables Mi 9 to safely charge to 70% in just 30 minutes, and fully charge in 60 mins. When used with the new 20W version of Mi Wireless Charging Pad, Mi 9 can fully charge in just 90 min, as fast as some wired solutions.
Mi 9 will be available in Europe from 28 February, retailing from €449 for the 6GB+64GB version, and from €499 for the 6GB+128GB. It is available in Piano Black, Ocean Blue, and Lavender Violet.
Mi LED Smart Bulb
Xiaomi also announced Mi LED Smart Bulb during its product launch. Featuring 16 million colors and adjustable colour temperature and brightness, users will be able to control the lights remotely with Mi Home app. Compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa at the moment, Mi LED Smart Bulb will also support Apple Home Kit in Q2 2019.
Mi LED Smart Bulb is currently available in Europe for €19.9.