Xiaomi announced a 5G version of Mi Mix 3 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. The slider phone starts at Euro 599 (or approx Rs 48,258) and will hit retail shelves in May. First shown off in China in December, the 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 carries the same ceramic body and aluminium frame, the magnetic slider with the front-facing camera and sensors accessible once you slide the display down, 960fps slow-motion video, and Google Assistant button as its namesake.
A solid entry in the Xiaomi smartphone line-up, the new Mi 9 has a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED screen with a tiny teardrop notch to house the front camera, protected by Gorilla Glass 6 which means it should be virtually unbreakable. The only difference is the processor. To bring 5G to the fray, Xiaomi has reworked some of the phone’s innards. While the Mi Mix 3 sported a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor paired with the X20 LTE Modem, the 5G version packs the upgraded Snapdragon 855, in addition to Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem — both critical components for 5G phones.
“The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is an unquestionable looker, with a sliding mechanism that’s better engineered for real-world use than some of its motorised competitors,” we wrote in our hands-on with the device. The Mi MIX 3 5G has a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED with a 1080 x 2340 resolution. It has dual 12MP rear cameras and dual front-facing cameras (24MP + 2MP). The phone has a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a USB-C port. It packs a 3,800mAh battery with support for Quick Charge 4+ and 10W wireless charging. It also has a dedicated Google Assistant button.