Mi Mix 3 SmartPhone 

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Having recently told you about another SmartPhone from this company, here – their latest – has landed on my desk. Anything designed by Phillipe Starck is always eye catching; an early DAB radio was his work and still sits on my bedside table in daily use.

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It is 15.5x7.5x.7cm and weighs 219grams. The viewable screen is 14.7x6.8cm which gives the notional diagonal imperial screen measurement of 6.39inches.

When you switch on you immediately notice the lack of a notch at the top of the screen as the front facing camera is behind the screen.

Going around the outside has the volume rocker and on/off button on the right side. The base has USB ‘C’ connection. The left side has a dedicated Google button and insertion point for your Nano SIMs. The top has a pin hole microphone and look very closely and you will see the speaker top centre of the front of the unit.

The back has dual vertical cameras 1cm in from the edge and .5cm down from the top they do sit slightly proud of the back. The arrangement is slightly unusual with camera, LED flash and camera. 4cm down from the top of the back is the fingerprint reader.

Slide to start once turned on and this action can be set to open Apps like the Selfie camera or a timer as two examples.

My unit was mirror black finish which surprisingly to me anyway did not show excessive finger marks. Up to seven rows of four icons can be displayed on a page. The default Home page shows three rows of four icons a digital clock with day and date below it and the Google bar above. The top line is the usual ISP Wi-Fi and battery state etc. The bottom line is the normal all open Apps, Home and Back buttons.

While this can claim to be almost bezel-less it comes close with only 2mm on three sides and 5mm at the base.

The front camera is 24MP and the second 2MP lens is uses to blur background for those portrait images.

The rear cameras are 12MP + 12MP, I was more than happy with all the images and videos I took.

The screen resolution is full HD (1920x1080) plus. And the aspect ratio is 19.5:9.

Bootup is 14 seconds with shutdown only 2 seconds.

The processor is a Snapdragon 845 running at 2.8GHz and its Octa-Core so it’s fast. You get 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage; the USB ‘C’ connector supports an OTG device for even more storage.

It has Android 9 as the operating system and a skin of MIUI 10.

There are two methods of charge either via the USB’C’ port at 18w or via the supplied lay on wireless charge at 10w.

The mono speaker although small gave good volume levels ideal for personal listening, on occasions when this is not suitable as there is no 3.5mm socket or USB ‘C’ adapter you would need to use Bluetooth.

A nice premium phone at a upper mid range price.

Currently there are some units available from Ebuyer using the code ‘MIX IT UP’ for £488.99 otherwise direct from Xiaomi or Amazon £536.

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