Xiaomi announces Mi Mix 3 with sliding cameras and no notch display

Xiaomi kills the notch with its new bezel-free smartphone

New Android flagship from China has a whopping 10GB of RAM

From the newly introduced Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite and Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro, the former model will soon launch in several European markets. Let us talk about the Mi MIX 3 in thorough detail so you guys can know if this is going to be your daily driver or not. And finally, the most cost-effective model is the 6GB version with 128GB of storage space for around £370 / $475 / AU$671. Mi MIX 3 with 8GB+128GB will retail at 3,599 and the top model (10GB+256GB) at CNY 3,999. Combining video and photo scores, the Mi MIX 3 has a score of 103, the same as the Note 9 and the HTC U12+.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite packs a 12MP + 5MP AI dual-camera setup at the rear.

The rest of the specifications include a USB-C port for fast charging as well as support for 10W wireless charging, all the usual connectivity features, including 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band Global Positioning System, and the usual sensors like accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass.

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The phone was launched at the Forbidden City in China, an important historical landmark in the country, on Thursday, October 25. Unfortunately, Xiaomi opted for a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is a rather odd choice as Mi Mix smartphones were always geared up with the latest technology. Underneath, it has the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, clubbed with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of onboard storage. The 10GB RAM variant of the phone is called "The Palace Museum" Special Edition Mi MIX 3, and it comes with 24K gold-coated bronze statue. The 8GB variant holds the same amount of storage space while bringing the cost down to roughly £448 / $575 / AU$812. The smartphone will be available in Black and Blue color options.

Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has curved edges with a slim body and bottom chin. There are two cameras located on the back, two 12-megapixel ones. The 24MP front facing camera is hidden behind and can be slid up when needed. Xiaomi is touting a few use cases for the slider, such as answering calls, taking selfies, launching an app, accessing the shortcuts drawer, and more. An educated guess would be the just-released Mi Mix 3. The phone does come in a 10GB version, but it's not the world's first to achieve that. The 4GB RAM variant is still available at the discounted price via Amazon India. The phone is fueled by the best SoC Qualcomm has to offer now, the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor. With the Mi MIX 3, the company is taking a different turn by adding a sliding for factor. However, the big difference here is that this particular slider is not powered or motorized, meaning users must slide it up manually whenever they want to use the camera. Notably, there's no notch, and no selfie camera on the front either. Mobikwik users can also get 10 per cent cashback up to Rs 1,500 and travel platform ixigo will be offer coupons worth Rs 3,500 on smartphones. Xiaomi's launch event for today is titled "Art x Technology".

The company has joined the 960fps slow-mo video party as well, but it's unclear if this is proper 960fps video or if it's software-enhanced.

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