Qualcomm recently unveiled its newest flagship SoC – Snapdragon 855 – at an event in Hawaii. Set to power majority of top-tier Android smartphones of 2019, Snapdragon 855 is Qualcomm’s first chipset to have 5G capabilities, thanks to the X50 modem the platform comes with.
Now, most Android OEMs will be launching flagship smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s newest SoC next year. However, it seems Xiaomi already has one out there. At China Mobile’s (the largest mobile network operator in the world) annual partner conference in Beijing, Xiaomi is said to have demoed a special 5G version of its recently-launched Mi MIX 3 smartphone, having Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC inside.
According to a report by GSMArena, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G uses Qualcomm’s newest chipset, and some antenna switching technologies to attain download speeds of up to 2Gbps. Xiaomi will be reportedly launching the smartphone in Europe in the first quarter of 2019.
Apart from the Snapdragon 855 SoC and its X50 5G modem, this version of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 is exactly the same as the regular Mi MIX 3 that was launched in China back in October this year. The ‘standard’ Mi MIX 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 845 SoC, with up to 10GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage. The slider-toting smartphone has a bezel-free 6.39-inch FullHD+ display, with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels, and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. There’s Android Pie on-board, with MIUI 10 baked on top.
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For imaging, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 has a dual-lens rear camera system, comprised of two 12-megapixel modules. There’s a dual-lens camera setup on the front as well, made up of a 24-megapixel unit and a 2-megapixel unit. The smartphone has all modern connectivity options (but no 3.5mm audio port), and is backed by a 3,200mAh battery with fast-charging support.