5G connectivity is still a few months away, if not years, but that hasn’t stopped smartphone makers from being ready for the roll-out. And while earlier reports indicated that smartphone makers – including OnePlus and Oppo – could be targeting early 2019 for the roll-out of their 5G smartphones, we might well see a 5G-ready smartphone in 2018 itself. A new report indicates that Xiaomi is already testing 5G connectivity on its upcoming flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than AndroidAlso Read - JioPhone 5G, budget Jio laptop, Jio 5G service, more announcements expected on June 24
An image, shared on various platforms including Telegram and Weibo, shows a rather low-resolution image of a Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 with testing equipment in the background. The smartphone is shown running a Chinese version of MIUI, and in the top right corner an indicator shows that the phone is connected to a 5G+ network. Also Read - Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio features with Dolby Atmos coming soon to India
Considering that the image appears genuine, this could be the surest sign of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 coming with 5G connectivity enabled out of the box.
Of course, 5G networks are nowhere near rolling out. Although the earliest roll-out of 5G could take place in certain markets as early as next year, India could only have its 5G infrastructure ready by 2020. While having 5G-ready smartphones may not make much of a difference immediately, compatibility for the next-generation network will be a USP for many smartphones going into 2019.
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The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 was revealed recently by the company’s president through a teaser posted on Weibo, and shows a sliding module at the back of the phone that reveals the front camera. Apart from that, the phone features an edge-to-edge screen with slim bezels, and could well sport the highest screen-to-body ratio of any smartphone thus far. 5G connectivity on the device could be yet another feather in Xiaomi’s cap, which would make it among the first manufacturers to roll-out a 5G-ready smartphone.