After weeks of leaks and rumors, Xiaomi has finally launched its Mi MIX 3 smartphone. Following in its predecessors footsteps, Xiaomi’s newest flagship comes with a large display that has near zero bezels on all four sides. More importantly, there s no unsightly notch, since Mi MIX 3 features a mechanical slider similar to Oppo Find X for housing the dual front-facing camera system. Apart from this, there are quite a few other differences between the Mi MIX 3 and its predecessor, the Mi MIX 2S, which launched earlier this year. Here s how the two smartphones compare with each other in terms of features and specifications. Also Read - LG Style 3 unveiled with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 in Japan
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Even though they are both premium smartphones through and through, the Mi MIX 3 and Mi MIX 2S are fundamentally different when it comes to design. While the MIX 2s has a conventional slab-like design like any other smartphone, the MIX 3 is a two-piece construction, with the rear piece housing all of the phone s hardware components, except the display, which is what the front piece is all about. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S Android 10-based MIUI 11 stable update rolling out now
That said, the rear panels of the two smartphones actually look quite similar when compared side by side. Both Mi MIX 3 and Mi MIX 2s have a dual-camera system at the back, comprised of two 12-megapixel sensors and LED flash. The vertically-stacked cameras are placed on the top left corner, with a rounded fingerprint sensor at the center of the top half of the rear panel.
As far as the dimensions are concerned, the Mi MIX 3 is slightly taller and a bit heavier than the Mi MIX 2S, primarily because of the larger display (discussed next) and the two sliding panels.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S has a 5.99-inch FullHD+ IPS LCD panel with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and minimal bezels on all three sides except the chin. In comparison, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 features an even bigger 6.39-inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio and no bezels on all sides.
Hardware and software
There isn t much difference between the Mi MIX 3 and Mi MIX 2S when it comes to basic hardware. Both smartphones have Qualcomm s Snapdragon 845 SoC under-the-hood, paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB/256GB of internal storage. However, there s also a top-of-the-line version of the Mi MIX 3, which comes with an astounding 10GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Neither of the two has a microSD card slot, or a 3.5mm audio port. However, other modern connectivity features like Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C are present on both smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 and Mi MIX 2S have dual-camera systems at the back, comprised of two 12-megapixel modules, complete with features like dual-pixel PDAF and four-axis OIS. However, the Mi MIX 3 also has a dual-camera setup on the front, with the smartphone s 24-megapixel and 2-megapixel selfie snappers placed in the mechanical slider. In comparison, Mi MIX 2S only has a single 5-megapixel front-facing shooter.
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Despite being an upgrade in almost all departments, Mi MIX 3 seems like a slight step-down from its predecessor when it comes to battery. Xiaomi s newest smartphone has a 3,200mAh power-pack, which is a bit less than the 3,400mAh cell that Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s comes with. However, both smartphones support fast charging and wireless charging.
Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 vs Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S
|Features||Xiaomi Mi MIX 3||Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S|
|Display||6.39-inch FullHD+ with 19.5:9 aspect ratio||5.99-inch Full HD+ with 18:9 aspect ratio|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||128GB/256GB/512GB (non-expandable)||64GB/128 GB/256GB (non-expandable)|
|Rear camera||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel||12-megapixel + 12-megapixel|
|Front camera||24-megapixel + 2 megapixel||5-megapixel|
|OS||Android Oreo, MIUI 10||Android Oreo, MIUI 10|
|Connectivity||Dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS||4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Security||Fingerprint sensor / Face Unlock||Fingerprint / Face Unlock|
|Fast charging & Wireless charging||Yes, both||Yes, both|