In March we saw the unveiling of the Mi Mix 2S, but Xiaomi's about to take things up a gear with the Mi Mix 3. The launch is now official, happening on 25 October, while the new phone could include exciting new features such as a truly bezel-less design, a pop-up selfie camera, an in-display fingerprint scanner and 5G support.
The latest teaser suggests there will be some sort of sliding screen mechanism (a bit like that seen in the Oppo Find X) that wakes the display and provides quick access to certain features such as Mi Pay (China only) and the camera. We are intrigued.
I could do this all day.� pic.twitter.com/GRAF4jPMZt— Mi (@xiaomi) October 18, 2018
When is the Mi Mix 3 release date?
The Mi Mix 3 will be announced in Beijing, China, on 25 October 2018. We'll bring you full details on how to watch live nearer the time.
How much will the Mi Mix 3 cost?
According to Android Pure there will be standard and ceramic versions of the Mi Mix 3 with the following RRPs:
Mi Mix 3 Standard
- 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM: 3399 Yuan (£383/US$496)
- 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 3699 Yuan (£417/$540)
- 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 3999 Yuan (£451/$584)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM: 4299 Yuan (£485/$627)
Mi Mix 3 Ceramic
- 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM: 4399 Yuan (£496/$642)
- 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 4699 Yuan (£530/$686)
- 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 4999 Yuan (£564/$729)
- 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM: 5299 Yuan (£597/$773)
However, Xiaomi has already confirmed that there will be a 10GB RAM version, which these prices do not account for, so we'd take them with a pinch of salt.
Remember that because Xiaomi phones are not officially sold in the UK you will need to purchase the Mi Mix 3 through channels such as GearBest or Geekbuying. Expect to pay a slight premium, and remember to factor in import duty (20%) when shipping to the UK, but even with this you should find fantastic value.
Mi Mix 3 specifications
Xiaomi has confirmed three things about the upcoming Mi Mix 3: it will support 5G, there will be a version with 10GB of memory, and the screen will be 1080x2340 pixels (19.5:9, full-HD). But there's lots more in store.
As one of our biggest gripes on previous models, the possibility of a redesigned selfie camera comes as music to our ears. It's also something that has been rumoured for many upcoming phones in 2019 following its success on the Vivo Nex.
In line with this theory event teasers suggest that there is bottom bezel, which would increase the screen-to-body ratio and make the now shorter 5.99in smartphone easier to hold.
This smaller chin is also visible in a leaked photo of a Mi Mix 3 and screen glass/protector, but more interestingly this image also reveals an in-display fingerprint scanner. This has so far been seen only in the Mi 8 Explorer Edition and Mi 8 Pro.
On another Xiaomi teaser image a man is shown lying on the floor surrounded by Mi Mix models. The original is clearly visible over on the right with its wider body and single-lens camera, while the 2 and 2S can be distinguished by their dual-lens camera at the rear. The only model that doesn't obviously feature a fingerprint scanner at the rear is the one in the model's hand, though unfortunately the image is not clear enough to discern much other than its narrower overall appearance. (Click to view full size.)
Also rumoured to appear in the new phone is a dedicated button for calling up Xiaomi's own voice assistant - Xiao Ai. This works only in Chinese, but if you buy a Global version of the Mi Mix 3 it will also feature the Google Assistant.
Aside from this we can safely assume we'll see many of the same specs as in the Mix 2S. Therefore, you should expect the Snapdragon 845 processor with 64-, 128- or 256GB of storage, a dual AI camera, Qi wireless charging and a 5.99in Full-HD+ (1080x2340) 19.5 display.
The size, weight and battery capacity could all be affected by the shorter body, however.
As before there will likely be a black model with 18k gold detailing on the rear, and a white model with Chrome detail. There is also talk of a Ceramic model, and of a Ferrari Special Edition.
Read next: Best new phones coming in 2018 and beyond.