The bezels around smartphones nowadays are hard to get rid of because the selfie camera still needs a home, for all the selfie-narcissists out there, you know.
So, rather than getting rid of the bezel, the Chinese company, Xiaomi, has decided to move the camera on its new flagship phone, the Mi Mix 3, to a magnetic slide-out compartment. Gimmicks aside, the phone is also packing some pretty high-end specs.
The Mi Mix 3 uses neodynamic magnets to get the cameras to pop up just right when the user pushes the screen down. While the mechanical movement might seem like something else that might break, Xiaomi stays it's tested the system so it should last for over 300,000 cycles, basically a smartphone's life-span.
Sliding it out reveals two front-facing cameras, the main one captures the world of your beautiful face, in a sharp 24 MP, using a Sony IMX576 sensor, which improves its low-light performance. The secondary sensor is a relatively-low 2 MP, but this one is dedicated to depth-sensing, which is passed onto the onboard AI systems to build a bokeh effect in photos. It's not just for taking photos either – the sliding mechanism can be set up to answer calls or trigger other functions. Kind of reminds you of that old school Samsung back in the day?
With the cameras out of the way, you are not just safe from weirdo's spying on your double-chinned face, but the screen also has some room to stretch out. The AMOLED display measures 6.4 in and has a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080. Xiaomi says that the Mi Mix 3 has a screen-to-body ratio of 93.4% so that basically means it's kicking-sizeable... lead over the iPhone XS Max and even the Samsung Galaxy S9+, which both boast just over 84%.
The Mi Mix 3's rear cameras are no slouches either. The phone sports dual 12-MP cameras that can shoot 4K video and super slow-motion at 960 frames per second, which is tied with Samsung's Galaxy S9 line as the slowest of slow-mo modes on phones at the moment. Again, Xiaomi is focusing on AI to aid photography through auto stabilization, calibration and light metering based on the scene you're trying to capture.
Set to come in a solid three different colours; Jade Green, Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black, and the back is, strangely, ceramic. In another nice little touch, the phone comes with a wireless charger in the box, which is something almost all of the big players make you buy separately. (Uhh, shut up and take my money.)
There will be four different models available for the Mi Mix 3. The first one has 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage (for RMB3,299), the second ups the RAM to a solid 8 GB RAM (for RMB3,599), and the third keeps the 8 GB of RAM and double the storage space to 256 GB (for RMB3,999). The fourth is a limited Palace Museum Edition, which pushes the RAM out to a staggering 10 GB and comes in HOT with a generous 256 GB of storage, (for RMB4,999).
At today's rates, that converts to roughly US$475, $520, $575, and $720, respectively. While the phones will be released in China on November 1, there's no word yet on when they might hit the rest of the selfie-driven world.