Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, Mi 9 Explorer, and Mi 9 SE hands-on review

GSMArena team, 24 February 2019.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G hands-on

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G is exactly the same smartphone we reviewed last January. It's a very nice slider with a ceramic back, a metal frame, and a Gorilla Glass front.

Xiaomi MWC 2019 review

And this time around we get to see the Sapphire Blue, which looks really cool in spite of the smudge fest it has become in the hands-on room.

There are no changes to the slider mechanism or its settings, and it's as cool as we remember it to be.

Xiaomi MWC 2019 review

The Mi Mix 3 5G has the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset coupled with the Snapdragon X50 modem by Qualcomm. According to Christiano Amon, President of the chip company, the 5G connectivity is not about faster graphics - it will bring completely new experiences to Xiaomi users.

Xiaomi MWC 2019 review

Aside from the new chipset and modem, everything else stays the same - 6.39" AMOLED screen, slider mechanism, ceramic body, dual 12 MP + 12 MP camera and two selfie shooters - 24 MP main one and 2 MP depth sensor.

Xiaomi MWC 2019 review

Now that the Mi Mix 3 5G comes with a new chipset that has new CPU and GPU, the price is getting higher. Instead of 500, now you'll have to pull 599 out of your pocket for a unit in Onyx Black or Sapphire Blue with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage.

The phone will be available starting May on Mi.com, selected Mi Stores and key retailers. The company is also having 5G partnerships with Three, Orange, Sunrise, Telefonica, TIM, Vodafone, with more coming soon.