As usual, let us first talk about the set. We can find classic elements in here – a charger that supports the Quick Charge 3 standard (though the phone itself supports the fourth version), the package contains a USB-C cable with a reasonable length as well. The manufacturer added a plastic cover that protects the “backs” of the phone.
On the one hand, it decreases the attractiveness of the housing, but on the other it protects it from any damage and reduces the height difference of the camera module. After putting it on the module does not stand above the housing and the phone stops wobbling when we place it on a flat surface.
In addition, thanks to this cover it is easier to found the fingerprint scanner, traditionally placed at the back of the housing.
In the package we can find some “papers” and a needle for opening the tray for cards (unfortunately – 2 x nanoSIM, without microSD!) and an adapter from USB-C to minijack. Yes, there is no minijack in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, and the adapter itself looks fragile and is the first candidate to be misplaced from this set.
There are no earphones, but there is a plate for the wireless charging… Charging is rather fast for a Qi one – it gives whole 2A. I will add that the whole set is elegantly packed.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 itself makes a positive impression. The housing has a rather simple shape, but the back of the phone made out of ceramic materials adds a bit of elegance, shinning in an interesting way. And it is much more resistant to scratches than a regular glass – though supposedly it can, just like a glass, shatter. Out of obvious reasons I did not conduct a test of dropping it from a height. The back of the phone with the golden logo of the Mix series looks beautiful, but it gets beautifully dirty as well. It attracts fingerprints and dust gathers around the camera’s frame.
The front of the phone is as effective as its backs. The display is surrounded by a really narrow bezel, and along the glass panel there is a subtle, plastic frame. The rectangular display is not ruined by any notch or a hole, but despite a narrow bezel the designers managed to fit in it the additional microphone, sensors and the notifications LED. And where is the front camera and the speaker of the receiver? Under the display, in the slide-out part of the housing. Slider is the most important feature of Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, and – what I am afraid of the most – its biggest curse.
Thanks to this we have an almost bezel-less display, but at the same time, the phone – obviously – is not waterproof, and in addition – it might be fragile. I believed when the manufacturer assured me about the durability of the mechanism – 300 000 cycles. The mechanism is rather simple, it is based on four magnets and does not have a lot of movable parts that could brake down. It should be enough for around 5 years of using the phone. However, there is one thing that cannot be avoided.
Problems with slider will begin, when dirt will get between parts of the housing. I am not worried about the dust from pockets, we just need to blow it out or wipe it, it should not damage anything. But what will happen when we will take to phone to a beach or other place with a lot of dust?
Some mean speck can get into the mechanism and it could scratch the glass protecting the camera while sliding out the housing. And we can forget about taking selfies… This is a bit dramatic scenario – but you must admit, it is a real one, right?
I will add that the slider works with a nicely adjusted resistance, accidental slide happens seldom – mainly after taking the phone out of a tight pocket. I feared that two parts of the housing will make noises while holding the phone – but they do not. Between these elements is a small, barely noticeable clearance – but it needs to be there, so the housing can slide without a major effort. In any case – my device neither knocked nor creaked. The housing is stiff, be should not be afraid of “bendgate”.
The placement of elements is a typical one. At the bottom there is the microphone, USB-C socket and a single speaker, at the top – only the secondary microphone. On the right there are volume control and power buttons. They could have been slightly lower, around the half of the height of the phone. A person with shorter fingers can have a problem with reaching them comfortably.
On the left side there is the previously mentioned tray for cards and an interesting feature: an additional, programmable button. It runs Google Assistant by default – but we can change its work in the menu. Due to the fact that this button is at the same height, as the power button, we can press it by accident.