Let us take a look at the display. This is an AMOLED matrix with an almost 6.4-inch diagonal and the Full HD+ resolution. It is supposedly created by Samsung. There is no reason to dwell about this, the lack of the notch should please us already. And what is more, there is a high level of details, “juicy” colours and nice readability angles. I had no problems with using the phone in sunny days or while wearing glasses with polarizing filters, and the minimum brightness level goes comfortably low.
There is of course the blue light filter, which can work automatically, in selected time of days. We can adjust the balance and colours’ saturation to our needs. In addition, there is a support for HDR and the Always-on-display. The touch panel works perfectly and the glass seems to be durable.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 works on Android Pie with the MIUI 10 interface and security updates from November 2018 (state at the end of January 2019).
I have written many times about the MIUI interface, so in order not to bore you I will send you back to previous reviews. I will just mention about the most important details – and differences that distinguish MIUI in Mi Mix 3.
First of all – there are notifications icons, which lacks bothered mi in Xioamis with notches. There is nicely developed shortcuts panel, and an additional panel with widgets available after swiping the main desktop to the right (we can turn it off). There is the floating button, screen division and single hand usage mode.
We can turn on shortcuts button or edit the buttons’ panel, but I strongly encourage you to control it with gestures.
There are a few things in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 that cannot be found in other Xiaomis. I am talking about features connected with the slider mechanism.
It has a whole separate part in the menu – we can selected different sounds associating with the slider (I recommend “Warrior”), we ascribe different actions to sliding out the housing. The default – and probably the most reasonable one – is running the front camera.
But the slider can turn on a different app selected by us and open a friendly panel of widgets and shortcuts. It can do nothing as well – but it would be a shame to lose an additional option.
Another peculiar thing is the sub-menu dedicated to the additional button on the left side of the housing. It is unnecessarily hidden in the “additional settings” section.
A short press of the button will run Google Assistant, but we can ascribe one of selected actions – it can launch cameras, torch, last used app or the eye protection mode. We can ascribe an action to a single (longer) and a dual press – and it is a pity that we cannot run any app, like in the case of the slider.
I am constantly pleased that Xiaomi does not overdo with the amount of preinstalled apps, and those that are already here are either useful or can be quickly and easily uninstalled.
QR and business cards scanner, screen recording or a file sharing apps can be useful, just like the program to managing the system. Xiaomi provides their own gallery, browser, files manager or a weather app. There is the possibility to clone apps and “Second space”, which is a separate, private zone. There are no obvious bloatwares.
|Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 - a few words about the software and the set
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