Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 rear panel leaks, shows iPhone X-like dual camera cutout


Xiaomi Mi MIX

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series is well known for its edge to edge screens but not for its cameras. Even with the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi didn’t opt for a dual rear camera and used a single sensor. The performance of the rear shooter is pretty much average. Apart from the lacking camera performance, the handset has a lot going for it (Here’s our review). Today, a leak of the Mi Mix 3 has popped up on the Internet that suggests Xiaomi might use dual cameras on the next Mix series phone.

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mi mix 3 rear-panel-leakIn the leak, a rear panel believed to be of the Mi Mix 3 is shown. A cutout similar to the iPhone X is clearly visible. The rear panel has the vertical branding of Xiaomi as well like the Mi Mix 2. Apart from that, there is not much we can make out from the leak. The spy photo, though interesting seems to be a quite early catch. The Mi Mix 2 isn’t 6 months old yet and we’re already seeing speculation of its successor.

Since this is an early leak, it is quite possible that the design of the Mi Mix 3 is still not finalised and this is one of the prototypes. Although we’d definitely like to see a long due improvement in the imaging department. We wonder what stops Xiaomi from transferring the excellent camera the Mi Note 3 to the Mi Mix series. With the addition of a potent photo snapper on the Mi Mix series, it would make the line even more irresistible than it is already.

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12 Comments

  1. Giulio Dainese
    December 10, 2017

    Rear fingerprint again!?

    • Billy Williams
      December 10, 2017

      Its a full screen device, where else do you want them to put the finger print scanner. It sits naturally where you put your finger anyway. Qualcomm does support finger print scanner embedded into the glass but no one has perfected the technology to use it yet, so until then developers will continue to use fingerprint scanners and the gimmicky face unlock/iris scanner. That’s how it goes. Only Huawei seems to want to keep a front scanner while having high screen to body ratio.

      • A Qay
        December 10, 2017

        A fingerprint scanner inside the power button is also a very appealing idea, but that would make the corners somewhat thick.

        • Billy Williams
          December 10, 2017

          Sony has been using the power button/fingerprint scanner for a while. Just not in the US. It doesn’t really add thickness at all and I’d be ok with that as well. I believe the Razer Phone also does the fingerprint scanner in the power button. That’s a great idea that I forgot about it. Good call.

      • Giulio Dainese
        December 10, 2017

        for me if there is a bottom bar it can fit a front fingerprint unless is totally useless… some time ago i read about a small fingerprint for full screen phones, so it’s possible! anyway in the rear for me is unconfortable, and if the phone is on the table you can’t unlock it… anyway it can be putted on the side to! like sony… But for me the mi mix, that is a concept phone, shoul be innovative! the mi mix 2 was nothing special, if the 3 would be the first with a under screen fingerprint it would be a good thing

        • Billy Williams
          December 10, 2017

          My only problem with that is that with these taller 18:9 aspect ratios it forces you to continuously switch your grip around to move from the bottom of the device for the fingerprint scanner bank to a neutral position to actually use the device and then up to reach notification shades. It is literally the only issue I have with the Mate 10. The Mate 10 Pro has the scanner on the back so its easier to hold and operate because your hand stays in a neutral position. To me it just comes down to ergonomics.

          And yeah, I’m with you as far as the Mi Mix goes. The first one is a work of art. The second one put function over form and as such became a regular phone as opposed to being a concept that pushes the market forward. Hopefully next year they throw the Mi Note 3 camera on it…lol. The camera on both Mi Mix suck

  2. Giulio Dainese
    December 10, 2017

    Rear fingerprint again!?

    • Billy Williams
      December 10, 2017

      Its a full screen device, where else do you want them to put the finger print scanner. It sits naturally where you put your finger anyway. Qualcomm does support finger print scanner embedded into the glass but no one has perfected the technology to use it yet, so until then developers will continue to use fingerprint scanners and the gimmicky face unlock/iris scanner. That’s how it goes. Only Huawei seems to want to keep a front scanner while having high screen to body ratio.

    • A Qay
      December 10, 2017

      A fingerprint scanner inside the power button is also a very appealing idea, but that would make the corners somewhat thick.

    • Billy Williams
      December 10, 2017

      Sony has been using the power button/fingerprint scanner for a while. Just not in the US. It doesn’t really add thickness at all and I’d be ok with that as well. I believe the Razer Phone also does the fingerprint scanner in the power button. That’s a great idea that I forgot about it. Good call.

    • Giulio Dainese
      December 11, 2017

      for me if there is a bottom bar it can fit a front fingerprint, unless is totally useless to have a bottom bar… some time ago i read about a small fingerprint for full screen phones, so it’s possible! anyway in the rear for me is unconfortable, and if the phone is on the table you can’t unlock it… anyway it can be putted on the side to! like sony… But for me the mi mix, that is a concept phone, shoul be innovative! the mi mix 2 was nothing special, if the 3 would be the first with a under screen fingerprint it would be a good thing

    • Billy Williams
      December 11, 2017

      My only problem with that is that with these taller 18:9 aspect ratios it forces you to continuously switch your grip around to move from the bottom of the device for the fingerprint scanner bank to a neutral position to actually use the device and then up to reach notification shades. It is literally the only issue I have with the Mate 10. The Mate 10 Pro has the scanner on the back so its easier to hold and operate because your hand stays in a neutral position. To me it just comes down to ergonomics.

      And yeah, I’m with you as far as the Mi Mix goes. The first one is a work of art. The second one put function over form and as such became a regular phone as opposed to being a concept that pushes the market forward. Hopefully next year they throw the Mi Note 3 camera on it…lol. The camera on both Mi Mix suck