Yesterday, Qualcomm announced the new Snapdragon 855 SoC which supports 5G networks and the general idea was that this chip will be used from January next year. However, Xiaomi, has beat time by releasing a smartphone with this chip just a day after its official launch. This smartphone is not new to us, its the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version. Today at the China Mobile Partner Conference, Xiaomi presented the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version equipped with the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform and Snapdragon X50 5G modem. These combined with Xiaomi’s smart antenna switching technology delivers a download speed of up to 2Gbps.
In the live demonstration, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version can be used for 5G high-speed online browsing of web pages, live video, and other common applications. According to the official introduction, 5G has higher requirements for antenna design and transmission than 4G. Xiaomi has an industry-leading position in the research and development of antenna array. As early as 2016, Xiaomi set up a 5G pre-research team to conduct comprehensive and in-depth research on the 5G standard in advance.
At the beginning of 2017, Xiaomi officially launched the design of 5G mobile phones. In September 2018, Xiaomi took the lead in opening up 5G signaling and data link connections, laying the foundation for 5G commercial use. Xiaomi will participate in the first batch of 5G pre-commercial city field test launched by China Mobile in the first quarter of 2019, and will also launch the 5G version of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 in Europe. The company will then provide the Xiaomi commercial terminal supporting China Mobile’s 5G network in the third quarter.
In addition, Xiaomi will also take advantage of IoT, and jointly promote 5G in the smart home field with China Mobile. It will also explore 8K ultra-high-definition VR video online play, 3D holographic video call, 3D AR street view navigation, high-definition game cloud streaming service, and other emerging technologies.