At the MWC 2019 conference, Xiaomi officially released its first 5G smartphone, namely the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G. In fact, we were informed this phone is in works back in October. And today, it was uncovered, as scheduled. By the way, this is the second commercial 5G smartphone after the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version maintains the overall design and specifications of the original model, but the processor has been upgraded from Snapdragon 845 to Snapdragon 855. Also, it sports the Snapdragon X50 independent baseband that makes the phone support 5G connectivity.
The use of external baseband consumes more power. So the manufacturer has increased the battery capacity of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version from 3300mAh to 3800mAh to ensure sufficient battery life. In addition, the international version of the Xiaomi Mi MIX3 5G also supports the Google assistant.
Combined with the Xiaomi smart antenna switching technology, our protagonist could have a download speed of up to 2Gbps. In other words, it can download a 15-minute 1080p video or 26 MP3 songs in one second. At the conference, Xiaomi and European operator Orange demonstrated the 5G video call.
Xiaomi set up a 5G pre-research team as early as 2016. In early 2017, the 5G smartphone design was officially confirmed. On September 3, the 5G signaling and data link connection under the 6GHz band was opened. And on October 23, they opened the mmWave millimeter band connection.
The price of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version in Europe is set to be 599 euros. This may seem too high if taking into account the price policy Xiaomi has been always running, but the company also said the cost of 5G chips and components is still very high. And this phone will provide almost no profit to the company. The memory and storage capacity still remains unknown.