The Mi Mix 2S, launched by Xiaomi in March this year, was an iterative upgrade to the Mi Mix 2. Something on the lines of a OnePlus 5T.
The Mi Mix 2S brought notable changes to the core hardware, including ARCore support, and also brought in a dual camera system that was claimed to be superior to the dual camera system on-board the iPhone X. The Mi Mix 2S was also the first Xiaomi phone to pack wireless charging out-of-the-box. But, it was still an iterative upgrade, and not an actual next-generation flagship. The Mi Mix 3 will change that.
Problem is the Mi Mix 3 is expected to launch with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor around September this year. It may have the same dual cameras as well, since the flagship Mi 8 has the same dual cameras. So, how is Xiaomi going to justify, its new high-end phone? Well, if leaks and rumours are anything to be gone by, looks like Xiaomi may be working on an entirely new strategy for the Mi Mix 3. Xiaomi has been using the same design philosophy for the Mix for two years in a row now. Both the Mi Mix 2 and Mi Mix 2S followed the Mi Mix in terms of design, offering minor changes here and there.
The Mi Mix 3, although it will follow the same philosophy, is said to refresh things quite a bit from a design perspective. The Mi 8 has shown that Xiaomi isn’t wary of using incumbent technologies – and design — to its advantage anymore. If it’s good, and attainable, it is most likely to go for it. One of these technologies that it introduced with the Mi 8 – for the Explorer Edition – was an in-display fingerprint scanner. Something on the lines of what Vivo is offering in the X21 and the Nex S. The Mi Mix 3 will reportedly come with an in-display fingerprint scanner as well, but chances are Xiaomi may deploy the solution in a certain limited edition of the device. This is because, it’s still early days for such a technology and to be able to source it in large numbers, for a company like Xiaomi that likes to price its products very aggressively and keep profit margins a bare minimum, is no easy feat.
Xiaomi may launch a standard and a limited – probably a high-end ceramic – version of the Mi Mix 3 with the former offering a conventional fingerprint scanner like the one on the Mi Mix 2S, while the latter will likely use an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Xiaomi may go a step further to copy Vivo, if a recent teaser doing the rounds of the Internet is to be gone by. The Mix-series has been criticised for its bottom-seated selfie cameras. The Mi Mix 3 may change that by offering a selfie camera up-top, only it would have to go after unconventional methods to fit that piece of hardware and also achieve an all-screen and no-bezel design the series is known for. The Mi Mix 3 will reportedly come with a pop-up selfie camera much on the lines of what Vivo is offering in the Nex.
The Nex comes with a rather unconventional pop-out selfie camera that’s built out of mechanical parts. This means that it’s prone to wear and tear over time, although Vivo says, that it can be used hassle-free about 50,000 times and also it can withstand up to 500-grams of weight. Xiaomi may employ a similar solution in the Mi Mix 3.
Last but not the least, the Mi Mix 3 will reportedly up things a notch, by way of its next-generation wireless charging technology. “The Mi Mix 2S is popular (in China) because of wireless charging. Charging speed is actually faster than you expected. Pretty much the same as a 5V, 2A charger. iPhones support wireless charging as well but Apple requires you to buy a separate charging dock that’s super expensive. Almost 100$. Right now we charge 15$ for it. We’re trying to bring it down even further to say 10$ by the second half of this year. Hopefully by next generation we will give it for free,” Xiaomi co-founder and CEO Lei Jun had said while speaking with India Today Tech recently.
Clearly, Xiaomi is working on a next-generation wireless charger, and that the Wireless Power Consortium only recently certified a wireless charger made by the company, chances are the Mi Mix 3 may be up for it. For a more affordable wireless charging solution, that would also likely be faster.
Xiaomi has no plans to launch the Mi Mix 2S in India. It has been relatively tight-lipped about its plans to bring the Mi 8 to the country as well. As such, the Mi Mix 3, becomes all the more important. What with companies like Oppo and Vivo not being shy about bringing their crazy futuristic phones to India, and a company like Asus launching a high-end flagship phone like the ZenFone 5Z at under Rs 30,000, the Indian flagship market is up for a radical change. Xiaomi needs to step up its game now, and start looking at the opportunities at hand in that segment as well.
News credit : Indiatoday