China's Xiaomi unveils $680 5G smartphone, sees growth in Africa

James Marshall
March 20, 2019

The processor, which Pocket-lint tried and benchmarked using pre-production testing units at the end of a year ago, delivers blisteringly fast performance and should make the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G one of the fastest smartphones on the market.

Xiaomi had launched the Mi Mix 3 in China for 3,299 Yuan (Rs 34,800 approximately) in October 2018. Xiaomi Mi 9 will have 90.7 per cent screen to body ratio, which is higher than the 83.66 screen to body ratio of the Xiaomi Mi 8.

Xiaomi stated that the Mi Mix 3 5G can be bought for 599 Euros (Rs 48,000 approximately).

The Mi Mix 3 with 5G connectivity has been announced for Europe and Xiaomi also showcased its Mi 9 for the market. The announcement comes just a day after Oppo announced that it will launch a 5G smartphone during second quarter of this year while Samsung plans to sell 5G version of Galaxy S10 during second half of this year.

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For more information about the Mi Mix 3 5G visit the Xiaomi website.

That would likely translate into just around $600 were the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G to ever come to the U.S., which once again is sadly not the case based on what we know and can reasonably assume. That camera is a dual-lens one with both 24MP and 2MP lenses, while around the back there's a dual-lens, AI-powered 12MP camera. The phone has 3,200 mAh battery and runs on Android 9 on top of MiUi 10 skin.

"We think this is one of the most competitive prices for a 5G smartphone today and it's going to be available very, very soon", said Sung. The phone has Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 and the full launch specification can be found on the original launch post. Under this display is a new and improvedin-screen fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone up to 25% faster than the previous generation. 2019's Mi 9 looks to correct last year's ugly design with a far better looking one that has nearly no notch at all, an in-glass fingerprint scanner, and a brand new triple camera system around back. The front camera is a 20MP lens embedded in a water-drop style notch.

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