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Mi Mix 3 Unboxing & Review Part 1 - Goodbye Notch


Mi Mix 3 Unboxing & Review Part 1 - Goodbye Notch Chris and I'm here with Xiaomi's newmix 3 so it's their latest flagship and they've changed things up a little bitit's keeping with that mostly bezel-less design yes there will be some bezel butwe've now got a slider for those front-facing cameras so that's Xiaomi'sway of doing things instead of having a pop up camera which a lot of peoplethought they would do it's now a slider so we're gonna check that out in detailwe'll take a good look at the phone here so if you're unaware of the specs I'lljust quickly go over it's got a Snapdragon 845 and we don't have the 855 yet my modelhere is the hundred and twenty eighty gigabyte version with eight gigabytes ofRAM there is one with 10 gigabytes of RAM and 256 gigabytes of storage nowthat's not expandable so that's the real con here with us that you can't put amicroSD card on this and it also has no 3.5 millimeter headphone jack so Ipicked this one up here from Trading Shenzhen and they do include a type C toUSB adapter and also a power plug adapter so that ones are not actuallygonna work for me because I am down in New Zealand at the moment so the phonehere that feels actually quite a bit heavier than I thought it would I guessbecause of the slider mechanism and things they probably have to beef thatup a little bit and just add a bit more metal so under here we have a wirelesscharger in white as you can see so the max input rating of this wirelesscharger is 9 volts 2 amps and it's a rubber ring around the outside there soit's not going to slip off any tables or anything the top of it is just this niceplastic we have the type C there input of course and then what looks to be astatus LED on the front the charger is Qualcomm quick charge three specs so 12volts 1.5 amps max and that's going to take just over 2 hours to fully chargethe phone then I standard Xiaomi cable here so that's Type C 2 USB in the boxbelow the wireless charger you will find a 3.5 millimeter adapter there to type Cand our SIM tray till now the included case is okay it's made out of plastic itdoes have a bit of a cheaper feel to it it's very lightweight it's a mattefinish that it has on the outside of it but it's not up to the same standard asthe case we first got with the Mi Mix and even the mi mix 2case this one is quite a bit cheaper and not quite as nice so show me I guessthey are cost-cutting here or just to reduce the weight probably so you cansee on the bottom that's the mix three on the top here is my samsung galaxy s 9plus and that 17.9 just under 8 millimeters of thickness and it's almost9 millimeters thick the mean x3 it's also noticeably heavier too as you cansee it comes in at 219 grams which is getting a little bit heavy especiallywhen you compare it to my samsung galaxy s 9 plus which is a hundred and eightyeight grams take a look at the bottom so we've got two grills here that make itlook like it has dual firing downwards loudspeakers in effect doesn't it's likeother Xiaomi devices so the one on the left is where you'll find the microphoneinside there and then the grill on the right sidethat's our loudspeaker we'll give you a sample of that in this video we've got atype C port there now it does support actually Qualcomm quick charge for butyou need to buy a separate charger for that because the one that I showed youincluded in the box is only a Qualcomm quick chargeit's respec now you can see two antenna lines there either side and then lookaround the edge they around the screen to me it feels like it's metal on theleft-hand side you'll find it I'll do nano SIM tray here interesting to notethat there is no rubber gasket around this there is no IP grading on thisphone but I thought they might put a gasket on there as well just to helpthings out but no that's missing now that little button below it that you cansee there that's for shammies ai so you can directly launch that a little bitlike the Bixby assistant that you find on Samsung phones on the rear we have aceramic finish which feels great in hand it says mix by Xiaomi a rear fingerprintreader and then the camera bump which protrudes an extra millimeter houstonscientists bump here you will find a Sony IMX 363 that we've seen anotherxiaomi phones it has an aperture of if one point eight 1.4 micrometer sizedpixels and it does also have for access optical image stabilization now there'ssecondary sensor as there two times optical zoomthat's another 12 megapixel sensor and that's used with your portrait photomode in hand the ceramic finish on it does feel really good but it's extremelyslippery as I found out I placed it on a bed and it proceeded to slide off rightin front of me so you got to be really careful with it on the right hand sideyou will find our volume and power buttons these are made out of ceramicjust like the dedicated AI button and have a good feel to them they do notrattle around and they're perfectly fine now if we take a look at the top herethere is an ever so slight gap between the slider the front screen and then thelower half it's very hard to make out in fact on my unit it's really not aproblem but some people have told me that there is an issue with some unitsand taking a look at that slider so you can see a very slim top bezel there's alittle gap at the top there and that's where the loudspeaker which is actuallybelow the slider is going to transmit the sound through it it does look tohave a sensor inside it so if I slide it up now we get a very satisfying clicknoise and it does actually feel really good so in hand without the case thephone feels great with it on it feels just as good - you can see it fits itwell covers those buttons so just powered it up gone straight through thewhole setup I didn't show you that because there's really no need it'srunning me away 10 and that is on Android 9 now what I wanted to show youhere is just the settings screen because it's a white plain screen you can seenow the bezels on here so you can see at the top that we still do have a littlebit of a bezel here and looking at it I think if they put slightly smallersensors in there that perhaps they could have actually gone with two front facingcameras either side there to me I think it could actually be possible and thenwe wouldn't of course need that pop up slider so as soon as you open the slideryou can see it's gone straight over to the camera and when you close that youdo get a little tiny beat noise a little confirmation now I did have a ratherlarge update out of the box it was 2.1 gigabytes and you can see that's broughtthe security patch level up to October now the first of October which is notbad and at the time of this video I am on the latest stable firmware now ifyou're not familiar with me UI 10 it just looks a little bit different so thetoggles now are starred a little bit different there and you can see we dohave a toggle there for dual GPS and just getting out of this - you seewhen I go back to the home screen here that the icon setthey've just tweaked it a little bit it looks a little bit more modern he doeshave quite an apple look to it if you ask me I mean take a look at thesettings there now because I am on the Chinese ROM here so this is not theglobal ROM there is no global ROM at the time of my video here that should becoming up later on but you really should just buy yourself the global versionlater on to save all the hassle any problems things like that so you get alittle bit of bloat here you've got some bloke you can see there Microsoft youcould consider that bloat this you're gonna see a few things like this you'regonna see a little bit of Chinese now because I'm coming from a Samsung deviceI often am so used to actually just swiping up all the time to then get myapps and the apps drawer but this doesn't have an app store of coursebeing me UI this is going to happen you end up bringing up their own search menuand most of it is going to be in Chinese now you can set a English keyboard onhere and what I'm trying to do now is just get Google Play install but I havehad a few issues and it seems to be difficult to install because we're nowon Android 9 that's causing a few problems now now if you tap this littlebutton here which is on the left side that's the AI button this will bring upthe AI and it's only supporting Mandarin Chinese so that's useless to everyoneelse and I have no idea what it's saying there it's probably saying it doesn'tunderstand me at all for free storage we've got one hundred and sixteengigabytes I remember you cannot expand upon that so if you need more you haveto get the 256 gigabyte version and for those of you that want to know here theinformation of the camera sensors you can see right there there's our sensorsso the main sensor that's that Sony IMX 363 that I mentioned it's a reasonablygood sensor quite a good one actually and in the secondary backup one there isa samsung and the front camera is another sony with that two megapixelaxillary one being an omni vision sensor now along the top you will find anotification LED you can see it as flashing now and this unfortunately isjust in white that's all you get as you can see I do have Google Play now set upand running on the phone now how I did this was go to a APKmirror or any other website that you can download google playstore just grab thelatest apk and you may need to make sure that you actually get it for android 9once that was installed and then I opened it it works so the Google serviceframework is actually part of the ROM now with MIUI 10 so a lot of peoplewere asking me to show this now ambient display which is you're always ondisplay that yes we do have it here because we're using a Super AMOLED panelthis is a Samsung panel and you can schedule it now it will show the timenotification icons and other info they are warning you that it's going toincrease your battery usage of course and this is normal double tap to wake ishere now that banding you're seeing going down the screen now that is onlyon camera that's something that I always run into this problem when I recordAMOLED or Super AMOLED panels so the screen has a maximum Lux of close to 600which is really good so even outdoors it's quite visible it's great now you dohave this the contrast and colors option inside the settings so you're able toset this off the default so the default is this automatic and you can go toincreased contrast you can actually tweak it yourself but standard isactually the more correctly it gives you a more neutral white rather than say amore cool white that it is out of the box so what about the panel itself I'mnot really seeing any problems with this panel at all it's an excellent panelSuper AMOLED from Samsung so 23 40 by 1080 is the resolution I am seeing onthe top and just around here a little bit but very hard to capture on camera atiny bit of what I call shadowing so right on the edge it's a little bitdarker than normal now they have used rounded corners here which aren't tooround but they're not perfect they are a little bit distracting I would ratheractually have squared off inches there but when you take a look at real worldimages the screen does look very good and personally I would love to see a1440p panel on this now this has a 19 by 9 aspect ratio so it's stretched outit's a little bit longer but overall a very decent screen and definitelyflagship grade this is a great screen that Jamie's gone with but it would benice now to start to see 1440p screens that would be just alittle bit sharper but overall it's very good and you can see that the blackshere they are very dark because this is an AMOLED panel now I know a lot ofpeople gonna ask me this so I'm going to show you this the screensokay yes the Samsung has a 1440p screen it is a better screen it does have thecurve at the edges that you either like or dislike now this is one thing that Ipointed out and ranted on a little bit about the earlier Samsung's that Ichecked out that had the Super AMOLED panels and I'm sorry AMOLED panels inthem and it's the same one here that when you look at it side on with theglass I don't know it's because maybe they don't have the glass tintedcorrectly or it's just the bonding process that it always looks differentfrom the Samsung's at about the same angle you can see here that the black onthe samsung galaxy is known plus is darker what you'd expect from a SuperAMOLED panel and when you take a look at this panel here and when you put it faceon you'll notice that then yes it's nice and dark but take a look at the bezelthe black there and then the black on the screen and then you take a look atthe top bezel blackness on my samsung and you'll notice that it's just a lotdeeper there so it's something to do with the process it's not a massiveissue anything like that it's just something I wanted to point out thatcompared to say a Samsung device with an AMOLED panel on it it's not quite asgood so here is what that always-on display looks like it does move aroundso it's not going to burn into the screen but it will not actually show alot of information or to show you missed calls messages and that is really aboutit is not a lot you can tweak with it hopefully xiaomi will be adding that soon the left of the screen you can see that's the always-on display fromsamsung that's on the galaxy and note sorry the galaxy s 9 plus and it doesgive us quite a bit more information there we get better live for get yourfacebook alerts and other alerts and even tells you how many more othernotifications you do have there in time hopefully show me we'll be adding all ofthat to their always-on display as well and now just to run through a couple ofthings so why vine security level 3 we knew this was going to happen it's mostChinese devices have this problem so that means Netflix will not run andanything higher and then standard definition treble support that's beensince Android 8 however it doesn't support seamless updates again this issomething you always get with Xiaomi now the internal storage I did benchmarkthat as you can see and those speeds are really quite goodnot the highest I have seen but check out the random reads there of almost ahundred and thirty megabits per second me watts per second sorry that is reallygood and when it comes to and to to hire the normal score that I see for thesnapdragon 845 and that's aided by the fact that we've got the eight gigabytesof RAM here instead of the six it's just a little bit faster than when it comesto some of those scores but very good and you notice that in the UI I justwanted to mention that that everything has been smooth and fast I haven't seenthat typical UI stutter that I was getting with me away nine meaway ten seems to have really improved upon that which is good to see becauseit was frustrating you get a brand new phone with a very fast top-end chipsetand you see those stutters that should not be happening but so far that's notthe case which is great and you probably think what about face unlocking so yesit does have it you need to just swipe up like this and then look at the cameraand it unlocks the only problem is of course you just have to swipe the phonedown but that's actually not too much of an issue at all and the fingerprintreader on the back well it's just like any other Xiaomi device here it itunlocks even quicker very fast and no problems with that you can see that itdoes pick up fingerprints look at it at the moment looking rather messy nowafter only four hours of use we're just a quick update that all included thisvideo that the ROM is not a hundred percent bug free check this out you cansee that should not be there take a look it's not mean to be there at all so ifsomething's gone really haywire with the UI right there if I swipe this side thenit'll show up and then it's disappeared so there's a couple of minor little bugsnow on to audio so I have used the adapter to test out the quality of theaudio via type C of course and it sounds fine to me it's actually really goodquality now show me doesn't disappoint I've noticed but 3.5 mini headphonejacks and even audio out via the type C port really good so we only had thatsingle downwards firing speaker sadly they did not manage to actually put dualspeakers on this it would have been nice to have one at the top as well so I'mgoing to test it out now and compare it to my samsung galaxy s 9 plus and I'lllet you know now that it actually has a little bit morebut the Islam Plus wins on volume but here's a sample of that loudspeakerwhich I find to be decent for a single doubt speaker so when you open the slider it doesn'tactually always default to the front-facing camera it depends on whatyou were using last that that's what it'll go through to see see you can seeme right there this is not my usual setup so I'm not in Spain them down inNew Zealand at the moment so that's why the quality of this video isn't quitethe same so you've got HDR of course you have portrait mode on this I will giveyou some camera samples and some video samples of that shortly I just wanted toshow you that the manual camera mode you've got a choice between the wide orthe tele lean so that's the one that will zoom into time soon and of coursewe do have your typical settings on this I got white balance you got your focusyour shutter rate and then the ISO which goes all the way up to your standard3200 that ShowMe doesn't for some reason tend to go any higher than this eventhough the sensor does support it we also have the new night mode now thisnight mode this is something I haven't seen on the previous me UI 9 this issomething they've just recently brought in so it's similar to Huawei's nightmode the night shot mode and other manufacturers like oneplus that havebrought them with the 60 it's gonna stitch together a lot of images and justtry and give you the best night photos possible and I will again in this videogive you a sample of that shortly but before I get onto the camera sampleswanted to show you this right here so this is our video settings and there issomething new here so image stabilization that is there that optionbut I don't actually think it's working in 4k it's just the optical that'sworking not the electronic but take a look at this we now have this right here60 frames per second 4k like other manufacturers I knew the sensor could doit so this is the front-facing camera now and we've got too many people knowthis sensor could probably actually do 4k and for some reason we still don'thave any electronic image stabilization on the front-facing camera which isdisappointing it's about time that Xiaomi actually added that in after allthere's a lot of manufacturers Samsung oneplus that are using electronic on thefront facing cameras if you have a shaky hand like me then the footage tends tobe shaky as you can see overall thisfront-facing camera quality is good it's not having that big problem that we didsee in the past with Shomi phones with overexposingfront-facing camera that was something that was plaguing me ui9 it seems to bea lot better here it's just a course the wind noise you're gonna hear that'sgoing to be a problem with any phone because at the moment it is quite windythere's a bit of a storm that's coming in 4k video sample now so this one's and30 frames per second because my videos being shot in 30 frames per second aswell so we'll have to upload a 60 K sample separately for that so thequality you can see is quite good the optical image stabilization is workingwell on that sony AMX 363 sensor however when I walk along here you can see thatto me and I don't believe it's using electronic image stabilization if it isit's only a little bit because I am seeing some óas wobble there a littlebit with it now there will be a bit of wind noise here it's quite windy todaythe weather's not exactly amazing we've had a bit of rain but check this outfocus just like the other dual pixel face detection autofocus cameras overhere the focus is really good no more focus hunting like the earlier showmeans the other flagships that did not have this focus technology it is reallyquite good so overall the video quality for 4k is looking great and let me knowin the comments and you do want to see that 60 frames per second sample andI'll try to upload that or give you a link to it at least this is now a goodsample being shot with open camera that's a third-party application worththe electronic image stabilization enabled and you can see that it's makingabsolutely no difference here we are getting at same level as we did withjust the stock out so it's shaking around Sayle it's not going to useelectronic image stabilization with opening camerathe focus sometimes does also seem to be a little bit slower not quite as good asthe stock app so I see no reason to use open camera and gaming well with the eight gigabytesof RAM and the Snapdragon 845 it's as you'd expect I don't really need to gointo a real detail here that it's gonna play all the latest games this is punchyon the high setting and it runs it super smooth high frame rate and the highestsitting I can choose there so no problems at allrunning the top and latest games now one thing I have noticed which isn't toogreat you get a little bit of play actually that I didn't notice whenyou're holding it in portrait mode you don't really notice this at all but ifyou happen to hold it right now you see when I move like this it will actuallymove a little tiny but there's a little bit of play that's coming through fromeach corner there just a tiny little bit of Rocking it's about a millimeter now Ihaven't had enough time on with the phone to give you an exact battery lifefigure but it's looking like around 7 to 8 hours of screen on time now I've beenusing it a lot at the moment I was recording a lot of 4k video takingphotos so very very heavy use and it's only been on for about two and a halfhours at on screen time and during that I have lost about 40 percent batterylife but it's only the first charge here so after I've gone and cycled thatbattery a few times I will have an update video with battery life so keepan eye out for that so that's the Xiaomi mmx3 and my first impressions overallvery good it's an excellent device build quality is good it's right up there I'venoticed as I pointed out a little bit of play that when you have the phone inlandscape that if you do push up against it there's a little bit of play and amovement in that slider now I don't believe it's gonna be a big problem butI just did want to actually point that out because when you're holding it inportrait like you would normally have phone using it most of the time likethat you don't notice it there now the slider does feel really nice the way itslides up and clicks into place no issues with that it does have a goodfeeling it's great to have slider phones and we're working away from the notchwhich is great because I'm not a huge fan of notches and good to see othersolutions like pop-up cameras and now the slider here from Xiaomi so the UI isfast it feels smooth it's fluid the performance overall was really good Ihave noticed a couple of bugs here that when I showed you that it wasn't quiteright the UI there is a couple of any little glitches there but I haven'tseen the usual stuttering I have tested out full gesture mode and I'm not seeingthat stuttering that I was getting on me uo9 so hopefully this is fixed for goodnow the camera very good focus on it as expected for dual pixel face detectionautofocus so that's working well for K video looks goodhowever the 60 frames per second video by the way great to have that option Ifind the quality that you see a few more compression artifacts and that sohopefully it's just because it needs to be tweaked a little bit more with thesoftware so there's definitely going to be some bug fixes improvements comingthrough here now the other thing I want to also mention is that we are missingon missing out on dual loudspeakers so there'll to be that it's got is stillgood but compared to other flagships we're missing out on a couple of thingsIP raiding no microSD card support no 3.5 millimeter headphone jack I'm prettysure you most of you'll be aware of those problems there but as a package oflaw it's really good very nice screen on this it's bright you can make it out indirect sunlight and then we've got options of even up to 10 gigabytes ofRAM which is a complete gimmick you don't need to pay the extra for thatbecause me oh I is not actually going to really let you take advantage and who'sgoing to be multitasking really that is going to be able to fill up and need 10gigabytes of RAM I think that 6 and 8 is going to be perfect for most people soas we can expand its storage it's not expandable make sure you get the versionthat suits you best so if you need over 128 120 gigabytes of storage free you'vegot a mess of music collection whatever then make sure you get the 256 gigabyteversion all in all it's a good-looking phone the night mode as well with thecamera it definitely does improve things I'm not too sure if it's as good asother manufacturers like Google's a night site I'll have to get my hands onone of those of course to compare that but I will be back with updates onthings like a battery life and how long it takes to wirelessly charge it greatto see that that is included in the box and also the main use out of it if Iencounter any more problems any more bugs or anything like that but reallygreat looking phone thank you so much for watching this hands-on and firstimpressions and I will be back as I mentioned with battery life and a fewother things will they follow up video bye for now .

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