In its place, Xiaomi has designed a slider mechanism in which the entire back panel of the smartphone slides up revealing dual selfie cameras. The primary camera uses a 24MP Sony IMX576 sensor, while a secondary 2MP sensor is used for depth of field effects. The slider is not motorized, so it slides up and down with a thumb push similar to the old candy bar-style sliders (which hid the keyboard) that were popular before smartphones arrived on the scene.
The Mi Mix 3 features a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2340x1080) and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Xiaomi claims that the display offers a 60,000:1 contrast ratio and a maximum brightness of 600 nits. On the rear of the phone you'll find another set of cameras: there is a 12MP wide angle lens (Sony IMX363 sensor, f/1.8) and a 12MP telephoto lens (Samsung S5K3M3+, f/2.4). The cameras support optical zoom, 4-axis optical image stabilization and AI scene detection.
Running the show is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor which is available with 6GB, 8GB or a generous 10GB of RAM. Xiaomi also says that a 5G version of the Mi Mix 3 will be available in the first quarter, making it one of the first such devices to hit the market.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will be available in China starting on November 1st. The base phone with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage will sell for 3,299 yuan ($475), Stepping up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will cost 3,999 yuan ($575). Finally, there is the "Forbidden City Palace Museum" edition that packs in the full 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage; it will be priced at 4,999 yuan ($720). The phones will be available in Onyx Black, Sapphire Blue and Jade Green.
At this time, there is no word on pricing and availability for the rest of the world.