Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 photo confirms 5G support

Last week Xiaomi showed off a render of the upcoming Mi Mix 3 flagship that revealed its notch-dodging slider mechanism, and now product management director Donovan Sung has followed up with a photo confirming another feature: 5G support. The phone is set to be launched in October, far earlier than any 5G networks are going to be up and running, but Sung says the company “can’t wait for the official rollout of 5G next year.”

As for what we can expect from Xiaomi’s precise implementation of 5G, Sung cites download speeds that are “more than 10x faster than 4G speeds,” which isn’t much to go on given the huge variation in 4G technologies. The photo shows the Mi Mix 3 using various bands at a test facility, including one LTE connection that could be an “anchor band” for the 5G connectivity, but it doesn’t really tell us a lot about the phone’s theoretical capabilities. A lot will depend on the kind of networks that operators actually roll out around the world.

Still, this is the most notable device with 5G support announced to date. The Moto Z3 will get 5G compatibility through a Moto Mod with a Snapdragon X50 modem, while Huawei and LG have both announced plans to release 5G phones in the first half of next year, but that’s about it so far.

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 goes fully bezel-less with a Find X-style camera slider

Hot on the heels of Honor teasing the Magic 2 — a bezel-less flagship smartphone with a hidden sliding camera similar to the Oppo Find X — Xiaomi president Lin Bin posted the first official image of the company’s own upcoming Mi Mix 3, which is also a bezel-less flagship smartphone with a hidden sliding camera similar to the Oppo Find X (via GSMArena).

According to the post, Xiaomi is targeting an October release for the Mi Mix 3, although for now, the company has yet to offer any real details about things like specifications or price. But the truly full-screen design does make a lot of sense for the Mi Mix brand considering the previous phones that were released in the series have already been working for years to try and minimize bezels as much as possible. Borrowing the same sliding camera move as the Find X seems like the logical place for the Mi Mix 3 to go.

Assuming Xiaomi is planning on hitting that October date, chances are we’ll be hearing much more about the Mi Mix 3 soon. In the meantime, between Oppo, Honor, and now Xiaomi, it’s clear that the battle for cracking the sliding camera bezel-less phone of the future has officially kicked off.

Leaked parts confirm that Xiaomi’s ‘transparent’ Mi 8 Explorer Edition was too good to be true

In May, Xiaomi wowed the internet with its upcoming “transparent” Mi 8 Explorer Edition smartphone that the company claimed showed off the internal components of the phone in a stylish manner, unlike any transparent or translucent gadget before. There was just one problem: there were reports that the exposed circuitboard wasn’t actually real.

Turns out, those reports may have been spot on. Chengming Alpert — the Twitter user who first cast doubt on Xiaomi’s claims — posted leaked pictures of the alleged internal parts, which appear to be little more than a cosmetic plate to cover the actual (and likely less-photogenic) internal components.

Assuming the leaked parts are real, it would seem that Xiaomi is definitely working hard to create the optical illusion with actual 3D components to give it a sense of depth and realism. But the circuit board shown in the leaked pictures looks to be cosmetic.

When the story first broke, Xiaomi commented to The Verge, “The transparent back on Mi 8 Explorer Edition is indeed made of transparent glass, and there isn’t a sticker with a picture on it. The parts that you see on the back upper half, for example, are parts of the actual mainboard.” It seems like that’s technically still true. The phone is, in fact, transparent, and you can see inside to the parts, which may even be stylized re-creations of the actual components. But based on the pictures, it’s more likely that the visible circuitry is cosmetic, not the actual hardware of the phone.

Removing the plate from Xiaomi’s press pictures makes it clear that the Mi 8 Explorer Edition’s transparent looks are a little more deceptive than the company would have you think.