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

The Mi MIX 3 5G is also pretty cheap.

The Mi MIX 3 5G has a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED with a 1080 x 2340 resolution. Xiaomi has been working on 5G trials with China Mobile and named 5G partnerships with Vodeafone, TIM, 3, and Sunrise during its announcement, and it even demod the Snapdragon X50 5G modem inside the Mi Mix 5G live on stage using Orange Spain's 5G network. Since the Snapdragon X50 5G modem is expected to be a battery guzzler, a slightly bigger battery was incorporated. Shortly after, the company teased that the same model would be getting a 5G version, and at the MWC 2019 trade show, we've been treated to just that.

The new Xiaomi phone is touted to be "one of the world's first commercially available 5G smartphones".

The Mi Mix 3 5G is touted to continue the Mi Mix 3 legacy, including the ceramic body and the slider mechanism. So the manufacturer has increased the battery capacity of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 5G version from 3300mAh to 3800mAh to ensure sufficient battery life.

In the photography department, Mi MIX 3 sports dual pop-up selfie cameras of 24-megapixel and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The 5G version of the phone will sell for just €599 (or around $680), which is a lot cheaper than we expect numerous first 5G phones to cost. Connectivity options on the Mi MIX 3 include dual SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C port. This may seem too high if taking into account the price policy Xiaomi has been always running, but the company also said the cost of 5G chips and components is still very high. Pre-orders for the Mi 9 start in Spain, Italy and France today. The handset also gets a dedicated Game Turbo for gaming and fifth-generation optical in-display fingerprint scanner for security.

It's available in Piano Black, Ocean Blue, and Lavender Violet, though we were told that in the United Kingdom only the black and blue versions would be available at launch.

  • Terrell Bush