Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 coming next week carrying 10GB of RAM (no joke)

A teaser render of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Weibo

  • Xiaomi has revealed some new features arriving with its Mi Mix 3 flagship next Thursday.
  • The phone will have 10GB of RAM and 5G internet support.
  • It will be the first smartphone from a major manufacturer with these characteristics.

Xiaomi has confirmed the Mi Mix 3 will launch on October 25, and has given us a taste of what we can expect from it. Posting on Weibo earlier today (via GizMochina), Xiaomi said the new Mix device would feature 10GB of RAM and 5G support.

We don’t get a good look at the smartphone, only its outline via a couple of teaser images (below). There seems to be little point in secrecy, though, as Xiaomi Global Vice President Manu Kumar Jain already revealed the phone in August (his image is above).

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Still, the renders look pretty and they reaffirm the Mi Mix 3’s implementation of a pop-up camera system like on the Oppo Find X. One of our main gripes with the previous Mixs (Mixes?) was their front camera’s awkward positioning at the bottom of the phones, so this is a welcome change.

As for the 10GB of RAM speculation, this would be the first smartphone from a major manufacturer to carry such memory, pending the surprise release of the rumored Oppo Find X 10GB RAM model. The big question is whether 10GB of RAM is warranted on a smartphone. The short answer is “hahahah, nope.”

Mi Mix 3 teaser renders from a Xiaomi promotion. Weibo

Meanwhile, most of us won’t feel 5G’s benefits for quite some time, but this should help to ‘future proof’ the handset (that is, if carriers can sort out 5G in the next two years before the phone is past its best). Xiaomi may include global frequency band support like it did with the Mi Mix 2.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is likely to be a costly smartphone and may be hard to come by in the West. It may be about as flawed as its predecessors, too. But the Mi Mix series has been consistently surprising, and can’t wait to find out what Xiaomi has dreamt up this time. Look out for it launching next week on Thursday, October 25.

Gimme’ your thoughts on the Mi Mix 3 in the comments.

Read next: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 review

MIUI info hub: Everything you should know about Xiaomi’s Android skin

MIUI on Mi Mix 2s.

Whether you just got a Xiaomi phone for the first time or are die-hard Mi fan, you’ll have interacted with MIUI.

The company’s take on Android is now on its tenth iteration, delivering a host of features and tweaks over the years. From updates and guides to new features and more, this is our one-stop shop for everything MIUI.

What is MIUI?

Simply put, MIUI is the theme Xiaomi has slapped on top of Android, adding a new visual style and more features to pure Android.

MIUI was actually Xiaomi’s first product, launching back in 2010 before the brand had any phones to go with it. The Android skin now has tens of millions of users, and while it hasn’t quite shed the iOS-inspired aesthetics, it offers plenty of features.

Which phones come with MIUI?

MIUI is largely designed with Xiaomi’s products in mind, with each of its phones running the software — except for the Android One-toting Mi A1 and Mi A2. The Pocophone F1, made by Xiaomi sub-brand Pocophone (or Poco in India), uses a version of MIUI that takes a few cues from stock Android.

The company and its community have also encouraged MIUI on other smartphones in the early years, but Xiaomi keeps a tight hold on its Android skin these days.

Keen to buy a MIUI-equipped phone? Then you can check out our recent Xiaomi reviews below:

Major features through the years

The Xiaomi Mi 4S.

MIUI has made tons of headway since launching roughly eight years ago, and it now has a rather comprehensive list of features.

Xiaomi is one of the first brands to come up with the idea of a phone management app (back in MIUI 5), serving as one place for functions like antivirus scanning, storage management, and battery saving features. Now, we see the likes of Samsung adopting this phone hub idea.

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Another noteworthy feature popularized by the brand (and Huawei) is the ability to download themes from a dedicated store. This is a feature stock Android still technically lacks, as you can download icon/font packs but there isn’t an entire theme store.

The early years of MIUI also introduced a few more solid features, such as a built-in data saver (MIUI 7), one-handed mode for big phones (MIUI 6), and a permission manager (MIUI 5/6). The last few years have also seen plenty of improvements.

MIUI 8

The arrival of MIUI 8 arguably heralded the biggest change for Xiaomi’s platform yet. Prominent features include scrolling screenshot support, a quick ball navigation setting for accessibility, and the second space feature to create a second profile on the phone.

We also saw the dual apps feature (allowing users to run two messaging accounts on one phone), a power-saving mode, an overhauled gallery app, a more vibrant visual design, and new fonts.

MIUI 9

We saw this update first hit phones in late 2017, delivering swipe gestures for navigation. These aped Apple’s iPhone X, as you swipe up from the bottom to go home and swipe laterally to go back.

Other than these gestures, MIUI 9 also brought “dynamic resource allocation” for better system performance, a smart assistant, and an improved notification shade.

MIUI 10

The most recent version is MIUI 10, which launched a few weeks ago. Some of the more prominent features include a redesigned recents menu and portrait mode for phones with single cameras.

MIUI tips and tricks

Xiaomi’s Android skin is pretty easy to understand, but it certainly holds more its fair share of secrets. We show you how to master the platform — check out our guides below.

If you have any MIUI questions, comments, or recommendations, sound off in the comments!

Xiaomi Black Shark global website now live, European launch incoming?

The Xiaomi Black Shark. Xiaomi Gaming

  • Xiaomi has quietly launched a global website for the Black Shark phone.
  • The website launch suggests that a wider release is on the cards.
  • MyDrivers reports that the gaming phone will come to Europe first.

The Xiaomi Black Shark is one of many gaming smartphones launched in 2018 thus far, offering the usual gaming trappings. That means a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, a button to enable performance mode, and an optional gamepad attachment.

It’s largely been restricted to China, but MyDrivers (h/t: Gizmochina) has spotted a Black Shark global website (global.blackshark.com). “Sharks approaching. Unleashing soon,” reads a tagline on the site.

The global website doesn’t provide much else, save for an email sign-up form and a few media quotes about the phone. Nevertheless, the device is expected to land in Europe first, MyDrivers said, citing company insiders.

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If confirmed, it would be the latest gaming phone to see a wider release, following in the footsteps of the Asus ROG Phone. The Xiaomi Black Shark doesn’t have the ROG Phone’s ultrasonic shoulder buttons or overclocked chipset, but it’s still a pretty handy gaming-focused device.

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The Black Shark offers the aforementioned Snapdragon 845 (with liquid cooling), 6GB to 8GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of storage, and a 6-inch full HD+ LCD screen. Other noteworthy details include a 4,000mAh battery, a 12MP+20MP telephoto combo on the back, a 20MP selfie snapper, and a front-mounted fingerprint scanner. You’ll need to use a 3.5mm to Type-C adapter or Bluetooth, however, as the phone lacks a headphone jack.

Global pricing is still up in the air, but the phone’s starting price in China was 2,999 yuan (~$433). This is more expensive than the similarly powerful Pocophone F1 (~$300), but you’re getting a different design, higher resolution cameras, and a button to activate gaming mode. It’s cheaper than most other Snapdragon 845 phones though, so you might want to keep an eye on this device…

Would you buy the Black Shark over other flagships? Let us know in the comments!

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