Entrance into Europe
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is making its grand entrance into the European market this week. The much-anticipated smartphone will be available in Spain from the 8th of January and will be available in Italy from the 9th of January. The Xiaomi Italy Twitter page has advertised the device to be on sale from €549.99 at mi.com and all other Xiaomi supported retailers, including AliExpress and the company’s brick-and-mortar Mi Stores. Given that we saw TechRadar confirm that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 would arrive in the UK sometime in Q1 of 2019, it goes without saying that we’ll likely also see this particular device make its way to Ireland soon, especially following the company’s official launch here back in October through mobile carrier Three.
Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 marks the surprising return of “slider” phones into the mainstream Android market. The OPPO Find X and Vivo NEX S started the movement that popularised slider-style devices last year, but the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has solidified it with one of the best devices to date. Unreasonable prices have, until now, hindered the popularity of slider phones. Spain and Italy will be the first countries outside of Asia to receive the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 officially, as prior it was only available in China and Taiwan.
While Xiaomi has teased that their 5G model of the phone would release in Europe in Q1 of 2019, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 model available does not support 5G. The company confirmed at a press conference in China that they would launch a 5G variant of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 in Europe, but this isn’t it. The 5G model of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, of which contains the Snapdragon X50 modem, required for 5G support. The chip also has a whopping 45% performance increase over the previous model, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.
How this affects Ireland
Given that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is confirmed to launch at some point in the UK, it only makes sense that we’ll see it launched here too as a successor to the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. The UK and Irish markets walk hand in hand when it comes to smartphones, so it only makes sense that we would see it soon. There’s always a chance it doesn’t show up, but it probably will as that would make the most sense. Worst case scenario, it’ll be very easy to import here. Have a look at the specs of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 below.
Specifications of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
|Specifications||Xiaomi Mi Mix 3|
|Software||MIUI 10 on top of Android 9 Pie|
|RAM and storage||6GB/8GB of RAM with 128GB/256GB of storage; Palace Museum variant: 10GB of RAM with 256GB of storage|
|Battery||3,200mAh; 10W wireless charging, Quick Charge 4.0+|