Although it arguably started the current ravel-free smartphone craze with the original Mi Mix device, Xiaomi seems to get a page from Oppo's design-playbook with a selfie-camera in Find X-style on its newly announced Mi Mix 3 -device.
Posted by Xiaomi president Lin Bin on the Weibo page of the company, along with a proposed release date for October, the Mi MIx 3 image shows a camera hidden behind an almost completely screenless view.
Previous Mi Mix devices, such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2, placed the selfie camera in an awkward way at the bottom of the face of the phone, forcing the user to turn the handset upside down or make self-portraits from a particularly unflattering angle.
If you look closely at the bottom left corner of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, you will find that, unlike the Oppo Find X, the entire rear part of the device slides – not just the upper part.
Ticket to slide
This unique approach makes us believe that instead of the camera popping up, the screen of the Mi Mix 3 can even slide down. Could this mean that the slide mechanism of the Mi Mix 3 is not motorized like the Find X, but rather a manual implementation where the user would simply let the screen go down if they want to make a selfie?
It would be logical if Xiaomi would work with a non-mechanical approach – while a very impressive device in itself feels the motorized pop-up camera of the Oppo Find X as something destined for a final failure.
Unfortunately, it is all puzzling at this stage, with absolutely no information about the specifications of the Mi Mix 3 that are currently being offered. Stay informed for more information in the run-up to the release of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (probably only in China) October.