CHINESE UPSTART Xiaomi has officially entered the 5G arena with a reworked version its Mi Mix 3.
Unveiled at MWC on Sunday, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G - as its name suggests - takes the existing handsets and adds 5G wireless technology thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chip and X50 modem.
Here in Blighty, the new and improved Mi Mix 3 will be available on Three's 5G network when it arrives on shelves in May and Xiaomi says it'll be priced from €599 (around £520), making it the cheapest 5G smartphone we've seen yet.
"Xiaomi has spent tremendous efforts developing a 5G smartphone solution and Mi Mix 3 5G represents Xiaomi's quest to create innovative products for everyone," swooned Wang Xiang, SVP of Xiaomi. "We are also delighted and honoured to be working with our partners to make 5G a reality for even more users all over the world."
Elsewhere, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 packs all the features of its non-5G predecessor; you'll find a 6.39in FHD+ AMOLED screen with a sliding design to access the front-facing camera, a rear-mounted 12MP AI dual camera and 256GB built-in storage.
Xiaomi also announced its Mi 9 flagship (below) for Europe; it'll be available from 28 February priced at €449 for the 6GB + 64GB version, and from €499 for the 6GB+128GB model.
Launched in China earlier this month, the handset's standout features is its S10-rivalling triple-camera setup, which comprises a 48MP main sensor with f/1.75 aperture and laser autofocus, a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP telephoto lens.
Around the front of the Mi 9 sits a 6.39in FHD+ Super AMOLED panel which Xiaomi claims boasts a 90.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio thanks to its downsized waterdrop notch, similar to that seen on the OnePlus 6T. This houses a 20MP front-camera, and you'll also find a screen-embedded fingerprint scanner below.
Elsewhere, you'll find Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor, a 3,300mAh battery and support for 20W wireless charging too, though it'll ship with a power adapter capable of, er, 27W wired charging. µ
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