Xiaomi is making waves in Europe with their recent launches in both the UK and Ireland, and they aren’t stopping there. At the annual China Mobile Partner Conference in Beijing, Xiaomi showed off a new version of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Everything was the same in terms of looks. The exact same sliding mechanism for the camera and fingerprint sensor on the back were both present. The biggest change here was internal, as it featured the newly released Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and, as a result, 5G support. When we first heard about the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, promotional material mentioned 5G at times, though at launch the company said that 5G would come to Europe “later.” The company has now announced that we’ll see the Mi Mix 3 released with 5G support in Europe in Q1 of 2019.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 was announced at the Qualcomm Summit in Hawaii, and it’s more than just a means to connecting to a 5G network via the Snapdragon X50 modem. It features the Spectra 380 Image Signal Processor (ISP), which, for the first time, has integrated AI. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, according to the company, boasts a 45% performance improvement over the Snapdragon 845. What’s more, the Adreno 640 GPU is said to have a 20% performance boost over the Adreno 630. There’s a lot more to 5G than just higher speeds, as well.
All in all, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 won’t just boast 5G support, but it will also feature a much-improved chipset in comparison to the previous model. It’s worth noting that the company never did launch the Mix 3 in Ireland or the UK despite their most recent launch, instead opting to launch the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S instead. It’s possible that the company fully intends to launch the Mi Mix 3 in both regions in 2019 along with other European countries further down the line. The only limitation is whether mobile carriers will actually launch 5G cell towers any time soon.
Source: Sina (in simplified Chinese)
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