Xiaomi kills the notch with its new bezel-free smartphone


No notch to see here.
Photo: Xiaomi

One of the biggest Apple copycats finally found a way to bring some innovation of its own to the smartphone game.

Xiaomi unveiled its new Mi Mix 3 phone today that ditches the camera notch Apple popularized in favor of a front camera array that slides out of the display. The end result is a smartphone with a screen-to-body ratio of 93.4 percent and it actually looks pretty cool.

Check out how the camera slides out:


Apple pioneered the notch design that’s become so common lately in smartphones but a couple companies have come out with solutions to do away with the notch entirely. The Oppo Find X uses motors to pop-out its front camera. Xiaomi says its solution uses a simple slider, similar to the one on older sliding phones like the SideKick.

Mi Mix 3 packs a 6.4-inch OLED screen upfront with a 1080p resolution. It has four cameras with a 12MP wide-angle and 12MP telephoto on the back. On the front, you get a 24MP selfie camera and a 2MP sensor. There’s also a fingerprint scanner on the back.

Powering the Mi Mix 3 is a Snapdragon 845 processor with 10GM of RAM. It comes with a 10W wireless charger. Xiaomi is also planning to introduce a 5G model next yet.

Prices start at $475 for the 128GB model with 6GB of RAM. If you’re in China you can grab one starting on November 1. A U.S. launch hasn’t been revealed yet.