Our favorite smartphones from Mobile World Congress 2019

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G

The Mi Mix 3 is hardly a new phone — it was announced in China in October 2018 and went on sale shortly after. It’s no slouch on its own, with its Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and a 6.39-inch slider display that locks into place with a satisfying thunk. What makes this really special, though, is its support for 5G networks. There have been no shortage of 5G devices on the MWC show floor (some functional, and some less so), but Xiaomi’s Mi Mix is easily among the least expensive.

When it launches later this year, the phone is expected to cost about €600, or roughly $680. That’s less than what any of Samsung’s new, non-5G phones. Granted, its modem only supports so-called “sub-6” 5G, so its value will take a hit once wireless carriers start lighting up their mmWave-based networks. Still, Xiaomi’s goal has always been to make cutting-edge features and performance available to more people, and the Mi Mix 3 5G feels like another step in the right direction.


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