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posted by mrpg on Saturday October 27 2018, @12:30PM   Printer-friendly
from the two-to-which-power-gives-10? dept.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 packs up to 10GB of RAM and a stunning 93% screen-to-body ratio

Following a tease by the company's president back in August, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has now officially announced its next all-screen monster handset, the Mi Mix 3.

Boasting a FHD+ AMOLED display with a stunning 93% screen-to-body ratio, the Mi Mix 3 also packs a powerful 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 processor into its unique frame, along with the option of 6GB, 8GB or a whopping 10GB of RAM.

Those after the 10GB model will have to track down the 'Forbidden City' limited edition, which sports traditional Chinese styling, a 10W wireless Qi charger and a collectible statue.

All of the Mi Mix 3 phones will be exclusive to the Chinese market for now. The 10 GB version is priced at RMB 4,999 ($720).

Xiaomi also announced a gaming phone with up to 10 GB of RAM, the Black Shark Helo.

Also at Ars Technica and The Register.

Previously: Oppo Likely to Release the First Smartphone With 10 GB of RAM


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by lars on Saturday October 27 2018, @12:51PM (8 children)

    by lars (4376) on Saturday October 27 2018, @12:51PM (#754435)

    Instead of doing the easy thing and just making them faster, more ram, storage, etc., maybe add some features that are new, unique?

    How about a manual exposure setting for the camera? Nobody sells this, and there is demand for it if you go searching. You could do some nice, long exposure night photos without having to pack a separate camera.

    Some other stuff, I know they won't go for since apparently everyone wants phones that break easily, well I guess at least the manufacturers do:

    A big, built in battery, make the phone twice as thick, sure, but most phone's batteries are only about 1/3 the size of the phone, add one that takes up the whole back and you have 4x the battery life. Most people add cases that vastly increase the phone's thickness anyway, which gets me onto the next feature:

    Make the phone's frame out of decently thick stainless steel that actually protects the screen, not wimpy aluminium. No need for phone cases, no more bendy phones.

    User removable digitizer/screen. Make it nice and easy to swap out a new one, how hard would that be? Just 4 screws and an edge connector. While we are there, lets make it east to swap out the charge port too like LG does.

    A second USB/hdmi port would be nice too.

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @01:05PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @01:05PM (#754436)

    You could do some nice, long exposure night photos without having to pack a separate camera.

    No, you can't. There is a good reason why you want larger aperture, not tiny lens.

    no more bendy phones

    That's not really a problem

    User removable digitizer/screen.

    Huh?

    A second USB/hdmi port

    Why not just get a laptop?

    • (Score: 1) by shrewdsheep on Saturday October 27 2018, @08:01PM

      by shrewdsheep (5215) on Saturday October 27 2018, @08:01PM (#754510)

      Why not just get a laptop?

      If I could comfortably run linux in a chroot environment on a phone, it would become my laptop-replacement when traveling.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @01:53PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @01:53PM (#754450)
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @03:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @03:15PM (#754460)

    If it's like the Mi Mix 2, the body will be ceramic, not aluminum.

  • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @03:52PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @03:52PM (#754465)

    How about a manual exposure setting for the camera?

    The Open Camera app supports this. FOSS and on both fdroid and play store. Many high end smartphone cameras are supported.

    A big, built in battery, make the phone twice as thick, sure, but most phone's batteries are only about 1/3 the size of the phone, add one that takes up the whole back and you have 4x the battery life.

    There heat dissipation issues preventing this. A case could be made for a detachable power bank like they used to do with laptops. But no one cares enough to make it. See the next answer.

    Make the phone's frame out of decently thick stainless steel that actually protects the screen, not wimpy aluminium. No need for phone cases, no more bendy phones.

    Plenty of rugged phones out there. Some models get stress tested for mil specs and water resistant/proofing. The alloy and construction (glued/screwed) choices has to do with the antenna, heat conductivity, weight, and battery expansion over time. Plastic clam shells, btw, are often the safest choice with regards to battery expansion since they can be made to pop out if pushed from within. It's trickier to achieve this when working with metals and/or screws. Apple and Samsung had a few models with full aluminum cases that showed these sort of issues.

    User removable digitizer/screen. Make it nice and easy to swap out a new one, how hard would that be? Just 4 screws and an edge connector.

    The screen and touch digitizer needs to be glued together to prevent shadows.

    While we are there, lets make it east to swap out the charge port too like LG does.

    It's model dependent even for LG: When the port is placed at the bottom it usually ends up on a daughter board running a flex cable that also has the microphone and maybe an indicator which can be replaced as a unit. But since a top position if preferable for usability, most models, regardless of manufacturer, will have it soldered into the same PCB as the SoC.

    A second USB/hdmi port would be nice too.

    There's powered usb hubs for that.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @04:46PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 27 2018, @04:46PM (#754476)

      A case could be made for a detachable power bank like they used to do with laptops. But no one cares enough to make it.

      And external USB batteries are super-cheap and serve almost the same purpose. With the bonus of not being specific to any phone past needing the right adapter cable (i.e. one of USB micro-B, USB C, old iPhone, new iPhone). I've had a couple old phones with batteries that lasted only 2-3 hours that I used just fine for longer periods by keeping my USB battery in my pocket or backpack with my phone plugged into it when I was going to be away from an outlet for longer than that.

  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Saturday October 27 2018, @09:51PM

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Saturday October 27 2018, @09:51PM (#754539)

    Make the phone's frame out of decently thick stainless steel that actually protects the screen, not wimpy aluminium. No need for phone cases, no more bendy phones.

    Wholly incompatible with planned obsolescence.

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  • (Score: 2) by corey on Saturday October 27 2018, @10:31PM

    by corey (2202) on Saturday October 27 2018, @10:31PM (#754545)

    Agree, but it's all marketing. Just like how people think more megapixels equals better camera. People compare phones based on specs like ram and the companies are responding to this. All New phones, at least the popular ones will smash like a terracotta pot if dropped, it would be awesome too seea stainless hardened unit. I guess they can't due to antenna location and RF attenuation. There's always plastics or built in silicone.

    I have an Asus ZenFone 5Z with 6gb ram and it never uses it all. Currently sitting at 2.6gb free and I have 50 tabs open in Firefox. 10gb is just silly but it'll still sell, especially given they used the old marketing trick of limiting the production of them to generate demand.