Mi Mix 3 Review Part 2 – Battery & Charge Times With Final Thoughts
This is a follow up. Video one week later, a week of using the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and I'm gon na cover a few things that I missed out on my first video. The first video was only after just a couple of days of using the phones of this now I've used for quite a while and I'm finding that it's a really good phone. I want to cover a couple things with the phone to that: the screen really nice. So no problems with this emiliya panel it's very bright, really good bonus on here now, as you can see, I've switched over to the full screen gestures on this, and sadly, I have actually noticed from time to time. You will actually get a little bit of full screen, just your leg that sometimes comes through. I will sing this a lot on me away 9.6 and sadly, it's still on me. You 18 now, when it normally happens, is if you're not using the phone for a while. So imagine you unlock now, if you wanted to unlock with using the face unlock, you always have to slide down for that with the front facing cameras. So imagine that unlocks and then you decide that I'm going to go to recent apps. Are you gon na swipe up and go home? Then you might see a tiny little bit of a stutter there. Now there were a lot of comments and people asking. How does the case work with the slider, so they have to make a gap here at the bottom and that's how it works? I mean a few comments to people asking me about this gap.
Now there is a little gap between the slider that's about one millimeter and that doesn't really bother me it's a tiny getting it. It has to be there. I think, it's to stay the way. It is the design, the slider mechanism on that so I'm, perfectly fine with it. The only thing that bothers me, sometimes a little bit is that is that, when you're playing a game, for example – and you haven't depressed just up and down here with the case on it, doesn't happen. So the case completely stops this. But if the case wasn't on it get a tiny little bit of play just on the edge of the screen wobbles a little bit but it's only about one millimeter and it's, really not a big issue at all. Now one of the things I mentioned with the case when I did the unboxing is it just feels a little bit cheap and it's not up to the same quality as the case that you got with the original Mix in the Mi Mix 2 and the 2s And they've gone with a plastic that's a little bit thinner and I think the reason is because of the wireless charging they don't want it to inhibit the charging. So that's not going to be a problem with that. That'S, probably why they went with a thinner case with this. Now it doesn't. Actually, your prediction with the camera here I thought it did, but when you light a flat it's at about the same exact level out as the camera lens here now, this is covered with glass, at least, but putting it down on a table.
And if you move that around a little bit, then you could end up scratching the lens now in hand. The phone feels great, but I do have a little bit of a complaint with this case that if you happen to just squeeze either side of it, you sometimes hear a little bit of a creak. So there is a tiny, a little bit of a flex and movement with that case. So if any dust or grains of imagined sand or something like that got in there, then it would end up probably scratching around a little bit there. And, of course, if you happen to get something in between and the slider, then perhaps that could scratch, but the slider mechanism after a week of use, it feels great and I like the way it works now. A lot of questions to people have been asking me. Okay, if I happen to have the me macstew or the tourist, should I upgrade now if you're coming from the, for example, Mimas, is that one there I don't think you really need to upgrade it all with this phone. The only reason to go for the newer model, this one of course mmx3 not for the chip they're, not not for the better live, is probably for the improved selfie cam. Now this camera, with its 24 megapixels, is a big step up over there like sort of mimics is so you don't have to flip the phone around anymore.
Of course, you just have to slide it up now. I don't take a lot of selfies, so I don't really actually see this camera a lot. I normally just take selfies for my reviews and the odd occasional one here and there it does have a front facing LED flash in here as well, and we do have that secondary two megapixel camera now here's a sample now this sample. In fact, I showed you with the unboxing video, but if you have a look at the details that this can capture when you zoom in that it's really good and a greatly improved front facing camera here with the me mix 3. So that is probably the best reason if you want to be selfie cam and you already have or you're choosing between the mimics 2s and then this model that's. Why? You would go for this model right here for the improved selfie cam, if that's, what you need. Otherwise they do look very similar when you look at the back of them. You'Ve got the ceramic on here now. The biggest thing for me with these phones here is the weight. So this is slightly here. Oh it's, about 25 30 grams, heavier than your typical flagship. It is also a little bit thicker. Now I go over the thickness of this that it's up to about nine millimeters with the camera bump and around about eight or so or what was it? Eight eight point one, I think so it's a slightly thicker mobile phone computer most flagships out there, but the main thing is the weight of it now in terms of build quality, it is really good, but I feel that the mimics to s just has a better Build to it because you don't have the slider there, so you're not having this more susceptible lip around here now.
This is a middle frame that does go around the screen, so that is fine, but I can just imagine that it would probably break a little bit easier on the screen around here. Then saving me looks to us not only that the mixed OS is, of course, a little bit thinner and a slightly lighter as well it's, still a heavy phone, but it's, not quite as heavy as this one. Here now follow up with the camera. I have been using it quite a bit I've been out and about I've also been to a couple of days out on things. I took a few photos of a steam locomotive here, yes, it's dressed up as Thomas the Tank Engine, but I was taking my daughter along there and you can see it takes a really good photo. But what I have noticed that, with this camera, when you use the two times camera – which I think is almost 2 times optical, but a little bit of digital, perhaps in there as well – that it often over saturates over exposes sorry not over saturates over exposes. You can see the images look a little bit white with some of these examples here, but then again most of the time initially, it will take a very decent photo. Just a couple more samples here, because people pointed out in my first video, the unboxing that it wasn't perfect lighting conditions, but it wasn't daylight in some of the photos.
It was getting a little bit overcast, but here, with these images you can see it does. Take a very decent photo so about the same level, really as the me 8 or the mimics to is. It is, after all, using the same camera setup. Now a battery life was something that I was a little concerned about it in the beginning, because it's got a smaller battery. Smaller than most other flank shows 3200 milliamp hours, it's, not exactly huge. Now, when paired up with this name check an 8 4 5. But this screen is much more efficient now, but the in the beginning. I did run into this problem here that caused me to actually move my files off the phone. Do a factory reset and reinstall Google Play Store. You can see right here that was using a whopping, huge 46 of my battery, and I struggled to make it through a full day. I was using the phone a lot. This is very heavy use and he looked at my screen on time here. I managed to get only four and a half hours and it was when I was at 29 battery, so I was getting a little bit worried in terms a better life. It was not looking good. However. As I said, I did a factory reset and I reinstalled Google Play, and this is more normal here now you can see the YouTube was the main user, because I was doing a lot of YouTube streaming watching a bit of YouTube chrome as well, and Google Play Was only using then 3 of my battery, which makes sense so my normal days use here screen was 30 when you look at hardware and then check it out really impressive time here, considering the battery capacity eight hours of some very demanding use.
Now I kept my screen brightness on a manual setting which was calibrated to about 250 Lux, so I lifted it that I could have gone less and I could of course gone with a brighter screen, but eight hours remember. This is an estimated use. My own personal use here so eight hours for me is impressive and really good, considering the battery capacity so just goes to show that they've done some optimization and to me, it's, probably because of the AMOLED panel, that the better life is so good here. What else is impressive? Is the wireless charging times and also the cable charging time so just plug in and normal it's one hour and 29 minutes that was from five percent battery, so really quick to charge that's only using I'm 18 watts, that's Qualcomm quick charge. Three and then wireless charging also is super quick, so this only took two hours and two minutes that's the 10 watt wireless charger, that's included in the box, which is great to have so super quick that charges as fast as other phones that would charge using the Cable, of course, so, while it's charging in over just over 2 hours around 2 hours to me, is absolutely brilliant and I won't be using the cable with us at all, because that has super quick. So there we go for me, this is overall, a very good phone. It is a decent phone, considering in the price really great, so it's got great battery life at a charge super fast, both wirelessly and with the cable that's.
One thing that really did surprise me and they better live getting eight hours of screen on time. I did not expect this. I expected maybe about six and a half seven. I thought around that kind of figure, even though I did say I know in my unboxing seven to eight hours, and it was good to see that actually that came true, so the screen is very nice and the UI is for the most part fluids you just Occasionally has mentioned we'll see now and then just a couple of little stutters when you go swipe out there go home and that there's only just after a while. So if you haven't done that for a while gone home or you're just weak and switching over to other apps as the only time that is gon na really happen so hopefully sham is going to finally fix that. The other thing that doesn't know me a little bit as the audio quality and video it's still not there. Xiaomi still can't seem to get that right. It seems to be a little bit too high with the trebles, and that is me yes, Ben. Maybe a little bit fussy there nitpicking with that, the overexposure on the second zoom camera. There is something of course that can be addressed with software, so hopefully they're just going to be able to tweak that back a little bit, but overall it takes a really good photo. The fingerprint unlocking is really quick.
I know it. Doesn'T have the one that everyone thought it would probably be coming with in the screen, which would have been nice, but they often tend to be a little bit slower now face unlocking yes, that's possible I'll just do that again, but you have to call swipe down To get that front facing camera and it is really quick, but I don't think it is very secure on this mobile. You can probably hold hold up a photo of your face and it would unlock this so all round. You get that nice slider mechanism on there and yes, there is a little bit of players, eye and they're in the unboxing video, my first hands on with this phone a little thicker a little heavier but all round you can't really go wrong with this phone and, Yes, if you are looking between the mimics 2s and then this phone, like I mentioned it all, depends if you want a better selfie cam that to me is really the only reason to go for this one, otherwise, stick with well: okay, better screen to almost forgot That, yes, you get a much better screen on this, the bezels and everything. But if you want that better selfie cam as well, then that's the main reason to go for this. I feel if you're gon na be upgrading, otherwise, the the IPS panel that is on the mimics to us is not bad thanks. A lot for watching this follow up.