Qualcomm has already announced the new flagship Snapdragon 855 chipset, so nothing has prevented Xiaomi from demonstrating its first smartphone with 5G support. It turned out to be a modification of the flagship slider Xiaomi Mi Mix 3.
The company decided to replace the Snapdragon 845 with a new platform for the 5G modem Snapdragon X50. It supports speeds up to 5 Gb / s, although in Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 the maximum is designated very conditionally – 2+ Gb / s. Perhaps, the engineers wanted to reduce energy consumption and set a limit, or these are the limitations of Qualcomm smart antenna for smartphones.
Xiaomi in 2016 gathered a group for research in the field of 5G. In China, the manufacturer cooperates with the operator China Mobile and explores possible scenarios for the use of networks of the new generation. Among them – broadcast 8K VR-video, navigation with augmented reality, cloud services for streaming games and other technologies.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with support for 5G-networks will appear in Europe in the first quarter of 2019. In terms of design, this version of the smartphone is no different from the original.