Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 camera samples show off how it performs in low-light

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  • Xiaomi’s Lin Bin has revealed some snaps taken by the Mi Mix 3.
  • The photos show its low-light and focusing capabilities, but they aren’t particularly noteworthy.
  • The Mi Mix 3 was also spotted in a short teaser video.

Xiaomi continues to tease its upcoming smartphone, the Mi Mix 3 and has now provided some camera samples. Xiaomi co-founder and president Lin Bin shared the low-light shots on Chinese social media website Weibo today (via PlayfulDroid) ahead of the phone’s launch next week.

The shots reveal how the Mi Mix 3 handles background and foreground focusing in low-light conditions. Night-time photography is a hotly contested battleground for Android OEMs and they regularly try to outdo each other in this space — more-so than many other areas of smartphone design (such as display resolution or thinness, though these were fought over in the recent past).

A glass of wine and a candle shot in a restaurant by the Mi Mix 3.
A glass of wine and a candle shot in a restaurant by the Mi Mix 3.

However, these first Mi Mix 3 shots aren’t particularly impressive. They’re fairly bright and detailed, but the contrast isn’t doing a good enough job to really separate the glass and its liquid (wine?) from the background.

They’re not bad, but we’ve been spoiled by low-light photography on Android lately — take a look at the snap below taken on the new Pixel 3, for example.

It’s hard going up against Google because it develops unfathomably clever smartphone camera tech, but the Mi Mix 3 and Pixel 3 are comparable, modern Android phones. Bin may have been highlighting the focus capabilities rather than low-light, but nevertheless, the shots as they appear are underwhelming.

In related news, the Mi Mix 3 has also appeared in a TV spot. YouTube channel Tech News uploaded the footage and while we don’t know where it originated, it seems to an official Xiaomi video. Its main focus is the Mi Mix 3’s sliding body.

We recently learned more about the Mi Mix 3’s screen too: it’s coming with a Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) OLED display and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. We also heard that the phone will come with a whopping 10GB of RAM.

How do you feel about how the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 is shaping up? Let me know in the comments.

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