Samsung was the world’s first company to launch a commercial 5G smartphone in the form of Galaxy S10 5G. It was soon followed by Chinese vendors Huawei, Oppo, and Xiaomi. When Xiaomi unveiled the Mi Mix 3 in October last year, it told fans that it would bring a 5G version of the device in 2019. At the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the company unveiled the Mi Mix 3 5G. It is one of the most affordable 5G phones out there.
Xiaomi launched the Mi Mix 3 5G in Switzerland on May 2nd via Swiss carrier Sunrise, which offers 5G network coverage to more than 150 cities. The company will soon make it available in the rest of Europe and North America. If you are interested in buying a 5G phone, this Mi Mix 3 5G vs Galaxy S10 5G specs comparison would help you decide which one is a better buy.
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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G vs Galaxy S10 5G: Design
The 5G variant of Mi Mix 3 boasts a cool design. It has a nearly bezel-less design with no notch or hole-punch. It features a magnetic slider to accommodate the dual front cameras. Xiaomi claims the slider is good for more than 300,000 slides, which should easily last years. It measures 157.9 x 74.7 x 9.4 mm and comes in Sapphire Blue and Onyx Black color options.
Xiaomi has used a ceramic body on the device. The front glass and ceramic back are supported by a series 7000 aluminum frame. It has done away with the 3.5mm headphone jack. The device gets a vertically aligned dual camera setup and a circular fingerprint sensor on the back.
The Galaxy S10 5G’s design is the same as the standard Galaxy S10 models. It gets a nearly bezel-less and notch-less design with a hole-punch display to house the front cameras. It has two holes in the top right corner to accommodate the selfie cameras. It measures 162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9 mm and weighs 198g. The device retains the 3.5mm headphone jack. It is available in Majestic Black, Royal Gold, and Crown Silver colors.
The fingerprint sensor is placed under the display of S10 5G, allowing you to unlock the device by putting your finger on the screen. Samsung has used an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor rather than the optical one. The ultrasonic sensor is much more secure, fast and reliable. The front and rear glass panels are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 6. There is an aluminum frame in the middle to support them. The S10 5G comes with an IP68 rating for water and dust-resistance.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G sports a gorgeous 6.39-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. It has no notch or cutout to hinder the user experience. It boasts an impressive 93.4% screen-to-body ratio, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 403ppi of pixel density. The display has a maximum brightness of 600 nits, meaning you won’t have any difficulty viewing content under bright sunlight. Its screen is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5.
The Galaxy S10 5G gets a larger 6.7-inch Curved Dynamic AMOLED display with Quad HD+ resolution of 1440 x 3040 pixels. There are holes in the top right corner of the display, but they are not as annoying as the notch on Apple’s iPhone X. The giant screen offers an immersive experience when playing games or watching videos. It supports HDR10+ and Always-on Display technology.
While the S10 5G display has a Quad HD+ resolution, Samsung has set Full HD+ as default resolution. You can change the resolution from Settings though. It has a 19:9 aspect ratio, 89.4% screen-to-body ratio, and 502ppi of pixel density.
Unlike the original Mi Mix 3, the 5G model runs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor with X50 5G modem. The X50 modem can connect to sub-6GHz signals and deliver up to 2Gbps download speed. The main processor is paired with Adreno 640 GPU for graphics performance. The device packs 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. There is no microSD card slot, so you’d want to buy the higher storage model.
The Mi Mix 3 5G runs Android 9 Pie with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 10 skin on top. It packs a 3800mAh non-removable battery with 18W fast charging via Quick Charge 4+ technology. It also offers 10W wireless charging.
The US and Chinese version of Galaxy S10 5G runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset with X50 5G modem and Adreno 640 graphics processor. In other markets, Samsung sells the device featuring its own Exynos 9820 chipset with Mali-G76 graphics processor and Exynos 5100 modem for 5G connectivity. Samsung promises uplink and download speeds of up to 1.2Gbps.
The Galaxy S10 5G comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB or 512GB of internal storage. Just like Xiaomi’s 5G phone, it doesn’t support external storage. The device runs Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s custom One UI skin on top. It sports a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging. It also features Wireless PowerShare technology that allows you to charge other devices and compatible accessories by putting them on the back of S10 5G.
Xiaomi has dramatically improved the photography experience on its flagship phones in the last few years. The Mi Mix 3 5G comes with a 12MP wide-angle lens with OIS and f/1.8 aperture and a 12MP telephoto lens. It has AI scene detection to optimize photos for 27 scenarios, and Night mode to take better pictures in low-light conditions. It is capable of recording slow-motion videos at 960fps.
On the front, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G features two lenses in a mechanical pop-up slider. It consists of a 24-megapixel primary lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie cameras allow for real-time background blurring in videos. It gets many AI features such as AI scene detection, AI studio lighting, AI dynamic beauty, AI real-time video Beautify, and AI makeup.
The Galaxy S10 5G is hands-down the best smartphone camera in the world right now, according to DxOMark. It has four lenses on the back and two cameras on the front.
The rear camera setup consists of a 12MP wide-angle lens with variable apertures and OIS, a 12MP telephoto lens with OIS and 2x optical zoom, a 16MP ultra-wide angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, and a 3D Time-of-Flight camera that measures the distance between the phone and objects in the scene for bokeh effects. On the front, the S10 5G gets a 10MP lens with f/1.9 aperture and a 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for depth information.
Xiaomi’s phone is far more affordable than the Galaxy S10 5G. The Mi Mix 3 5G has gone on sale in Switzerland for CHF 847, which is equivalent to $830. It seems rather expensive, but that price could be specific to the Swiss market. Xiaomi said at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) that the Mi Mix 3 5G would cost around €599 ($671) globally.
The Galaxy S10 5G is going to set you back by $1,300 in the US for the 256GB variant. The 512GB version is going to cost $1,400. Verizon has started taking pre-orders for the device in the US. The S10 5G is set to hit the Verizon stores on May 16th. Customers pre-ordering the device will get a free set of Galaxy Buds and Samsung Wireless Charging Battery Pack.