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This article was published on September 4, 2018

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 might just be the first phone released with 5G

And we all know that 5G is both fast and cool

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 might just be the first phone released with 5G
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Callum is an Englishman in Amsterdam, but not in the way you're thinking. He's the Editor of Plugged, TNW's consumer tech vertical. He w Callum is an Englishman in Amsterdam, but not in the way you're thinking. He's the Editor of Plugged, TNW's consumer tech vertical. He writes about gear, gadgets, and apps — with a particular focus on Apple — and also makes the occasional odd video. Basically, he's halfway between an abrasive gadget nerd and thinky art boy.

Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 – the Chinese brand’s new bezel-less, sliding camera equipped and notch-defying phone – will be capable of 5G connections, according to a company spokesperson. With its release slated for October, this might make the device the first 5G-ready phone on the market.

The news was tweeted out in two separate posts by the company‘s Director of Product Management, Donovan Sung.

Feast your gadget-hungry eyeballs on the below:

The images in the tweets don’t give us too much information on what levels of data transfer the Mi Mix 3 is capable of in the real world, but seeing actual 5G hardware on the way is getting me excited for next year’s rollout of the technology.

While the Moto Z3 will have an add-on (the irritatingly named Moto Mod) that will allow a 5G connection, the Mi Mix 3 might be the first out there. While competitors such as LG, OPPO, and Huawei have announced the release of 5G phones, most of these are due to come out next year.

On one hand, the launch of the Mi Mix 3 is great, because, you know 5G is both fast and cool. If you need a visual metaphor, think Jeff Goldblum on a jet ski.

But, I do have to question how much of this is a PR stunt. While the 5G rollout will happen in 2019 (scheduled for April in the US), it’s still unclear how widespread 5G is actually going to be.

Yes, I have no doubts that 5G is going to change a lot of things, yet I’d expect technology to evolve substantially over the next six months. It always does. So, the question is whether the Mi Mix 3 will actually have comparable data-transfer rates to phones that are released closer to the date or if the company is jumping the gun in order to get coverage. Something I’ve added to, too.

Damn.

Still, maybe that’s too cynical. Maybe I should just appreciate a cool bit of tech news for what it is. Maybe I should high-five everyone that 5G’s getting closer. Maybe I should just be happy. But, honestly, where’s the fun in that?

Anyway, for more information and updates on the Mi Mix 3 and other cool gadget stuff, stay tuned to Plugged. It’s better than 5G.

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