• Death to the Notch; Long Live the Vertical Slider!



    I guess some kind of embargo was lifted this week, because a phone I swooned over in Taiwan earlier this month is just now making the rounds through my YouTube feeds. I'm talking of course about the Mi Mix 3. Notable specs are as follows:

    6.39 inch 1080 x 2340 pixel Super AMOLED display @ 403 ppi
    Dual 12 megapixel rear cameras (telephoto and wide angle)
    24 megapixel selfie cam with 2 megapixel depth sensor
    Qualcomm 845 Processor
    6, 8 or 10 GB RAM / 128 or 256 GB storage
    MIUI 10 powered by Android 9.0 Pie

    The phone's best feature by far is its mechanical sliding mechanism. Here's a YouTube teardown that reveals how it works:



    Spoiler alert: magnets for the win!

    As a former Nokian with fond memories of his vertically-sliding N86 (and a current Android user who is aware of the BlackBerry Priv) I am all over this as an alternative to the stupid display notch. I would have seriously considered bringing one of these bad boys home with me had I not heard that the next OnePlus phone will be a slider as well.

    More on the Mi Mix 3 at the links immediately below.

    Links: GSMArena, Mi Global

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Death to the Notch; Long Live the Vertical Slider! started by acurrie View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. turbogeek's Avatar
      turbogeek -
      My lasting impression of sliders has been that their flex cables tended to break. A LOT. Am I the only one that has no interest in the new generation of these for that reason?
    1. acurrie's Avatar
      acurrie -
      So far, yes.

      What devices are we talking about here, exactly... cheap flip phones?

      I can see in theory how it would a cause for concern, but in practice I've had zero issues with the ribbon cables on my N86 and Danger hiptops.
    1. Jack T. Chance's Avatar
      Jack T. Chance -
      Quote Originally Posted by turbogeek View Post
      My lasting impression of sliders has been that their flex cables tended to break. A LOT. Am I the only one that has no interest in the new generation of these for that reason?
      While my lasting impression of them, from my Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G and my BlackBerry PRIV, is that I can use them for a LONG time (2 years in the case of the PRIV) without the cables breaking! A curved "unbreakable" Gorilla Glass screen, on the other hand... totally breakable.

      Anyway, hadn't heard of the phone mentioned in this topic, but then again, it seems like it might be geared more toward the Asian market, rather than North America.

      The next slider to keep an eye out for in my book is the F(x)tec Pro 1 Landscape Slider, from the people behind the ill-fated Keyboard Moto Mod! It was just unveiled at the Mobile World Congress, and there's some initial info out there from major tech blogs. Later this week, I might start a topic about it.

      EDIT: Just watched the video. I fail to see the point of a slider that does NOT have a keyboard that slides out when needed! Hard pass on this one for me.