On Thursday in Beijing, China, Xiaomi will unveil the Mi Mix 3. Another Phillipe Starck-designed award-winning masterpiece, it features a new sliding screen mechanism that does away with the often criticised below-screen selfie camera and makes way for a dual-lens 24Mp front camera with flash and a truly bezel-less design.

Also confirmed for the Mix 3, successor to the Mi Mix 2S that arrived in March, is 10GB of RAM and 5G support, but the in-display fingerprint scanner seen in the Mi 8 Pro and Mi 8 Explorer Edition will not feature.

When is the Mi Mix 3 release date?

The Mi Mix 3 will be announced in Beijing, China, on 25 October 2018. We'll bring you full details on how to watch live nearer the time.

This is a little later than we had anticipated, given that the Mi Mix 2 was announced on 11 September 2017 alongside the Mi Note 3 and Mi Notebook Pro.

Mi Mix 3 launch 25 October

How much will the Mi Mix 3 cost?

Xiaomi makes no more than 5% profit on any of its phones, with most of its revenue instead obtained through services delivered by apps on the phones. As such, Mi Mix 3 should come in at an extraordinary price. 

Though nothing has been officially confirmed, and you should take this with a pinch of salt given that we now know the Mi Mix 3 comes with 10GB of RAM as a top option, but according to Android Pure there will be standard and ceramic versions of the Mi Mix 3 with the following RRPs:

Mi Mix 3 Standard

  • 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM: 3399 Yuan (£383/US$496)
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 3699 Yuan (£417/$540)
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 3999 Yuan (£451/$584)
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM: 4299 Yuan (£485/$627)

Mi Mix 3 Ceramic

  • 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM: 4399 Yuan (£496/$642)
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 4699 Yuan (£530/$686)
  • 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM: 4999 Yuan (£564/$729)
  • 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM: 5299 Yuan (£597/$773)

Remember that because Xiaomi phones are not officially sold in the UK you will need to purchase the Mi Mix 3 through channels such as GearBest or Geekbuying. Expect to pay a slight premium, and remember to factor in import duty (20%) when shipping to the UK.

Mi Mix 3 specifications

Xiaomi has confirmed five things about the upcoming Mi Mix 3: it will support 5G, there will be a version with 10GB of memory, and the screen will be 1080x2340 pixels (19.5:9, full-HD+) that slides down to reveal two 24Mp front camera lenses. Here's another video of it in action:

This will allow Xiaomi to reduce further the bottom bezel, thereby increasing the screen-to-body ratio and make the now shorter and narrower 5.99in smartphone easier to hold.

This smaller chin is visible in a leaked photo of a Mi Mix 3 and screen glass/protector, but we now suspect it to be a fake given its inclusion of an in-display fingerprint sensor. More recent images have shown this in its usual position on the rear of the phone.

Mi Mix 3 Screen

On another Xiaomi teaser image a man is shown lying on the floor surrounded by Mi Mix models. The model in his hand is the new Mi Mix 3, and you can just about make out its sliding screen and narrower overall design. (Click to view full size.)

Mi Mix models

Also rumoured to appear in the new phone is a dedicated button for calling up Xiaomi's own voice assistant - Xiao Ai. This works only in Chinese, but if you buy a Global version of the Mi Mix 3 it will also feature the Google Assistant.

Aside from this we can safely assume we'll see many of the same specs as in the Mix 2S. Therefore, you should expect the Snapdragon 845 processor with 64-, 128- or 256GB of storage, a dual AI camera, Qi wireless charging and a 5.99in Full-HD+ (1080x2340) 19.5 display.

The size, weight and battery capacity could all be affected by the shorter body, however.

As before there will likely be a black model with 18k gold detailing on the rear, and a white model with Chrome detail. There is also talk of a Ceramic model, and of a Ferrari Special Edition.

Read next: Best new phones coming in 2018 and beyond.