Since some time ago, Xiaomi has routinely released a smartphone series that has a superior selfie front camera setup, namely Civi, before finally being introduced globally and changing its name. This time, Xiaomi Civi 3 was launched with a fresher design, having a combination of two different colors and textures.
Xiaomi’s selfie-specific smartphone hero is still on the Xiaomi 12 Lite, which has also recently experienced a price reduction which makes it even more worth buying. However, it is quite behind with the existence of the Xiaomi Civi 3 and the previous generation Civi. Brings a unique front camera setup with two different sensors.
The design of the Xiaomi Civi 3 is indeed made interesting, because it has two different colors for each variant, divided on the rear body. Each of these colors also has a different finish. This is the result of Xiaomi’s collaboration with WGSN, a global fashion trend agency which predicts that “twin color” will be a trend until 2024.
The dimensions are also very thin and light, each having numbers of 7.56mm and 173.5 grams. Making this latest Xiaomi smartphone easy to carry by all users, including female users. Interestingly, even though it excels at the camera, Xiaomi has also embedded a powerful chipset in collaboration with MediaTek.
Suitable For Vlogging, Has Teleprompter Mode
Yes, Xiaomi Civi 3 is the first to run the Dimensity 8200-Ultra chipset. Apart from having the highest CPU frequency of up to 3.1GHz and a 4nm fabrication process, this one chip also has a special ISP that can improve the quality of photography. Combined with a wider stainless steel VC liquid cooling system for more effective component coverage inside.
This special collaboration chip is claimed to be able to increase the speed of taking portrait photos by up to 35%, low-light photos by 57%, and HDR by 153% compared to the previous generation. For the Xiaomi Civi 3 camera setup itself, there is a large Sony IMX800 sensor with 50MP resolution, f/1.77 aperture, and OIS stabilization. Accompanied by 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide angle 120 degrees and 2MP macro.
Up front, there’s a 32MP f/2.0 main selfie camera sensor with autofocus, accompanied by a second 32MP sensor that has 100-degree coverage for group selfies. Interestingly, both the rear and front cameras of the Xiaomi Civi 3 can record 4K video, and provide 2x lossless zoom capabilities without significantly reducing photo quality.
At the front, Xiaomi also provides four LED lights that can emit different colors, adjusting the color of the face and surroundings. Xiaomi Civi 3 also has a full vlog camera mode, including a teleprompter mode so that users can read text that runs from a smartphone screen without the help of other devices.
The price for Xiaomi Civi 3 starts at US$300
Because it carries two camera sensors, the front view of the Xiaomi Civi 3 has a wide punch-hole design like the iPhone 14 Pro Series. The screen itself measures 6.55 inches with an AMOLED fHD + 120Hz panel, already has 3D curves on the left and right sides, and all four sides of the bezel are thin. Protected from Gorilla Glass 5.
Meanwhile, the Xiaomi Civi 3 battery has a capacity of 4,500 mAh and supports 67W fast charging. Xiaomi claims to be able to fully charge the battery in just 38 minutes. For the memory capacity itself, a maximum of up to 16GB LPDDR5x RAM and 1TB ROM.
Pre-orders for this smartphone have started in China. The price for the most affordable variant of the Xiaomi Civi 3 with 12/256GB of memory starts at CNY2,499 or USD $346,99. Quite affordable with an interesting combination of hardware.