Two years ago, Xiaomi brought the Civi series of mobile phones. Adhering to the three product concepts of thin and light design, exquisite feel, and texture and beauty, Xiaomi Civi led Xiaomi to hit the smartphone market segment of selfies and beauty and further expanded Xiaomi. While expanding the mobile phone product line, also allows Xiaomi mobile phones to reach a wider and segmented consumer group. After two years, the Xiaomi Civi mobile phone has ushered in the innovation of three generations of products. On May 25, the Xiaomi Civi 3 mobile phone was officially released.
According to the official description, the Xiaomi Civi 3 mobile phone has the most confident appearance and the most advanced portrait in the Civi series. Concept, the most hard-core performance experience, the most durable smooth experience, the most comprehensive image configuration, and other “best”, and from the continuous warm-up of Xiaomi’s official before the release, Xiaomi is full of confidence in this new machine Full.
So what is the experience of Xiaomi Civi 3? What differences have image, design, and feel brought to the current smartphone market? Next, IGeekphone will bring a detailed experience around this new product, let’s take a look!
Let’s start with the packaging design. Xiaomi Civi 3 continues the design language of its predecessors. The white box has Civi and product model laser words printed on it. The large logo design is quite artistic.
A place worthy of praise is that the Xiaomi Civi 3 package comes standard with a data cable, a 67W fast charging head, and a clear water case. You must know that the Xiaomi Civi did not come with a standard charger at the beginning.
Back to the phone itself, Xiaomi Civi 3 offers four color schemes: Rose Purple, Mint Green, Adventure Gold, and Coconut Gray, the first three of which all adopt the “twin-color” design.
According to the official description, Xiaomi has conducted in-depth cooperation with the global trend forecasting organization WGSN. Based on the research on the behavior and preferences of a large number of young users, the two parties have discussed the trend of the year 2023-2024 – twin-color design.
“Twin Colors” adopts a five-fifth design with the same color system. This half-tone color looks very elegant, fresh, and soft. At the same time, the same color system “collision” makes the product more elegant while maintaining elegance. It is divided into “naughty”, and the recognition is directly full.
Although it didn’t use the “twin-color” design, this “neutral gray” is also quite attractive. The tone is slightly colder, the saturation is not high, and the grayscale dominates. It looks a little “low-key”, but not calm at all, it is very suitable for male users.
After talking about the color matching, let’s take a look at the ID design.
The imaging module of Xiaomi Civi 3 is located on the upper left side of the fuselage, and it adopts a three-camera combination. There is a metal dial around the circular module, which is not only a tribute to the “metal camera ring”, but also a replica of the triangular scale of a high-end watch. This iconic metal ring directly makes the entire camera module more refined. There is also a ring flash under the camera. After all, there is a large blank space outside the lens, and this ring flash plays a finishing touch to the entire blank area, which looks more layered.
Let’s take a look at the detailed design. Xiaomi Civi 3 uses a 2.25mm ultra-narrow middle frame with ridges and cut corners. The screen and battery cover are symmetrically distributed. Of course, the plastic middle frame is also expected, but the spray layer is very delicate. In fact, for ordinary consumers, if they don’t particularly care about this point, it can be ignored.
Xiaomi Civi 3 is equipped with a 6.55″ 3D flexible AMOLED screen, supports 120Hz refresh rate, upgraded C6 luminescent material, excitation brightness can reach 1200nit, and peak brightness is 1500nit. In terms of color accuracy, including JNCD≈0.41, and dE≈0.50, this screen also supports 12-bit color depth, with 16,000-level automatic brightness adjustment, 1920Hz PWM dimming, etc.
In terms of design, the bending angle of the screen has been deepened from 58° of the previous generation to 59.5°, and the black border is narrower and fits the palm better. According to official data, the left and right black borders of Xiaomi Civi 3 are 1.62mm, and the black border of the chin is reduced to 2.4mm. At the top of the screen is a “pill punch” composed of two “bionic dual cameras”. Although it is a bit unpleasant, it brings a more powerful front-facing image capability after all. We will talk about this part later.
The design of Mi Civi 3 is another point that attracts me the most. It is an extremely thin and light grip. I dare not say that Mi Civi 3 is the best-looking mobile phone of Xiaomi at the moment, but it must be the best hand feeling in this period. Xiaomi mobile phone. The last Xiaomi mobile phone that felt so good that I was amazed was the plain leather version of Xiaomi Mi 12. Especially when you are used to those “fitness equipment” that cost 200g at every turn, you can even talk about “amazing” when you get started with Xiaomi Civi 3. In terms of data, the weight of the Xiaomi Civi 3 is 173.5g, and the width of the whole machine is only 71.7mm.
The first is the front camera. The Mi Civi 3 is equipped with a 32MP 78° main camera + 32MP 100° ultra-wide-angle main camera. The 78° front lens has an equivalent focal length of about 26mm, a large aperture of F2.0, and uses ALD ultra-low reflection coating, supports AF autofocus, and 2X portrait close-up. The 32MP 100° ultra-wide-angle main camera supports an AI distortion correction algorithm, AI adjustment for multi-person group photos, etc.
It is worth mentioning that both front-facing lenses support 4K recording. On both sides of the two front cameras, between the upper middle frame and the screen, there are two multi-color soft lights, a total of 4, and the maximum range of color temperature changes can cover 2000K-6500K. These four soft lights support brightness adjustment, color temperature adjustment, and also support cycle mode. Xiaomi has provided extremely rich customization options.
In addition, Xiaomi Civi 3 also specially created a “video toolbox” for these four soft lights. In scenes such as video calls, Vlog creation, video conferences, and third-party apps, the front soft lights can also be called.
In the algorithm part, Xiaomi Civi 3 is equipped with the “Xiaomi Imaging Brain” capability and has added a “Portrait Engine” module, which is divided into two major units: the textured portrait unit and the natural environment unit. Among them, the textured portrait unit includes three technical supports: textured three-dimensional shaping, textured skin, and textured image quality enhancement; the natural environment unit includes an understanding of natural space and an understanding of natural light and shadow. The purpose of all this is to make users more beautiful under the front lens of Xiaomi Civi 3.
It is worth mentioning that, in terms of the front portrait style, Xiaomi Civi 3 also provides a “dual quality portrait” option – fresh and natural, textured film.
Let’s take a look at the proofs directly:
First of all, the two front lenses provided by Xiaomi Civi 3 bring 0.6x, 0.8x, 1x, and 2x, up to four zoom points, even more than the rear lens, which further enriches the user’s ability to take selfies or The range of viewfinder when shooting together.
On the front selfie, Xiaomi Civi 3 can truly restore the facial structure and make the facial features more three-dimensional, but at the same time retain the texture and details of the skin, without excessive whitening and brightening, which looks more natural. Moreover, after choosing a textured film style, the “sense of tone” will be more prominent, the contrast is sharper, and the color is low saturated (such as the pine tree behind the portrait).
The front portrait mode of Mi Civi 3 is even better, such as the sample above, if it is not emphasized, many people may think that this is taken by the rear lens. For the front-facing portrait photos taken by Xiaomi Civi 3, the contours of the characters are naturally cut out, especially in the difficult-to-handle hair area, and there is no missing or “one size fits all” situation.
Afterimage part. Xiaomi Civi 3 is equipped with Sony IMX800 main camera, which supports f / 1.77 large aperture + OIS optical image stabilization and supports 2X lossless zoom. The Sony IMX800 is also the main camera of the Mi 13.
The other two lenses are 8MP IMX355, 120° super wide-angle, and a 2 million 4cm “tactical” macro.
Let’s take a look at the sample performance:
Judging from the performance of the proofs during the day and night, the rear image performance of Xiaomi Civi 3 still exceeds the author’s expectations, at least in the 2499 yuan range.
The Sony IMX800 main camera of the same model as the Xiaomi Mi 13, and the decentralization of the Xiaomi imaging brain, make the Xiaomi Civi 3 have outstanding performance in various environments. There is also no obvious hysteresis and stuttering, which is a great plus for the experience.
Secondly, the 2x performance of this main camera is also very gratifying, the resolution is good, and certain details can be preserved when zoomed in. The super wide angle is quite satisfactory, which is a normal performance at this price.
At night, this Sony IMX800 seems to have little room for optimization. In some harsh environments, noise is prone to appear and details are easily lost, but if the light is slightly better, the performance is still satisfactory.
Hardware & Performance
Xiaomi Civi 3 world premiered Dimensity 8200-Ultra chip. It is said that this chip is an SoC tailored by MediaTek for Xiaomi Civi 3. The most important change is that a large number of imaging functions of Xiaomi’s imaging brain have landed on Dimensity chips for the first time.
It is understood that more than 30 operators of the Xiaomi Imaging Brain have been fully enhanced and accelerated on the Dimensity 8200-Ultra. performance and power consumption. It is worth mentioning that the continuous shooting speed of the Xiaomi Civi3 has increased by 235% compared with the previous generation.
In other respects, the Dimensity 8200-Ultra chip has not changed much. It is still TSMC’s 4nm process. The octa-core CPU architecture includes a 3.1 GHz Cortex-A78 core, 3 3.0 GHz Cortex-A78 cores, and 4 2.0 GHz Cortex-A78 cores. Cortex-A55 energy-efficient core.
Dimensity 8200-Ultra provides three storage specifications of 12GB+256GB / 12GB+512GB / 16+1TB, all of which are equipped with UFS3.1 flash memory and LPDDR5 memory as standard, as well as a 4500mAh battery and 67W fast charging in seconds. Other aspects include Z-axis linear motors, off-screen fingerprints, NFC, and infrared remote control.
Let’s take a look directly at the AnTuTu (V10 version) benchmark performance.
The measured Xiaomi Civi 3 scored 890,000+ points, which is an improvement of more than 300,000 points compared to the 540,000+ points of the previous generation equipped with Snapdragon 7. In addition, the storage test also reached the ceiling level of UFS3.1.
It can be said that after Mi Civi 3 is equipped with Dimensity 8200-Ultra, its performance is leapfrogged, especially compared to the previous generation of products, the performance specifications of Mi Civi 3 can be said to have reached the flagship level echelon. Therefore, the next game testing session, is one step at a time, choosing the most difficult “Yuan Shen” game for actual testing.
In the game “Yuanshin”, The same image quality standard as the flagship machine: high-end image quality + 60 frames, and motion blur is turned off. The final results show that Xiaomi Civi 3 “Yuan Shen” has reached an average frame rate of 58.6, and the frame rate fluctuations during the game are not obvious. Occasionally, there will be one or two sporadic frame drops in the running process, but overall It does not affect the experience, and the stability is relatively high.
The core map shows that in the “Yuan Shen” game, the largest core of the Dimensity 8200-Ultra, the 3.1 GHz Cortex-A78, mainly exerts power, and maintains about 90% of the calls throughout the process.
Judging from the actual game test of “Yuan Shen”, the performance of Xiaomi Civi 3 has reached the passing line of the current flagship machine and far exceeds the previous generation Snapdragon 7. After all, the performance limit of Dimensity 8200-Ultra is still relatively high, the flagship machine can play, and Dimensity 8200 can also play without gritting your teeth.
The last is the performance of heat dissipation. Thin and light mobile phones positioned like Xiaomi Civi 3 have no obvious advantages in gaming. And temperature control can only be said to be quite satisfactory.
The temperature control performance of Xiaomi Civi 3 can only be said to be quite satisfactory. For example, after 30 minutes of “Yuan Shen”, the maximum temperature of the front and back of Xiaomi Civi 3 is around 43°C. Considering the test environment and such a thin and light body, this performance It’s also normal.
However, the performance tuning of the Xiaomi Civi 3 is quite aggressive. Even though the fuselage is getting hot, the machine has not lowered the frequency and has always ensured a stable game frame rate output, which is more friendly to gamers.
Xiaomi Civi 3 is still a light and beautiful product, these two points are also the core advantages of the Xiaomi Civi series. Second, Xiaomi Civi 3 also focused on upgrading its performance this time. Whether it is the first Dimensity 8200-Ultra or the storage starting from 12+256GB, there are obvious upgrades. One foot stepped over the threshold of the flagship.
What’s more, compared with other products with the same positioning, Xiaomi Civi 3 also continues Xiaomi’s cost-effective advantage. The price starting from 2499 yuan is the “standard version” of similar products from other companies, but it comes with The experience here is the “Pro” version of a friend, which is very Xiaomi.
So, if you like to take selfies, pursue high-value design, and like a thin and light feel, then Xiaomi Civi 3 is the right choice for you, or you can change a mobile phone for your mother or sister, within the 3K gear, Xiaomi Civi 3 is also worth buying.
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