CIVI 3 launches as new mid-range option with several firsts for Xiaomi
Xiaomi has introduced the CIVI 3 in China after a short teaser campaign. As expected, the CIVI 3 is a gradual improvement over last year's CIVI 2. However, it contains a few firsts for Xiaomi's smartphone division, despite its visual similarities with what eventually arrived globally as the Xiaomi 13 Lite.
On the one hand, the CIVI 3 is the world debut of the Dimensity 8200 Ultra, an overclocked Dimensity 8200 that Xiaomi implies also features an improved image signal processor (ISP). Additionally, Xiaomi complements the Dimensity 8200 Ultra with up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage. Please note that while all models have UFS 3.1 flash storage, but 12 GB and 16 GB of RAM editions utilise LPDDR5 and LPDDR5X memory modules, respectively.
On the other hand, the CIVI 3 is Xiaomi's first smartphone to feature a 4K selfie camera. For some reason, only the 32 MP ultra-wide-angle camera is capable of shooting videos in 4K. Conversely, the 32 MP primary front-facing camera appears restricted to 1080p videos like its predecessor. Moreover, the CIVI 3 has a 50 MP rear-facing camera (Sony IMX800), plus 8 MP ultra-wide-angle and 2 MP macro cameras.
Furthermore, the CIVI 3 is Xiaomi's first smartphone with a TCL C7 display, likely a cheaper option than the TCL equivalent in the Xiaomi 13 Ultra. According to Xiaomi, the CIVI 3's AMOLED display measures 6.55-inches across and outputs at 1080p with 120 Hz refresh rate and 1,500 nits peak brightness. A 4,800 mAh battery rounds out equipment, which the CIVI 3 can recharge at up to 67 W via its USB Type-C port. The CIVI 3 starts at CNY 2,499 (~US$353) with 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage, or CNY 2,699 (~US$381) with 512 GB of storage. Alternatively, the CIVI 3 is available with 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage for CNY 2,999 (~US$424).