Xiaomi Civi 3 Experience Exquisite, Lightweight, and Hardcore Enough

Xiaomi Civi 3 - Exquisite, Lightweight, Hardcore

Throughout the years, Xiaomi smartphones have always been known for their strong “stacking” and “black technology” attributes. However, in order to meet the needs of a wider range of users, Xiaomi is actively seeking change and has launched the new Civi series in 2021. With its high-value and lightweight design, excellent selfie and photo effects, Civi hits the female user’s need for a phone perfectly. Today, whether from the market response or user reputation, the Civi series is undoubtedly successful. Now, Xiaomi brings the more distinctive Xiaomi Civi 3.

Design has always been a strong point of the Civi series, and this time Xiaomi has collaborated deeply with the global trend forecasting agency WGSN to propose a new dual-color design trend. PhoneAuto has received the Lucky Gold version, with a smooth transition between the gold and brown on the back, simple but not stiff. However, the mixed color matching within the same color scheme does look a bit “weird” at first glance, but after prolonged use, you can feel the beauty of its unique design.

The camera module on the back of the Civi 3 uses a different design language from its predecessors, with two circular designs – a large one and a small one. The large circle concentrates the cameras together, while the small circle is the flash ring. Together with the camera frame, it looks a bit like a wristwatch.

In addition to design, the advantage of being lightweight is further demonstrated on the Civi 3, with a body weight of only 173.5 grams. At the same time, it also has a better grip feeling, with a slightly curved design on both the front and back of the body. The screen’s bending angle reaches 59.5°, making the edges more in line with the palm, bringing a more gentle and soft feel. In addition, the curved frame design also highlights the thin and delicate feel in terms of visual effects.

Speaking of visual experience, we have to talk about the 6.55-inch 3D flexible AMOLED screen of Civi 3, which supports a refresh rate of 120Hz and a brightness of up to 1500nit at peak state. The screen can still be seen clearly even under sunlight. The screen also supports 12-bit color depth, reaching a display of 68.7 billion colors, which can better present the details of the picture.

Thanks to Xiaomi’s super dynamic display technology, it can automatically distinguish between HDR and non-HDR areas in the picture, reconstruct the picture brightness based on the 3D color engine, and have a comfortable viewing experience when watching videos in different scenes. In addition, the product also supports 1920Hz PWM dimming, ambient color temperature sensing, Xiaomi’s self-developed non-color cast eye protection mode, and has passed the SGS low blue light certification.

Overall, whether it is the front screen or the back cover, Civi 3 has made a lot of efforts, such as narrow bezels, curved screens, lens modules similar to wristwatches, and back panels with the same color scheme collision, which look small but are very carefully designed. They allow the Xiaomi Civi 3 to have better expression in terms of visual and operational experience, and it may be the most exquisite phone design currently offered by Xiaomi.

Selfie has always been the “killer feature” of the Civi series, and it has been further improved on the Civi 3. First of all, there is hardware upgrading. The front dual 32MP cameras, a 78° beauty lens and a 100° ultra-wide-angle lens, are not divided into main and secondary, but provide two new shooting perspectives. The former can solve the problem of distortion caused by poor angles during selfies, while the latter provides a wider field of view for selfies to experience ultra-wide angles. The two high-pixel lenses bring clear images, and the design of different angle lenses also achieves full coverage of selfie scenes.

(Different focal lengths in the front result in a natural effect)

Next is the outstanding tuning. Thanks to the dual cameras and Xiaomi’s algorithm tuning, the Civi 3’s depth of field and blurring effects are more natural and precise for portrait edges, and the background blur is not too harsh when taking selfies. The resulting images are very realistic and natural, and with the optimization of the beauty algorithm, ambient lighting, and makeup features, the images can be used without the need for further editing.

Finally, there is the addition of black technology. The fill light function can be said to be a standard feature of the Civi series. This time, the Civi 3 has four soft lights on the front, which can automatically adjust the color temperature and brightness according to external environmental factors, supporting five color temperature modes. In addition, it also has a loop light mode, which greatly improves the playability of the fill light. It is worth mentioning that it also supports third-party application startup, which expands its usage scenarios beyond just taking photos.

The portrait engine is also a unique black technology of the Civi 3 this time, divided into two units: textured portraits and natural environment. Choosing the textured portrait mode when taking selfies can quickly repair facial flaws and realistically restore skin texture. At the same time, it can also handle night scenes and backlit situations, making the resulting portrait more three-dimensional and textured. In the natural environment mode, through AI understanding and recognition of natural light, the resulting images have a more realistic and natural atmosphere while the skin tone of the portrait is more true to life.

(Film texture and fresh natural)

In terms of video shooting, the Xiaomi Civi 3 also offers some thoughtful and practical designs. For example, both front dual cameras support 4K recording and video beauty. It is worth mentioning that when recording with the front camera, the Civi also has a teleprompter and voice subtitle function. This may be a small design that Vlog enthusiasts cannot go back to once they have used it.

This time, the rear camera of the Xiaomi Civi 3 also has flagship-level performance. The main camera uses the IMX 800 sensor, which is one of the most common sensors on this year’s flagship phones. It has a 2.0μm synthetic large pixel and outstanding resolution. The ultra-wide-angle lens is 8 million pixels and supports 120° ultra-wide-angle shooting. The remaining lens is a 4cm macro lens, used to capture details of some scenery. Let’s take a look at the sample photos taken during the day. In terms of color restoration, the Xiaomi Civi 3 is still quite close to reality.

All along, there has been a problem with fashion phones that focus on slimness and appearance. That is, the performance is not enough, and many brands have also advertised the slogan of “just enough”. However, regardless of the positioning of the phone, performance is a key factor in measuring its product capabilities. This time, Xiaomi has continued its “material stacking” characteristic to the Civi 3, and the Xiaomi Civi 3 is the first to launch with the Dimensity 8200-Ultra.

It is reported that the Tianji 8200Ultra uses TSMC’s 4nm process, with a 1+3+4 core architecture and a GPU frequency of up to 3.1GHz. From the choice of the core chip, it can be seen that Xiaomi is trying to catch up with Civi in terms of performance.

The actual AnTuTu score of Xiaomi Civi 3 is 870,000, although it may not be as good as the mainstream flagship phones in terms of score, it is still capable of occasional playing of games like “King of Glory” or “Chicken Dinner” without any pressure. Especially with Civi 3’s 4000mm ultra-large stainless steel VC and 10567.9mm graphite, the product has no worries about overheating during high-intensity gaming, charging, or watching movies.

In terms of battery life, Xiaomi Civi 3 packs a large 4500mAh battery in such a thin and light body, which can basically meet the needs of a day’s use. In addition, Xiaomi Cvi 3 also comes with 67W fast charging, which can fully charge the battery in 38 minutes according to the official statement, and emergency “healing” is also not a problem.

In addition, Xiaomi Civi 3 does not compromise on some details of the configuration. For example, it supports screen fingerprint unlocking, linear motor that adapts to various scenes, multi-functional NFC, infrared remote control, and so on.

If you have to find one word to describe Xiaomi Civi 3, the first word that comes to my mind is “hardcore”. Its hardcore is reflected in two aspects: first, its absolutely hardcore selfie ability; second, its absolutely hardcore performance. In addition, the slim and lightweight body, the contrasting color design, and the delicate and smooth feel all highlight its advantages. If you have the chance, you really should go to the offline store to see the real machine and experience its selfie effect. To be honest, even if you are a tough guy, you will be moved by it.

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