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This might be the world’s first real 5G phone

Published Sep 4th, 2018 7:45AM EDT

Motorola a few weeks ago unveiled a phone that will get 5G support at some point next year, as long as you’re willing to buy an additional module that will pack the required components to make 5G possible. But the world’s first 5G phone might come from a different Asian company, and it’s shown in the image above. It’s not the usual iPhone X clone that we expect from Android vendors this way, which is surprising, considering that this particular company made its own clones so far.

We’re looking at Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, which posted the image above on Twitter, asking people if anyone noticed anything interesting.

It’s not the absence of the notch that you should focus on, but the 5G indicator on the right side of the phone. That’s right, Xiaomi is already teasing that the Mi Mix 3 will have 5G connectivity well ahead of its competitors.

That would be a significant milestone for Xiaomi, but don’t get too excited about it. It’ll be a while until the first 5G networks are turned on around the world. Until then, you won’t really be able to use it.

But Xiaomi does say that when 5G is available next year, download speeds will be more than ten times faster than 4G speeds.

Since you probably noticed there’s no notch at the top of the phone, you may be wondering where the selfie camera is. Well, you’ll have to know that the Mi Mix 3 will be a slider phone, similar to Oppo’s Find X. Yeah, that’s not the ideal form factor for a high-end handset, but it’s one way to kill the notch.

Here’s a video showing the Mi Mix 3’s slide-out mechanism in action:

The Mi Mix 3 will be unveiled at some point in October and hit various markets in the months that follow. Unless a competitor comes out with a 5G phone before that, Xiaomi might be able to claim the world’s first 5G phone title.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.