Xiaomi Mi3 is the new kid in the block which if proven successful would give Motorola, Micromax and other vendors in the sub 15000 categories a run for their money. People used to associate chinese manufactured phones’ with low-quality. Now, it isn’t the case anymore ever since the inception of GIONEE, and its roaring success. People’s take on chinese manufacturers took an u-turn.
The launch of Xiaomi is fairly in the correct time, the consumer is spoilt for choices. India is a volatile; price sensitive market. Pricing is the key.Xiaomi launched the product at a competitive price of Rs 13999/- for the 16 GB variant. There’s a but in it, those who enregister, can only purchase the device. Stocks are limited too. If one had to nitpick then this whole enregistering and only through flipkart can be flagged as a negative. But in this day and age, online shopping is safe as it gets.
Let’s start with the review shall we:
Xiaomi Mi 3 Complete Review
Build quality is important factor for a purchase decision since, a phone has to endure all the abuse, the occasional tossing around, those cringing drops. Xiaomi Mi3 is enclosed in a solid brushed aluminium shell, Gorilla Glass 3. , the Xiaomi Mi3 has truly redefined design and build quality. The phone no where feels like a sub 15000 phone, it feels much more premium.
The Xiaomi Mi3 boasts of Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad cores clocked at 2.3 GH,stunning display: full hd IPS panel, 2gb of RAM, 16GB of storage, decent battery capacity-3050mAh, Adreno 330 GPU, Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.
The Xiaomi Mi3 is equipped with Android 4.4.2 out the box with MiUi, an iOS like skin which does not provide the user with an application drawer. The UI is fast customisations including themes which can be installed. It has access to playstore so any launcher can be installed.
Apart from few software glitches there seems to be no issues with the device at all.
The benchmarks of Xiaomi Mi3 score can be found below:
The benchmarks are pretty decent for a budget phone, the real-world performance of the phone is much better.
Gaming is effortless on the device. There’s no frame drops, lag whatsoever.
Screen and Camera:
The screen on the Xiaomi Mi3 is stunning to look at- Xiaomi calls it retina display; since the part supplier happens to be Lg or Samsung which manufacturers the display for iPhone too. The camera is equipped with a 5 element lens and f2.2 aperture, 13MP. Low-light performance is decent. The front camera is of 2 MP which would satisfy the selfie obsessed.
The network connection was strong to say the least, couldn’t find a fault with it. Tested on Vodafone India, Andhra Pradesh region works well. 3G speeds on the Xiaomi Mi3 are decent, expecting 4G LTE would be an overkill.
If you’re in the market for a brand new phone then nothing gets better than Xiaomi Mi3, but there have been issues with stuck sim card trays, overheating etc. With 35 service centers hopefully, that wouldn’t be a problem. Xiaomi plans to launch Mi4 in the near future, so wait it out, given the stellar specification of the previous generation, we can expect only better.