Xiaomi Mi3 Review
Xiaomi has created a lot of buzz, since the first day it has entered the Indian smartphone market. The Chinese Smartphone manufacturers have earned the top position in technology news blogs and other web platforms. The first smartphone by the manufacturers i.e; the Xiaomi Xi3 has tasted huge popularity in India. Xiaomi has collaborated with Flipkart.com, for exclusively selling the Xiaomi Mi3 in India. And the shopping platform has been successful to sell good numbers of Xiaomi Mi3 units, in just few seconds.
Why Xiaomi Mi3 is so popular?
The only reason why this smartphone has earned huge popularity is because of its high end hardware specifications, features offered at an unbelievable & affordable price tag of just Rs.13, 999, which is comparatively half of its competitors. The hardware specifications and features of Xiaomi Mi3 look superb on the papers. It would sound something strange, but the brilliant hardware configuration of this smartphone makes it a tough rival to various high end smartphones including Google Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 and more.
To know why this smartphone is really offering a tough competition to high end players, we bring you a complete review of the Xiaomi Mi3, covering each and every aspect, which makes this smartphone a worth buy.
Xiaomi Mi3 Smartphone Complete Review
Look and Feel
The Xiaomi Mi3 looks attractive at the first look. However, you may be disappointed after holding it in your hands. It feels much more like a plastic body, rather than a solid aluminium and magnesium alloy frame, which the company was advertising a lot. The physical dimensions of this smartphone read 144 x 73.6 x 8.1mm. The Xiaomi Mi3 is built on a unibody shell, and packs a unique design frame. This smartphone weighs only 145 grams, and is easy to hold in your hands.
The Xiaomi Mi3 sports a brilliant 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD Capacitive Multi-touch screen display, which produces a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at an amazing rate of 441 pixels per inch. This display would offer you an unmatched experienced when you would sit down to watch 1080p Full HD videos on this smartphone. Also, playing high graphics game on this smartphone would be something really great. For its protection, the display of Xiaomi Mi3 packs Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which offers added safety of it.
The Xiaomi Mi3 runs on Google’s latest Android 4.4.2 KitKat Operating System, which could get an update in future. This smartphone also features the Xiaomi’s custom MIUI user interface, which has a lot to show. There is a unique lock screen which offers various setting options to the user. There are many more features to discover in the MIUI user interface, which can be configured as per the user’s individual wish.
Hardware Specifications of Xiaomi Mi3
Processor and RAM
For an ultimate performance, the Xiaomi Mi3 is powered by a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, Krait 400 Quad-Core Processor, supported by 2GB of RAM and an Adreno 330 GPU. This brilliant combination is well enough to take your Android smartphone experience on to new level. In this price segment, the Xiaomi Mi3 has the best processor & RAM, which could run all huge applications and games without any trouble. This is one of the best configuration, you can ever have on your Android Smartphone.
The Xiaomi Mi3 boasts 16GB of internal memory, which cannot be expanded further using a MicroSD card. This is one of the weakest points of this smartphone. The user would be getting only 13GB for storage and apps installation, as 3GB will be used by system files. We could expect Xiaomi to launch 32GB and 64GB variants of Xiaomi Mi3 in future.
For capturing moments on the go, the Xiaomi Mi3 houses a 13 Megapixels Autofocus Rear Camera featuring LED Flash, face & smile detection, Panorama, Geo-tagging, HDR, touch focus and more. This rear camera can also record 1080p Full HD videos at 30 frames per second.
The powerful LED flash added on this smartphone will allow you to take great images in low light and indoors. The overall performance of the 13 Megapixels rear camera is very good. You can capture crisp and sharp images with this device’s rear camera. There are various tools and modes, which would help you in taking great images.
For your selfies, the Xiaomi Mi3 packs a 2 Megapixels front focusing camera, which could also record HD videos. However, this front camera has nothing great to show in terms of performance and results.
Connectivity and Battery
The connectivity features on the Xiaomi Mi3 includes GPRS with EDGE, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi (dual-band), Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go, 3.5mm Audio Jack and more. This smartphone is fuelled by a non-removable 3000mAH Li-ion battery, which claims up to 500 hours of stand-by time, up to 25 hours of talk time and up to 50 hours of non-stop music play.
The Xiaomi Mi3 is undoubtedly a high performing device, added with high end hardware specifications, which makes it a value for money deal at an affordable price tag. At its price tag, this smartphone offers a tough rivalry to Motorola Moto G, which stands far behind in terms of hardware specs added on the Xiaomi Mi3.
The AnTuTu and Quadrant benchmark scores also make the Xiaomi Mi3, a better smartphone than its rivals in the segment, including the Moto G. The Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi look all prepared to challenge Indian as well as International brands in the Indian smartphone market. The Xiaomi Mi3 is one such step, and more are to arrive soon. The only factor which makes our mind to think again is the service support for the Xiaomi Mi3. But, we expect the manufacturers to do something appreciable for the same. Leaving this factor aside and looking on positive side, the Xiaomi Mi3 is a value for money and worth buying smartphone at a great price tag.