Almost everyone wants to get their hands on the latest smartphone as soon as they are launched. Like MP3 players and other handheld devices, smartphones have become an incredibly hot commodity around the world. Picking which is best takes careful consideration. From Samsung to HTC to Xiaomi manufacturing their own smartphones, you have a lot of options. Outside of personal preference, though, the important things to consider are the capabilities of the phone itself. In light of that, here is a breakdown of the Xiaomi Mi3 Android smartphone.
The Mi3 is the flagship phone for Chinese electronics company Xiaomi. It is slightly larger than typical smartphone size, with dimensions sitting at 144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm and weighing 145g. It has a five inch screen that runs in full 1080 x 1920 resolution with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covering to protect the touchscreen. It comes with both 2G and 3G capabilities, but if you’re looking for 4G or LTE functionality, you’d best look at another phone. It does have a mini-SIM slot, but no SD card port so you’ll be stuck with the 16GB internal storage. The Mi3 boasts a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, pushing it far ahead of the iPhone 5S and on par with the Samsung Galaxy S5 in terms of straight processing power.
The sound capabilities are akin to other phones and there’s nothing special to set the Mi3 apart from others. Like all smartphones, the Mi3 comes with a built-in camera. But the Mi3 boasts a 13 Megapixel rear camera and a two Megapixel front camera, outstripping some of its competitors like the iPhone 5 series of phones. As an Android phone, the Mi3 has all the basics of any other Android device like the Google Play store. But the Mi3 runs a special Xiaomi version of Android called MIUI instead of the basic Android OS, according to CNET. Besides that, the rest of the Mi3’s features are akin to other smartphones; there’s GPS, full web browsing, multiple case colors, radio, and sensors like a barometer, compass, gyro, and accelerometer. The battery life is advertised to range from 25 hours of talk time to 500 hours of standby time. Like other phones, the battery life is really dependent on what you use your phone for and for how long. The speed of the phone when online is advertised as anywhere between 5.76 Mbps to 42 Mbps depending on what sort of Wi-Fi network or 3G network you’re currently using. GSM Arena also states that the Mi3 boasts a mini-USB port.
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Pricing and Worth
One of the most important aspects when looking for a new smartphone is the price. Many people get their phones under contract so the set price of the phone is much lower than if they were to just straight up buy the phone. But unlike other smartphones, the Mi3 is set at an incredibly affordable base level. The Mi3 sits at INR 13,999 in the marketplace. Considering most other smartphones cost significantly more, the Mi3 is far more inexpensive and a much better value phone if price is a big factor for you. Good luck getting your hands on one currently though. Xiaomi has been releasing the phones in very small batches in India so far and they’ve been selling almost faster than they can be placed on shelves. According to Tech 2, the latest batch of 20,000 phones was sold out by Flipkart in 2.4 seconds.
While it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether the phone is worth the price, the low price tag and multitude of features make a strong argument for the Mi3 being a very value-heavy device. Keep an eye on sites like Pricebag.com to see when more phones become available.
Considering the stereotype of Chinese rip-off products, Xiaomi Mi3 is a step in the right direction. Not only is the home-grown smartphone a viable alternative too many industry staples like the iPhone or Galaxy series, it’s also an opportunity for the Chinese electronics industry to start showing the world they can stand with the best. The Mi3 is a powerful smartphone with a number of important features that, when combined with the inexpensive price tag, make the phone an excellent choice for anyone looking to get their first smartphone or just change to a different one. While Xiaomi releasing the phones to India in such small batches is an annoyance at the minimum, the fact that they are selling out almost instantly is a good sign. Once more become available, the Mi3 is definitely a recommended device, especially for those who are looking for an inexpensive smartphone option.