Xiaomi has cause a lot of hype these days with it’s range of smartphones which boasts specs of some flagship phones yet ridiculously cheaper like some Chinese smartphone. After its humongous success in China smartphone market this new brand is entering a very crowded marketplace in India, which is currently dominated by giants like Samsung, LG, Motorola, and some obvious indigenous brands like Micromax, Lava, Spice, etc. No doubt Xiaomi is called apple of China because of what it has done in week that took Apple to achieve in a year, but we have to see how much it’ll fare in India, which has a growing and a very potential smartphone marketplace. So the question is should you buy Xiaomi smartphones or not. Particularly, should you buy Xiaomi mi3 or not, since Mi3 is the flagship offering of the company, and this is the smartphone that is being launched first in India exclusively at Flipkart
Specs On Paper
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100|
|Status||Available. Released 2013, December|
|BODY||Dimensions||144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm (5.67 x 2.90 x 0.32 in)|
|Weight||145 g (5.11 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|Internal||16/64 GB, 2 GB RAM|
|Speed||DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|USB||microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go|
|CAMERA||Primary||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR|
|Secondary||2 MP, 1080p@30fps|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800|
|CPU||Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF)
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo/dial/commands
– Predictive text input (Swype)
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 500 h|
|Talk time||Up to 25 h|
|Music play||Up to 50 h|
Specs on paper are pretty impressive. If you carefully look into the specs, you will not find the type of glass used in display. Whether it uses a Gorilla glass or any other material is not clear. Flipkart mention’s the display to be – IPS Retina display manufactured by Sharp or LG, in that case the display is going to be at par with any iPhone. Some reviews finds the device to be having very good viewing angles and is a smooth display outdoors. Screen is obviously gorgeous being at 1920×1080 resolution and a pixel density of 441PPI, because any pixel density above 264PPI is considered as retina. Coming to data connectivity, it surely serves the standard options. Missing a memory card slot, really does not bugs me considering it’s price point.
It has surely got some serious powerful hardware beneath its hood, powered by a 2.3 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor with a Adreno 330 GPU icing on the cake. The battery will surely impress anyone.
Coming to build quality, the device feels real comfort on hand, as many reviews suggest. Though build of plastic, the device feels sturdy and solid, and not feeble like some plasticky samsung smartphones.
Xiaomi has added their own skin over Android, and it called MiUI, (Mi User Interface). The interface is thoughtfully designed and built so expect less bloatwares and unnecessary spammy built-in apps. All the built in apps will find great usability.
Should You Consider Upgrading
In short Yes. If you are a fan of powerful devices with thoughtful, ergonomic designs and not of only big brand name ‘s this is a serious contender. SO if you have a smartphone might be a flagship device with less powerful hardware than Mi3, I’d suggest you to upgrade. You already have 34-36 service center’s around the country. The company has already been delivering quality, which can be seen from the face that it is able to deliver such humongous number of devices in China, Japan which clearly show’s the quality of its services. Taking of future, you should keep in mind that with a great team of exec’s on board named Hugo Barra, Lei Jun the company is in good hands and has a serious and bright future ahead.
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