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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pre-launch Review : Xiaomi Mi3 - The smarter smartphone

Introduction

Xiaomi, a known electronics brand from China which is making its flutters on Indian shore by launching their much anticipated smartphone called the Mi3. It claims to have top-notch specifications that you would only find in expensive smart phones.  However, will these hardware specs be a lone factor to attract consumers to this new brand?
We spent some time doing research on this new phone before its actual launch and following is our review.
Xiaomi Mi3


Getting to know Mi3
To begin with, let’s look at the built of this smartphone. It has a very pro Nokia Lumia look. We are afraid but we didn’t find the built quality to be like that of Nokia’s Lumia’s polycarbonate plastic. Don’t panic. In fact the metal body look gave it a premium look, a very smart move this Chinese maker. We must say, we were impressed.
Let’s get into the soul of the phone – the OS and hardware. The reason for which Mi3 is in news because of the hardware specs mentioned below in the cheat sheet.
First Impressions

Cheat Sheet

GENERAL
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
Mini-SIM
2013, September
Available. Released 2013, December

BODY
144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm (5.67 x 2.90 x 0.32 in)
145 g (5.11 oz)                  

DISPLAY
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
Yes

SOUND
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Yes
Yes

MEMORY
No
16/64 GB, 2 GB RAM

DATA
Yes
Yes
DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot
v4.0, A2DP
Yes
microUSB v2.0 (MHL), USB On-the-go

CAMERA
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR
1080p@30fps, HDR
2 MP, 1080p@30fps

FEATURES
Android OS, v4.3 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800
Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400
Adreno 330
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM, RSS
HTML5
FM radio
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Various

- 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
- Organizer
- 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
Up to 500 h
Up to 25 h
Up to 50 h



General Observations
Based on our research, we found Mi3 to be an incredibly good smart phone at the price for which it is going to be available in the Indian market (Expected range: INR 13,999)
 Apart from that 5-inch 1080p display also looks brilliant and has a very good viewing angles and color reproduction. The Xiaomi Mi3 is powered by Android 4.4.2 KitKat with its own MIUI.

To wrap-up, at Rs 13,999, the Xiaomi Mi3 looks like a smartphone we will surely recommend. We would also see how our Indian competitors like Micromax, Lava,Celkon & Spice phones are going to launch competitive phone against this one. Also Mi3 will also be looked as a phone which with either roll and dictate the future of Xiaomi in India or not.

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