Xioami Mi3 Review – Flagship Killer & Budget Beast

As we all know , Xioami Mi3 has created buzz In India with its flagship level specs and mid-range device price. Since when the device was launched it is out-of -stock on Flipkart which Xiomi official selling partner . Here are we to discuss about its review after using it for a few days. Screenshot-2013-10-21-at-4.02.53-PM-820x420 Display & Design  : The Mi3 comes with a 5 inch  IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen 1080p display with the protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It has 441 ppi pixel density. The IPS display not to becompared with AMOLED  but Xiaomi makes sure that  you get most  from the LCD display. The viewing angles of the screen are pretty good. The screen can be visible from any side. Though this is a 5 inch device , it looks much taller than other same size devices which means it will be a Herculean task for people with small hands to hold the device firmly. The back of the device is made up of plastic.   But it’s top notch quality of plastic. It may fool some people as it looks as beautiful as metal and has metallic finish. The front of the device is front is  deep black and full glossy  feels damn tough while holding. Performance  & Gaming  : The device is packed with Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800 Quad-core processor clocked at  2.3 GHz Krait 400 architecture with adreno 33o. It has 2GB RAM. Touch response is very good. Mi3 comes with MiUi OS which is based on android . The MiUi is known for its heavy ram consumption and this device is not an exception to that. RAM consumption was around 1.4Gb out og 2 Gigs. But even when conditions like this Snapdragon 800 makes sure that you don’t face any kind of lag while doing any task.  We played Asphalt 8 on this device with high graphics settings and it played very well giving brilliant graphics. IMG-20140729-WA0029 Camera & UI : Mi3 has 13Mp rear and  5Mp front facing camera. The camera is of good quality giving some nice crisp images in daylight but to the level of other flagship devices. Considering the price point it is more than enough. As mentioned earlier Mi3 runs MiUi OS which is customized UI based on Android.The main thing is that for some people it will take time to adapt as the devices default launcher doesn’t have an app drawer .  But since it is android, you have lots of other launchers to choose from. Except launcher everything is nearly same and wont be a problem for vanila android user. IMG_20140728_181201 IMG_20140729_222127 Sound : speaker is above avg near to good. Not the loudest you can find in a smartphone. Ringtone is fairly audible with no distortion in sound. Even the In-Call sound was pretty much clear. Headphones are not provided. It comes with Dirac HD sound. Battery Life : The device comes with a Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery. The Xiaomi claims 500 hours of stand by time with 25 hours of 2g talktime. Here are some battery stats with 3G network usage IMG-20140730-WA0007 IMG-20140730-WA0008 Here’s a quick review of specifications Chipset

  • CPUQuad-core 2.3GHz
  • CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB
  • GPUAdreno 330


  • Camera (back)13 Megapixels
  • Aperture f2.2
  • Wide-angle28mm
  • Flashdual-LED
  • Camera (front)2 Megapixels
  • Sensor typeStacked CMOS
  •  Both cameras (front and back) support 1080p HD video recording


  • Cellular and wirelesssupports 3G(WCDMA) and 2G(GSM) networks
  • Frequencies2G:GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  •  3G:WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • Data services GPRS/EDGE/DC-HSPA+(42Mbps)
  • BluetoothBluetooth® 4.0, Bluetooth HID
  • Wi-FiWi-Fi Display,Wi-Fi Direct,5GHz Wi-Fi
  • * Mi 3 supports Mini SIM cards, and recommends Micro/Nano SIM card users to use SIM adapter provided.


  • Capacity 3050mAh lithium-ion battery


  • Microphone Supported
  • NFCSupported
  • Haptic feedbackSupported


  • Flash memory16GB


  • Display5-inch Full HD 1080p LCD touch display
  • IPSIPS Retina display manufactured by Sharp or LG
  • PPI441
  • Resolution1920×1080 FULL HD
  • Touch sensorSupported


  • Video Recording1080p HD video recording
  • OthersVideo stabilizer


  • SoftwareDirac HD sound


  • GyroscopeSupported
  • Light sensorSupported
  • AccelerometerSupported
  • Proximity sensorSupported
  • Electronic compassSupported
  • Barometer Supported

Operating System

  • Android4.3 optimized with MIUI version 5