|Xiaomi Mi 3 Unboxing, Preview And Initial Impression|
Xiaomi gained international recognition not only for their great marketing strategy, but also for having real value for money products and one of them is the Xiaomi Mi 3.
Even though it is almost a year now since the Mi 3 was announced, it is still one of the most anticipated device by the consumers from emerging markets such as the Philippines.
There are plenty of reasons why the Mi 3 still sells like hot cakes, for one it has far better specifications compared to other devices, both from local and international brands that fall to the same price point. Speaking of specs, it sports a 5-inch IPS full HD capacitive touchscreen display powered by a quad core Qualcomm Snapdron processor clocked at 2.3GHz each coupled with 2GB of RAM for smooth multitasking.
|Unit, flip case, screen protector, micro SIM card tray, manual, charger, USB cable, ejector pin|
I was very eager to buy the Mi 3, that is why I decided to buy it from Singapore especially that during that time there was no confirmation yet when it will arrive in the country. I bought mine for SGD354, a bundle that includes a flip case and a screen protector on top of the regular package that includes the unit, USB cable, charger, ejector pin and manual. The Mi 3 uses a regular size SIM card, but you can also use a micro SIM card because it comes with a customized tray for that.
The front is majority covered by the display, underneath the screen you will find the usual menu, home and back keys, they all lit up and have haptic feedback whenever you touch them. Above the display, you have the "mi" branding, the hidden sensors, earpiece grill, secondary camera and the LED notification of different colors.
The back houses the 13MP Exmor camera accompanied by a dual LED flash followed by a secondary microphone for noise cancellation and stereo audio when recording a video. In the lower part, you will see another "mi" logo just about the phone's regulatory information.
The left side is bare while the right side holds both the volume rocker and the power/lock button.
At the top, you have the 3.5mm audio jack adjacent to the SIM card tray and the primary microphone while at the bottom you will find the reinforced micro USB port that doubles as charging port and the laser-cut loudspeaker grill.
My unit is metallic gray, but it is just a color as the outside of the phone is made of plastic. Do not get confused with the magnesium alloy frame since the 'frame' they are referring to is the one inside the device, the one that holds out the components.
I had Nokia N9 and old Lumia phones before and their designs greatly resemble to that of the Mi 3, you might agree or argue with me, but that is the closest comparison I can give you. In terms of handling, the curvy side helps a lot for a better hold of the phone, however, it will still require you to use both of your hands in most cases.
The Mi 3 has a 5-inch display with full HD resolution equivalent to 441ppi, Quad HD might be the current trends on smartphone, but 1080p still looks pretty decent especially that it has IPS technology which gives it wide viewing angles. Xiaomi also touted that the backlit display is directly fused to the touchscreen panel (similar to OGS) delivering more crisp and vibrant output.
The Mi 3 has a whole bunch of sensors namely accelerometer, proximity, light, gyroscope, magnetic and barometer, all of them works properly when put under test.
|Antutu - 35104|
|NenaMark2 - 60.0fps|
|Quadrant - 21,960|
|Explore (Vellamo) Multicore - 1810, Metal - 1405|
|Ice Storm Unlimited - 18,645 (highest is 19,105)|
The quad core Krait 400 processor inside the Mi 3 is really strong and powerful, it gives a remarkably high score in every benchmark that I used. By the way, my unit is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean while the one sold through Lazada has already Android 4.4 KitKat.
I am using the Xiaomi Mi 3 for several weeks now and I can say that it is really a good buy, the screen is stunning and vibrant, it has superb build quality and performance is quite fast without any lags or hiccups encountered so far. Currently, the only issue I have is that some apps are crashing like the stock browser.
- Quad band 2G/3G
- 5-inch IPS capacitive Full HD (1920x1080) touchscreen
- Dimensions: 144mm x 73.6mm x 8.1mm
- Weight: 145g
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, MIUI version 5
- 2.3GHz Quad Core Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB internal storage, non-expandable
- 13MP auto focus main camera with dual LED Flash,
- 2MP secondary camera
- 1080p video recording
- Multimedia Player
- FM Radio
- 3.5 Audio Jack
- GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS
- Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot
- Micro USB 2.0, OTG function
- Bluetooth v4.0
- Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Barometer
- 3050mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
- Price: Php10.599