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The era of saying, “that’s a Chinese phone” in a negative manner may have finally ended, and that will be purely thanks to the fact that a lot of Chinese manufacturers are ready to put that norm to rest.

With Gionee taking the market horses by the reins last year, Xiaomi is the latest player and is ready to play in the heated battle zone with the right approach for India.

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India is the most price sensitive market in the world, one of the largest markets for Mobile Phone users, even those who switch handsets frequently. The country is flooded with manufacturers and brands trying to reach a level of excitement in the mobile space. With the Xiaomi Mi3, the Chinese manufacturer hit the right note with Indian buyers, by simply launching the product. There was a huge demand for a good budget phone; However Xiaomi dissolved their overheads by launching the product at a marvellous price of Rs 13999/- for the 16 GB variant.

The stocks are very limited, and only those who preregister can buy the phone. Every few days the phone will go on sale on shopping website Flipkart, making it excruciatingly difficult to own one right now. What makes it more painful is the long list of dealers who have multiple accounts on Flipkart, waiting to snatch this phone, just so that they can sell for a markup.

Is the handset really worth all that worship? Let’s find out.


Let’s say this, finding a phone this well made, for this price, is practically impossible. The Xiaomi Mi3 is encased in a solid brushed aluminium shell and laden with Gorilla Glass 3 in the front. Possibly one of the only phones with a reinforced micro USB port, the Xiaomi Mi3 has held no bars in design and build quality.

The rigid frame also gives it fantastic looks and the rounded sides and edges relate to the fit in the hand, and it all feels great. Each time you pickup the Mi3 the first words out of your mind would be “No way this costs only Rs. 13999?.

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Hardware wise, the Xiaomi Mi3 is pretty top notch, unlike its latest version; the Mi4, the Mi3 carries a Snapdragon 800 chipset with quad cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, a full HD 1920 x 1080p IPS LCD display made by Sharp or LG, 2 GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a whopping 3050 mAh battery. Apart from that you get the Adreno 330 GPU and Bluetooth 4.0 LE along with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

Just putting the parts together will cost you more than a phone. However someone at Xiaomi has the right contacts with suppliers.

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The Xiaomi Mi3 in India comes preloaded with Android 4.4.2 out the box, which is skinned with MiUi, a very iOS like skin which does not contain an application drawer. The UI is fast and snappy and offers a lot of customisations including themes which can be downloaded from the Mi Store. The Mi3 will give full access to the Play Store and allow for launcher downloads as well as launcher replacement if so be the case.

The UI is snappy and not laggy at all, the phone has good multitasking capabilities and will blaze through the live applications, despite few software glitches, that may often cause slowdowns and crashes.


The phone is a beast for the price range. It does not break any records as per say, but is truly top notch in its price bracket, in fact pretty much compares to phones in double the price bracket. The phone runs through mostly all our tests and scores good results in our benchmark tests.



Quadrant Benchmark 20376
Antutu Benchmark 30537
Nenamark 60.0 FPS

As far as gaming is concerned, the Mi3 can handle anything that is thrown at it, basically, any game that exists on Android will run on the Mi3, which is mostly thanks to the heart of the handset being a Snapdragon 800 – one of the most stable chipsets when it comes to apps and software.

We gamed on the Mi3 extensively and found it to be seamless and smooth, although the 16 GB runs out, and it runs out fast. You would be better waiting for the 64 GB variant if gaming is your bit because space is tight.

The Xiaomi Mi3 is excellent in day to day use and offers excellent performance, whether its running apps or multitasking, you will not be disappointed.


The Xiaomi Mi3 has a beautiful display with excellent viewing angles and a full HD resolution. Xiaomi has gone as far as calling it a “retina” display, because the panels are made either by LG or Sharp, both of which supply to Apple for the iPhone.

The display is big and bright, and you will enjoy consuming media on this phone, the audio is excellent out of the 3.5mm jack, and you will be happy with the overall experience. The onboard speaker is not overly loud, but can be adequate, of course, which could be different for different folks, we would have liked a better speaker though.

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The camera is the best in class, with a 5 element lens and f2.2 aperture, the 13 MP shots are right on the money. The colours are accurate, and images are perfectly sharp. Low-light performance is excellent, and video is good. The front camera is good for 2
MP shots which will more than suffice for the selfie nerd in you.

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Phone networks are strong, and network performance is good where we tested (Delhi/NCR and Mumbai), the phone supports 3G networks mostly globally and without issues in India. There is no 4G/LTE and expecting it would be inappropriate.

Battery life is impressive thanks to a well balanced chipset, which helped us get through almost two days without a recharge on the 3050 mAh battery pack.

Talk Time 6-7 hours
Music 19 hours
Internet 10+ Hours


Just a few months ago, Motorola broke the bank in India by launching the Moto G in this price bracket using a similar sale strategy (the Flipkart way). Now Xiaomi seems to have this in their pocket for the Xiaomi Mi3 and possibly for the Mi4 in the near future. There are several complaints, already of handsets with faulty Sim card trays, heating issues and handsets that refuse to boot or get charged.

Around 35-service centres will offer, support and Flipkart has a brilliant reverse pickup for faulty and dead on arrival products. So device and support “should not be” a problem. However, there is no clarity on who is behind the sales, an Indian partner or the company itself? How dedicated are they and how serious do the consider one of the larger mobile markets?

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With confirmed news of the new Mi4 coming soon, and OnePlus showing interest in India, the Mi3 may be a miss for some. However for those who need a phone now, it doesn’t get any better than this. If you were considering a last generation Nexus 5, this overthrows that with half the price. Get the drift? Now get the phone!

Buy Now

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  • Excellent Build
  • Uber Hardware
  • Stunning Looks
  • Android 4.4 and MiUi
  • Excellent Performer
  • Great Battery


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  • No Official Company to find
  • Flipkart only Sales
  • Limited Units
  • Faulty on Arrival Units


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  • aakash prabhu
    September 12, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Are you sure the mi4 is going to be released around november?
    and will it be less than 20k?

  • TulasiRam1
    August 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm


  • PriyeshVyas
    August 11, 2014 at 1:08 am

    can u tell any information about the service center dat wen dey gonna start and i heard that if some issue is der in d phone flipkart is not doing replacement dat true ?

  • Avinash Chandra
    August 7, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Finally got lucky to get this phone on the last sale at Aug 5. Actually purchased this for my Dad. But now I changed my mind and going to give my Sony Xperia ZL to him and will use this :D. Also looking forward to buy the Redmi S1, but stuck between Asus Zenfone 4.5 or 5.

  • Shahabkhan1234
    August 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    I m looking for a phone under 25K, initially I was looking for launch of htc e8, but it was too costlier around 35k so i drop that and looking for HTC desire 816 which seems cool specs and better review. Now come MI3 with exceptional hardware and features defies all mid range phone. But it comes with 16 GB variant which is not sufficient for me and my uses. Bcoz of space issue i regreted Moto G and MOTO X (both are awsome phone)

    Now i am in big dilemma to go for MI3 or should go for desire 816 by spending extra 10 K for lesser specs.

    MI3 64GB is available in international market for 350 USD(20 K). Should i go for that or wait till next update for 64 gb in india. My samsung Grand 2 has been damaged and frustrated with samsung. 

    Please suggest me.

  • VDi.ROW
    August 1, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    PrathameshPandhare  Mr.Nagpal will not answering becoz they are available only on videos!!!
    Xiaomi will launch Mi4 soon after Diwali ,may be in 2015!!! in India>>>
    In Oct. Redmi n Note and accessories will be there on flipkart with Limited Sales.Lol!!!

  • VDi.ROW
    August 1, 2014 at 9:27 pm


  • VDi.ROW
    August 1, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    SatyanjoyDas, and feeling.heat for using on games for 1-3hrs n charging too,
    and well about updates no one knows!!! i don’t think so but MIUI comes with frequently updates!

  • VDi.ROW
    August 1, 2014 at 9:11 pm


  • VDi.ROW
    August 1, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    VishveshSavant Yeah!!! Wait.Bro!!! OnePlus will come soon>>

  • VDi.ROW
    August 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    SandeepChakraborty Wait.and.Watch>>> 2014 is not Over

  • VishveshSavant
    August 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    PrathameshPandhare Thanks m8….i’ll check out phn …the E7..n will decide betwn z n e7…

  • PrathameshPandhare
    August 1, 2014 at 2:33 am

    Well dude…i realised that the xperia z makes up a good choice…..i’d still suggest you an option….if u aren’t obsessed with brands….do checkout the Gionee Elife E7 32gb…..great camera…..greater hardware….good look and feel (identical to lumia phones)….the best deal i found was at 25999 by……this was just to give you a better spec-ed choice… the xperia z too is good…..all the best….!

  • PrathameshPandhare
    August 1, 2014 at 2:29 am

    Well dude…i realised that the xperia z makes up a good choice…..i’d still suggest you an option….if u aren’t obsessed with brands….do checkout the Gionee Elife E7 32gb…..great camera…..greater hardware….good look and feel (identical to lumia phones)….the best deal i found was at 25999 by……this was just to give you a better spec-ed choice… xperia z too is good…..all the best….!

  • VishveshSavant
    July 31, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    PrathameshPandhare Thanks dude…!!! but htc i did not like..But since i stay in goa, thr is no after sales service frm Xiaomi….n In the last 1 month i have returned 3 lumia phones back to flipkart ( 920, 925,925) because of defects…So i have decided to go for the Xperia Z (evn though i hate android….n m a windows fan, but cant go to lumia n have more upsets frm flipkart…no more strength :D :D )

  • PrathameshPandhare
    July 31, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    If the 16gb non-expandable memory of Mi3 doesn’t bother you….then boss……Mi3 is for you……but if the memory factor is significant……WAIT for the 64gb version…..but plz don’t buy xperia z….i used the Mi3….and the look and feel is awesome….if you aren’t willing to wait….checkout htc 816…..

  • SandeepChakraborty
    July 31, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    I seriously am considering to buy this phone.. Should i wait for its India’s launch or should I buy the Xiaomi Mi3. Is the device really worth paying 4k extra than mi3…??? Plzzz reply?

  • VishveshSavant
    July 31, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I have a fixed budget of 25k..and i had considered going for the xperia Z, but now since mi3 is in the market…which 1 should i go for…and why..???

  • SatyanjoyDas
    July 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    PrathameshPandhare if you cover the body then what is the use of having cooler looking case

  • SatyanjoyDas
    July 30, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    prajrocks12345 SatyanjoyDas play some graphic intense game and check

  • prajrocks12345
    July 29, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    SatyanjoyDas Have been using the phone for almost a week now  and will disagree with you by saying that the phone is actually quite cold or cool to hold and even in the harshest of daylight the phone doesnt get hot at all. The slippery part is partially true but not enough to make you feel uncomfortable while holding the phone.

  • Kaushik D Choudhury
    July 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    This is Dope fresh phone Sann!Looking forward towards getting oneU0001f44a

  • Sushil Vyas
    July 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    Checkout dis link Srividya Gk……

  • PrathameshPandhare
    July 28, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    You can always use a good case….it looks trendier….protects the phone from damage and ofcourse…u won’t feel the heating issue any more…..

  • turners230
    July 28, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    it is not pronounced as xiomi but as shiao-mi .everytime i hear it wrong it irks me… aahhh. anyways like ur videos but past some months i have visited the website less and less .. it takes very long to load more than the verge sometimes.. and sometimes it is not uptodate .

  • SatyanjoyDas
    July 28, 2014 at 12:54 am

    My only concern is the aluminium metallic body – will get heated quickly, the person holding the phone will feel it more in compare to non metallic phone. Also the slim metallic body will be slippery in hand, I prefer rubbery grip or Moto G type of messed backcover which give good grip and feels more organic at my hand. Other than these everything looks awesome. I hope the phone will at least get the upcoming Android L update.

  • Tabish Quadri
    July 27, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    No its not.

  • PanKaj JajoRia
    July 27, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I think its pre rooted out of d box

  • vishank97
    July 27, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Please can you tell me whether the phone heats up a lot or no? Please I’m stuck between this phone and Moto G.

  • July 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    SubhajyotiGoLui will have them up soon, since people really want them.

  • ManojGoswami
    July 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    it’s just humongous .

  • ManojGoswami
    July 27, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    flash developer rom it is prerooted for developers purpose , search on miui forum .

  • SubhajyotiGoLui
    July 27, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    iGyaan why You No add Image Sample any more ? :'(

  • Tabish Quadri
    July 27, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    Bharat Root kase hoga??

  • Umair KHan
    July 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Sahil Tyagi

  • Darshak Mehta
    July 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Anyone about battery life?U0001f630U0001f630

  • Ak Roy
    July 27, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    sir you have said that this phone is worst one and you endorsing it.

  • Akshay Maini
    July 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’m waiting for next sale .

  • ???? ?????
    July 27, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    The only thing I dont like about the phone after using it for a while is that it uses so much RAM. The max RAM u ever see available is like 800 or so. Not sure why :

  • ???? ?????
    July 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Had to steal this one back from my dad xD

  • ???? ?????
    July 27, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Only the chasis is Aluminium Magnesium alloy the frame over it is still plastic but it has a metallic finish and feels really good to hold :)

  • Karan Pamnani
    July 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    Bst phn till nw under budget…. U0001f44cU0001f44d love it…

  • Salman Waseem
    July 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I got this!!!

  • Akshay Maini
    July 27, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    It is actually aluminum made device not plastic

  • PrathameshPandhare
    July 27, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Well Mr.Nagpal……..i need an advice…i’ve been looking for the Mi3 even before its launch here… that its launched i want it….but the 64gb one…..but then….the Mi4 is in China already…..i’m in no hurry….i can wait till diwali… you think there is a good chance that Xiaomi will get the Mi4 64gb here by diwali…?
    thank you.

  • anilkigal
    July 27, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    first of all bharat don’t get too exited with the phone and try to make some hard comments if there are any and there are some superb things which you forget.Consider what my review is saying if you can.
    Awesome audio in earphones i bet there’s not even a single phone in indian market whom can match audio quality of this phone.
    2- screen color reproduction is simply fabulous.
    3- UI is the best have features like data speed on notifications ,accidental call button,multiple themes ,full screen caller photo etc etc its full of software wonders.

    Front cam sucks ,rear cam is average but for this price point its great.
    2-battery life is great if you don’t use it but when you use it it drains like a bullet train even you have switched on power saving so battery performance is average.

    well this is just a hint there a lot more to tell but just check what i am saying and try to be specific about what a middle class customer, if you focus on that you can provide a 5 star review right now its just 3.5 stars .

    Without any disrespect doing a great job keep doing it

  • Nishant Varun
    July 27, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Whats up with these fragmented videos? Please make one complete review.

  • Shovon
    July 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Forgot to add GPS performance?

  • Karthik Kamisetty
    July 27, 2014 at 11:10 am

    w8ing for igyaan full review on Indian version

  • dashingJEET
    July 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    is there any problem with the notification light missing call notifications ??

  • Mohith Sharma
    July 27, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Seriously the best phone…. I had bought this for my mom but after using it I gave away my S4 to my mom.
    Amazing phone.

  • GopalPaul
    July 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Review misses basic camera samples.

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