Xiaomi lent us a review unit of the Mi 3 last night and we immediately unboxed it and played around with the device. It’s also the first time we’ve looked into MIUI.
The Mi3 is Xiaomi’s flagship handset and is powered by a Snapdragon 800 chip. However, this variant does not have LTE (only HSPA+) and we don’t know when that other one is coming, if ever it will.
On the front, the Xiaomi Mi 3 has a 5-inch Full HD IPS display which equates to 441 ppi. Above it is the earpice, light sensor, and the 2 megapixel front-facing camera. Down below are three illuminated capacitive buttons for Options, Home, and Back.
The left side is devoid of any buttons while the right side houses the volume rocker and the power/lock button. Right on top are the headset jack, the pinholes for the microphone, and the SIM card tray. While down at the bottom are the speaker and the microUSB port.
Flip it on its back and you’ll find the 13 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, another pinhole for the microphone, and the Xiaomi branding etched at the lower part.
On hand, the Mi 3 feels premium and very well-made. The glass is encased in a glossy plastic bezel which gives off a smooth yet edgy feel. It’s also easy to grip as the sides are rounded. The top and bottom, on the other hand, are flat that you can actually make the Mi 3 stand on its own if you place it on a flat surface.
To top it off, the Mi 3’s chassis comes with a solid body and feels metallic (even the physical buttons) thanks to its magnesium alloy frame coated with thermal graphite.
Xiaomi Mi 3 specs:
5-inch Full HD IPS display, 441ppi
2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU
16GB internal storage
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct
Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP
GPS, AGPS, GLONASS
13 megapixel rear camera w/ dual LED flash
2 megapixel front camera
MIUI v5 (Android 4.3 Jellybean)
144 x 73.6 x 8.1mm (dimensions)
145 grams (weight)
Based on the standard FOREX conversion, the Xiaomi Mi3 will sell between Php12k to Php13k when it officially ships in the next 2 weeks (barring any delays in Customs).
Stay tuned for our hands-on of the Xiaomi Mi 3’s and its full review in the coming weeks.