Decent battery life
Heats up after long usage
No microSD card slot
Xiaomi Mi3 is a full-fledged smartphone especially designed for the one who is looking for the cheapest option with top-of-the-line specifications. However, its limited availability is still an issue which would shift a large number of customers towards inferior options.
It is a well-known law of demand that, other things remain equal, the demand of a product increases with a fall in its price. The same law applies to the smartphone market as well. Now when we say high demand, there are quite a few smartphones available in the current market which come into this segment with gaining huge focus from a wide customer-base. Among such a few smartphones, China-made Xiaomi Mi3 is reached on the top in a short span with its affordability and high-end specifications. Though its availability status is an issue for the new markets, especially in India, it is all-set to take a move towards the west to compete Apple iPhone. Whether or not it will take on the market leader, it is still a hot-topic of debates. Meanwhile, we got a chance to test the Mi3 at our labs so here are our words on this limited edition Android.
What’s in the Box
Xiaomi Mi3 is a mid-range smartphone, although it has all the high-end specifications. It is quite presumable that a smartphone in the mid-range segment would not bundle with a list of accessories. The same phenomenon applies to the Mi3 as well.
The box that we got as a review unit had a microUSB to USB data cable, an AC charger, SIM eject tool and a quick start guide, alongside the handset itself. The retail unit also comes with these in-box content which are fair enough considering the price tag of the Mi3.
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When it comes to designing part, most of the smartphone makers use plastic built for their mid-range smartphones to maintain cost. However, Xiaomi is nowhere in line of such smartphone makers and has used aluminium built for the Mi3. This built is enough to consider the Mi3 in the list of solid-built smartphones but there is of course a need to take a look at the entire design to consider it as an ergonomically designed smartphone.
The Mi3 has a large screen display with thin bezels on its left and right. The top and bottom sides of the front have a bit empty space which is somewhere increasing the height of the Mi3. Below the display, there are three touch-responsive keys for navigation – Menu, Home and Back. Users have an option to disable these keys by going through settings in case they want an empty chin of their Mi3. Above the display, there is an earpiece at the centre while a secondary camera and a couple of sensors – an ambient light sensor and proximity sensor – are available on its either sides. Mi branding, which is existed for all the other markets, except China, is available on the top left with silver finish. The front panel of the Mi3 is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is quite a solid glass available in the current market with scratch resistant capability.
Turning towards the right shows a volume rocker and a power/lock key. These keys are made of metal to give premium finish and are easy to operable. There is no key on the left, however, users can experience the thin design by turning the Mi3 to left.
On the bottom, the Mi3 features a loudspeaker grill, microphone and a microUSB port.
The top side of the Mi3 has a 3.5mm audio jack and a secondary microphone. As the smartphone has unibody design, a SIM card compartment is also available on the top side. The hole which is available to eject SIM tray is a bit smaller than the SIM eject tool so it sometimes become difficult to easily bring out the tray.
Turning the Mi3 towards rear shows a metal-made Mi logo on the bottom. There is a primary camera sensor available on the top-left along with dual-LED flash.
According to Xiaomi, the Mi3 has a magnesium alloy frame coated with three layers of thermal graphite. This frame helps in giving a solid built and its 8.1mm thickness is enough to give an ergonomic feel. On the top of the frame, there is a plastic covering which also seems to be solid enough when comparing with some other mid-range smartphones. In short, the design of the Mi3 is such quite premium that one cannot even judge the actual price after getting its first glimpse.