Specs summary


The Xiaomi Mi3's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: Android 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3050 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 20.8 days standby time, 1500 minutes (2G), 808 minutes (3G), 484 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

The company's best-selling phone to date packing top-notch technology and blazing-fast Android experience.

- GSMArena team , GSMArena 

A superb phone offering high-end performance and an interesting, angular physical design that helps it stand out from the masses of other budget Android models.

- Gary Cutlack , TechRadar 

Reviews summary

Based on 8 reviews

What's good  

  • Excellent price
  • Snappy performance
  • Beautiful screen
  • Quality design

What's bad  

  • No 4G LTE support
  • No MicroSD support
  • Limited availability

Xiaomi has been on a mission to prove there is room in the top of the pack for a new manufacturer. With its own take on Android, quality designs and high-end specs at mid-tier prices, the company is turning heads in China. Will the Mi3 stack up to the pre-release hype? Let’s look at the reviews and find out.

One of the biggest things mentioned in many reviews of the devices is the astounding build quality. The plastic shell fits the metal chassis like a glove. Sleek lines and a large 5-inch 1080p screen create a clean look that most reviews applaud. MakeUseOf noted the build quality stating, “the device feels solid and well-built.” So solid, in fact, that CNet mistakenly thought it had a metal body initially.

The phone features a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor--one of the more powerful chipsets currently available. Backed with 2GB of RAM, reviews found no issues in performance or multitasking. MakeUseOf said, “The phone never lagged, no matter what I did with it” and called it “an absolute beast in the specs department.” Gizmodo India stated that it “packs quite a punch to rival higher-priced smartphones in the market.”

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The Mi3 includes 16GB of internal storage, 12GB of which is accessible to the user. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include a MicroSD slot for expanded storage. It’s also lacking 4G LTE support meaning you’ll have to settle for slower data transfers when you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi signal.

The 3,050mAh internal battery isn’t replaceable. Fortunately, reviews found the battery to be more than enough with MakeUseOf finding that it “easily lasted more more than a day of moderate use.”

The phone also includes bluetooth, NFC and Wireless N support as well as a 13MP, dual-flash rear camera. Reviews noted that low light performance was a little weak but otherwise found the camera a joy to use. However, lack of a dedicated shutter button means you’ll be tapping the screen to snap pictures and can make for difficulty pulling off the perfect shot.

In all, the device receives rave reviews, comparing it to the likes of Sony, LG and Motorola but at a much lower price point. CNet summed up the reviews best when they said “Xiaomi's competitors should start paying attention. It's hard to deny how much value Xiaomi has packed into this phone.”

Reviews (8.3/10 Avg. rating)


A classy device with snappy performance and even a head turner

from GSMArena

Xiaomi Mi 3 offers everything a flagship should have - premium and stylish design, a top-quality display, latest generation chipset, capable camera and snappy Android KitKat with great MIUI launcher. As it always happens there is more to the story.

Xiaomi's best-selling smartphone is made to stand out. You'll recognize it not only by its aesthetics, but also by its user-friendly MIUI.

The MIUI ROMs have gained tremendous popularity over the past years and have accumulated a massive user base and attracted a lively developing community (though the shared information is... Full review


Smart, unusual design at a good value

from TrustedReviews

The Xiaomi Mi3 is a great-looking, well-made phone with great hardware that isn’t always made the most of by the software, at least if you're westerner importing it. This is a phone designed for a Chinese audience, and just about every part of its interface is designed for that crowd. We are strangers to it.

While we love the magnesium body, and think the Xiaomi Mi3 offers very good display quality for £200, there's just a bit too much work required to make the phone easy to use in the UK. By all means wait for Xiaomi to come to the UK, but you may have quite the wait... Full review


A unique design and brilliant performance

from TechRadar

It's a lovely phone for the most part, with the Xiaomi Mi 3 combining a surprising amount of style with high-end power and a supremely polished user interface.

The fact it's only available on import is the only substantial issue, as buying one from China through a third-party means possible stress and misery should a warranty claim ever need to be made.

Aside from that, though, there's very little not to like. It's probably too late for this particular model to make much of an impact in the US or UK were it to launch now, but the solid and impressive Mi 3 ought to get... Full review


Amazing performance at a crazy price

from NDTV

The Xiaomi Mi 3 is a sensational product. Competitors, especially Indian companies, should be very afraid. If Xiaomi keeps going the way it has begun, it could easily take over the entire Indian market. We'll have to wait a while to see how the company's after-sales network shapes up, but that shouldn't be a problem for long given how serious it appears to be about the Indian market.

This phone might not have it all, but it's got more than enough to tempt buyers who would have otherwise gone for the Moto G. We cannot wait to see how the industry responds to this new threat. ... Full review

Tech Ticker

Best quality hardware at minimum price

from Tech Ticker
One of the things that makes Xiaomi Mi 3 tempting is the price tag. Given the hardware and performance, the phone blows Moto G and other similarly priced devices out of the water. That said, the biggest bane of Mi 3 is the limited internal storage. There’s no microSD expansion slot and while Mi 3 has a larger capacity version internationally, Xiaomi will sell the 16GB variant only in India (for now). However, if you can make do with the limited storage, the Mi 3 is an excellent buy at the price... Full review
Fone Arena

Game changer

from Fone Arena

The Xiaomi Mi3 is a game changer. The device packs not only top end specifications, but also completes the user experience by proving to be comparable with other flagships, but at a fraction of their prices. The display, the performance, the build quality, the battery life and even just the design, is class leading for a product of this kind. The camera might not be the best, if you think of it as a flagship, but class leading, at this price. If you ask us, we have no complaints except for the non-information of the kind of after sales support the company can provide, at the moment. Also, t... Full review

The Next Web

An Android smartphone that delivers high-end performance at a mid-range price

from The Next Web

The Mi 3 is a solid Android smartphone that performs excellently — way beyond what people assume its price tag of $332 can buy you — and it makes me wonder why companies like Samsung, HTC and LG are tooting their horns for smartphones that come in at double to triple the price when the performance of the Mi 3 seems to be largely on par with their flagship devices.

Most of the time, the Mi 3 is a joy to use, especially from a non-Android user perspective (I’ve been an iPhone user for years). The UI is uncluttered and easily customizable, while the high screen res... Full review


One of the best phones ever

from IntoMobile

The Xiaomi Mi3 is an awesome device and we do think the so called "Apple of China" has what it takes to compete in the Western market. Before doing so, they will have to include LTE connectivity support to the Mi3, and as far as we've understood, something like that is in works as we speak.

The Mi3 fares well when compared to other high-end smartphones. It may lack some tricks on one front, but it delivers some other features on the other. As I've noted before, this is the one of the best looking phones ever. Perhaps even the best looking one.

Thanks to the top-notch s... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date November 29, 2013
Regions available Asia, Europe, India, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
SIM Card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean (Update Available: Android 4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 64 GB Flash
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3050 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 568 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 484 minutes
3G Surfing Time 1260 minutes
4G Surfing Time No
Talk Time Up to:
1500 minutes (2G)
808 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 20.8 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Magnesium alloy
Colors Black, Blue, Green, Pink, Silver, White, Yellow
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.4 x 7.4 x 0.8 cm
(5.7 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 145 grams
(5.1 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel Density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, Glove friendly screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key Unknown
Any Key Answer Unknown
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity 500 entries
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Google Android
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM (Google Talk)
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization No
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Yes
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 13+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 2+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AMR-WB, AMR, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer DOC, HTML, TXT
Weather Unknown
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
Notepad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Alternative variant: Processor: Intel NVIDIA Tegra 4 Quad core 1800 MHz
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