- GSMArena team , GSMArena
The company's best-selling phone to date packing top-notch technology and blazing-fast Android experience.
- Gary Cutlack , TechRadar
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.
- Excellent price
- Snappy performance
- Beautiful screen
- Quality design
- 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.”
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
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
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
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
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
Best quality hardware at minimum price
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
An Android smartphone that delivers high-end performance at a mid-range price
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
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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