Xiaomi Mi3 Review Part 1

In this series of articles, we’d be reviewing an erstwhile flagship from Xioami, the next big thing in the World of Tech; the Mi3. In this particular piece, we’d have a look at the Design and Form Factor of the Xiaomi Mi3.

About Xiaomi & Mi3

If you’ve been a regular at Tequs, simply skip this section. If not, let me verse you with “What Xiaomi is?” Xiaomi is the fifth biggest manufacturer of consumer electronics in China, the World’s largest market for Consumer electronics. With its $5bn revenue in the first half of 2013, and 3,000 employees, it’s a small fish compared to the likes of Samsung, but given it’s age of just 5 years, the prospects of this “Apple of the East” look very promising. The Xiaomi Mi3 is a smartphone launched by the company on the 5th of September in 2013, in China. Over the past year, Xiaomi expanded its reach beyond China, launching its devices in some of the world’s biggest emerging economies; Indonesia and India to name some. The Mi3 was launched in almost all of these countries. The phone released in India on the 22nd of July in 2014, at a price of INR 13,999, or about $230. After having used the phone since well over a month now, here’s our review of this inexpensive beast of a phone.


Design and Form Factor

If I had to choose the phone’s USP besides the price point, it has to be its Build Quality. The sleek 8.1mm device with its solid plastic built in a brushed aluminium finish oozes quality and sturdiness. The phone may feel slippery in hands, but has a great feel to it. Though there is still room to learn from the likes of Apple and HTC, Xioami has left behind the plastic-y Samsungs miles behind in terms of finish and feel. On the flip side, the phone is enormous, with almost a phablet size. While a large size may be justified for phones with large screens (Read: LG G3 with its 5.5-inch display), the Mi3’s size is completely unjustifiable for the 5.0-inch display it accommodates. The side bezels are just right – though not as thin as those on the G3 – but the top and bottom bezels are the party poppers; with over half an inch added on each side, the bezels cause for a giant size. Talking numbers, the phones measures 144 X 73.6 X 8.1, just 3mm sleeker than the Samsung Galaxy Grand phablet.

In our next piece of the series, we take a look at the Display and the Hardware the Xiaomi Mi3 packs in store. Meanwhile, don’t shy away from dropping your views and opinions about Xiaomi and the Mi3 in our Comments’ Section below. Any suggestions and feedbacks for us are equally welcome 🙂

Next Part : Xiaomi Mi3 Review Part 2

Nikhil Jain

I'm an Entrepreneur with a keen interest in Gadgets and Technology. Co-Founder of Tequs.com, I manage content and writers on the website, in addition to authoring editorials. Currently a student of Law at USLLS, IPU in Delhi, India; I hope to use my legal knowledge to hone my existing skills and become a successful business manager.

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3 Responses

  1. Dave says:

    Can we please stop complaining about plastic type cases? 95% of phones I see come in 2 varieties. Those placed in another case, or those with broken screens. The plastic Samsung back or the glass and aluminum iphone don’t mean anything when you have a plastic/rubberized case around it. I remember someone going on about their kevlar infused case on their motorola razr but he had it in an external case, so what difference does it make?

    Does it perform well, does the screen look good, does it have adequate storage, are the buttons placed well, does the camera take good pictures. All valid points. The case composition? Unless you can swear you aren’t going to put in an external case, it doesn’t matter.

    • Dustin says:

      To you. It doesn’t matter to you. It does matter to many other people.

    • Nikhil Jain says:

      Well, a lot of purists don’t like to go with those cheap rubber/plastic cases. And, those are the people who mostly despise the plastic Galaxies et al. It might not make a difference to you, but to a lot of people it does. Besides we didn’t mean to complain about anything, just compare the Mi3 with the different levels of build quality available on the market.

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