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 🙂