Mi 3 Unboxing and Quick Review, PhP10,599 2.3GHz Quad Core Snapdragon Processor

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I was ecstatic when I got my Mi 3 after meeting Hugo Barra. Xiaomi’s fastest flagship device has finally landed its alloy body with dimensions to die for (144 x 72 x 8.1mm). But before I get too excited to tell you how the device feels and performs, let me first take you through the unboxing.


The device is placed on a hard recyclable cardboard box. I like the way Xiaomi packaged the phone and its accessories, which by the way are neatly slipped inside the box. If you’re getting yourself one, taking the device out is an experience that you really would want to always rekindle.




Mi 3 is a device like no other. Don’t get me wrong though. Its build and design are almost equal to perfection. At first glance, it looks like it borrows the well-loved design of Lumia 925 and the iPhone 5s at a very slim and light package. Its alloy material may be a bit slippery, but its slim build makes it very easy to grab.

The phone employs a very minimalist design philosophy – hardware buttons are all on the left, while microUSB port and speakers are located at the bottom part of the phone. The phone’s noise-cancelling microphone is located just beside its regular-SIM port and 3.5mm stereo headset port.




The 5-inch screen looks absolutely stunning! With resolution of 1080 x 1920 (full HD) and with PPI of 441, it’s undoubtedly the best screen we’ve seen on a device priced below PhP11,000! Texts and photos look really sharp on this device! Take a look at sample photos below for your reference.





Mi 3 has the hardware specs to die for. Seeing a device with such price point but with a Snapdragon 800 2.3Ghz quad-core processor seems too impossible and feels a bit surreal! Such powerful specs may seem to be too good to be true, but we just got take it in and believe. You will agree with me if I say that this phone is set to challenge local players to lower the price of their flagship devices.

It’s undeniably fast! Its 2.3Ghz quad-core processor, 2gb RAM and Adreno 330 GPU make the device the king of affordable but powerful devices. Games like Riptide GP2 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 play very very smoothly. In terms of benchmarks, the device scored 29,958 in our very recent test.



The device runs on Kitkat 4.4.2, with Xiaomi’s MIUI on top of Android’s UI. This is one of the core strengths of Xiaomi Android smartphones. This IU is responsible for the almost limitless possibilities you can do with the device from full customization to administration/user privilege access to security. If you’re into phones that puts you at the helm and grants you further control over your device (not the other way around), Mi 3 is THE phone to beat!



Mi 3’s camera is powered by Sony Exmor sensor. Its 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash can take photos with true-to-life colors. Colors are vivid and alive even a low-light. Now I understand why Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra said that this is the best thing he likes about Mi 3. C’mon, take a look at this stunning photos! You will not even believe that I took this photos using Mi 3’s camera(s).

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Food shot, anyone?

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera with Flash

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Rear Camera

Colors are accurate!

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Front Camera Low Light

Xiaomi Mi 3 Sample Shot Front Camera Low Light


I managed to use the device for more than 10 hours (with 45% more battery remaining) with GPS and 3G almost on. There is a little downside though – battery is non-user replaceable!


Quick Verdict

Your search for the best affordable phone is over. Don’t think. Don’t blink. When Xiaomi and Lazada start offering this on June 26 at 12 noon, buy this IMMEDIATELY and consider it one the best purchases of your life!


Full Specs

Release date September 2013
Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 144.00 x 72.00 x 8.10
Weight (g) 145.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3050
Removable battery No
SAR value NA
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen type Capacitive
Resolution 1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 441
Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
Processor make Qualcomm
Internal storage 16GB
Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 2-megapixel
Operating System Android 4.1
Java support Yes
Browser supports Flash No
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported NA
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.00
Infrared No
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
MHL Out No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Charging via Micro-USB Yes
Proprietary charging connector No
Proprietary data connector No
Number of SIMs 1
SIM Type Regular
3G Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer Yes
Temperature sensor No

Full Specs Courtest: NDTV

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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