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Xiaomi has already entered the country. Backed by the previous Google Android mastermind Hugo Barra, the company now seeks to make an impact in the native market compared to what its predecessors have already achieved.
As of now, there's still a long way to go before we find out exactly how brilliantly the company will do when the native market is concerned. However, it seems like the company has made the right jump into the challenge with the release of the attractive new Mi3 handset.
Going through the specs of the device once more, the Xiaomi-made Mi3 sports a 5-inch IPS display offering a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 441ppi pixel density with Corning Gorilla glass protection. It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM 8974AB) processor coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM and it runs a custom interface dubbed MiUI that is a very different take on Android.
The smartphone also features a high-end camera modules. You will find a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony Exmor BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording along with a 2MP front-facing camera with similar specs as the rear camera. The latest Xiaomi smartphone which measures 114mm×72mm×8.1mm and weighs 145g will house a 16 GB internal memory.
Connectivity options include 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC and will draw its energy from a 3050mAh battery.
But while all the number and specs look good for the device, we take a look at the top pros and cons to understand the device better. Check the sliders below for more information.
Xiaomi's Mi3 comes with a quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU with Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800 chipset. And although the numbers here might not be a big deal, the processing power showcased here is actually quite great for a smartphone for lag free experience.
The 4G LTE standards are now normal for most of the smartphones that are being released. The 4G LTE offers comprehensive speed to the entire Internet experience. So the Mi3 not offering LTE services is quite a downer.
The Mi3 comes with its impressive MIUI interface that makes the entire experience a treat. The UI is quite the improvement and refresh over the normal UI interfaces that we have these days. MIUI is one refreshing aspect that you should check out with the device.
While the numbers point at a 3050mAh battery, the Mi3's battery is quite the average offering. The battery could be expected to run its course with mixed usage, but under heavy usage it will indeed falter and take away all the juice to run the phone in the later part of the day.
The Mi3's build quality is quite good. In fact, its designing and form factor is much better than most of the smartphones we have seen in the same price range. And with its 5-inch form factor and a metal build, expect the device to turn a few eyes once you take it out of your pocket.
Devices usually come sporting a separate external microSD slot for increasing the memory of a device even more. And that's actually important since you have kind of assurance that you will never run out of space. But with the Mi3 not supporting any such slot, thing could get a bit dicey for ones addicted to massive downloads.
As we mentioned before, the Mi3 offers great looks and build quality compared to any other smartphone in the same range. And with its brilliant aluminum-magnesium chassis, the device is already an eye candy.
While the Mi3 doesn't offer external microSD slot, it offers 16GB of built in memory. But how long do you think that much space will last with the user downloading more and more everyday. Be it music, videos, images or apps, the space will indeed run out. And then you have start deleting stuff.
The Mi3 is a good deal if you are indeed planning on a new smartphone that will be worth your money. With its brilliant build, great UI, changeable themes and a brilliant camera, the device is worth the money invested on it.
It hasn't been long since the Mi3 was released. However, there are already reports flying around saying Xiaomi phones covertly send user data to China. Apparently, a host of users have already expressed their concerns about the Chinese government using manufacturers from the country to spy on users overseas. These kinds of controversies doesn't really help the smartphone's cause.
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