Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi on Tuesday officially announced its entry in the Indian market at a press event in New Delhi. The company is initially launching the Mi 3 smartphone but Redmi 1S and Redmi Note will be available soon.
Although Xiaomi had revealed the price of Mi 3 a few days ago as INR 14,999, the company has now revised the pricing to INR 13,999, which is the final price of the phone.
As has been rumoured, the company has partnered with e-retailer Flipkart in the country to exclusively retail its products. The e-retailer will begin the sales for Mi 3 at 12PM on July 22, however the interested consumers will be able to pre-register at Flipkart starting today.
Originally introduced last year, the Xiaomi Mi 3 features a 5-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 13MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, Android 4.4 based MIUI v5 and 3050 mAh battery. The smartphone comes with the complete suite of Google applications as well as access to Play Store. You can check out the full specifications later in the report.
Coming to the after-sales service support, Xiaomi has announced that it has already set-up 36 service centres in the country, out of which, two are the company exclusive centres (in Delhi and Bangalore) with just two-hours of turnaround time. You can check out the full list here.
Xiaomi Mi 3 specifications
- Display: 5-inch full HD IPS (1920x1080p)
- Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB
- Connectivity: 3G (WCDMA), Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS + GLONASS, AGPS
- Memory: 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage
- Cameras: 13MP rear with f2.2 and dual-LED flash, 2MP front
- Battery: 3050 mAh
- OS: Android 4.4 based MIUI v5
- Size: 144×73.6×8.1mm, 145 grams
- Google Play support: Yes
- Colour: Metallic Grey
surprised to see the price tag…already registered…waiting for 22nd…
A new era in smartphones has just begun…open your eyes…
Everyone surprised with Rs15K price tag. Now they cut 1K more.
I think their main aim is not just the likes of Samsung, HTC, LG or Sony. They are going against Moto G/E which are selling in huge numbers.
Its great time for consumers of smartphones in India. Funny thing is Xiaomi managed to outdo Moto E/G in a stupendous way. They are essentially selling a phone with Moto G specs for Moto E price and phone with nexus 5 specs for Moto G price.
Mi3 vs Moto G
Full HD 720 p display (Winner – Mi3),
SD 800 SD 400 (Winner – Mi3. SD 800 much faster and also they are using higher clocked version of SD 800 2.3Ghz),
2 GB RAM 1 GB RAM (Winner – Mi3),
16 GB memory 16GB memory (Tie),
13 MP camera 5 MP camera (Winner – Mi3 on paper but not sure),
3050 mAh battery 2070 battery (Winner – Mi3. In my opinion this is very important),
Design (Winner – Mi3. This is subjective though),
Software (Winner – Moto G. Its almost stock UI but few people may prefer MiUI. For the most people its not a big deal I guess otherwise no one would have bought those fugly galaxy phones with touchwiz UI).
what is the SAR rating for this phone
This is not a google certified device..so how ill play services & play store work? the specs are too good, however without apps its of no use buying the device
the official site shows play services & store support for international edition. The following link confirms the support of Google Play services.
AFAIK, only Nexus devices are Google certified !
Outside china all xiaomi phones are play store certified so you dont have to worry about this
but only 16gb on board without any expansion slot! there is always a catch 😦
will wait for the launch of the 64gb version