Update 20-7-2014: Xiaomi has officially confirmed that Mi3 will ship with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in India.

Xiaomi Mi3 (Initial Review)is the latest rage on the block and several buyers are all prepped for the 22nd July stock availability. Only those who register till 21St July will be allowed to purchase from the first batch. We have received our review unit and will answer some of the queries that we have been receiving for Mi3. Let’s take a quick look at the hardware specs before heading to Xiaomi Mi3 FAQs.

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Xiaomi Mi3 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5 Inch  IPS LCD, 1920 X 1080p Full HD resolution, 441 PPI
  • Processor: 2.3  GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU clocked at 320 MHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Software Version: Android 4.4 KitKat based MIUI ROM
  • Camera: 13 MP, 1080P Video recording
  • Secondary Camera: 2.1 MP, 1080p video recording
  • Internal Storage:  16 GB
  • External Storage: No
  • Battery: 3050 mAh
  • Connectivity:  HSPA+, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS,  aGPS,  Micro USB 2.0, GPS, USB OTG

Question – Does Xiaomi Mi3 have Corning Gorilla Glass 3?

Answer- The box is plain and instruction manual doesn’t list Gorilla Glass 3 in any place. We are still waiting for official confirmation from Xiaomi, but at this point we can safely assume that it does not have Gorilla Glass 3.

Update 20-7-2014: Xiaomi has officially confirmed that Mi3 will ship with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in India.

Question – What comes inside the Box?

Answer- There are no headphones inside. The Xiaomi in ear Headphones which we saw at the launch event don’t come bundled with the device. Box contains a SIM card tool, USB Cable and Charger.

Question – Does it run on Android KitKat?

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Answer – Yes, the Indian variant comes with Android KitKat based MIUI, which makes it a lot more future proof.

Question – How is the voice quality while making calls?

Answer – We got good signal reception while testing call quality with an Airtel SIM card. Everything worked fine in our area, voice quality was good without much noise.

Question – Does it support Dual SIM? What size SIM card is supported?

Answer – No, It supports single Normal Sized SIM card

Question – Does it support all Google services?

Answer – Yes, it has support for all Google services

Question – Does it have LED notification?

Answer – Yes, It does have LED notifications. LED light also supports multiple colors for different notifications.

Question – How much is the free storage?

Answer – Out of 16 GB, you will get 11.5 GB free storage on first boot.

Question – How Many Sensors does Xiaomi Mi3 have?

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Answer – You can see the complete list of Sensors listed in the above screen shot. Clearly these will suffice for good user experience.

Question – How much Did Xiaomi Mi3 scored on Antutu and Nenamarks 2?

Answer – our review unit scored 30, 021 on Antutu and 60fps on Nenamarks 2. The performance has been smooth so far. We have loaded several apps on Mi3 and it hasn’t stuttered even once so far.

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Question – Does it Support USB OTG?

Answer- Yes, USB OTG support is present and works fine on Mi3.

Question – How is the Display of Xiaomi Mi3?

Answer – The display is one of the best that you can get in this price range. The 10 point multi touch is also very responsive. The Full HD IPS LCD Display won’t disappoint you.

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Question – How is the Camera Quality?

Answer – Both front and rear camera’s are very good in Quality. The 13 MP rear shooter is a good point and shoot camera with natural colors and good low light performance. Take a look at the image samples below. we will upload and analyse front and rear camera video samples soon.

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Xiaomi Mi3 Rear Camera Video Sample at 720p at 20 fps

Xiaomi Mi3 Front Camera Video Sample at 720p at 30 fps [Video]



Question – How is GPS Locking?

Answer –  GPS locking was instantaneous. We got GPS locked in no time – thanks to the Snapdragon 800 chipset humming inside.

Question – How Loud is Loudspeaker on Xiaomi Mi3?

Answer – Loud speaker is good but nothing extraordinary. It is certainly above average.

Question – Can Xiaomi Mi3 play Full HD 1080p Videos?

Answer – Yes, it can smoothly play full HD and HD videos.

Question – Can Xiaomi Mi3 be connected to Bluetooth headsets?

Answer – Yes, you can connect it to Bluetooth headset

Conclusion

We will update the post with other queries that we receive. We will also add initial battery backup stats after we have used the device for a couple of days. You can ask more questions related to Mi3 in the comments section below and we will answer them as soon as possible.

Xiaomi Mi3 Hands on, Quick Review, Features, Price, Camera, Software and Overview [Video]

 


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71 COMMENTS

  1. Hi Deepak,

    Great FAQ and really thanks for taking time out and preparing the content. Since, it’s confirmed now, that, this device doesn’t have corning gorilla glass, how should we protect it from scratches.

    1. Do you think, screen protector provided by Xiaomi is of good quality and is good enough ?
    2. How is the battery life in following cases:
    a. No data connection, no WI-FI, no games, only calls.
    b. With data connection switched on , WI-FI switched on and playing heavy games.
    3. Any abnormal heating issues ?

    Will you recommend me to buy this device or would you like to suggest me something else ( my budget is b/w 10K – 20K ) ?

    Kind regards,
    Anubhav

  2. is it true that indian govt. is not in favour of chinese products? So govt. thru in telecom co like idea,airtel etc impacts negatively on the call receptions, network hardware and also looks in privacy of chinese mobile phone by tracking and using IMEI numbers. Hence it will reduce the demand for chinese phone. if this is true? why should one buy? please help and guide.

  3. How is the display response in direct sunlight..
    If no headset is available by default, how does FM work. Does FM work with out headset as antenna.

  4. is it true that indian govt. is not in favour of chinese products? So govt. thru in telecom co like idea,airtel etc impacts negatively on the call receptions, network hardware and also looks in privacy of chinese mobile phone by tracking and using IMEI numbers. Hence it will reduce the demand for chinese phone. if this is true? why should one buy? please help and guide.

      • That’s right, some websites (I’m not citing their name here) are claiming that it has GG protection and I have done some excavation. According to their online shop xiomishop.com there is no confirmation about this for international version of mi3 but it’s done support multiple Indian languages like Hindi and Bengali. Even xiomi India Facebook page remains silent about this question and people are asking a million times (I guess) this question. Hope they will respond soon.

      • Yes..It is old link and also not about Indian variant..Can you let me know how did you confirm that it has Gorilla glass protection? and any info about SAR value?

  5. Hi Deepak,

    Great FAQ and really thanks for taking time out and preparing the content. Since, it’s confirmed now, that, this device doesn’t have corning gorilla glass, how should we protect it from scratches.

    1. Do you think, screen protector provided by Xiaomi is of good quality and is good enough ?

    2. How is the battery life in following cases:

    a. No data connection, no WI-FI, no games, only calls.

    b. With data connection switched on , WI-FI switched on and playing heavy games.

    3. Any abnormal heating issues ?

    Will you recommend me to buy this device or would you like to suggest me something else ( my budget is b/w 10K – 20K ) ?

    Kind regards,

    Anubhav

    • Xiaomi has officially confirmed to us that Indian variant will ship with Gorilla Glass 3. We will update about battery life after couple of days of usage. It does gets heated after intensive gaming, but heating isn’t excessive. i don’t think this will be much of an issue

      • Thanks Deepak for your reply. I do not have any more questions as of now and very much appreciate the work you & your team is doing.

        Good job 🙂

      • XIAOMI MI INDIA PAGE officially has confirmed that MI3 doesnt comes up with gorrilla glass 3,but yes it gives similar type of protection. you can check FB page.

  6. You have mentioned about two colours being made available on sale day, but Flipkart and MI India only lists the metallic grey colour (silverish back). Please could you confirm if the black variant will be made available as well?

  7. Hi sir..thanks for the quick reply..Does Mi3 come in Full black option as u have shown in video or only in silver colour?? My wife likes full black only..so am eager to know ur reply

  8. Can we connect Mi3 to TV via HML cable ??? OR IS there another way to connect to TV . I dont have wifi in my samsung series 5 tv…

  9. It does not have Gorilla glass protection. Please see the confirmation from them in attached facebook image

  10. Where is official confirmation abt gorilla glass???
    Cant see this so called official confirmation anywhere online in any other site??

  11. Hi as you updated about Xiaomi official communication that Mi-3 it will be shipped with Corning gorilla glass 3 but today at their fb page they posted in a comment that in indian version they are not providing gorilla glass-3 . As a result of this there are lot of speculations going on. Can you please clear whether or not it will be shipped with gorilla glass and if yes then why they posted contrary at their official page(attached screenshot below). Please explain in detail….
    Thanks

  12. HI Deepak, There is a lot going on Facebook Fan Page Whether Mi3 will be shipped with Gorilla Glass or not, They have said that it will not be shipped with gorilla glass, but you said they have announced it that it will be shipped with gorilla glass. can you clarify us on where did you get this update?

  13. Dear sir, heard that there are lot of call drop issues with Mi3..its mentioned in xiaomi community forums and digit.in review as well.. Have u come across such pblm.. Really i’m sad to hear such pblms..

  14. 1 What about the charger point is it like Chinese variant charger pin not like indian charger.
    2 I play games a lot many sites says this model has heat problem
    3 Your says it comes with Gorilla glass 3 but i din’t find anywhere means from officials can you clarify
    Thanks in advance

  15. I just wanna know how much memory left for the application out of 16 gb. all others asking about the glas 3 and all

  16. @deepak3118:disqus Did you notice that there is a LED notification BUG with Mi3? Some times it works with missed call/sms and sometimes not except charger is connected. Both KXDMIBE18.0and KXDMIBE16.0 has the problem.

  17. There is a lot of confusion on the display. As per the update at the top and twitter, MI3 will be Gorilla Display. But the specifications below mention IPS display. Is both true or which one is true?

    • both are true. Its IPS LCD display with gorilla glass 3 on top. Gorilla glass is a protection layer where as IPS LCD is display type.

  18. Hi sir,
    we received our mi3 yesterday. every thing is fine but there is a problem in using loud speaker. when we receive the call immediatly phones power is getting off. so couldn’t use loud speaker option. Is there any setting to changed. Pls help me sir.

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