Unbox 2014 Gadget Awards: Best Bang For Your Buck (International) – Xiaomi Mi 3
13 January 2015
Excerpt: We would wholeheartedly recommend the Xiaomi Mi 3 to people even if it was priced at more than Php 15,000. Thing is, it will be sold in the Philippines for a measly Php 10,599, more than half of the price of a comparable device from another manufacturer.
Excerpt: After a short wait, the Xiaomi Mi3 is finally in our hands and we wasted no time in putting it through some tests. Today we’ll talk about the camera and performance of the flagship phone from the so-called flagship killer . So let’s get right down to it.
Conclusion: For the record, these two phones are, officially, only available in China and the Asia Pacific. They can be purchased online and shipped to Europe hassle-free though and we think the build and features for the price will get enough people interested.
Conclusion: Xiaomi Mi 3 offers everything a flagship should have - premium and stylish design, a top-quality display, latest generation chipset, capable camera and snappy Android KitKat with great MIUI launcher. As it always happens there is more to the story.
Pros: 5" IPS 1080p capacitive touchscreen with 441pi pixel density; Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Android 4.4.2 KitKat with MIUI v.5, 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU; 2GB of RAM; Adreno 330 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, 13MP camera with dual-LED flash, 1080p video capture, 2MP front-facing camera wit...
Cons: No LTE, No 4K video recording, Non user-replaceable battery, No wired TV-out connectivity option, No microSD card slot, Sold exclusively online
Summary: Priced at Rs 13999 for the 16GB variant, this is a phone which you cant go wrong with. The phone comes with great quality, excellent display, a functional and performing UI along with a above average camera and great battery life.
Unbox Podcast V 3.0: Xiaomi Mi 3 Vs. Locally Branded Smartphones!
15 July 2014
Excerpt: Should you buy the Mi 3 over local brands? After comparing the Xiaomi Mi 3 to international brands, the Unbox podcast crew, this time composed of Carlo, Eason and Nicole, compare the bang-for-the-buck smartphone to select offerings of local brands.
Summary: If you look at it, the Xiaomi Mi 3 isn’t exactly ground breaking in terms of hardware and specs and there are other brands who can offer better. It’s a worthy flagship device, no doubt, but it is far from the likes of the new Android titans like the Sony Xperia Z2 or the LG G3.
Excerpt: We unbox the Xiaomi Mi 3! We’ve been hotly anticipating our review device of Xiaomi’s current flagship, the Mi 3, ever since the company announced that they’d be sending out review units when we talked to them last Monday.
Summary: Xiaomi's Mi 3 is a showcase of how Chinese phonemakers can create quality hardware without breaking the bank. If you don't need 4G LTE, and you can get hold of it, this is one of the best smartphones you can buy in its price range.
Pros: Xiaomi's flagship phone has a beautiful aluminum-magnesium chassis, solid build quality, powerful performance, and a great UI for a relatively low price.
Cons: The smartphone lacks LTE connectivity, and a microSD card slot means you'll only ever have 16GB of onboard storage.