Hmm, what or who is Xiaomi? I am pretty sure most of Malaysian have no idea who is Xiaomi until recently most websites tend to post about it regarding entering Malaysian market with the smartphone named Mi 3 with an exceptional price tag of only RM889. First thing that would have shoot into your mind is, since the price is considerably cheap, is the phone reliable and is it a mid-ranged phone? where specifications would not be the highlight of the smartphone. Hold on guys, like the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover”, you should not judge a smartphone especially at recent times by its price tag. Just for your general information, Xiaomi is well known for their own developed Android based Operating System or you can also call it as “skin on” with many customization, to make it simple, MiUi is something like Cyanogenmod itself with Malaysia is also one of the top countries to use their custom rom due to its different UI where some could even see advanced version of iOS look alike in almost everything, based on Android of course. In recent times, Xiaomi started to make their own smartphones and accessories where they are doing really well in their country China and their latest flagship smartphone is known as the Mi 3 is already a big hit and well established in China.
So, with plenty of demand and support from Malaysian fans, Xiaomi is officially launching their flagship smartphone, the Mi 3 in Malaysia itself, so that you don’t have to be worried anymore regarding the warranty claims as now it can be done locally with their official service centers available at few places already in Malaysia. No longer need to purchase an AP set and settle with just the shop warranty entitled, peace of mind indeed.
Okay, lets briefly talk about the Mi 3. It has a 5″ 1920×1080 Full HD IPS display with 441ppi, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800(8274AB) quad core processor clocked at 2.3GHz with Adreno 330 GPU giving you ultimate performance with almost no lag to be noticed and smooth gaming experience. The Mi 3 comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM, with the 64GB variant is not made available yet by Xiaomi in Malaysia. Do take note that the Mi 3 has no microSD slot, but don’t worry too much as it still supports USB OTG(on the go) where you can use a OTG cable and plug in your external storage via USB port.
Moving on to the camera, as the Mi 3 has 13MP main camera with f2.2 aperture and dual LED flash for capturing accurate and beautiful photos whereby the front shooter is set at 2MP for a decent selfie quality. This smartphone does not support LTE connectivity which you might not enjoy optimal speed when it comes to web browsing, but don’t worry as it still has HSDPA+ providing high speed 3G based connectivity. When it comes to battery capacity the Mi 3 comes with a hefty 3050mAh non-removable battery, which certainly would provide a great battery life and would easily average more than a day. If you’re still concerned about the battery life, looks like Xiaomi is also launching Mi Power Bank with the capacity of 10400mAh priced at a bargain of RM36 only! Make sure to check it out as well and be fast as it could be sold out within minutes of made available.
Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi 3 will probably be running on Android 4.3 Jellybean out of the box with MiUi v5 OS, but as Android 4.4 KitKat was just pushed to the Mi 3 few days ago you could expect a OTA update to be scheduled right after unboxing your locally purchased Mi 3. Basically, you don’t have to worry much on the software updates as MiUi gets updated quite frequently and if there are any issues spotted by the user, the Xiaomi team would immediately find a solution for that.
Well, I don’t want to talk much about the design of the Mi 3 as it is clearly a well worked and perfectly designed smartphone right after your first look or first touch itself. The Mi 3 come in few colors officially, but I think only the black one would be launched for the time being in Malaysia.
What do you think guys? Will you get the Mi 3 and the Mi Power Bank as well? Seems pretty cheap for such specifications right? Keep your eyes wide open on their official website here, as their pre-order could start and finish in the blink of an eye.