Xiaomi Mi3 Everything you need to know!


The Xiaomi launch event is over now, and due to internet problems we havenโ€™t been able to post at the speed we hoped. Weโ€™re back now though with everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi3.

At todayโ€™s launch here in Beijing Xiaomi Co-founder and CEO Lei Jun took to the stage and announced the Xiaomi Mi3 Android smartphone and the 47-inch Xiaomi TV, sorry guys there was no Xiaomi Tablet, Xiaomi laptop, Xiaomi games console or Red Rice WCDMA announced.

xiaomi mi3 hands on

So what can we tell you about the Xiaomi Mi3 flagship phone?

Xiaomi Mi3 Design

The tipsters, insiders and sketchers got it right! The Xiaomi Mi3 does have a kind of Nokia Lumia look to it. Itโ€™s a design I secretly hoped for and I have not been disappointed when the final design flashed up on screen or I finally got the phone in hand!

xiaomi mi3 dimensions

The body of the Mi3 is alloy and measure in at 144 x 73.6 x 8.1mm. A large 3050mAh battery is sealed in to the stylish body (it is not user removable) and the SIM card fits inside a tray in the top of the device.

xiaomi mi3 colours

Multiple colours will be available and there is also an iPad style Smart Cover available for the phone to which protects the front and rear and also acts as a stand while watching movies.

5-inch 1080 display

The screen size and resolution didnโ€™t come as a surprise either, and measures in at 5-inch with a FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and a pixel density of 441ppi.

xiaomi mi3 screen

No mention of if Xiaomi have decided to use Gorilla Glass or similar, however the OGS panel will still function accurately with wet hands or while wearing gloves. This isnโ€™t to say the phone is waterproof, but if you happen to have wet hands or it is raining you can use the phone.

xiaomi mi3 wet hands

After having some hands on time with the Mi3 I can tell you the screen is a bright and crisp as any other 1080 phone, but no more so.

Performance

xiaomi mi3 tegra 4 snapdragon 800

We had heard that Xiaomi would use either a Tegra 4 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, what we didnโ€™t expect though was for 2 versions of the Mi3 with choices of both!

International Xiaomi Fans will only be interested in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 unit which works with China Unicom here, and will support most international bands. The Tegra 4 version of the phone will only be of use to Chinese customers who use China Mobileโ€™s own brand of 3G.

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xiaomi mi3

Interestingly Lei Jun mentioned that the Mi3 uses the most powerful version of the Snapdragon 800 CPU (8974AB), and even mentioned that the processor Xiaomi has chosen is faster the the S800 Samsung will have announced they will use.

xiaomi mi3 antutu

To show us how powerful Antutu scores of both Mi3 models were shown showing that the Tegra 4 model is the most powerful with a score of 36,582 while the S800 model getโ€™s 36,026.

The Qualcomm version will run a 2.3Ghz processor with Adreno 330 graphics.

xiaomi mi3 ram and memoy

Both phones have 2GB DDR3 RAM and use faster 120mps memory for storage.

Cameras

xiaomi mi3 rear camera

The rear camera on the Mi3 is a 13 mega-pixel sensor from the Sony stable with an Aperture of F2.2, 28mm wide angle lens. Images taken with the rear camera are really bright and crisp with tons of detail.

xiaomi mi3 front camera

The front camera isnโ€™t as great as we had hoped and is just a 2 mega-pixel sensor , but it has a larger 30mm wide lens, F2.2 aperture and the camera app features a more tuned version of the current โ€˜Beauty functionโ€™ to enhance facial features.

Speaking of the camera app, it has been updated with more adjustments than before allowing you to tweak every setting to get the perfect shot.

Other features

xiaomi mi3 features

Other great features include the 3050mAh battery, Cirrus Logic and Dirac HD stereo sound, and a new immersion feature which changes the intensity of the phone vibration depending on what is shown on the screen (a great feature for games).

xiaomi mi3 wifi

Like the Xiaomi Mi2A the Wifi has been updated to the faster 5Ghz frequency as well as 2.4G.

xiaomi mi3 nfc

There is also built-in NFC, and enhanced GPS which will use the built in gyroscopic sensor to direct you if you loose GPS while heading in a tunnel.

xiaomi mi3 gps

USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.0, WIFI Direct, Mirracast and more are also included in the feature packed new phone.

Pricing and availability

xiaomi mi3 price

The base model of the Xiaomi Mi3 with 16GB of memory will go on sale for 1999 Yuan ($320) while the top of the range model with 64GB is 2499 Yuan ($408). Both versions will be on sale in China for those of us with F codes from mid October.

xiaomi mi3 price

There was no mention of an International release, but when Hugo Barra took to the stage he did say he planned spreading the word of MIUI and Xiaomi around the world, so it is likely still on the cards!

Previous Update:Xiaomi Mi3 announced with Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800, from $320!
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216 Comments

  1. J
    September 5, 2013

    What external memory card?

  2. Jason
    September 5, 2013

    It’s mentioned on the official website that it has Corning/Gorilla Glass. Also, it’s nice that you can shoot RAW pictures, not sure if that matters much though, because of the small sensor size. I would have rather seen a brighter lens with F2.0.

  3. SR
    September 5, 2013

    LTE ?

  4. Josef
    September 5, 2013

    No sd card and no 32gb version, shame ๐Ÿ™

  5. Hesam
    September 5, 2013

    only 16gb and 64 gb?not 32gb?!?
    MHL?
    Display protection?
    android version?
    sd card?
    tnx

    • Tadas
      September 27, 2013

      I saw video where a car was driven over a Mi3 and nothing happened to it.

  6. September 5, 2013

    How does it feel in the hand?

    • September 5, 2013

      Very nice and surprisingly light for a big phone with large battery

      • Tadas
        September 27, 2013

        Did you tried antutu yourself with MI3?

  7. DINO
    September 5, 2013

    woooooooooo
    looks like Xiomi packed a Gaming PC in 5 inch Mag Shell.

    • louisclub
      September 5, 2013

      You will be able to run a gamecube emulator on that beast

  8. gothikserpentt
    September 5, 2013

    those thick bezels are just plain disgusting!!
    im very disapointed with the design plus no micro sd card slot
    ill get the htc one max or the oppo n1

  9. sr
    September 5, 2013

    Go with google chrome to xiaomi website….it should auto-translate it to english(why they don’t have english version on their site …that I cannot tell) I has gorilla glass , NO LTE and no ex.memory card , only versions available are 16 gb and 64 gb. For me that would have been the perfect device except that it has non-removable battery ….that is a VERY important factor in my decision. Sorry Xiaomi ……but apart from that…great phone for the price !

    • asif
      September 6, 2013

      why is removable battery so important as a factor? 3000 mah should be enough

      • Vipre
        September 10, 2013

        Because, in a nutshell, overtime the cells in the battery will not be able to hold a charge as long as when the battery was new. If it lasts you ~2 days with average use the first week you own the phone, a year later you may only get 18 hours or so out of it. By having the ability to change the battery out with a fresh one a year later, we still are able to hold a charge for ~2 days. The cost of a new battery? About $10-30. Cost of a new phone just because your battery won’t last but a few hours? You get the point. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 8, 2013

      So, you have gone to the “Millet” Phone website for looking at “millet” Devices

  10. PeterP
    September 5, 2013

    Seems to have everything apart from microSD/Dual sim.
    Design is pretty average though, in black looks not so premium like the plastic Sony Z, the silver (In actual fact its magnesium – perfect case like my old oakley sunnies) case photos on the website are better. Why the dayglo colours and no red.
    http://www.xiaomi.com/mi3 Select the 3rd tab, LOTS of info.
    Pretty interesting the keynote powerpoint is on the webpage! 168MB
    http://p.www.xiaomi.com/zt/130905/files/Xiaomi2013-Keynote-PDF-20130905.pdf

    • PeterP
      September 5, 2013

      Forgot, the frosted 30% brighter Philips flash design interesting (not my ideal) and RAW (extra bits) was a welcome addition. No optical zoom ๐Ÿ™

      • September 5, 2013

        I think with 13MP sensors you don’t need optical zoom. This is equivalent to saying that there’s a long time before displays with a 13MP resolution (4128 x 3096 pixels) will be commonplace.

        • September 5, 2013

          This is for PeterP’s comment.

      • kairo
        September 5, 2013

        The 3 buttons have light ?

  11. September 5, 2013

    Andi, did any news of Mi2S price reduction in event.

    • September 5, 2013

      Yes, 1799 Yuan for the 32GB model

  12. Camaman
    September 5, 2013

    The bomb I must say.
    Although I my self don’t have current use for all those nice features and speed so MTK phones for $200 sound like a better buy till next summer.

  13. ved
    September 5, 2013

    is it using IGZO display ??
    no memory card slot is a big disappointment though …
    screen size gr8 bt bezels are looking wider then others..

    what is with this F code here ?? smthing in those goodiebags tht u recieved ??

  14. MixXx2005
    September 5, 2013

    Hope this will cut down even more price of Mi2 , personaly 140mm is to much

  15. September 5, 2013

    Actually, as I look at the specs , I still hope that the 2s comes back on the market in China… I really don’t want a huge phone… if I did I would just get a Samsung S4 or the Xperia Z.

    • September 5, 2013

      M2S 32GB is now only 1799 Yuan in China ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • junior_poa
        September 5, 2013

        Sell me one, please! ;p

        • MS
          September 6, 2013

          I want to buy one, as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. DavidM
    September 5, 2013

    Xiaomilicious!

    • KennyG
      September 5, 2013

      HAHAHAHA..love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. PeterP
    September 5, 2013

    Finally read the entire keynote… Are they selling a 3D TV (with zero border, magnesium case and snapdragon 600) for just 2999 yuan!!!

    Also, on page 211 of the pdf, what is the PHONE for 799 yuan??? Anyone good at reading chinese. Seems there is a 2S for 1799, but not 799… Red Rice but design different..?
    http://p.www.xiaomi.com/open/130910/default01.html

    For sure have a look at page 211 of pdf.

    • September 5, 2013

      The 799 yuan phone is the Hongmi (aka red rice) they actually gave everyone attending a free phone! TV is amazing and yes only 2999!

  18. Rhino
    September 5, 2013

    Great job Andi!
    Thanks.

    • Greg
      September 5, 2013

      Agreed, thanks for the coverage Andi. This was the first site I came to to read about it ๐Ÿ™‚

      • September 5, 2013

        Thanks I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 5, 2013

      Cheers mate ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. KU DE TA
    September 5, 2013

    no memory card slot, no optical zoom, bezels are looking wider then others, no 32GB, etc… yes and it won’t make coffee either! Shame

  20. Greg
    September 5, 2013

    I like the look of it, apart from the width. If other manufacturers can get a 5″ screen in a body less than 70mm wide, I don’t see why this is so wide. It’s a pity ๐Ÿ™

  21. Harald
    September 5, 2013

    So awesome, thanks for keeping us up to date. It looks really nice and sleek, even better than I expected. It’s on sale in October, but when will you really be able to hold it in your hands? December?

    • September 5, 2013

      Already held it ๐Ÿ˜‰ we should have one in the first batch

  22. hoang vung
    September 5, 2013

    Hi Andy. Will you change to Mi3? ^_^

    • September 5, 2013

      yes ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Allanitomwesh
        September 5, 2013

        What do you think of waiting for Find 7 if you have a Find 5? MI3 now or Find 7 later?

      • ved
        September 5, 2013

        yeah even i wanna know this , what u feel was so special abt xiaomi mi 3 that u wont think abt upgrading to a N1 or find 7 like allanitomwesh asked u …

        its just ur personal preference or do they really have a punch over other guys in the Chinese arena ??? specs & designs are competitive so wats making thm win ur heart ?/

        • September 5, 2013

          Price, performance, updates specs and looks. I don’t think Oppo can beat Xiaomi on these details yet, but for developer support Oppo have the edge. For me it isn’t just the phone but the culture around it, Xiaomi are a fun and exciting brand, I don’t feel the same about Oppo (although they do make awesome phones). Oh and I don’t really want a 5.9-inch phablet.

          • liljohn
            September 5, 2013

            in terms of design / the looks, oppo wins!

  23. liljohn
    September 5, 2013

    i dont mind with the absence of microsd slot, but the non-removable battery is a HUUUUUGE letdown…..the battery capacity is not too overly big, they shoud’ve made it a removable type, very important for overseas customers……and those fatty bezels, its gross……makes it look kinda cheap……but the specs and features and price wins it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. September 5, 2013

    guys why are you worrying about? Xiaomi, i think, will compensate things by making MI3s for example, where some change and things can be improved like:
    giving it not 5” but rather 5’5 display, with sd-slot, removable battery, dual sim.. ๐Ÿ™‚ and what’s more?

    • September 5, 2013

      I don’t think the mi3s will get a bigger screen probably 128GB memory, maybe more ram, better front camera etc

      • liljohn
        September 5, 2013

        they should make the screen wider so the bezel would be thinner and add bigger battery to compensate, a removable one…

        • September 6, 2013

          yes that’s good point, Andi,… the display as, Liljohn said, can be improved by reducing the bezel and it will give it a feeling of wideness and spread-screen :)) a bit more than prolonged … well it is exiting to be a part of so fast growing company like Xiaomi! isnt it :))) that’s a true family feeling! love it!

          • jfc74
            April 24, 2014

            i bought one xiaomi phone and send in philippines.but my sister cant open it.everytime se will on the phone always ask her to go to xiaomi account to unluck.but the problem is i forgot the password,pls help me what to do to open the network so that my sister can use the phone in philippines.thanks

      • NyanD
        September 15, 2013

        so Andy is using the snapdragon version?How was the screen?Is it similar to the z ultra in term of graphic?

        • September 15, 2013

          I have only tried the Tegra 4 model of the Mi3, my Mi2 is Snapdragon

  25. Flavio Silva
    September 5, 2013

    Wow, sounds awesome!
    Great specs and sweet price, i think ๐Ÿ™‚

    Andy, do you have any news about MiUI? Recently, the VP from Adroid joined to Xiaomi team. Do you think that means MiUI walking side-by-side with the latest Android version?

    • September 5, 2013

      Hugo Barra was here at the event ๐Ÿ™‚ He spoke about wanting to make the world aware of MIUI but didn’t mention Xiaomi using the latest Android version. I believe that they have stuck with 4.2 for MIUI V5 on the MI3 but this is a heavily modified ROM, you won’t be missing much.

  26. Andrรฉ Barbpsa
    September 5, 2013

    Andi,

    Great news you brought today for us ;D

    One doubt, in what site do you guys recommend for international buyers for Xiaomi phones? Is there anyone with Mi2S new price?

    And since I am asking already, Which is better, MI2S or M2A, I ask because MI2A has NFC and 5Ghz wi-fi, and been an cheaper phone my is better?

    What is your opinion?

  27. Gary
    September 5, 2013

    How can one order this internationally

    • September 5, 2013

      Xiaomi didn’t announce international launch today, you will have to wait for resellers to get them, but prices are going to be high

      • Gary
        September 5, 2013

        Exactly let see how much it comes to.

        • liljohn
          September 5, 2013

          $500++

      • Nafy
        September 20, 2013

        Anid, Shall i ask my friends to buy in china and bring it to India.?
        Would like to buy Mi3 model. Does it will come with International waranty? Please help me, how to get this phone in china? my friends are coming on End of October.

        • September 20, 2013

          No international warranty

  28. Scott Kenyon
    September 5, 2013

    No supported radio bands yet?

  29. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    What external memory card?

  30. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    It’s mentioned on the official website that it has Corning/Gorilla Glass. Also, it’s nice that you can shoot RAW pictures, not sure if that matters much though, because of the small sensor size. I would have rather seen a brighter lens with F2.0.

  31. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    LTE ?

  32. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    No sd card and no 32gb version, shame ๐Ÿ™

  33. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    only 16gb and 64 gb?not 32gb?!?
    MHL?
    Display protection?
    android version?
    sd card?
    tnx

    • Guest
      September 28, 2013

      I saw video where a car was driven over a Mi3 and nothing happened to it.

  34. Tadas
    September 5, 2013

    THIS IS SIIIICK!!! way better than i expected! 36k with both of the chipsets. amazing Xiaomi!

  35. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    How does it feel in the hand?

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Very nice and surprisingly light for a big phone with large battery

    • Guest
      September 28, 2013

      Did you tried antutu yourself with MI3?

  36. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    woooooooooo
    looks like Xiomi packed a Gaming PC in 5 inch Mag Shell.

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      You will be able to run a gamecube emulator on that beast

  37. Pedro
    September 5, 2013

    I was very excited about this new Xiaomi, but it turns to be a big disappointment. The phone it’s too big, Meizu MX3 have a 5.1″ display and it’s smaller, the bezels are too much 2010 (really ugly), the battery it’s non-removable and there’s no microsd slot. Major downside is the body, it’s realy ugly, mainly because of that fat bezels.

    Apart from that, it’s a great phone. Two of the best processors, good battery (but again, non-removable), great other features and good price.

    If only Meizu MX3 came with the same prices…

  38. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    those thick bezels are just plain disgusting!!
    im very disapointed with the design plus no micro sd card slot
    ill get the htc one max or the oppo n1

  39. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Go with google chrome to xiaomi website….it should auto-translate it to english(why they don’t have english version on their site …that I cannot tell) I has gorilla glass , NO LTE and no ex.memory card , only versions available are 16 gb and 64 gb. For me that would have been the perfect device except that it has non-removable battery ….that is a VERY important factor in my decision. Sorry Xiaomi ……but apart from that…great phone for the price !

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      why is removable battery so important as a factor? 3000 mah should be enough

    • Guest
      September 8, 2013

      So, you have gone to the “Millet” Phone website for looking at “millet” Devices

    • Guest
      September 11, 2013

      Because, in a nutshell, overtime the cells in the battery will not be able to hold a charge as long as when the battery was new. If it lasts you ~2 days with average use the first week you own the phone, a year later you may only get 18 hours or so out of it. By having the ability to change the battery out with a fresh one a year later, we still are able to hold a charge for ~2 days. The cost of a new battery? About $10-30. Cost of a new phone just because your battery won’t last but a few hours? You get the point. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Seems to have everything apart from microSD/Dual sim.
    Design is pretty average though, in black looks not so premium like the plastic Sony Z, the silver (In actual fact its magnesium – perfect case like my old oakley sunnies) case photos on the website are better. Why the dayglo colours and no red.
    http://www.xiaomi.com/mi3 Select the 3rd tab, LOTS of info.
    Pretty interesting the keynote powerpoint is on the webpage! 168MB
    http://p.www.xiaomi.com/zt/130905/files/Xiaomi2013-Keynote-PDF-20130905.pdf

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Forgot, the frosted 30% brighter Philips flash design interesting (not my ideal) and RAW (extra bits) was a welcome addition. No optical zoom ๐Ÿ™

    • Yash Garg
      September 5, 2013

      I think with 13MP sensors you don’t need optical zoom. This is equivalent to saying that there’s a long time before displays with a 13MP resolution (4128 x 3096 pixels) will be commonplace.

    • Yash Garg
      September 5, 2013

      This is for PeterP’s comment.

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      The 3 buttons have light ?

  41. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Andi, did any news of Mi2S price reduction in event.

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Yes, 1799 Yuan for the 32GB model

  42. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    The bomb I must say.
    Although I my self don’t have current use for all those nice features and speed so MTK phones for $200 sound like a better buy till next summer.

  43. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    is it using IGZO display ??
    no memory card slot is a big disappointment though …
    screen size gr8 bt bezels are looking wider then others..

    what is with this F code here ?? smthing in those goodiebags tht u recieved ??

  44. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Hope this will cut down even more price of Mi2 , personaly 140mm is to much

  45. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Actually, as I look at the specs , I still hope that the 2s comes back on the market in China… I really don’t want a huge phone… if I did I would just get a Samsung S4 or the Xperia Z.

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      M2S 32GB is now only 1799 Yuan in China ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      Sell me one, please! ;p

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      I want to buy one, as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Xiaomilicious!

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      HAHAHAHA..love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Finally read the entire keynote… Are they selling a 3D TV (with zero border, magnesium case and snapdragon 600) for just 2999 yuan!!!

    Also, on page 211 of the pdf, what is the PHONE for 799 yuan??? Anyone good at reading chinese. Seems there is a 2S for 1799, but not 799… Red Rice but design different..?
    http://p.www.xiaomi.com/open/130910/default01.html

    For sure have a look at page 211 of pdf.

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      The 799 yuan phone is the Hongmi (aka red rice) they actually gave everyone attending a free phone! TV is amazing and yes only 2999!

  48. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Great job Andi!
    Thanks.

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Agreed, thanks for the coverage Andi. This was the first site I came to to read about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Cheers mate ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks I really appreciate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    no memory card slot, no optical zoom, bezels are looking wider then others, no 32GB, etc… yes and it won’t make coffee either! Shame

  50. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    I like the look of it, apart from the width. If other manufacturers can get a 5″ screen in a body less than 70mm wide, I don’t see why this is so wide. It’s a pity ๐Ÿ™

  51. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    So awesome, thanks for keeping us up to date. It looks really nice and sleek, even better than I expected. It’s on sale in October, but when will you really be able to hold it in your hands? December?

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Already held it ๐Ÿ˜‰ we should have one in the first batch

  52. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Hi Andy. Will you change to Mi3? ^_^

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      yes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      What do you think of waiting for Find 7 if you have a Find 5? MI3 now or Find 7 later?

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      yeah even i wanna know this , what u feel was so special abt xiaomi mi 3 that u wont think abt upgrading to a N1 or find 7 like allanitomwesh asked u …

      its just ur personal preference or do they really have a punch over other guys in the Chinese arena ??? specs & designs are competitive so wats making thm win ur heart ?/

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Price, performance, updates specs and looks. I don’t think Oppo can beat Xiaomi on these details yet, but for developer support Oppo have the edge. For me it isn’t just the phone but the culture around it, Xiaomi are a fun and exciting brand, I don’t feel the same about Oppo (although they do make awesome phones). Oh and I don’t really want a 5.9-inch phablet.

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      in terms of design / the looks, oppo wins!

  53. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    i dont mind with the absence of microsd slot, but the non-removable battery is a HUUUUUGE letdown…..the battery capacity is not too overly big, they shoud’ve made it a removable type, very important for overseas customers……and those fatty bezels, its gross……makes it look kinda cheap……but the specs and features and price wins it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  54. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    guys why are you worrying about? Xiaomi, i think, will compensate things by making MI3s for example, where some change and things can be improved like:
    giving it not 5” but rather 5’5 display, with sd-slot, removable battery, dual sim.. ๐Ÿ™‚ and what’s more?

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      I don’t think the mi3s will get a bigger screen probably 128GB memory, maybe more ram, better front camera etc

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      they should make the screen wider so the bezel would be thinner and add bigger battery to compensate, a removable one…

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      yes that’s good point, Andi,… the display as, Liljohn said, can be improved by reducing the bezel and it will give it a feeling of wideness and spread-screen :)) a bit more than prolonged … well it is exiting to be a part of so fast growing company like Xiaomi! isnt it :))) that’s a true family feeling! love it!

    • Guest
      September 16, 2013

      so Andy is using the snapdragon version?How was the screen?Is it similar to the z ultra in term of graphic?

    • Guest
      September 16, 2013

      I have only tried the Tegra 4 model of the Mi3, my Mi2 is Snapdragon

    • jfc74
      April 24, 2014

      i bought one xiaomi phone and send in philippines.but my sister cant open it.everytime se will on the phone always ask her to go to xiaomi account to unluck.but the problem is i forgot the password,pls help me what to do to open the network so that my sister can use the phone in philippines.thanks

  55. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Wow, sounds awesome!
    Great specs and sweet price, i think ๐Ÿ™‚

    Andy, do you have any news about MiUI? Recently, the VP from Adroid joined to Xiaomi team. Do you think that means MiUI walking side-by-side with the latest Android version?

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Hugo Barra was here at the event ๐Ÿ™‚ He spoke about wanting to make the world aware of MIUI but didn’t mention Xiaomi using the latest Android version. I believe that they have stuck with 4.2 for MIUI V5 on the MI3 but this is a heavily modified ROM, you won’t be missing much.

  56. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    Andi,

    Great news you brought today for us ;D

    One doubt, in what site do you guys recommend for international buyers for Xiaomi phones? Is there anyone with Mi2S new price?

    And since I am asking already, Which is better, MI2S or M2A, I ask because MI2A has NFC and 5Ghz wi-fi, and been an cheaper phone my is better?

    What is your opinion?

  57. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    How can one order this internationally

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Xiaomi didn’t announce international launch today, you will have to wait for resellers to get them, but prices are going to be high

    • Guest
      September 5, 2013

      Exactly let see how much it comes to.

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      $500++

    • Guest
      September 20, 2013

      Anid, Shall i ask my friends to buy in china and bring it to India.?
      Would like to buy Mi3 model. Does it will come with International waranty? Please help me, how to get this phone in china? my friends are coming on End of October.

    • Guest
      September 21, 2013

      No international warranty

  58. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    No supported radio bands yet?

  59. kairo
    September 5, 2013

    The body is square, its ugly..they should make it abit more rounded on 4 edges. Mi2 mi2s mi2a no SD card and mi3 no SD card…Samsung good with these, they target all customers..about dissapoint. The look not that issue coz once we chuck a case in its different but no SD card or removable battery SIGH

    • Doni Tayson
      May 3, 2014

      to be honest I hate curves, i prefer the flat one. This design is good for me

  60. sailorxo
    September 5, 2013

    Isn’t China rolling out LTE? If Mi3 does not have LTE, can it be competitive? I’m not sure Oppo has LTE or not. Doesn’t HTC One have LTE for China? Hmmm.

    • September 5, 2013

      Yes 4G is on the way but competing standards, no one is sure if we will have ‘real’ 4G or China Mobiles silly take on it

      • Airyl
        September 7, 2013

        The reason of why there aren’t any LTE equipped Chinese phones yet- Solved.

  61. peterth11
    September 5, 2013

    hie andi.im a foreigner staying in china but soon i will travel out of china and come back. i would like to buy the new xiaomi mi3 when it comes out but i dont understand which version to buy. i currently use china mobile and i dont want to change but if i buy the china mobile TD-SCDMA version and i travel where most networks use CDMA or GSM network, will the phone work on those networks? and if i buy the WCDMA / CDMA2000 version which i know supports international networks, will it support my china mobile sim card with no problems?because on the xiaomi site china mobile is not listed under WCDMA / CDMA2000 version

    • September 5, 2013

      The China Unicom Snapdragon 800 model is the one to get

  62. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    THIS IS SIIIICK!!! way better than i expected! 36k with both of the chipsets. amazing Xiaomi!

  63. Sereph
    September 5, 2013

    I’d buy it in a heart beat if T-Mobile USA’s 3G bands were compatible.

  64. Guest
    September 5, 2013

    I was very excited about this new Xiaomi, but it turns to be a big disappointment. The phone it’s too big, Meizu MX3 have a 5.1″ display and it’s smaller, the bezels are too much 2010 (really ugly), the battery it’s non-removable and there’s no microsd slot. Major downside is the body, it’s realy ugly, mainly because of that fat bezels.

    Apart from that, it’s a great phone. Two of the best processors, good battery (but again, non-removable), great other features and good price.

    If only Meizu MX3 came with the same prices…

  65. Guest
    September 6, 2013

    The body is square, its ugly..they should make it abit more rounded on 4 edges. Mi2 mi2s mi2a no SD card and mi3 no SD card…Samsung good with these, they target all customers..about dissapoint. The look not that issue coz once we chuck a case in its different but no SD card or removable battery SIGH

    • Doni Tayson
      May 3, 2014

      to be honest I hate curves, i prefer the flat one. This design is good for me

  66. Guest
    September 6, 2013

    Isn’t China rolling out LTE? If Mi3 does not have LTE, can it be competitive? I’m not sure Oppo has LTE or not. Doesn’t HTC One have LTE for China? Hmmm.

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      Yes 4G is on the way but competing standards, no one is sure if we will have ‘real’ 4G or China Mobiles silly take on it

    • Guest
      September 7, 2013

      The reason of why there aren’t any LTE equipped Chinese phones yet- Solved.

  67. Guest
    September 6, 2013

    hie andi.im a foreigner staying in china but soon i will travel out of china and come back. i would like to buy the new xiaomi mi3 when it comes out but i dont understand which version to buy. i currently use china mobile and i dont want to change but if i buy the china mobile TD-SCDMA version and i travel where most networks use CDMA or GSM network, will the phone work on those networks? and if i buy the WCDMA / CDMA2000 version which i know supports international networks, will it support my china mobile sim card with no problems?because on the xiaomi site china mobile is not listed under WCDMA / CDMA2000 version

    • Guest
      September 6, 2013

      The China Unicom Snapdragon 800 model is the one to get

  68. Guest
    September 6, 2013

    I’d buy it in a heart beat if T-Mobile USA’s 3G bands were compatible.

  69. relu
    September 6, 2013

    I would like to know if this phone will be build just for chinese carriers?. Thank you!

    • September 6, 2013

      Yes, but the Snapdragon version will work elsewhere in the world

  70. mrliljohn@gmail.com
    September 6, 2013

    after i look at it again, the design is similar to oppo find 5…but oppo find 5 has curvy bottom not a straight one…

    hxxp://www.gizchina.com/2012/12/12/oppo-find-5-officially-launched-specification-photos-and-video-here/

  71. Guest
    September 6, 2013

    I would like to know if this phone will be build just for chinese carriers?. Thank you!

    • Guest
      September 7, 2013

      Yes, but the Snapdragon version will work elsewhere in the world

  72. Guest
    September 6, 2013

    after i look at it again, the design is similar to oppo find 5…but oppo find 5 has curvy bottom not a straight one…

    hxxp://www.gizchina.com/2012/12/12/oppo-find-5-officially-launched-specification-photos-and-video-here/

  73. Shane
    September 7, 2013

    Hey, thanks for all the info.

    “those of us with F codes” What exactly does this mean? Also is there a way to pre-order it now or we must wait until mid October to hand over any money!?

    Living in China at the moment and would be interested in this. I was gonna go for the Mi2s but now I’m considering waiting!

    Thanks

    • September 7, 2013

      An F code is a “Friend Code” you either get them by gaining loyalty points in the Xiaomi store, or you find a friend with a spare one. With an F code are able to buy the phone on the day it releases, if you don’t have one you can either wait a few months or head to the local phone city where you should be able to get one at a couple of 100 Yuan more than the real price.

      • September 8, 2013

        So when it releases in China? October? Meaning, without Friend Code, you can find it in Xiaomi store in like November, December?

  74. humph
    September 7, 2013

    Is the screen of xiaomi mi 3 amoeled screen??

  75. Etienne
    September 7, 2013

    Hi thanks for the coverage! For someone living in China and not so good in Chinese your coverage is great. I need a new smart phone now and was looking forward to get mi3 but when one can one really buy one? I’ve seen October but it seems one has to be kind of registered. f-codes…I did not get that…how does it work?

  76. September 7, 2013

    This phone is almost perfect. If it only had stereo speakers placed where speakers should be – in front ( like HTC One ) and SD card slot. And the most important thing – if it was available to buy outside of China

  77. Guest
    September 7, 2013

    Hey, thanks for all the info.

    “those of us with F codes” What exactly does this mean? Also is there a way to pre-order it now or we must wait until mid October to hand over any money!?

    Living in China at the moment and would be interested in this. I was gonna go for the Mi2s but now I’m considering waiting!

    Thanks

    • Guest
      September 8, 2013

      An F code is a “Friend Code” you either get them by gaining loyalty points in the Xiaomi store, or you find a friend with a spare one. With an F code are able to buy the phone on the day it releases, if you don’t have one you can either wait a few months or head to the local phone city where you should be able to get one at a couple of 100 Yuan more than the real price.

    • kupoo
      September 8, 2013

      So when it releases in China? October? Meaning, without Friend Code, you can find it in Xiaomi store in like November, December?

  78. Guest
    September 7, 2013

    Is the screen of xiaomi mi 3 amoeled screen??

  79. Guest
    September 7, 2013

    Hi thanks for the coverage! For someone living in China and not so good in Chinese your coverage is great. I need a new smart phone now and was looking forward to get mi3 but when one can one really buy one? I’ve seen October but it seems one has to be kind of registered. f-codes…I did not get that…how does it work?

  80. Guest
    September 7, 2013

    This phone is almost perfect. If it only had stereo speakers placed where speakers should be – in front ( like HTC One ) and SD card slot. And the most important thing – if it was available to buy outside of China

  81. Alireza
    September 9, 2013

    Does it have English menu?

    • Pratik Shende
      August 8, 2014

      Yaa dear…

  82. Prateek Yadav
    September 9, 2013

    I live in India, love this beastly phone. But the problem is I can only use the GSM network, is there a GSM variant of this phone?

  83. Guest
    September 9, 2013

    Does it have English menu?

    • Poras91
      August 8, 2014

      Yaa dear…

  84. Guest
    September 10, 2013

    I live in India, love this beastly phone. But the problem is I can only use the GSM network, is there a GSM variant of this phone?

  85. ColorizedStudio
    September 13, 2013

    Where can i get this phone?
    someone can send my please link to order?

  86. Guest
    September 13, 2013

    Where can i get this phone?
    someone can send my please link to order?

  87. September 14, 2013

    It’s made in China. By a Chinese company. The profits all go to one guy while a bunch of slave labor builds the phones. I’d rather support Taiwan, Korea, Japan…..any other country. Thanks.

    • Airyl
      September 19, 2013

      Your logic also goes for Samsung and Apple, mind you. Think before you talk.

      • lar
        March 5, 2014

        LOL apple is made in china. why do you think they build it here and not in the U.S.? and havent you heard of nike sweatshops? they’re in China but the company is US owned (profits = U.S.; labor= China) . its all capitalism.

    • Jesus
      August 10, 2014

      slave labour is awesome! Cheap goods for all!

  88. Guest
    September 14, 2013

    It’s made in China. By a Chinese company. The profits all go to one guy while a bunch of slave labor builds the phones. I’d rather support Taiwan, Korea, Japan…..any other country. Thanks.

    • Guest
      September 19, 2013

      Your logic also goes for Samsung and Apple, mind you. Think before you talk.

    • Guest
      March 5, 2014

      LOL apple is made in china. why do you think they build it here and not in the U.S.? and havent you heard of nike sweatshops? they’re in China but the company is US owned (profits = U.S.; labor= China) . its all capitalism.

    • Guest
      August 11, 2014

      slave labour is awesome! Cheap goods for all!

  89. SYHMS
    September 21, 2013

    I am disappointed by it’s look. I would prefer it’s previous shape. Look below;

    http://www.eruptiontech.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Xiaomi-Mi3-released.jpg

  90. mohamed rebin
    September 21, 2013

    please suggest me a trustable website to buy mi3 on next month itself….

  91. Guest
    September 21, 2013

    I am disappointed by it’s look. I would prefer it’s previous shape. Look below;

    http://www.eruptiontech.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Xiaomi-Mi3-released.jpg

  92. Guest
    September 21, 2013

    please suggest me a trustable website to buy mi3 on next month itself….

  93. D W
    September 24, 2013

    Andi,

    I see three version of the Mi3, list in one of the slide
    WCDMA – China Unicom
    CDMA2000 – China Telecom
    TD-SCDMA – China Mobile

    My key question please, which model is compatible with T-Mobile USA? GSM 850/1900 network please, just phone or get 2G/3G/4G speed, I’m happy w/ just cell service, if data doesn’t work.

  94. Guest
    September 24, 2013

    Andi,

    I see three version of the Mi3, list in one of the slide
    WCDMA – China Unicom
    CDMA2000 – China Telecom
    TD-SCDMA – China Mobile

    My key question please, which model is compatible with T-Mobile USA? GSM 850/1900 network please, just phone or get 2G/3G/4G speed, I’m happy w/ just cell service, if data doesn’t work.

  95. Shem
    October 11, 2013

    Andy i would like to get this phone in Nigeria, what do you think i could do? and what version should i buy? and when is the sale of this phone starting???
    And finally did they mention anything about the MI laptop?
    Thanks for your help.

  96. Guest
    October 11, 2013

    Andy i would like to get this phone in Nigeria, what do you think i could do? and what version should i buy? and when is the sale of this phone starting???
    And finally did they mention anything about the MI laptop?
    Thanks for your help.

  97. Kay Stalsby
    November 18, 2013

    Hi, do you think we can use it in the US? Do you know which carrier will it work great?

  98. Kay Stalsby
    November 18, 2013

    Hi, do you think we can use it in the US? Do you know which carrier will it work great?

  99. jfc74
    April 24, 2014

    well im using one here in hong kong and im really happy with it

  100. jfc74
    April 24, 2014

    well im using one here in hong kong and im really happy with it

  101. Aisa Pangdan
    July 22, 2014

    No gorilla glass? No way.

    • Pratik Shende
      August 8, 2014

      Dear BT its having gorilla glass in Indian version….m having 1…

  102. Aisa Pangdan
    July 23, 2014

    No gorilla glass? No way.

    • Poras91
      August 8, 2014

      Dear BT its having gorilla glass in Indian version….m having 1…

  103. Steve Jobz
    August 10, 2014

    man… such a ripoff of Apple’s presentation.

  104. Guest
    August 11, 2014

    man… such a ripoff of Apple’s presentation.

  105. along
    March 2, 2015

    hello..i have problem to use play store without wifi..have u any idea about this problem..and one more problem why i cant register mi acc…tq

  106. along
    March 3, 2015

    hello..i have problem to use play store without wifi..have u any idea about this problem..and one more problem why i cant register mi acc…tq