Xiaomi Mi 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi 4

So Xiaomi hit back with the Mi 4 this year, and is now in line with the best in the business. We talked about how the Mi 4 fares against the OnePlus One some days back, and the Xiaomi Mi 4 looked like the device that ticked more boxes. However, Xiaomi’s Mi 3 (more like a blast from the past) is now being talked about yet again, and we decided to pit it against the current Xiaomi flagship.

Unlike the jump from 2012 to 2013 flagships, there isn’t much of a difference between those from 2013 and 2014. Most advancements are incremental, and don’t show on the specs sheet. So, does it make sense to pay extra for the latest-gen flagship over the affordable 2013 one that’s easily available?

Xiaomi Mi 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi 4: Specifications

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Advantages: Xiaomi Mi 4

The Xiaomi Mi 4 is a massive leap for Xiaomi on the build front. Its definitely the best build Xiaomi out there, and if you can get the obvious design ‘inspiration’ out of your mind, the Mi 4 will invariably be your favourite. Also, even with the same screen size as the Mi 3, the Mi 4 is s bit smaller which makes it easier to use and put in the pocket.

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Another thing that gives the Mi 4 is the IR blaster it houses. It’s the first Xiaomi phone to have an IR blaster, meaning you can control most of your home appliances using your fairly pocketable smartphone, the Mi 4.

Other advantages on the Mi 4 include: the (much) better camera, better scree, an extra gig of RAM and of course LTE support (bands supported are yet to be announced; initial Mi 4 version ships without LTE).

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Advantages: Xiaomi Mi 3

The Mi 3 is more affordable than ever before. Official Xiaomi prices hover under the $250 mark in its markets, making the Mi 3 one of the most affordable Snapdragon 800 phones out there. Even if you are happy to spend the extra money on the Xiaomi Mi 4, its pretty hard to get, so the Mi 3 gets a point for better availability as well.


Lastly, the Mi 3 has the NFC feature that sometimes can be pretty useful.

Xiaomi Mi 3 vs. Xiaomi Mi 4: Conclusion


Although I personally love the Mi 4 more than the Mi 3, those that are a bit more practical could easily go for the Mi 3 without any regrets. The Mi 4 is currently selling in the market for about double the cost of the Mi 3 and is much more harder to get, so that counts as well.

All in all, the Mi 3 looks like quite a wise buy even in this day and age, get the Mi 4 only if you are looking for a smartphone to fulfill your wants and not your needs.

The Mi4 is available through iBuygou.com.

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  1. RRRobert
    August 19, 2014

    New phones tend to get bigger and bigger for every successor that’s launched as the follow-up for any ‘flag ship killer’, no matter what brand. I am therefore most happy to see that the Xiaomi engineers managed to take of 5 mm of the hight and width of the Mi3, without decreasing the screen size of its successor Mi4. Once it’s available with (European) 4G/LTE support and MIUI V6, it will be an important candidate for me, to become my new phone.

  2. iKosh
    August 20, 2014

    I like the Mi3 design more. It’s more unique.

    • Simon
      August 20, 2014

      I’m buying the Mi3 at the beginning of September. Also it will have custom rom development as well: CM (Alpha), SlimKat and WIUI are available at present.

  3. rajnish kumar
    August 20, 2014

    Hi yash, as you are already having Mi4 in your hand, y don’t u review it urself? Atleast tell me abt it and plz tell abt the looks of the phone.

  4. Joan
    August 20, 2014

    will the Mi4 work in European 4G bands ? No news about let support so far… thanks,

  5. Allanitomwesh
    August 20, 2014

    Interesting,$250 is a steal.

  6. sandertrots
    August 20, 2014

    EXTRA GIG OF RAM: i always only look at the AVAILABLE amout of ram.
    i always notice that how higher the screen resolution how less available ram you have in the end. so whats really the use of this EXTRA ram,… not much
    my 2gb ulefone with 720 hd resolution actually has more available ram then the mi4
    (okay everything else on the mi4 is ofcourse much better lol)

    • August 20, 2014

      Actually, the Android OS ‘decides’ how much RAM it will leave free. The ratio of free RAM to total RAM might be higher on a 2GB RAM phone, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the 2GB RAM phone will be better for use. There are more parts of the system that don’t need caching in a 3GB RAM phone when you compare it to a 2GB one.

      • sandertrots
        August 26, 2014

        thanks for your answer. i always wondered how that worked. but having more available ram free does mean you can install more apps right?

  7. trapchan
    August 21, 2014

    it’s really disappointing that mi4 dropped NFC support. I always think that NFC as one of the advantage that Android has against iOS.

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    • balcobomber25
      September 24, 2014

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