There’s no hiding that the Xiaomi Redmi took Singapore by storm when it launched a week ago. The device sold out within 8 minutes online after it launched, and just several days ago the new stock sold out yet again in 6 minutes.
Calling it a feat would be an understatement. The device sales were boosted mainly because of its unbelievably affordable $169 price tag and its above-average specs. A 4.7″ screen of 312ppi, a quad core processor, and it’s 8MP camera.
But Xiaomi isn’t just going to settle with that. The company announced that its flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi3 will be on sale from 7 March onwards (that’s tomorrow). So we’ve decided to take a look at the device, and compiled a list of reasons of why it might be even more successful than the Redmi (and why you should get one for yourself). Or, you can check out our Redmi VS Moto G budget shootout.
1. The specs
Look at the spec sheet. Just take one good look at it, and tech geeks will instantly be convinced that this is a good device. The LG G2 was lauded for having the best hardware of 2013. And the Mi3 has nearly identical specs to that.
- IPS LCD screen, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density)
- 16/64 GB, 2 GB RAM
- 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED flash, 1080p@30fps, HDR
- 2 MP front facing camera, 1080p@30fps
- Android OS, v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400, Adreno 330 GPU
- Non-removable Li-Ion 3050 mAh battery
In fact the one and only flaw of the spec sheet is that the Mi3 does not support LTE, so you’ll be stuck on 3G speeds for data transfers. But if you’re still one of those people holding on to your 12GB data plan, or if you’re like me and find that 3G is fast enough, then that isn’t an issue at all.
2. It’s $419
So by now you might be thinking, okay so it’s got beastly specs, but what’s the price? We’ve created this nifty list of flagship smartphones with similar specs, and you’ll instantly see why the Mi3 stands out:
Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE+ – $848
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – $988
Sony Xperia Z1 – $998
LG G2 – $848
iPhone 5s (16GB) – $988
Nexus 5 D821 – $548 (from eBay)
Xiaomi Mi3 – $419
The price is simply insane for those specs. It’s just unbelievable. That alone is a compelling enough reason to get the phone. And the only other device that might change your mind is the Nexus 5 (which is still $129 more expensive)
The Mi3 comes with MIUI, which in our opinion is one of the best Android skins. It’s rather simple and sleek, and you get tons of customisations. You can download thousands of themes on XIaomi’s store, and you can even customise permissions for individual apps. There is just so much customisability present on the Mi3. It is a relatively new UI, so we haven’t spent much time with it, but even so, it’s definitely better than Samsung’s TouchWiz.
Carrier contracts are getting more expensive
Carrier contracts just aren’t worth it anymore. Phones on contract have poorly-discounted prices. Carriers are forcing customers to switch over to LTE plans. It would seem that if you’re tired of carrier contracts, this is the phone to get.
Well there we have it. The Redmi was great for its price, and the Mi3 continues Xiaomi’s tradition of selling their phones at half the price of similarly-speced devices. If you found that the Redmi’s MediaTek processor was under-powered, or if you just want the best phone for the cheapest price, look no further. Xiaomi’s Mi3 will be going on sale tomorrow, and you’d better be quick, because this time it might not even take 8 minutes for it to sell out.
Update: yup, it sold out in 2 minutes