Mi 3 unboxing: High-end Android phone for less
MANILA, Philippines — Launched in China last October 2013, Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone the Mi 3 has specs that rival the top Android smartphones in the market today and performance to match but at a much more affordable price tag.
Normally Mi smartphones are sold almost exclusively via the company’s website Mi.com, often with social-media hyped flash-sales. In the Philippines however, Xiaomi which opened up offices in Manila this June, will sell the Mi 3 via online retailer Lazada.
While official pricing has yet to be disclosed, the phone is expected to retail at about under P12,000 ($270) when it goes on sale in the “next few weeks.”
Xiaomi is often compared to Apple because of its unique design aesthetic seen when one visits their website (their new domain mi.com was recently acquired for a whopping $3.6-million). The Mi 3’s box is also quite special – a sturdy Japanses-styled rectangular cardboard box.
Lifting up the top cover reveals just the phone. The phone usually comes in black, silver and a range of other colors. Only the silver version will go on sale in the Philippines.
Underneath the smartphone are a pamphlet containing a SIM card removal tool – very much identical to the one that comes with the Apple iPhone – and a colored quick-start guide.
PROCESSOR: 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
GPU: Adreno 330
MEMORY: 2GB DDR3 RAM
CAMERA: 13MP f/2.2 main camera; 2MP front facing camera
DISPLAY: 5-inch Full HD IPS display
CONNECTIVITY: WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
LOOK AND FEEL