Xiaomi (pronounced Shao-me) has today announced the arrival of their Mi3 smartphone in India, and the pricing sent shockwaves bigger than what the Moto G created months back. The Xiaomi Mi3 is priced at 14,999/- and will be *the* cheapest android phone in the Indian Market to sport flagship specs. The Mi3 comes with a 5 inch display sporting a 1920×1080 Full HD resolution which takes the pixel density to 441PPI. The IPS display is manufactured by Sharp which is known to make high-quality displays. The device is powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 Quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, the same Processor & RAM combo as found in the Sony Xperia Z1 and the LG Nexus 5. To put it into perspective the Z1 and the Nexus 5 cost twice as much as the Xiaomi Mi3; so us Indians are going to love this bargain. The phone has a 13 megapixel camera with Dual-LED flash at the back and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. It has a non-removable Li-Ion battery rated at 3050mAh.
Since the Xiaomi Mi3 is going to really create a thunderstorm in the market, we thought of making a list of 5 popular phones that this bad boy obliterates.
Sony Xperia C (Price: Rs. 16,400)
The Xperia C has something in common with the Xiaomi Mi3 and that is the screen size — both have a 5 inch display. The similarities end there, the Xperia C has a resolution of 960×540 which is qHD and has a pixel density of 220PPI. The device is powered by 1.2Ghz MediaTek Quad-Core processor and has 1GB of RAM. The primary camera is an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and has a VGA front facing camera. The battery is a non removable Li-Ion 2390mAh unit. Now at a lower price the Xiaomi provides 2 times the resolution which translates to 2 times the pixel density, twice the amount of RAM and has much better cameras on board.
The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo is a slightly modified version of the Samsung Galaxy Grand. The Grand Neo has a 5 inch display which is the same as the Xiaomi Mi3 . Again, the similarities end there, the Grand Neo has a measly resolution of 480×800 and a pixel density of 186PPI. The device is powered by 1.2Ghz Quad-Core processor and has 1GB of RAM. The primary camera is a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and a VGA front facing camera. The battery is a Li-Ion 2100mAh unit which is removable and can be changed by the user. Now for 1000 bucks more the Xiaomi provides a superior display with a much higher resolution and pixel density. The Mi3 is built sturdy thanks to its injection moulded polycarbonate unibody chassis and is much better than the plasticky Samsung build.
LG Optimus L90 (Price: Rs. 16,200)
The LG Optimus L90 has a smaller screen compared to the Xiaomi Mi3. The L90 comes with a 4.7 inch screen and has a 960×540 qHD resolution which has a pixel density of 234PPI. The device is powered by 1.2Ghz Snapdragon 400 which is a Quad-Core processor and has 1GB of RAM. The primary camera is an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash and has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The battery is a non removable Li-Ion 2540mAh unit. Now the Xiaomi is cheaper than this LG, sports a bigger screen and has twice the resolution that the Optimus has. The 8 megapixel camera on the LG falls short when compared to the 13 megapixel camera on the Mi3.
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 (Price: Rs. 13,500)
The Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 has a 5 inch display which is again the same size as that of the Xiaomi Mi3. The device has a resolution of 1280×720 and has a pixel density of 294PPI. The device is powered by 1.5Ghz Quad-Core processor from MediaTek and has 1GB of RAM. The primary camera is an 12 megapixel camera with LED flash and has a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The battery is 2000mAh unit and is user replaceable. Of all the phones compared here this phones comes closest to the specs that the Mi3 has to offer. The Xiaomi, although a little more expensive than this phone, provides a better camera and better resolution for a minor difference in price.
Motorola Moto G (Price Rs. 13,999)
The Moto G has been selling like hot cakes from day one. The best selling phone from Motorola started the trend of offering quality devices for low prices. While the device still sells in huge numbers, the Xiaomi Mi3 makes the Moto G now look like a bad deal. The device has a 4.5 inch IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3. The display resolution is 1280×720 pixels and has a pixel density of 326PPI. The device runs on a 1.2Ghz Quad-core processor and has 1GB of RAM. The primary camera is an average 5 megapixel shooter and it has a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The 5 megapixel camera on the Moto is no match for the 13 megapixel snapper on the Xiaomi Mi3. The battery is non-removable and is a Li-Ion battery rated at 2070 mAh. The Xiaomi Mi3 provides a lot more firepower than the Moto G and a much better camera. Some might say that the brand might be an issue but hey, Motorola had shut shop in India a few years ago and look where they are now.
The first batch of the Xiaomi Mi3 managed to crash the Flipkart servers and sold out in under 40 minutes. How will Xiaomi do in the Indian Market? Only time will tell.