Xiaomi has just launched the Mi 3 in the Indian market, with the handset set to go on sale starting July 15. The highlight of the launch is the pricing of the device, which is very low at just Rs. 14,999 ($250).
There is no word on whether Xiaomi intends to sell the device directly or list it on an e-commerce store, but earlier rumors suggest that the Chinese vendor is looking to side with Flipkart. If Flipkart was to stock the Mi 3, it would be another win for the e-commerce giant following exclusive deals with Motorola, Alcatel and several local vendors.
At this price, there is no device that offers the kind of specs that the Mi 3 boasts. Most smartphones in this segment either come with MediaTek SoCs or the entry-level Snapdragon 200. The Mi 3, meanwhile, features a Snapdragon 800 (MSM8274AB), which includes a quad-core Krait 400 CPU clocked at 2.3 GHz.
Other specs of the Mi 3 include a 5-inch full-HD display, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 13 MP camera with dual-LED flash, 2 MP front camera, HSPA+ (42 Mbps) connectivity along with Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS + GLONASS, AGPS and a 3,050 mAh battery.
As for the software side of things, the Mi 3 comes with MIUI 5 atop Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, with an update to Android 4.4 KitKat imminent. By aggressively pricing the Mi 3, Xiaomi has the potential to carve out a niche for itself in the Indian market.
In addition to the Mi 3, Xiaomi is launching its Mi powerbank, which is available in 5,200 mAh and 10,400 mAh variants, in the country. It is likely that Xiaomi will have limited stocks of the Mi 3 available at launch, so if you're interested, we suggest you get your order in as soon as the handset goes on sale next week.
Source: Xiaomi India