Xiaomi Mi 3 Indian launch

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


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Xiaomi launches the Mi 3 in India for $250


Should sell like hotcakes with them specs n price.. wish they would get round to europe.

from my old note3 which i had to sell my soul for;)

Yeah just about sums up the only reason why someone wouldn't buy this phone. But if you come to think of it, this phone is targeted for a market that just cares about the specs on paper and more often than not has no clue what rom/skin they're running as long as it does the job for them. I'm guessing this should sell like hotcakes, atleast in India.
Posted from my de-TouchWized Samsung Galaxy S3 running SlimKat 4.4.2

but for mere 250 usd for snapdragon 800 with kitkat on board(yes,kitkat miui already available),not to mention it got playstore to deal with it,i don't think anyone could go wrong with this device.

Samsung only has a dominant position in the American market where people are easily lured into paying premium prices for cheaply manufactured gimmicky devices.

Samsung's business model doesn't work for the world's largest markets, China, East Asia, and India where people are more discerning about the value proposition.