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Everything you want to know about Xiaomi - 2013 edition

Quite a few of us have more than a passing interest in those gorgeous and cheap Xiaomi Mi3 phones, and now we can get a closer look. The full presentation Xiaomi put on for the press in China recently has been uploaded to YouTube, and it's worth a watch.

It's in Chinese, but has English subtitles so language is less of a barrier. You'll see features and news about MIUI (the 20 million user milestone has been reached), learn more about the Mi3 phone, and see what the upcoming MITV is all about. You'll even see a cameo from Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang in his trademark sneakers and black jeans. And sneaking in around the nine minute mark is none other than Hugo Barra, testing the Xiaomi VP waters.

Those phones are sexy. Something tells me I'll want to get one of the imports and see what can be done about the software. Anyhoo, have a watch if you're interested like I am.

Source: YouTube

Jerry Hildenbrand
Jerry Hildenbrand

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

  • Xiaomi rock!!! Looks pretty cool and if they can get into the USA. Market without raising their prices i am DOWN. Get 'em over here Barra! Come on Come on Hugo Barra.
  • Almost the entire graphics portion of the presentation was aimed at western markets, western music (nice theme music by the way), many western faces and scenes. Its pretty clear this phone is coming to US shores via one route or another.
  • I'd welcome this handset with open arms. I mean, they went all-out on this model and they even said the next one will be metal.
  • Lol what do you expect otherwise, Chinese music? Posted via Android Central App
  • Michael Jackson?
  • j0ustin beAver maybe
  • For a presentation to a Chinese audience for a Chinese phone that hasn't been sold anywhere except china to-date, yeah, that's exactly what I expected.
  • Not exactly how that works...*backs away out of the room quietly*
  • Welcome to the 21st century :) Posted via Android Central App
  • The western look and feel is very hot to a lot of Asian countries, it's easier to sell something that looks and feels American these days, just look at how expensive the iPhone 4S is in China. When vacationing in the Philippines my old manager told me how locals would never stop staring at his blonde wife, saying how much she looked like Angelina Jolie lol, and his wife is 40 something and average looking if that.
  • Yea I need this phone in the states now Posted via Android Central App
  • They look pretty, but I have the feeling I'm seen this design before...hmm...
  • Two words. 1. "Show" like in Shower.
    2. Me. Show-Me So sayeth Hugo Barra.
  • Xiaomi strength is its UI chops. They are the only android company I have ever seen that makes android pretty and more functional.
  • WTF that skin is the only reason i am not going to buy it it's ugly and looks like iphone if i can put stock rom on it it will be better
  • Wait. 2499 Yen is approximately US $26. What?
  • 2500 RMB is $408.
  • The price is in Chinese yuan not yen. Posted via Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via Android Central App
  • I wish. Posted from the old Google Nexus 7 via Android Central App
  • I can see this company dominating in all markets except for the US because the carrier deals are so strong. That hardware really is amazing. Posted via Android Central App
  • That is a very nice phone. How can they manage to get 3000mah battery into a phone that has a five inch screen with a depth of 8.1mm? Ugh our phones are so gimped when it comes to battery life. I know the MAXX and whatever have a nice battery but those are not the norms we have now. This needs to be changed. I'm tired of buying phones with ~2200mah batteries that don't last an entire day.
  • LG G2, thank you. Posted via Android Central App
  • I think I want MiCloud
  • So still no USA bands Posted via you
  • I've heard the WCDMA unlocked variant will be internationally compatible. In fact, I read it on here.
  • Phones aren't sexy. Posted via Android Central App
  • You might be in the wrong place then. |❌_❌|
  • +1
  • +2 Posted via Android Central App
  • +3 Posted via Android Central App
  • +4 htc one is sexy. Phones are sexy. Posted via Android Central App
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre is at the door. Posted via Android Central App
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Tell that to my HTC One. If it were a person, I would do things to it. Bad things. Posted via Android Central App
  • I love my One. But not in a sexual way. Posted via Android Central App
  • Same Here. Sexy is reserved for women, not phones. Posted via Android Central App
  • Speak for yourself. I've never laid eyes on an Audi A5 that I don't want to bang (but not literally, of course....I think). Everything has sex appeal now. That's why you hear random things described as "sexy" all the time. Posted via Android Central App
  • +9000 I hear girls saying that cars and phones are sexy, all the time. Posted via Android Central App
  • Then think about what you'd do to an S5!!!!!!
  • "Sexy is reserved for women"
    Like that is their only purpose...
    This might be the most sexist thing I have read all day on the internet. That is an achievement my good sir. |❌_❌|
  • What's the difference between these tools?
  • You know we always talk about the phones hd size(8,16,32, 64, ect...) but this is the first time I have head a manufacture talk about r/w speeds, It makes sense as something to pay attention too.
  • I agree! Posted via Android Central App
  • Do they sell these anywhere other than China? I'm going to be in Armenia for work and would love to pick one up if they sell them there. Posted via Android Central App
  • I've been using MIUI off and on for a while now and I can say it's pretty functional and MiCloud is basically the same as Google sync services but if they get to big Apple will be on their asses because MIUI heavily mimics iOS but makes it more functional I wonder why Cyanogenmod doesn't make a phone its already the world's most popular aftermarket firmware MIUI is second so I can see them giving Samsung & Apple a run for their money if they can expand to more markets..... But that Cyanogenmod????? Posted via Android Central App
  • That's one serious run-on sentence... :-) Posted via an HTC Thunderbolt
  • +1 Posted via Android Central App
  • Because there's a difference between experimental firmware for enthusiasts who know the risks and stable firmware for the average joe.
  • CyanogenMod is like any other 3rd party skin they have beta features, milestones, & stable builds difference being they open up their betas (Nightly Builds) to the public and whoever wishes to test them can do so. Now point being when they release a Stable build CyanogenMod is more fluid then stock android even while adding features, more importantly is they add features that are useful in the real world. Skins like Touchwiz just bog down the system after awhile trying to keep all those features in tact while CyanogenMod doesn't. And let's not forget MIUI is built directly from CyanogenMod's source tree :-) Posted via Android Central App
  • MIUI (Me U.I. I finally understand how to pronounce it) looks like a mix of iCloud, Google Services and Dropbox. It kept sounding like stuff that you can already do on Android. But they are Samsunging the services.... hiding the native Android stuff and providing their own substitutes.
  • OK, now I want a MiTV also, that remote make so much sense.
  • Eh, if the Nexus 5 is underwhelming I could see myself getting one of these. But I'd only opt for the Snapdragon 800 model. There's no way I'll return to a closed down horrid Tegra processor. Posted via Android Central App
  • I agree I want the SD800 as well Posted via Android Central App
  • That was a impressive presentation, I think Xiaomi is now on my radar to pay ataion too.
  • I want that TV too.
  • I like the hardware but I'm not sure I could live with MIUI. Running miui roms in the past always reminded me to much of ios. Via my Nexus 4.
  • Nova Launcher. Problem solved Posted via Android Central App
  • Unbelievable. They are truly the apple of China. I watched the entire thing. Posted via Android Central App
  • Same here, didnt think I would either
  • Me liky xiaomi :P - Android Central App. Remember courage is contagious.
  • Me liky xiaomi :P - Android Central App. Remember courage is contagious.
  • If/when it comes to the states, I'd like to take it out for a spin. Looks cool. Posted via Android Central App
  • They have done a good job there. I'll wait and see what nexus 5 has to offer and then pitch my tent. Posted via Android Central App
  • Damn such beautiful design combined with that UI. Get at least a pentaband HSPA version to at least Europe Hugo. I'll work at getting one to Jersey from there. Posted via Android Central App
  • Xiaomi vs Huawei? After the feds said to not use Huawei devices I'd want to know their position on Xiaomi.
  • The same.... It's not the OEM but the Chinese government Posted via Android Central App
  • That was for network equipment. The White House later said they saw no reason to believe the Chinese would use it to spy. Then it came out that the US government spies on everyone. Pick your poison. Posted via Android Central App
  • Their phones do look nice. Put some stock Android and let's see! Posted via Android Central App
  • There's a Xiaomi España site that's selling the 16GB for 299€ and the 64GB for 380€. They're not in stock yet though. The only downside is that it doesn't do 4G.
  • ePicness
  • Not bad but have to wait to see the reviews stateside Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow...that phone caught my attention. ...if it come to us I know I am getting it... and wow I agree with the they are apple of china indeed. . Posted via Android Central App
  • No 4g or SD I'll wait for something better, oh wait there already is. Posted via Android Central App
  • No 4G might be a problem, but with 64GB on board, I, personally, wouldn't worry about no SD.
  • The presentation seems like it was aimed at geeks and tech-heads. Either that, or the average Chinese consumer is very tech literate. I was more impressed with the TV than the phone. They came off as being very honest, they even dropped some competitors' names, price was really good. That just means that competition is fierce in the market and buyers know very well what they are buying. How does Apple hope to breakthrough with its ridiculous prices?
  • Very nice device Posted via Android Central App on my S4
  • I love the idea of boutique Phone OEMs that are priced really competitively.
  • What a dynamite phone, knockout hardware with the option to buy with 64gb of int memory. This phone is just beautiful. The Chinese people are really passionate about their technology and I like that. No wonder why the vice President of Google decided to move to Beijing to team up with them. Great, great design with out of the world specs. That phone has it all. I will be buying one ASAP. It would be great if they had a small outlet in the US just to sell their product so we would not have to go thru importing. That is great news.
  • Impressive. Love the hardware (apart from capacitive button choices) but not sure about all of the software. Seems a mixed bag on that side of things. If they hit Europe at similar price points and could be hacked a bit, I would definitely be buying the phone and the television. Premium at reasonable prices is very appealing.
  • i find a website( that can pre-order the xiaomi mi3 64gb-$499.99 16gb-439.99