Xiaomi Mi-3 officially launched – high-end specs, starting at just $327

by: Ankit BanerjeeSeptember 5, 2013

xiaomi mi3

While not as well known globally, Xiaomi has been making waves in its home Chinese market since its first smartphone release back in 2011. Of course, if you’re wondering why the name seems so familiar, that is courtesy of the company’s high-profile hiring of Hugo Barra, ex-Vice President of Product Management for Android, who joined the company as Vice President of Xiaomi Global. With this move, there’s now hope that Xiaomi’s amazing products will soon be available to a more global audience. One such great product – the Xiaomi Mi-3!

Xiaomi introduced the sleek and stylish Xiaomi Mi-3 at an event in Beijing, with the device being everything that previous leaks and rumors have suggested. Let’s take a quick look at the specifications of the latest Xiaomi flagship –

  • 5-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution and ultra-sensitive touch
  • 1.8 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor or 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/64GB internal storage
  • 13MP Sony Exmore RCMOS rear camera, 2MP front camera
  • 3,050 mAh battery

xiaomi mi3 price

The two versions with different processors is because there is a TD-SCDMA (China’s 3G service) which uses the 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and another China Unicom version running on different networks, that is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

It’s not only Google that can release high-end devices at low prices, with the Xiaomi Mi-3, which features specifications at par with flagship devices from other OEMs, priced at just $327 (CNY 1999) for the 16GB version, and $408 (CNY 2499) for the 64GB version! As is the case with previous Xiaomi releases, the Xiaomi Mi-3 will be released in batches, starting from mid-October.

Granted, there is no word on an international release as of now, but with Xiaomi looking to grow its global presence, hopefully the Xiaomi Mi-3 will be available in major markets around the world. If the company can keep the price point the same, the device is bound to be popular.

In other Xiaomi news, we’re expecting the Xiaomi Zimi to be announced at an event at IFA tomorrow, and although unlikely, maybe get another glimpse at the Xiaomi Mi-3. Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you great coverage from IFA 2013!

What are your thoughts? What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi-3?


    Damn that price is very attractive, if only they bring it to my country, but it doesnt matter it will still cost 500-600 dollars here because taxes here are crazy

    • Lucas

      So I bet you live in Brazil like me… the highest taxes in world!

      • Ilias

        NO you don’t Know Greece!!!!!!!

        • phonehater

          Do NOT buy through www,alibaba.com or http://www.aliexpress.com Same company BIG SCAM .
          Stay AWAY from these guys

          • mario

            What have you bought there and what happened? I was planing to order something from there

        • Zhen

          Beg to differ, UK is the money grabber. ^_^ 20% VAT straight off the bat!

          • shadow_hunter

            we must be the only creatures in the solar system that pay to live.

        • diper07

          Greece or brazil or Uk they are nothing to India.. India imposes more taxes than any country.

          • Mihai

            It means that you didn’t heard about a country named Romania, we even have a tax for rainwater.

        • arciuolo

          Hi. 22% VAT in Italy.
          If you sell something for example at 300€, you will have to pay more than 100€ of taxes.

          • Ilias

            Nope still greece ‘win’ :-( 23% VAT and 45% in income not To mention enterprize fees and other in direct fees

          • PolandWINS

            Polands wins everything :) 24% VAT

          • henricson

            Sorry, Norway wins with 25%VAT :)

          • abdur

            Come on sillies here is highest VAT 36%

          • BlaBla

            They send it as a present so you don’t have to pay the taxes. Ibuygou is a good company :)

          • Κωνσταντίνος Κ.

            In Turkey they have 4% ..an WOW factor :P

  • Chirabrata Bhattarjee

    What a price..please come to india.

    • diper07

      they will release in India at last.. because in india here are so less buyers. European and north america has most buyers.. they will release it there first and then India.

  • Jason D

    Everything you need to know about the Xiaomi Mi3 here! Awesome phone http://www.gizchina.com/2013/09/05/xiaomi-mi3-specifications/

  • Kenny Woodard

    Wow, may not be a huge brand name.. But you can’t beat that.

  • ShadArt

    Dreamphone. Even better, than Z1 for me.

    • Cao Meo

      I agree that it looks good, but I don’t see where it’s better than Z1 except the price which is very attractive.

      • M3D1T8R


  • Kenny Woodard

    Wait.. 5G? O.o

    • eilegz

      5GHZ wifi, those phone cant handle LTE

      but then there are no LTE in china neither

      • Kenny Woodard

        So will this phone be available in the US at all?

  • Dragonscourgex

    Bring it to the states with the same price and unlocked…and it will be on my radar when my contract is up.

  • mrcgp

    can you trust a firm that cannot spell the word camera….

    • Mizo Zizo

      where’s that ?

    • Ajeesh

      Dont trust..you go and get the iCheap for a premium price and live in the feeling that you are so great..

    • Person.Boi

      But people do trust a company who updates weekly and have the updates based totally around EXACTLY what the community wants.

  • M3D1T8R

    Awesome specs/price for the 64GB. Too bad they made the buttons backwards. When will OEM’s learn to just use Android default button layout, not copy terrible Samsung buttons.

    • Airylnovatech

      But I like that button layout. Plus, it’s the layout Xiaomi have been using since the Mi1.

  • Grman Rodriguez

    If there I CM for this I want it

  • Bruno Rosa // TaRuGo

    China Nokia, i liked.

  • Luka Mlinar

    Yea but you would need to root the phone and remove that stupid Xiaomi UI.

    • Person.Boi

      Lol funny thing is alot of people who have rooted their phones main MIUI rom – go google it or go on xda forums; everyone who has used it is pleased with its speed and ability for customisation

    • phonehater

      And replace it with Mat Kurja or something else developed in Slovenija

      • Luka Mlinar

        Hahaha Slovenia you say. There isn’t enough space to fit 5 programmers let alone make something.

        • phonehater

          That’s because the heads of Slovenian programmers are too big. It’s funny to read comments and reviews from Slovenians who think they know everything and yet the whole country isn’t capable of making anything worth mentioning. Except sourkrout and Kranjske sausages.

    • Raymond Chow

      MIUI is not as stupid as paying for monthly plans. Stop paying for monthly data plans and unusable minutes before you judge MIUI.

  • Rauel Crespo

    Bring the 64gb one over for $500 or less, and I’ll move the sim out of my HTC One and into this phone…also have it work on T-Mo’s LTE/HSPA+

  • Rana

    Seems good

  • abc905

    Note: xiaomi = little rice zimi = purple rice.

  • phonehater

    This phone is almost perfect. If it just had the front stereo speakers placed like HTC One and even better if it was available to buy outside of China . That would help a lot.

    • BlaBla

      It is.

  • Ben

    Does anyone know whether it supports 4G/LTE or GSM networks?


    This is a very interesting phone at an attractive price. Hope it becomes available in the US, unlocked, and can be used on all Sprint 4G-LTE bands soon.

  • Groud Frank

    They don’t even have an official site in any language other than Chinese. I don’t expect them to expand their product to a global market. I doubt they would keep it the same price also. What a pity too.

  • onrejas

    I hope xiaomi mi3 and nvidia shield will come to our philippine country by the end of this year 2013..im so excited of this gadget

  • Gold

    What version of Android OS and is it stock Android? Maybe I missed those essential details in the article. If it ‘s not running KitKat, then it’s already old-fashioned and out-of-date, no matter how much positive spin the company tries to portray the device’s hardware.