Android, MIUI, Xiaomi

Xiaomi Mi3 – My First Impression

What is the current most popular Android smartphone in Malaysia? If you think Samsung is the most popular, well…you are correct. But, not cheap though. Now what’s the other relatively new smartphone maker that recently launched here in Malaysia and all their units went “sold-out” within less than 20 minutes?…twice?

Even Samsung can’t match this.

Xiaomi Mi3 is the current most popular Android smartphone in terms of current market sales. That’s what I think. Best of all, your wallet will still be thick after buying it. The Xiaomi Mi3 has among the highest hardware specifications, with the likes of Nexus 5, LG G2 and Xperia Z1. However, the price that came with it is waaaaaay lower. How did Xiaomi did this? By eliminating the middle person so that they can deliver the best device at a much lower price.

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My first impression of the Xiaomi Mi3 is that as soon as I held the phone in my hand, I didn’t know I have a phone in my hand. I can feel a slab of something there but I can’t feel the weight. This thing is so damn light! But light doesn’t mean flimsy. The build is solid and everything is in the right place. That’s all I can say for now about this phone.

I will be using this review unit for one whole week. I will do some extensive playing around with the phone and will indeed do a review on it when I’m done.

Here’s a little basic specification for this phone:

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz Quad Core
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Memory: 16GB & 62GB storage variant, 2GB of RAM
  • Imaging: 13-megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash
  • Display: 5-inch 1080 x 1920 IPS LCD touchscreen at 441 DPI

Be sure to check back at this website for the full review in one week time. Thank you for your visit.

Note: En. ImranZ, one of the moderator of Malay MIUI Forum is kind enough to me loan his Mi3 for this review. He is also the team leader for the MIUI Malay Translators, who’ve had more than 2 months of sleepless nights together with his team to translate a Malay version of MIUI OS for Malaysian market. So if you’re a Xiaomi phone user and need some help with maintaining or upgrading your device(s), you may register at the MIUI forum here.

8 Comments

  1. wow! nice! some of my frens not able to get πŸ™

  2. Olaf

    HI K Azwan, it is really difficult to buy from the website.. Do you think buying this from local shop is okay? Because im worried it is fake…

    • I bought my Mi3 from a local shop. Although I got the Taiwan version, it is still an original set. I have no problem using it and the Google Play Store works fine. If you’re wondering where I bought mine, I bought it from a shop at 3rd Mile Square, Jalan Klang Lama.

  3. hi.. Is the taiwanese mi 3 is same as malaysian ??? i do not want any chinese written apps and i want google playstore with the mobile os itself.. according to this please answer my question regards πŸ™‚

    • Hi,
      I am using a Taiwanese version of Mi3 (full black) and it’s working fine. Playstore works fine out-of-the-box. Should be no problem with this version. Language can change to English from the settings. You can also easily flash the Malaysian ROM to this device if you want.
      Good luck and have fun.

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