You may not know yet, but a new wave of innovative smartphones is approaching us. In this case, this smartphone is not a product of large companies from South Korea, Taiwan or Japan. The future of phones is coming from China, thanks to Xiaomi . This Beijing office introduced its Mi3 smartphone, which goes far beyond the standard Android phone. Carrying a very stylish design and aluminum elements, it is also crammed with high-tech components from nVidia , Qualcomm and Sony .
The gadget also has a large 5 inch screen and a massive battery that powers this beast. As an OS, Xiaomi uses its Android interpretation, called MIUI .
But is this smartphone so good and is it worth trusting such a small manufacturer like Xiaomi? Let's go over the facts we know and decide.
With a thin, square chassis (8.1mm thick), Xiaomi Mi3 looks slim and stylish. In addition, the curved sides and one-piece aluminum body leave a very pleasant impression. If you think about it, the Mi3 design reminds me of Nokia’s current gadgets and Apple’s classic design.
Xiaomi claims that the Mi3 has a five-inch full HD (1,920x1,080) LCD display with IPS technology. Such a resolution should appeal to all fans of reading or watching a movie on their smartphone, and the presence of an IPS panel means that viewing angles will be extremely wide.
Software and interface
Like other similar phones ( HTC , Samsung , LG , Motorola ), Xiaomi prefers to use a modified version of Android. Their version, called MIUI, promises us easier and more convenient phone navigation, as well as “thousands of different themes” to personalize your Mi3 . However, before talking about the health of the OS, you should study it in detail in real life. So you should wait for a full review and then find out if this smartphone has met our expectations in terms of interface.
But one thing is certain: MIUI is very similar to Apple iOS . For example, all applications are located on the home screen like Apple, and their selection is carried out by scrolling from left to right and vice versa.
Xiaomi is trying hard to improve the Mi3 digital camera. The company assures us that this smartphone uses a Sony Exmor sensor , which captures images of 13 megapixels. In addition, the camera uses a wide-angle 28mm lens and two LED flashes. In general, if everything goes as it should, then Mi3 has every chance to become a great device for photography and video shooting.
The most interesting
However, in spite of the foregoing, I'm most interested in the other internals of the new smartphone from Xiaomi.
You can say goodbye to the old generation of weak Mediatek processors, Mi3 comes with either the new quad-core Tegra 4 1.8Ghz chip from nVidia or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor . This processing power is supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of memory for storing files. I am also pleased that the phone has a 3,050mAh volume battery, which on paper should support the smartphone for quite some time. For that kind of money ($ 327), this phone, in terms of features, is a great offer. But this is only on paper.
Despite the excellent design and specifications, I am suspicious of the new smartphone from Xiaomi. I am alarmed by some details of Mi3, or rather their absence. For example, the company does not specify which version of Android the device uses. In addition, there is no information about 4G LTE support, and I am afraid that it will never be.
In addition, the version of the phone with the Tegra 4 chip is unlikely to leave the borders of the country of the manufacturer, because it works on TD-SCDMA waves, which are used only in China. Maybe I'm wrong, but if this goes so, then the rest of the world will have to be content with a less exotic Mi3 model, with a Snapdragon 800 processor (which supports WCDMA networks). And although, even in the unlocked form, at a price of $ 327, the Mi3 sounds like a good buy, regardless of which processor it is installed on.
In general, I advise you to wait for the full review, and then, we must finally find out which of the pros and cons will turn out to be reality or fiction.
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