What you need to know before buying the Xiaomi Mi3

Four things that you must know before you plonk down your cash on the table for an Xiaomi Mi3.

Written by Mihir Patkar | New Delhi | Updated: August 12, 2014 1:49 pm

 

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What You Need To Know Before Buying The Xiaomi Mi3

The Xiaomi Mi3 is, without a doubt, the best value for money purchase in smartphones today. At Rs. 13,999, it gives you an experience that phones twice its price don’t offer. That said, it’s not without its problems, and you should know a few things before you plonk down your cash for it.

The Many Problems to Buy it

The phone is available only through online retailer Flipkart. And Flipkart and Xiaomi have come up with a system that would require buyers to pre-register for a short sales window, after which they have to stay online a couple of hours before the sale starts. The sale itself has about 10,000-20,000 units available, and far more people are interested in buying it, so you need a huge amount of luck to get it. It’s not a good buying experience.

No Expandable Storage

The 13.3GB of user available memory is all you get, you can’t expand that with a microSD card. Given the phone’s high-end specs, you might want to load it up with great games or FullHD movies or take a lot of photos; but that’s going to quickly fill up your storage. If you buy the phone, you’ll need cloud storage to get over the memory problem.

Barebones Box

All you get with the Xiaomi Mi3 is a USB cable and the plug point. With a phone like this, you want a good set of earphones, and that’s going to cost you at least Rs. 1,000. You might also want to safeguard it with a case or a screen protector; chalk up another Rs. 1,500 for that. At the moment, Xiaomi hasn’t released its own accessories for the Mi3, so you’ll be reliant on third-party Chinese manufacturers. Not only do these products take the sheen off your brand new Mi3, they also lack in quality.

After-sales Service

Like with any new entrant into the market, after-sales service is an important consideration. Xiaomi has launched two Mi3 exclusive service centers (Bangalore and New Delhi) and a few more service centers in the following cities: Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Coimbatore, Jaipur, Thane, Thiruvananthapuram, Noida, Bhubaneswar, Surat, Faridabad, Nagpur, and Indore. You can see a full list here. Like we’ve said before, after-sales is an untested, unquantifiable element and it’s a matter of luck whether your experience is good or not. The one good news about after-sales? Xiaomi has said it will honor international warranty, and even rooted phones.

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    Andy
    Jan 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm
    mon...its not nokia anymore boss...its Microsoft. They had bought nokia and now even removed its name from Lumia series.
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      Andy
      Jan 6, 2015 at 8:40 pm
      Once in common store, pority will decrease. Problems will increase for Xiaomi. As you can see now, there are no reviews in Flipkart for Xiaomi phones, you cannot write any. As if they give chance, lots of -ve goins to come. Already ppl who bought and used for more than 6 months, now suffering. But they just want the hype to keep up.
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        kaka@gmail
        Sep 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm
        Well said brother. I would add another point here which is even the 'Motorola' or 'Nokia' headset we have are 'Made in China'.
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          sandip
          Sep 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm
          I am having same problem
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            Arjun
            Sep 2, 2014 at 6:27 am
            i dont think any manufacturer offers a case or screen-guard in the box. Thats a silly point to add here.
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              Afuu
              Sep 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm
              you are correct brother. Motorola is also "made in China" nowadays since the resources in china are cheaper for these big phone bs.
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                ajay
                Aug 4, 2014 at 5:23 pm
                U can use samsung headfones with it, buying the fone is like fastest finger first but yes its worth the trouble, @14k who wants after s? Use n throw after a yr or better buy mi4? Every fone manfc offer cloud storage so whats the big deal..awesum fone its lightening fast..just love it
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                  prashant amble
                  Aug 22, 2014 at 1:19 pm
                  I totally disagree about the points given above about screenguard price and about xiaomi product quality. I own Xiaomi MI3 and I find the product to be of good quality and that too at compeive price. I had also ordered original mi3 flipcase and found to be of good quality. Its just the mindset we have when we see the 'made in china' tag. It is made in china, but of good quality. And yes, if u want to have more space for photos, movies you can use dual pendrive or otg cable.
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                    #indiastocks
                    Oct 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm
                    o MI, Posting as a honest reviewer. The phone, the looks and features at this price, is not even comparable to any mobile of our reviewers recommend us product right now. The games run super smooth, 3G works well, the screen is bright and colors are crisp. The camera clicks decently good photos. The battery lifeYour life is valueable. Protect it with AEGON Religare's iTerm Plan.Get a life cover of Rs.1 Crore for just Rs.6200p.a.Buy online! of our reviewers recommend us runs for w day(s jobs req you to be call w day!) In all the best phone by far in the market. What I'm really concerned about is durability, screen is gorilla 3, yet has broken twice in 2 months, each time sing 5, 500 each time. This phone worth 24K for me right now. I know Guerilla Gl is scratch less not unbreakable, but expecting some durability. Service of our reviewers recommend us takes 4 days, means you have to keep a backup phone also. really have taken a toll on me Please be gentle with this phone to all potential users Flipkart as always gave excellent delivery. But the phone is also bought with Flipkart's promise.
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                      man with
                      Sep 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm
                      What did ya expect considering the product deficit?
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                        Aravind Panicker
                        Aug 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm
                        I totally agree with you Ajay. No one is going to use a smart phone for more than one or two years. I was using sony xperia z ultra (brought it for 40000) before buying Mi3.. I brought that phone only for the MiUi experience which I totally love. Mi3 was above my expectations. Its faster and better compared to Z Ultra. Highlights are its screen, processor, gpu, RAM, camera with manual focus and DSLR like controls (Shutter speed, ISO, manual white balance). Mi3 is an awesome phone.. There is no doubt..
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                          Arun Balu
                          Aug 5, 2014 at 2:31 am
                          Flipkart is making a mockery out of the Indian Market by asking customers to perform a pre-registration but later cancel the registration internally. I have so far registered twice and failed to even see that i am registered. There have so many cases of people having their order Auto Canceled.Many of my friends are frustrated with this marketing strategy. God knows if Flipkart is attempting to show fake statistics of pre-registration to its investors and expand its business. The purchase in Singapore is so smooth because Xiaomi themselves are controlling it.Whether future customer experiences are going to improve or not, as of now its Flipkart is showcasing an over-rated Xiaomi .Utter Non Sense for 5 Seconds:For a human being to perform a selection and go to the payment page despite the server traffic of more than 50,000 requests simultaneously, it would take a minimum of a minute to perform the transaction DEPENDING on the server speed. Do note that more time is taken due to the network speed of Flipkart and that of the customer too.Verdict:I have a big feeling that, 3/4th of the phones shipped by Xiaomi are sold to the black market (all the bazaars) and they in turn sell the phones with a regular capped amount.Am only commenting here since, this is the top ranked page when i search : Flipkart registration problem Xiaomi .Hope this helpedCheers
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                            ash
                            Sep 5, 2014 at 7:03 am
                            Get ur facts right arun before commenting. You need not buy the phone immediately(and hence going to payment gateway does not matter. You have 24 hours time to purchase the product. All you need to do in 2 secs is click on the BUY button and add to the cart. If you do the right way u get it. you need to browse the internet for info. thats your homework. I did my homework and got in 2nd attempt.
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                              Aziz sarfani
                              Aug 31, 2014 at 10:58 am
                              I want it at reasonable price
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                                Aziz sarfani
                                Aug 31, 2014 at 10:59 am
                                Smily can u send me u r mi3
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                                  charandeep singh
                                  Aug 25, 2014 at 5:26 am
                                  please tell me is there any official service centre in india in mumbai or any other state
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                                    Hari dinesh
                                    Sep 1, 2014 at 2:35 am
                                    i need mi3 same config and removable battery and external card slot with 13,000 INR price..
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                                      RK Sharma
                                      Dec 18, 2014 at 5:26 am
                                      ????????????????
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                                        RK Sharma
                                        Dec 18, 2014 at 5:31 am
                                        MI3 phone feature are fine but sound is not clear neither adjustable sound quality, spare are so costly that new mobile will come, my MI3 is not working 2 months old service center asked Rs.9500/- for repair who fool will spend further 9500/- also warranty is only 01 month as per customer care Mr Pankaj wich is not printed on invoice and what is covered in warranty customer care person do not know hence friends think twice/thrice for xiaomi
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                                          Rohan
                                          Aug 5, 2014 at 10:34 am
                                          Xiaomi should provide more stocks and why dont they bring it in common stores..that woul be a great boost up of its pority....
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                                            durgesh mishra
                                            Sep 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm
                                            Rohit u buy the phone for 14k and u sell it for 18k!
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