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



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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  1. A
    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.
  2. A
    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.
  3. k
    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'.
  4. S
    Sep 4, 2014 at 6:31 pm
    I am having same problem
  5. A
    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.
  6. A
    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.
  7. A
    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
  8. P
    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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