Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mi3 - Are you kidding me?

One of my friends recently asked me to take a look at the configuration of the Xiaomi Mi3 when I was asking around for good phones. I have been thinking of buying a new phone for quite some time, but some of the new phones capture my attention and I want to get customer reviews before I splurge money on phones and that makes me wait. Now this phone, if the statements are to be believed are going to take over the market. Imaging the specifications given below for a price of Rs. 13999.

Specifications of Mi3

In the Box Handset, USB 2.0 Cable, User Guide, Charger
Brand Mi
Model ID Mi3
Form Bar
SIM Size Mini SIM
SIM Type Single SIM, GSM
Touch Screen Yes
Call Features       Loudspeaker

Operating Freq     GSM - 850, 900, 1800, 1900; WCDMA - 2100
OS Android v4.4.2 (KitKat)
Processor 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB, Quad Core
Graphics                        Adreno 330

Type LCD
Size 5 Inches
Resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Other Display Features       IPS Display

Primary Camera Yes, 13 Megapixel
Secondary Camera Yes, 2 Megapixel
Flash Dual LED
Video Recording Yes, 1920 x 1080
HD Recording HD, Full HD
Other Camera Features        Aperture f/2.2, Wide-angle 28 mm, CMOS

Size                                   73.6x144x8.1 mm
Weight 145 g

Type Li-Ion, 3050 mAh

Memory and Storage
Internal 16 GB
Memory 2 GB RAM

Internet & Connectivity
Internet Features Email
Preinstalled Browser Android
3G Yes, 42 Mbps HSPA+
Wifi Yes
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Tethering USB
Navigation Technology A-GPS, GLONASS, with Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes, v4, Supported Profiles (HID)
Audio Jack 3.5 mm

Music Player Yes, Supports MP3
Video Player Yes
FM Yes
Sound Enhancement       Microphone Support, Dirac HD Audio Software

Other Features
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Yes
Sensors Light Sensor, Touch Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, eCompass, Barometer Sensor, Accelerometer
Additional Features Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct, Haptic Feedback Support, USB On-the-go, Wi-Fi Tethering

From what I hear, this kind of configuration is not available in India for prices below 30K INR in any other phone. If that is true, and the phone has no other drawbacks, then what makes it profitable? I hear that Xiaomi, the Chinese company, name Mi in the international market has a service driven costing model. It is said that the cost of the phone makes them no profit, but they provide additional charged services that brings in the money. This seems to have been a success in China. What do you think about this? Would it work in India? I think it will, at least considering the fact that FlipKart, its only authorized sales partner in India reported a site crash on the day of its launch, owing to too much traffic. 

If you find this phone interesting, you may . I hear FlipKart has a decent service record, at least for phones sold exclusively through them as people who got MotoG seem to claim.

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