Xiaomi, one of the leading mobile Internet companies in China, has finally forayed into the Indian market with a range of Mi smartphones and an exclusive partnership with Flipkart.
The first Mi smartphone that Xiaomi has launched in India is the Mi 3. Priced at ₹13,999, Mi 3 will go on sale on July 22 while the pre-registrations are now open at www.flipkart.com/Mi, and will continue till July 21 midnight.
Mi 3 is powered by Xiaomi’s Android-based platform – MIUI. MIUI is a live operating system constantly improving with frequent software updates, and offers a high degree of customisation.
“Mi 3 is the fastest Mi phone ever. We are very excited to offer one of the world’s most powerful smartphones in India at an incredibly affordable price point of INR 13,999. We hope Indian users will love MIUI, our super intuitive Android-based operating system.”
– Hugo Barra, Vice President, Xiaomi Global
In addition, Xiaomi has also announced two other smartphones – the Redmi 1S and the Redmi Note – which will be launched over the next few weeks. The 4.7-inch Redmi 1S is priced at ₹6,999 while the 5.5-inch octa-core Redmi Note is priced at ₹9,999.
According to Manu Jain, India Operations Head for Xiaomi, the company is starting with 35+ service centers across top 20 cities along with a hotline that operates 7 days a week to ensure a robust after-sale service and a hassle-free customer experience. There are also two exclusive Mi service centers in Delhi and Bangalore.
Mi 3 Specifications
- 5-inch Full HD 1080p IPS display
- 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800AB processor
- 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash
- 3050 mAh internal battery
How to Order Mi 3 in India
- Head to Flipkart, and login using your account.
- Register for the sale on the Mi Store (www.flipkart.com/Mi)
- On July 22, buy the device. Note that only customers who register before July 22 will be able to purchase their Mi 3 on the sale day.
Xiaomi is a lesser known Android handset maker. The company generally sells its handsets in Asia, thus limiting its reach. The company, however, is known to release handsets with stellar price, fit and finish in a very affordable package. The Xiamoi Mi-One packed in a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and more, and retailed for less than $400.
Today, Xiaomi released the successor to the Mi-One, the Mi-Two. The handset is a beast in every sense, and is the first handset to be announced to sport a Qualcomm quad-core Krait processor (APQ8064). Considering how the dual-core Krait performs, expect the quad-core variant to absolutely smoke each and every SoC out there. The S4 Pro SoC from Qualcomm also incorporates the company’s next generation GPU, Adreno 320. Other impressive specs of the Mi-Two include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 4.3-inch IPS LCD with 720p resolution, 8MP camera with F/2.0 aperture capable of recording HD videos at 30FPS and 720p videos at 90FPS! The handset also supports Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, a microUSB port/MHL port, and more inside a 10.9mm body. A 2000mAh battery powers the Mi-Two, with an 3000mAh battery being optional.
The Mi-Two is a quad-band handset that supports DC-HSPA+ network, so if you manage to get your hands on one, be assured that the handset will work with your GSM network operator. Like all other Android OEMs, Xiamoi has also loaded the Mi-Two with its own skin, MIUI, based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Yes, the same iPhone like ROM which looks downright beautiful but a copy of iOS.
The handset will be available sometime in October in Asia for only $310. Yes, only $310 U.S dollars! The raw cost of the Mi-Two is around $370, so Xiaomi will be selling the handset at a loss in the first few weeks after its launch so as to gain some market share, and will increase the price to something more profitable later on.
MIUI ROM for Android is the most polished custom ROM you will ever come across, in the Android ecosystem. The ROM is built from ground-up, thanks to the AOSP code, and is influenced from iPhone’s UI. The ROM has some very nice touches, which I hope will one day make it to Android.
Now, the popularity of the MIUI ROM was noticed by a Chinese handset manufacturer, Xiaomi. Today, Xiaomi have released a new handset dubbed MI-One, which runs on MIUI ROM.
The handset is no slow-couch, and is a beast in its own right. The 4-inch screen on the beast has a FWVGA (480×854) resolution. The MI-One is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 chipset, and packs 1GB of RAM along with 4GB of internal memory. The Adreno 220 GPU clocked at 266MHz, handles the graphics department.
Other key specs of the handset include Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS with A-GPS, microSD card slot, dedicated microphone for noise cancellation, 3.5mm audio jack and a customizable MI-button. The back of the MI-One sports an 8MP camera with an LED flash. It will also come with an unlocked bootloader.
The handset will be powered by a beefy 1930mAh battery, and will come with interchangeable back covers. As stated before, the MI-One runs on Android 2.3.5 based MIUI ROM
The best part about the handset is its pricing. The Xiaomi’s MI-One will retail in China for ï¿¥1999, which comes to around $312 U.S. dollars. The handset is expected to be available in China, sometime in October this year, There is no word as to whether Xiaomi intends to bring the MI-One to other regions of the world or not.