Xiaomi Mi3 Philippines Price Php 10,599, Complete Specs, Release Date, Features, Exclusive Demo Video by Hugo Barra

Great news for all Xiaomi fans in the Philippines who've long been waiting for the Chinese company's current flagship smartphone to land here: Xiaomi Mi3 will finally be up for purchase nationwide starting June 26, 2014 -- for a shockingly low price of only Php 10,590!

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The company made this exciting announcement via its official Facebook page in the Philippines http://www.facebook.com/XiaomiPhilippines, which I'm inviting you to follow for up-to-date information about the brand and all of their upcoming Mi Devices.

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For those who are not yet familiar with it: Xiaomi is a relatively young electronics company whose low-cost yet high-quality phones have allowed it to outsell Apple in China and get the admiration of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

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Xiaomi Mi3, the current flagship smartphone, is the company's most popular handset thus far. And for good reason; It combines head-turning design, stunning display, great imaging capabilities, long uptime, and stellar technical specifications into one very affordable device.

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Mi 3 is just 8.1mm thin and weighs only 145 grams.

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The volume rocker and power button are conveniently located on the device's right panel for easy access using the thumb (or pointer and index fingers if you're a lefty) when holding the phone.

Xiaomi Mi3, Xiaomi Mi3 Philippines, Xiaomi Android Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 3 flaunts a 5-inch Full HD IPS OGS display that - as you can see in the photo above - looks crisp and brilliant regardless of the viewing angle. Inside the polycarbonate shell (that's beautifully painted in such a way that it looks like real aluminum), the handset runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system fully skinned by the Xiaomi's very intuitive and gorgeous MIUI interface with its Quad Core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 and Adreno 330 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800 SoC. This chipset is complemented by 2 GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and 16 GB of non-expandable internal storage. Mi3 is powered by a large non-removable 3,050 mAh Li-Ion battery pack that - according to Xiaomi - delivers 500 hours of standby and 21 hours of 3G internet use.

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One of the highlights of this smartphone is its 13 MegaPixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash at the back that - Xiaomi says - "takes amazing photos in low light with a super-large Exmor sensor and an ƒ/2.2 aperture. The built-in Phillips dual-LED flash quickly adds the perfect lighting to make your subjects beautiful. Never miss another photo opportunity again." There's also a 2 MegaPixel front cam, located above the display, which works well with Xiaomi's photo enhancing software giving users more attractive selfies that are ready for sharing on social networking sites.

Last June 9, 2014 at UCC Mentore Cafe in Makati City, I got the chance to have a conversation with Mr. Hugo Barra, former VP of Google for Android Product Management and current VP of Xiaomi Global, and he gave me an exclusive features rundown and demo of Xiaomi's current product line-up for the Philippines, including Xiaomi Mi3. I got everything on video and if you will, check it out:

Hugo told me that Xiaomi Mi3 is ideal for consumers who want a phone with a stunning display, great camera, and top-notch technical specifications. I agree. Personally, I think it's perfect for those who want really high-end specs but aren't keen on spending too much money on a smartphone.

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I've been playing with Xiaomi Mi3 for a week now and off hand, I'm thoroughly impressed. The design, construction, display quality, uptime, and touch response - I would say - are top-notch. I find that the imaging capabilities of the device could be better -- but I think that's because I own a Nokia Lumia 1020, Nokia 808 PureView, Nokia Lumia 920, Sony Xperia Z1, and a Sony Xperia Z2 so my standards for mobile imaging are pretty high. For most casual users, I think Mi3's camera will be good enough. Overall, for Php 10,599, I think Xiaomi Mi3 is an absolute steal.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Xiaomi Mi3
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange (Flagship Level)
Dimensions144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm
Weight 145 grams
Available Colors Philippines: Silver
Operating System Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Display 5.0 inches (~441 ppi pixel density), 1080 x 1920 pixels, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor Quad Core 2.3 GHz Krait 400 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, Qualcomm MSM8274AB Snapdragon 800 chipset
Internal Storage 16 GB, non-expandable
Camera Main: 13 MegaPixels, 4128 x 3096 pixels, Autofocus, dual-LED flash, Touch Focus, Image Stabilization, HDR
Front: 2 MegaPixels
Video Capture Main: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, HDR
Front: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second, HDR
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, XviD, WMV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, FLAC player
Ports microUSB v2.0 (MHL), TV-out (via MHL A/V link), USB On-The-Go, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, HSPA+
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyroscope
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
SIM Card Type Regular Mini SIM, Single SIM
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3,050 mAh battery
Uptime According to Xiaomi:
500 hours of Standby Time
50 hours of Music Playback
25 hours of Talk Time
21 hours of 3G Internet Use
Value-Added Features MIUI, HDR, Ultra-Affordable Price Tag
Announcement Philippines: June 9, 2014
Availability TP Guesstimate: June 26, 2014, 12PM
Price TP Guesstimate: Php 12,000
Official SRP: Php 10,590

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