Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800, the complete review of GizChina.it

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

After two weeks of testing, we will finally see the full review of the Xiaomi Mi3 in the Snapdragon 800 chipset version.

The Xiaomi Mi3 is a concentrate of power and design that has not disappointed the expectations, while showing weaknesses on which the company, most likely, will intervene promptly.

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Features of the Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

As already mentioned in the foregoing, this version of the Xiaomi Mi3 mounts the Snapdragon 800 processor from clock 2.3Ghz (MSM8274AB version) and is the second launched on the market by Xiaomi after that equipped with Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset, compatible only with 3G Chinese networks .

On this version, the Qualcomm chipset licensee is flanked by 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, which can not be expanded because there is no micro SD expansion slot. The display is a 5 inch FULLHD panel with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.

A version of the Snapdragon 800 chipset with 64GB of internal memory should also be launched, but unfortunately there is still no specific information about it.


The dimensions of the Xiaomi Mi3 are 144 × 73.5 × 8.1 mm and the weight is 145 grams, obviously including 3050mAh battery as it is not removable.

But let's see them full specifications of the Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

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Xiaomi Mi3: Design

From the point of view of design, the Xiaomi Mi3 is most likely one of the most elegant and sophisticated smartphones on the market, a shame about the overall size of the phone not just minimized. I refer in particular to the length of the phone that with its 144 mm does not make it a smartphone that can be easily used with one hand.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

Very nice silver finish of the rear part, although made of plastic, has an "aluminum" effect. The handle of the phone is not really safe, sometimes it seems to be a bit 'slippery and perhaps because of the type of finish and these rounded edges that, if on one side they facilitate the grip on the hand, from 'other cause a sort of "slide" effect.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

In general, the Mi3 confirms the constructive quality of Xiaomi productions, always characterized by assemblies that permeate the perfection and total absence of "weak points" in the structure.

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Classic positioning of xiaomi control keys. On the right, in fact, we find both the power button and the volume buttons

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

nothing on the left

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

top 3,5 jack for earphones (not supplied), standard SIM tray and noise reducer

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

and finally down the input slot for microUSB and the system speaker.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

At the front we find the 2 megapixel camera itself and the various sensors on the top. There are three touch backlit buttons on the chin.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

In the back we find the 13 mega-pixel camera, the double LED Flash and another microphone for the reduction of hiss.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: Display from 5 inch FULLHD, the best display ever!

The FULLHD display with 1920 X 1080 pixel resolution of the Xiaomi Mi3 is absolutely exceptional, both from a brightness point of view and from the level of detail that reaches through the density of 441 PPI.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

Thanks to some options in the MIUI V5 settings, you can also switch on the display settings. In addition to the brightness and the usual ability to set it as automatic, you can also change the temperature and saturation of color, the first in BROTH, NATURAL o FREDDO and the second in BRILLIANT o NORMAL.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800 Display Settings


Another strong point of the Mi3 is definitely the touch, an oversensitive touch that in use really gives a feeling of extreme naturalness to the touch. Among other things, the display can also be used with gloves (and wet fingers), activating the function "glove mode"From the settings menu.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: performance and benchmark 

As already anticipated in the postbox of unboxing, the Xiaomi Mi3 turns out to be the current one Re of benchmarks, particularly with its own 36.136 points Antutu! The scores obtained by the device, in fact, are to say the least poco narcotics. Below you will find a playlist containing all the videos of the Xiaomi Mi3 that performs the various tests.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: Real Racing 3 Game Test

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Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: Telephone part and 3G navigation 

The telephone reception of the Xiaomi Mi3 is excellent. In fact, I have not detected any problem of signal loss or lack of signal. The audio on call is also excellent, while the volume of the external speaker with active "speakerphone" is a bit weak.
Same talk for navigation in 3G, always fast and without any uncertainty.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800GPS navigation

The Xiaomi Mi3 GPS is very performing and it was not necessary to perform any fixes before using it. However, I detected a problem of "docking" satellites in using the phone at home. The Xiaomi Mi3, in fact, does not seem to "digest" the home and the thing looks very strange if compared to the speed of fix and navigation accuracy detected on the street instead. Most likely the problem stems from a software bug and, therefore, from the lack of maturity of this version of MIUI V5 for Mi3.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: WiFi reception

As in other cases I tested WiFi reception by testing the distance from the 2 meters, 5 meters and 7 meters routers in a different room (separated from the router by a very thick wall). I did not detect any signal loss problems. These results:


Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800Bluetooth

The Xiaomi Mi3 bluetooth works very well. Also in this case it was tested, with positive result, with the apparatus installed in my car.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800Quality of cameras

Moving on to discuss the photographic part it is necessary to premise that I could not set the resolution of the camera because the camera app, whenever I tried to perform this operation, crashes.

A bug that will definitely be corrected with the first MIUI V5 weekly update (hopefully hopefully!)

Then, the photos were taken at the resolution of 10 mega-pixels and then not at the maximum possible resolution, ie 13 mega-pixels. The Xiaomi Mi3 comes with a 13 megapixel camera with F / 2.2 aperture and dual flash LEDs.

As usual you can download the original resolution pictures here.

In general, the Mi3 camera has disappointed my expectations, I certainly expected something more in terms of definition of shots. In particular, shots taken in low light conditions tend to shell, especially if zoomed and displayed in displays other than those of the telephone.

Good macros, but in this case too, the yield comes down decisively.

Macro photo Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

Macro photo Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

Very good also photos taken with HDR mode. Here's an example:

Normal vs. Macro Picture Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

With the Mi3 camera app it is also possible to create panoramic photos, in a very simple and intuitive way.

Panoramic Photo Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800
As for the video part, the Xiaomi Mi3 plays all popular video formats, including divx and mkv, with audio and bitrate.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: Battery

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The 3050 mAh integrated battery (not removable) of the Xiaomi Mi3 has shown an excellent performance, above all thanks to the possibility to set in the settings the performances in 3 different modes, a mode to High performance, a balanced and mode in energy saving.
With the balanced mode I arrived safely until evening and exactly at 22 with a residual autonomy of 8%.

Again in this case, I underline what I mean for intense use:

  • 3G always active (with 2 email accounts in push, whatsapp, facebook, hangouts, skype and twitter with active notifications);
  • WiFi browsing of approximately 3 hours and a half;
  • GPS navigation of 40 minutes about;
  • bluetooth always active;
  • use of the camera to realize some of the photos of this review;
  • use the WordPress application to update GizChina.it.

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Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: final Thoughts

In conclusion I can tell you that I was very happy with the Xiaomi Mi3, despite the partial disappointment of the photographic part and maybe even the general size.

The Mi3 is definitely not the smallest smartphone in history, the frames of the display are in fact not much reduced and therefore the use with one hand is not always easy, not to say difficult to do.
Exceptional display, surely the best of all the fullhd tested until now. Excellent performance, but from a smartphone that mounts Snapdragon 800 from clock 2.3Ghz we could not expect something different.

MIUI V5 as always outstanding but likely to be improved to fix the camera bug, the one found in the browser in the video review, and that related to the difficulty of hooking the GPS home.

9 the vote assigned to Xiaomi Mi3 would have been a full 10 without the little bugs just described.

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