The Mi3 resembles the high-end Lumia smartphones, minus plastic. It has an aluminium-magnesium chassis and the matt silver finish looks nice. The 5-inch IPS panel with full HD resolution is great to work on. The touch is responsive and I was comfortable using the phone with one hand. For display, other than the default themes, Xiaomi gives access to its Theme Store, from where free themes can be downloaded.
Mi3 doesn't pack the default Android UI . Indeed, the MIUI adopts some UI features from iPhone as well where all the apps are on the home screen and there isn't an app launcher tray.
The smartphone runs on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 chipset, the same chipset which does duty on LG G2 and Sony Xperia Z1. The Mi3 has a quad core processor clocked at 2.3Ghz and is paired with 2GB of RAM. This ensures a lag-free performance but at times I did notice that the phone froze for a couple of seconds while charging. Playing Asphalt 8 and Dead Trigger 2 was a treat on this phone. Web browsing was smooth.
Overall, the experience was fluid. It packs in a 13MP camera, which is the best in its price category. The Mi3 does a great job in low-light conditions. The camera has a QR code built-in.
Xiaomi allows users to get rid of pre-installed apps they do not want to use, a much-needed feature in all smartphones. The MIUI constantly improves with frequent software updates being pushed to the customers.
With the increasing display size of the smartphones, battery plays a vital role. The Mi3 has a 3050mAh battery that lasted me more than a day on full charge with heavy usage.
It features specifications which are usually found on phones that cost Rs 30,000 and above.