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

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 concentration of power and design that has not disappointed expectations, while showing weaknesses on which the company will most likely intervene promptly.

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Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800, our review in Italian!

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 Xiaomi Mi3 are 144 × 73.5 × 8.1 mm and the weight is 145 grams, obviously 3050mAh battery included as the same is not removable.

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

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

Producer Xiaomi
USA B Mi3 Snapdragon 800
Launch date December 31 2013
Dimensions 5 inches
Resolution 1920 x 1080
Protection Gorilla Glass
Other FULLHD 1080, Sharp / LG, Super sensitive, touch even with wet gloves or fingers.
Operating system Miui V5
chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
CPU 2,3GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8274AB)
GPU Adreno330
Battery 3050mAh
Other NFC, GPS that can keep satellite synchronization for 7 days,
posteriore 13 mega-pixel Exmor RS Sony
Front 2 mega-pixels
specifications F2.2 opening. Recognizes the sex and age of the subjects.
Internal from 16GB to 64GB
dual Sim DO NOT
3G Si
Dimensions 144 73.5 × × mm 8.1
Weight 145 gr
Colors 6 colors: white, gray, black, yellow, fuxia, blue.
Price 440 Euro for the 16GB version on Xiaomishop.it (with GIZXIAOMI discount code)
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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 the silver finish of the back part which, although made of plastic, has an "aluminum" effect. The handle of the phone is not really sure, sometimes it gives the impression of being a bit slippery and perhaps because of the type of finish and these rounded edges which, if on one side facilitate its grip on the hand, from the 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 the xiaomi command keys. On the right, in fact, we find both the power button and the volume keys

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 at the bottom, the microUSB input slot 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

At the back we find the camera from 13 mega-pixel, the dual LED flash and another microphone to reduce the noise.

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 HOT, NATURAL o FREDDO and the second in BRILLIANT o NORMAL.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800 Display Settings

Another strong point of the Mi3 is certainly the touch, a hypersensitive 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 mentioned in the unboxing post, the Xiaomi Mi3 appears 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 nothing short of amazing. 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

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

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: GPS navigation

The GPS of the Xiaomi Mi3 is very powerful and it was not necessary to perform any fix before its use. However, I detected a problem of "hooking up" the satellites in the use of the telephone in the home. The Xiaomi Mi3, in fact, does not seem to "digest" the domestic walls and the thing appears very strange if compared to the speed of fix and the precision of the navigation detected instead in the street. Most likely the problem stems from a software bug and, therefore, from the lack of maturity of this version of the 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 800: Bluetooth

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

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: Quality of cameras

Moving on to discuss the photographic part it is necessary to say that I was not able to set the resolution of the camera because the camera, every time I tried to do this, crashed.

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 disappointed my expectations a bit, I was expecting something more in terms of defining the shots. In particular the shots taken in low light conditions tend to shell out, especially if they are marked and displayed on the display other than those on the phone.


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 take 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 the most popular video formats, including divx and mkv, with audio and bitrate octets.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800: Battery

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The built-in 3050 mAh battery (not removable) of the Xiaomi Mi3 has shown an excellent performance, above all thanks to the possibility of being able to set in the settings the performance in 3 different modes, a mode to High performance, a balanced and mode in energy saving.
With the balanced mode I arrived safely until the evening and exactly at the 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 certainly not the smallest smartphone in history, the frames of the display are not really very small and therefore the use with one hand is not always easy, not to say hardly possible.
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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