Xiaomi Mi 3 Review: The Way Of The Dragon: Unboxing, 360-degree-spin, Design And Handling, Display

By 12:28 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments

Unboxing the Xiaomi Mi 3

Xiaomi Mi 3 comes in a pretty much standard box, made out of recycled paper. Inside we find a basic set of accessories - a microUSB, a 1A wall plug and a SIM ejector pin.

Xiaomi Mi 3 retail box

XiaomiShop.com, the provider of our review unit, throws in a bunch of freebies in every box and ours came with a classy screen protector, a fancy flip case, an EU adapter, a Universal Serial Bus (USB) car charger plug, and a small capacitive stylus that conveniently plugs into the 3.5mm audio jack.

The accessories XiaomiShop throws in for free

Xiaomi Mi 3 360-degree spin

Xiaomi Mi 3 spreads at 144 x 73.6 x 8.1 mm and weighs about 145g. This is exactly the same footprint as Sony Xperia Z1's, but lighter. Unfortunately this means the Xiaomi Mi 3 also has rather gigantic classy screen bezels.

Design and build quality

The Xiaomi Mi 3 features a stylish polycarbonate chassis that wraps around the sides of the device a lot like some Nokia Lumia phone do. While this makes the 3050mAh battery inaccessible, the rounded edges mean the device is a pleasure to hold. We've always liked Nokia's choice of materials for its top Lumia models and we are glad to see the polycarbonate working out for another brand.

Xiaomi Mi 3

The rear side finish promises no nasty fingerprint smudges. The pitch black front contributes to the overall classy feeling and is very easy to clean. You can barely see where the IPS display ends and the frame begins.

Xiaomi Mi 3 was designed to see and feel like the flagship device it is. You will easily pick it up when put in whatever lineup of devices no matter it doesn't bet on any iconic elements as some of its competitors. It is likeable and beautiful, thoughtfully designed with usability and style in mind.

Handling the Xiaomi Mi 3

Handling the Xiaomi Mi 3 is as pleasurable as it can acquire - the polycarbonate unibody is solid and provides remarkable grip thanks to its matte surface. The Mi 3 is just 8mm thin, but its wide footprint doesn't allow you to foracquire it's in your pocket.


The Xiaomi Mi 3 features a 5" Full HD IPS display with a pixel density of 441ppi, which places it among the best in-class. It's covered by Gorilla Glass 3 for protection against scratches and cracks from pressure.

The 5" IPS display Xiaomi Mi 3

Here is the display matrix of the Xiaomi Mi 3 shot from upclose. Taking a closer see at it under our digital microscope reveals a standard RGB arrangement of the sub-pixels that create up the Xiaomi Mi 3 Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel, not that we've expected anything else.



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