Xiaomi Mi3 will be released in India for just $250

Xiaomi Mi3 will be released in India for just $250
After taking the Chinese smartphone market by storm, Xiaomi expanded its business in a few other Asian countries, and is now ready to try and break the world’s second largest mobile market: India. The company - which launched an Indian website last month - announced that the first handset that it’s going to sell in India is the Mi3.

Indian customers will be able to pre-register for the Xiaomi Mi3 starting July 15. The smartphone will cost just 14,999 INR, which means about $250. That’s definitely a great price for what the Mi3 has to offer.

Earlier this month, Xiaomi announced that it shipped 10 million Mi3 units in Asia since the handset’s initial launch (in late 2013). The Mi3 is the company’s flagship smartphone, featuring a 5-inch 1080p display, a 13MP rear camera, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. The device runs Android Jelly Bean, customized with Xiaomi’s MIUI interface.

India has its own manufacturers that sell affordable smartphones - like Micromax, Karbonn and Lava - but Xiaomi will likely be successful there anyway.

sources: Xiaomi India, Hugo Barra



1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Now that is a ridiculous deal for those specs! The Moto G costs as much. Keep it coming Xiaomi!

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

But don't expect any software updates...

7. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

in our country ( india ) this means an end to all the competition this phone even makes moto G look overpriced maybe thats why flipkart has even started giving discounts on moto phones G , X etc the only problem would be supplies can xiaomi manage that much inventory at this price nobody even cares about software updates for this beasty hardware and besides there will always be unofficial support due to its popularity ..

9. vivek_ananda

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

MIUI receives weekly updates as far as i know and kitkat version of MIUI is already available i believe

12. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

If you don't know about miui don't speak,it will only make you look less knowledgeable.

15. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

It's Half the price of Nexus 5 in India, and compared to Nexus 5, it has got a bigger battery also. It's damn good deal. There is always XDA community to help out, if your manufacturer abandons ship

17. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

But the lack of service centers is kind of a problem. I heard people asking that what if I face a problem after 2 months? Where will I take my phone to repair it?

21. vivek_ananda

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

hugo barra mentioned that there will atleast be 10 service centers in india during lauch. androidauthority.com/xiaomi-overseas-expansion-hug​o-barra-391598/

25. bon24x7

Posts: 211; Member since: Aug 30, 2012

Motorola doesn't have any service centers in India either, only 3rd party outsourced service centers..still they sell like hot cakes..same will be the case with Xiaomi.

33. timepilot84

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

That's some serious, unfounded FUD.

38. alexsupertramp unregistered

@fzacek...get your head out of your arse.

2. Vinayakn73

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is bang price. I'm sure this product gonna rock in India. This is the first high end phone with such a low price without any fake processor (mediatek). Only need to see the approach of Indian Consumer towares MI UI. Indian consumer always consider after sale service before buying products, in this regard Xiaomi must hurry to settle some service centres.

3. SlowPoison77

Posts: 28; Member since: Nov 30, 2013

agree, i have doubt about after sale service

8. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

motorola also does not have a reliable after sale service yet ..but still moto G rocked this will rock even bigger.. matter of a month or 2 before you start to get list of service centers in metros and big cities

4. brasstax

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

A snapdragon 800 phone for 15k? This phone is going to obliterate every other brand from the country. Can't help thinking that Samsung will be the biggest casualty. Nothing & I repeat nothing else on the market, comes even remotely close to what the mi3 offers for the price. I just hope that Xiaomi don't resort to their trademark hunger marketing nonsense for this phone. The loss will be their's. In fact they will struggle to keep up with demand once people in India realize what an unbelievably good deal they are getting

6. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

The specs are awesome for the price, but software updates and after-purchase service will be virtually nonexistent...

34. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

MIUI Updates their phone more than Google

37. biswasprateek

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

On what exactly are you basing this assumption on? In all probability the phone in your pocket was made in China. China produces a wide spectrum of products from cheap to the ultra high quality. Even Apple iphones are made in China by its vendors. Chinese companies like Oppo, OnePlus & Xiaomi are know for their exceptional build quality and attention to detail.

10. ashwin.arena

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

Come on Moto, bring your Next Moto!

11. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This literally kills every other Phone out there under 25K INR. Just wish it had expandable memory.

13. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Wait for 64gig variant .

19. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

I was actually going to buy the M8 but now I'll be grabbing this one. Maybe next year for the S810 powered M9.

14. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

Lg g2 which has sd800 as well costs 32000. Mi3 costs 14999. Lolz, this says it all. It'll take lot of courage for me to switch from HTC one to mi3.

16. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This is an awesome deal for any flagship phone even better than OneMinus One which I don't know where it is, just need to develop and maintain the after sales services then Xiaomi will have a great success better than Huawei and Lenovo here in India.

18. Sonar

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 01, 2014

Good after sales service (matters the most of Indian consumer) and a little bit of marketing (honestly speaking general public does not know the difference between Snapdragon 800 and 400, and for that matter between Snapdragon and MediaTek, plus the Chinese manufacturer tag) and enough inventory (there will be huge demand if they can get the marketing bit right), will see Xiaomi sell millions in India.

20. AtheK

Posts: 50; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You really think an average consumer spending 250$ for a phone cares too much about software updates, it comes with 4.3, 4.4 is no biggie.Android L will be great, but by the time it even reaches the flagship devices(3 months after launch to the least), you can chuck this phone and buy Mi4 for maybe 350$, still you paid less and got two phones. Waiting eagerly for the pre order page to go live,

28. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Good logic... "paid less and got two phones"...

22. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

I am skeptical. How did they manage to go so cheap when their competitors didn't do so?

23. itsandroid

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

i think they are selling at loss to increase popularity but who cares its a steal are there any roms available for mi3

24. 8800-Arte

Posts: 50; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

It's not a steal if the phone dies a few days after the warranty period is over.

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