After gauging the Philippine market's interest with two consecutive fire sales that saw a total of 5,000 units of Mi 3s sold in just a few hours SOLD OUT, Xiaomi is now holding an open sale on Lazada.
The price remains at P10,599, with the option to pay as low as P670 per month for 24 months via BDO credit card.You're looking at a rule-bender; the handset yields about the same performance as today's leading smartphones while retailing at a fraction of their cost.
Specs Review :The Xiaomi Mi 3 rocks an impressive 5-inch 1080p IPS display and a top-shelf Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of non-expandable storage. Its aluminum-magnesium alloy frame holds a 3,050mAh battery. The rear and front cameras are rated at 13 and 2 megapixels, respectively.
Unique to Mi devices—including the Mi 3, of course—is MIUI, the company's heavily modified Android-based user interface. The Mi 3 variant sold in the Philippines uses the latest iteration of MIUI on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
Earlier this month, Xiaomi said that its smartphone shipment almost quadrupled in the first half of this year, even surpassing the total number of devices the company shipped in 2013. Through six months, the four-year-old company sold 26 million handsets (33 billion yuan in sales), up by 149 percent from the first half of 2013's 7 million units (13.3 billion yuan in sales).
Research-firm Canalys ranked Xiaomi as the sixth-largest phone maker globally and the third-largest in its native China, where Mi devices outsold Apple's iPhones.
With the Mi 3's open sale in the Philippines, we're probably only a few weeks away from seeing the rest of the Mi lineup on Lazada, the company's local online retail partner. When we interviewed Xiaomi global VP Hugo Barra a month ago, we learned that the availability of the Redmi and the Redmi Note will come after the Mi 3's break-in period.
The Up coming Mi 4:
But the chipset of this new device will be same as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One 2014. The Xiaomi Mi4 will have a screen of 5.5 inch which will have the resolution of 1920x1980 as as PhoneArena reports. There are also reports of another upcoming model, the Mi 3S which will be announced before the Mi 4. The Mi 3S was previously said to be unveiled on May 15, but Xiaomi introduced several new devices which include the 7.9-inch Mi Pad and the 49-inch 4K Mi TV 2.