Chinese Smartphone company Xiaomi is launching three devices in the India, fuelling the already hyper competitive budget smartphone market in the country. The first phone to launch is the Mi3 which is priced at Rs. 13,999, followed by Redmi Note at Rs. 9,999 and Redmi 1S at Rs. 6,999.
The Mi 3 features a 5 inch FUll HD display with 441 ppi pixel density. It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quadcore Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 GPU along with 2GB of RAM. It runs Android 4.4 (KitkAt) with Xiaomi’s famous MIUI skin on top. There is 16GB internal storage but no expansion slots. A 13 MP sensor camera with dual-LED flash sits at the rear, while there is 2 megapixel camera in the front. The device is backed by a 3050 mAh battery. The specifications of the Xiaomi Mi3 is almost similar to Google’s Nexus 5 which is priced at Rs. 28,999.
The Redmi Note on the other hand has a 5.5 inch 780p IPS display. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz MediaTek octa core CPU and Mali 450 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD card. There is 13 MP rear camera with 1080p video recording and 5MP front camera with 720p video recording. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI on top. Priced at Rs.9,999 it beats the very popular Moto G on price front and specifications front as well.
The cheapest offering from Xiaomi is the Redmi 1S that is priced at Rs. 6,999 which is equal to what Moto E but carries features similar to the Moto G that has a price tag of Rs. 12,499. The Redmi 1S has a 4.7 inch 720p IPS display. Under the hood there is a Snapdragon quadcore processor clocked at 1.6 GHz and Adreno 305 GPU. There is 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal storage and microSD expansion slot. There is 8 megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p video recording and 2 megapixel front camera. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI skin on top. The battery has a capacity of 2000mAh.
All the three Xiaomi smartphones will be sold exclusively through Flipkart. Currently you can register yourself for pre purchase and Mi 3 will go on sale from July 22 while Redmi 1S and Redmi Note will go on sale next month. Eve thgouh Xiaomi’s devices apparently beats the best selling offerings from Motorola : Moto G and Moto E on specifications and price front, it will be interesting to see how well the market responds to the new entrant while Motorola and flipkart celebrate 1 Million Moto customers in India.