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Its a shocker for all the Mi fans in India (myself included). The Delhi high court has ordered a ban on importing and selling Xiaomi products in India till February 5, 2015. The ban was ordered in response to a complaint filed by Ericsson for infringement of its Standard Essential Patents (SEP). The patents are allegedly related to AMR (Adaptive Multi Rate) technology (that enhances the range of voice frequency over cellular network), 2G (GSM) and 3G (UMTS or WCDMA) technologies and are licensed under FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory Terms).
The holiday season has already started and this is the time of the year when Indians feel left out of the party. In the western world, shoppers get huge discounts, thanks to Black Friday and Cyber Monday; consumers in India don’t get much out of the December holiday season. GOSF is Google’s attempt to change this scenario and bring the charm of holiday deals to the Indian shores as well. For the uninitiated, GOSF or The Great Online Shopping Festival, as the name suggests, is an online shopping festival organised by Google in the month of December in partnership with some of the big names in the Indian ecommerce world. Google has been organising the festival since 2012 and in 2014 it is in its third iteration. In 2012 it was a single day event, but this time the festival will last for three days, 10th to 12th December.
Xiaomi recently released a MIUI update, KXDMIBH34.0 (V5) for the Indian version of Mi3. The good news is that the update also upgrades the Android version from 4.4.2 to 4.4.4. You can install the update either OTA (Over The Air) or using your computer. For OTA installation make sure that your device is connected to a stable wifi network and has a good amount of charge.
Xiaomi sold it on Flipkart till August 26 and then closed further registrations for Mi3, perhaps in order to concentrate on its budget oriented device RedMi 1S. It was again sold on October 6 (the day Flipkart did its Big Billion Day sale), but this time only to 25000 of those customers who earlier registered for Mi3 sale five times but could not succeed to get hold of it. I hope Xiaomi sells it once again around Diwali time frame.
Another good news for Mi fans in India is that Mi3 has been listed as “Coming Soon” on the ecommerce website Infibeam. So if you are planning to buy one for yourself, just read on this post to find out if the device is really worth your money. I am writing this review after having used Mi3 for more than 45 days now. So I have a good idea about its pros and cons. Before you start reading the review, I’d like to mention that this review is slightly different from many other reviews that you might have already read. In this review I’ll not be talking too much about tech specs or benchmark results as you can always check the tech specs on the Mi India official website and I’m not a big fan of evaluating a device’s performance by benchmark results. I’ll just be sharing my experience with the device. What I liked and what I didn’t like. Sorry for such a lengthy post, but I couldn’t help with it as I wanted to cover each and every aspect of the device. I have mostly positive opinion about Mi3, but if you want to read something negative about the device, just jump to the “Bugs & Issues” section of this post.