“As soon as they’re cleared by [the Bureau of] Customs, we will sell them immediately.”
More than a week after Xiaomi global VP Hugo Barra informed us that the Xiaomi Mi 3 would go on sale in the Philippines in June, the company has announced the smartphone’s exact availability.
Its online retail partner Lazada will start offering 3,000 units of the smartphone at 12 p.m. on June 26 for only P10,599, lower than our price estimate of P12,000.
The Xiaomi Mi 3 costs the same in other regions where Mi devices are officially sold after a recent price drop. That's good news for us consumers, but bad news for every other smartphone brand in the country. Take note that the Mi 3 retails for a fraction of the respective SRPs of hero devices like the iPhone 5s, Samsung Galaxy S5, and LG G3. It's so aggressively priced that it undercuts even the latest and most advanced locally branded handsets by a significant amount.
The Xiaomi Mi 3—100,000 units of which got sold out in China in just 86 seconds—is the Chinese homegrown brand’s flagship phone. It is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8274AB chipset coupled with an Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The 16GB variant that has been put up on sale in the country runs Android KitKat and has a metallic-silver body. We have posted our review of the Xiaomi Mi 3 here.
The Philippines is Xiaomi’s third global market outside of China. This early, the company has already seven service centers and 53 drop-off points nationwide, as listed below.
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