5 Alternatives to the Xiaomi Mi3 Smartphone in India

Xiaomi Mi3 is a amazing budget and feature smartphone from the Chinese company Xiaomi, the phone created a buzz in India right after its launch. The phone packs latest features and mind blowing hardware, it is priced in India at Rs.13,999 for the 16 GB variant at Flipkart. The phone is exclusively launched at Flipkart and is not available at the mobile stores or any other websites. The biggest issue with the phone is its availability, since it is only available on Flipkart, the number of buyers is way higher than the number of stock. To give everybody an equal chance to buy phone, Flipkart opted for registration method. They open registrations a week before the Mi3 Sale, people who register for buying Mi3 are only allowed to participate in Mi3 sale and thus can buy the Xiaomi Mi3. People who haven't registered for the sale cannot participate in sale and thus cannot buy the phone. 

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Because of this sale system, not all people are able to buy the Mi3, so they try to find some alternative which is almost priced same and contains almost same features and quality. In this article I will list some of the best alternatives of Xiaomi Mi3 which you can buy if you are not able to redeem the Mi3 during Flipkart Sale. The phones I will list will be in a Price range of Rs.11,000 to Rs.17,000 - Keeping the Mi3 price in the center (Rs.13,999), so you can either go for devices priced less or devices priced a little bit more than the Mi3. I will post the best features and offers you will get if you buy those phones.

5 Alternatives to the Xiaomi Mi3 in India

1. Moto G  (Rs.11,999)

moto g alternative xiaomi mi3

If somebody asks me about the best alternative of Mi3 then at once my mind speaks of Moto G. This phone does not contain hardware like the Mi3 but the quality and features are top class. The price is also reasonable and the phone does provide high class performance.

Best Features
  • 4.5" Inch IPS LCD Display with 720x1280 Resolution
  • 5 Megapixel Camera with 720p HD Video recording
  • Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 Chipset
  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, 1GB RAM, Adreno 305 GPU
  • Android OS v4.3 JellyBean (Upgradable to v4.4.4 Kitkat)
  • 2070 mAH Battery

Market Price (August 2014): ₹11,999

2. Alcatel OneTouch Idol x+  (Rs.16,999)

alcatel onetouch alternative xiaomi mi3

Previously I did an article on Alcatel OneTouch Idol x+ phone, The OneTouch x+ phone is packed with amazing hardware and features. It runs on 2GHz Octa-Core processor (8 cores) and 2GB RAM. The phone also packs a 13.1 Megapixel camera capable of recording High Defination 1080p videos, It also has a 2 Megapixel front camera.

Best Features
  • 5.0" Inch IPS LCD Display with 1080 x 1920 Resolution
  • 13.1 Megapixel Camera with Full HD 1080p Video recording
  • 2 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM (micro SIM card, dual -standby)
  • 8 GB and 16 GB variants with microSD card support.
  • MediaTek MT6592 Chipset
  • 2 GHz Octa-Core Cortex-A7 CPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Mali 450MP4 GPU
  • Android OS v4.4.2 KitKat
  • 2500 mAH Battery (non-removable)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Market Price (August 2014): ₹16,999

Offers on Alcatel OneTouch Idol x+
  • Splash Proof BOOM Band Free out of the box. (Wearable band which can track Steps, heart rate, sleep time and notifications.
  • JBL Earphones Free inside the Box

3. Asus Zenfone 5 (Rs.9,999/Rs.12,999)

asus zenfone 5 alternative xiaomi mi3

Asus Zenfone 5 is a great alternative to the Xiaomi Mi3, the fresh looks and the Intel Inside branding gives the phone great strength. The Zenfone 5 looks premium and the Intel Atom processor gives amazing performance. The phone is available in two variants, 8GB and 16GB and both of them can be erxpanded using a microSD card. The best thing about this phone is that you can buy the 8GB variant for Rs.9,999 instead of going for the 16GB variant which is priced higher at Rs.13,000 - You can buy 8GB variant and then spend Rs.1000 for buying 32GB microSD card and it will give you 40GB storage at less price than a 16GB variant. 

Best Features
  • 5.0" Inch IPS LCD Display with 720 x 1280 Resolution
  • 8 Megapixel Camera with Full HD 1080p Video recording
  • 2 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM (micro SIM card, dual -standby)
  • 8 GB and 16 GB variants with microSD card support.
  • Intel Atom Z2580 (16GB) / Z2560 (8GB) Chipset
  • 2 GHz Dual-Core CPU Z2580 (16GB), 1.6 GHz Dual-Core CPU Z2560 (8GB)
  • 1 GB RAM (8GB), 2 GB RAM (16GB)
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • Android OS v4.3 JellyBean (Upgradable to v4.4.2 Kitkat)
  • 2110 mAH Battery (non-removable)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Market Price (August 2014): ₹9,999 (8GB) | ₹12,999 (16GB)

4. Panasonic P81 (Rs.14,700)

panasonic p81 alternative xiaomi mi3

Panasonic P81 is an amazing budget phone from the electronics giant Panasonic, the P81 is amazing in terms of features, hardware, camera and also the price. This can prove to be a good substitute of Mi3. 

Best Features
  • 5.0" Inch IPS LCD Display with 720 x 1280 Resolution
  • 8 Megapixel Camera with Full HD 1080p Video recording
  • 2 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM (micro SIM card, dual -standby)
  • 8 GB and 16 GB variants with microSD card support.
  • Intel Atom Z2580 (16GB) / Z2560 (8GB) Chipset
  • 2 GHz Dual-Core CPU Z2580 (16GB), 1.6 GHz Dual-Core CPU Z2560 (8GB)
  • 1 GB RAM (8GB), 2 GB RAM (16GB)
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • Android OS v4.3 JellyBean (Upgradable to v4.4.2 Kitkat)
  • 2110 mAH Battery (non-removable)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Market Price (August 2014): ₹9,999 (8GB) | ₹12,999 (16GB)

5. Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 (Rs.13,800)

micromax canvas turbo alternative xiaomi mi3


I like the performance of this phone, at the price of Rs.13,800 this phone gives tough competition to the Xiaomi Mi3. The features and hardware of this device is remarkable. This phone is an amazing Selfie-Shooter as it contains a 5 Megapixel front camera, the girls will surely love it ;)

Best Features
  • 5" Inch IPS LCD Display with 1920 x 1080 Resolution
  • 13 Megapixel Camera with 1080p HD Video recording
  • 5 Megapixel Front camera
  • Mediatek MT6589T Chipset
  • 1.5 GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU
  • PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM and 16 GB Internal Storage
  • Android v4.2.1 JellyBean
  • 2000 mAH Battery (non-removable)

Market Price (August 2014): ₹13,790

So these were some amazing Alternatives to the Xiaomi Mi3, but still if you feel that you cannot spend more than Rs.15,000 then you can look up the previously written articles.
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Jim Luthra is a Third Officer in Merchant Navy and Chief Editor of The-Area51.com, He is a Blogger, Guitarist, Painter, Book Lover, Tech Geek, Basket Ball Lover, Traveller and Fitness Freak. He loves Traveling and Adeventure Sports.
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