ITProPortal.com, which recently was able to examine a prototype, noted the following observations:
"The body feels a lot like a Nokia Lumia 920: It's heavy, with smooth rolled edges, a big glass screen and a broad speaker grille on the flat bottom of the phone. The 5in 1080p screen speaks to a country where smartphones are growing as the primary method of Internet access, and folks want big windows onto the world."
Xiaomi, Apple of China, Introduces Mi3 Smartphone Video
"Screen transitions were a little jerkier than expected with the powerful Tegra 4 processor, for one thing. The speaker made the whole bottom of the phone vibrate in a surprising way. And several of Xiaomi's custom apps quit upon launch. While the Mi3 looks great before you turn it on, after about five minutes it didn't feel like it had the finish of the latest top-of-the-line phones from Samsung, HTC, and Apple."