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Rumors of a 4.3-inch Xiaomi smartphone with Snapdragon 820 CPU show up next to a fake photo

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Rumors of a 4.3-inch Xiaomi smartphone with Snapdragon 820 CPU show up next to a fake photo
Announced last week, and ready to hit shelves around the world on March 31, the iPhone SE seems to be a hit, as Apple reportedly already received over 3 million pre-orders for it in China alone.

With its 4-inch display and Apple's A9 processor, the iPhone SE is, hands-down, the most powerful compact smartphone we've seen, and doesn't have any real alternatives. Well, at least not yet. According to a rumor coming out of China, Xiaomi - one of the world's top 5 smartphone makers - is getting ready to release a high-end 4.3-inch Android smartphone.

Reportedly, the upcoming 4.3-inch Xiaomi handset will be powered by Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 820 processor - the same that smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 are using. That 4.3-inch screen should offer a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, while other features are expected to include a 13 MP rear camera, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and a 2350 mAh battery. It's said that the new smartphone will be released in June, costing around $276.

Alongside details about the features of this unannounced Xiaomi handset, a photo that allegedly shows the device has been making the rounds in China. We've seen plenty of Western websites reporting this story, including the respective photo, mentioning that that's what the new 4.3-inch Xiaomi handset could look like. However, the image - which you can check out for yourself below - is fake. More exactly, it doesn't show a new device, being just a cropped and slightly altered hands-on photo of the already announced Xiaomi Mi 5. The original image was published in February by The Verge.

So, is Xiaomi really working on a 4.3-inch iPhone SE competitor? Well, it might be, but the device is certainly not the one we're seeing below.


sources: Weibo (registration required), The Verge via IT Home (translated), GizChina

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posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:46 1

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 982; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)


Better make the width less than 60mm otherwise the device will be unattractive, judging by the spec, not convinced enough

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:05 6

3. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


And for about $280, it's a very good package. A way better offering than iPhone SE.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 21:20 2

12. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


it's bigger sibling is only $306.
this Mini version should be priced $200 to be attractive enough.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 22:13 2

13. neela_akaash (Posts: 1095; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


This mini is only meant for small size lovers. A smaller phone doesn't mean it should be cheaper.

As far as the performance is concerned, i can't imagine how will it perform with the combination of SD820 and 4.3"/720p display..... it will literally crush every other phone in the market.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 22:31 2

14. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


well as for me, if the full flegdeg flagship is only $100 more, i would get a better screen, and probably OIS will be absent on the mini because of it's size.

you can't price small size phone the same as it's bigger sibling, no matter how premium it is.
SD820 GPU performance on 1080p or QHD is overkill already, won't make difference in 720p.

benchmark-wise, yes it will.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 22:49

15. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


*fledged
ah sorry, i meant if it was priced $280, not $200.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 00:58

19. Wiencon (Posts: 1716; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Benchmarks, fap fap fap

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 02:02

20. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


It's really a wonder how benchmarks have literally replaced real-world tests in the logic of people.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 06:39

23. skyline88 (Posts: 437; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


much much better than any iJunk SE

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:23

7. ibend (Posts: 3191; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


then it will have tiny battery

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 17:58

2. dimas (Posts: 1818; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Be on par with z5 compact's battery, or 2800 mah battery or we can forget about this mini xiaomi.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:08

4. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


iPhone SE has a sub-2000mAh battery, yet not forgotten by any one.

So what's your point?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:25 1

8. ibend (Posts: 3191; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


but SE didnt have 720p screen..
2800mAh will make it look like brick, I guess 2350mAh is enough
but its fake anyway

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 05:20

22. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


The SE's display is very close to 720p.

Battery life no issue for this little Xiaomi.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 23:57

17. dimas (Posts: 1818; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


I don't recall se having fhd screen and 4 + inch display. Only apple fans and marketing people don't forget iphone se. 4" is just too small for me so it's a "meh" and forgettable phone to my preference.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:46

5. eddiep20 (Posts: 14; Member since: 22 Jan 2015)


looks like a nice phone

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 18:50 2

6. Guaire (Posts: 495; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I highly doubt that Xiaomi gonna make a small flagship. Also I doubt that there is a strong demand for small Android flagships.

Though knowing Xiaomi, such a phone's price actually would be around $198 (1299 yuan) mark easily or less.

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:28 2

9. ibend (Posts: 3191; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


what the point of putting SD820 on 4.3inch screen?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:48 3

10. phillip.phillip (Posts: 10; Member since: 09 Dec 2015)


Bragging rights

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 19:49 6

11. UglyFrank (Posts: 1547; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


What's the point of putting an A9 in a SE?

posted on 29 Mar 2016, 23:39

16. medtxa (Posts: 1104; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


I dont need fast cpu if i only need it for videos, browsing, music, ereader. I'd rather have thinner phone with equally or better battery life and nice design.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 00:03

18. dimas (Posts: 1818; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Xiaomi Redmi 3 pro was just launched with upgraded ram and still 4000+ battery. This might be the phone for you if you live in china.

posted on 30 Mar 2016, 02:04

21. Exynos. (banned) (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Mar 2016)


I've ordered one alrrady. :)

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