Snapdragon 800-touting Xiaomi Mi3 flagship to come in December with 3G WCDMA support
The Mi line of Xiaomi phones has been around for quite a while now, starting with the dual-core Snapdragon S3-sporting Mi-1, and for fans of the Chinese company, it has become synonymous with high performance devices, but at an affordable price. The last descendant of the now aged Mi1 is the Xiaomi Mi3 – a Snapdragon 800-touting performance beast, with a price of 1,999 yuan, or about $330. Think China's Nexus 5, of sorts.
Much like other compelling offerings from the Beijing-based manufacturer, however, the Mi3 initially shipped with a Tegra 4 chip inside, which only supports China's 3G TD-SCDMA network. Thankfully, right from the start, Xiaomi has promised that a second, Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB-packing version of the Mi3 will come by the end of the year, and Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has just confirmed that December is (likely) the month to circle, if you're digging the flagship. As the true specs nerd among you may have noticed, this is not the standard Snapdragon 800 we're talking here, but rather an alternative, even higher-powered version of it. It's really more beefy in pretty much every aspect: higher CPU, GPU and LPDDR3 clocks, as you can see below:
The rest of the specs on the Xiaomi Mi3 are equally impressive. You get 2GB of some of the highest-clocked RAM there is in a smartphone, a 13-megapixel Sony-made camera with a dual-LED module and a hearty 3050mAh battery. Lastly, the Xiaomi Mi3 is going to be one of the very first smartphone to incorporate the new Wi-Fi 802.11ac standard which runs on the far less-busy 5GHz band, and provides higher speeds than your conventional smartphone.
Unfortunately, until Xiaomi gets serious about worldwide expansion, you're pretty much left with the option of obtaining a unit from a reseller.
1. JMartin22 (limited) (Posts: 973; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Aren't all Snapdragon 600 and 800 devices 802.11ac compatible?
2. Reality_Check (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
I thought the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 was the first to be certified for the 802.11 ac standard followed by other devices? Though smartphones touting the 802.11 ac have been available since forever? Not sure though :/
5. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
xiaomi phone are even cheaper than nexus devices.
400$ will buy you 64gb mi3 and same hardware
6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
It will be eating everyone's lunch :)
8. mike2959 (Posts: 225; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)
The HTC One was the first phone available with the AC WiFi standard.
15. LukeTT (Posts: 13; Member since: 03 May 2013)
My friend has a MI-2S (which has a S600 chip) and from what i can say, it is one heck of a phone. Xiaomi is the most underrated phone company ever, in my opinion.