Xiaomi Mi3 unveiled: Tegra 4 and top-shelf specs at half the price
The Xiaomi Mi3 is a very slim 8.1mm handset that features a 5-inch 1080p display and the latest Nvidia Tegra 4 chip with amazing graphics capabilities and 2GB of RAM. What’s most impressive, though, is its price. The Xiaomi Mi 3 price is set at 1999 yuan ($327) off contract for the most basic 16GB model and that’s almost exactly half the price of its rivals. There is a 64GB Mi3 that will sell for 2499 yuan, or $410.
Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 versions
Size: 114mm × 72mm × 8.1mm, 141g
Hardware: Tegra 4 (or Snapdragon 800), 2GB RAM
Screen: 5” IPS LCD 1080 x 1920 pixel
Camera: 13mp Sony f/2.2 rear camera wit sapphire glass and dual LED
What’s interesting is that Xiaomi is the first company to disclose the details of the MSM8974AB chip (aka Snapdragon 800). The Krait 400 processor clock speed can go up as high as 2.3GHz, the Adreno 330 graphics are boosted to 550MHz, and the two LPDDR3 RAM chips bandwidth reaches 933MHz. The chip is built using TSMC’s 28nm HPM process.
Having a Tegra 4 version is a big success for Nvidia as the chip maker is struggling to find partners. The chip features a 4+1 Cortex A15 setup with the processor clocked at up to 1.8GHz and with the whopping 72-core GeForce graphics.
Cameras, battery and release date
The Xiaomi Mi3 features a 13-megapixel Sony-made main camera with dual-LED flashlights and there is a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The main shooter is capable of quick burst shots firing 10 shots in a second.
Xiaomi is selling its devices in batches and the first batch release date is expected to be mid-October. We’ve already told you about Xiaomi’s business - it’s more of an Amazon type of a company selling its devices to have more people access its web services, that it considers as main source of profits. At that price, the Xiaomi Mi3 definitely shows what can be done when you operate at close to zero profit margin. And you know what, look at those specs once again as that is more or less what Google might have in the upcoming next Nexus.
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Xiaomi Mi3 unveiled: top of the line specs at half the price
2. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 641; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
Did I read that correctly? 72 core GPU :o goodness.
Lglad to finally see a Tegra4 product, looking forward to seeing how it performs against the Note 3.
27. Switch00 (Posts: 11; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
aaaaaaaaaaarg, this is my cave!!! Get out of it.
40. vincelongman (Posts: 469; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I found a typo: "Size: 114mm × 72mm × 8.1mm, 141g"
The 114 mm should be 144 mm according to the source.
3. _Bone_ (Posts: 1995; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
So which chipset is hitting the international market?
4. special4u (Posts: 63; Member since: 22 May 2013)
BASSICALY, the is a beast phone from china
Body: Magnesium alloy , 141g only, 114mm × 72mm × 8.1mm
Processor + GPU : Tegra 4 , almost double the performance of Galasy s4 (octa variant) in every benchmark , CPu & GPU. 2gb lpddr3
Screen: Sharp & LG Ips panel 441ppi, OGS reduce thickness & reflection, sample rate up to 140/ sec (normal 100), hyper sensitive, respond to wet hand.
Camera: Sony Imx135 Premium Lens, 13mp, F2.2, 28mm, Sapphire Glass, Dual Philips LED for better energy efficiency up to 30%
Battery: 3050mah, 30% faster charging,
Others, NFC, 5g wifi, immersion vibration,
14. andrejx (Posts: 24; Member since: 28 Oct 2012)
this all sounds impressive but what about their software? are there any info on that? can It be compared to sense which I prefer, touchwiz and other well known skins? this phone did get my attention but I need a good sounding phone like support for ultra high quality audio or to have beats (it does boost the sound quality even though its just an eq) on board. and the last question will the off contract version support europeans bands?
19. jaytai0106 (Posts: 629; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
Who cares about the software, right? Just root it and flash a stock OS on there and it will be buttery smooth.
26. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Probably has MIUI on it. Slap on a custom launcher and it'll feel much like a standard Android UI, but more polished. I used to run MIUI on my N1 with Go Launcher installed, and later on my OG Tab with Nova Launcher, worked great with both. MIUI has some awesome themes as well, if you're into that.
37. lauremar (Posts: 180; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)
With a former Google exec becoming CEO, you can bet it will be close to stock Android... I would think.
15. HansGoneInsane (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)
That is why Samsung's ass will get kicked. The is no better deal for an Android smartphone.
28. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Xiaomi is already beating SS in China with their older model. SS has great world sales though so it would be an interesting competition to see who is the top Android dog if Xiaomi exported this world wide as well.
21. Pedro0x (Posts: 254; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
Double the performance of the Octa???
What the hell are talking about? Tegra 4 GPU has about 75 GFLOPS vs SGX544MP3 51.8 GFLOPS, which is ''only'' 50% more which is still a lot. And I know that everything is not about GFLOPS, it is just the raw performance. However Tegra 4 has better performance than Octa but it consumes more battery and more heat. Yes Tegra 4 is great in performance but not by that much.
22. moroninc (Posts: 161; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
Why do Indians like to say 'Mind blown' ... can't you just be surprised like the rest of us :)
6. NikhilatMobileJury.com (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
When will Xiaomi come in India?
41. NikhilatMobileJury.com (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
Thanks Jai! eBay takes a lot of time to ship products from eBay.com to India
43. kevinn (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)
xiaomiworld.com can ship xiaomi cell phones to india. i have pre-ordered a xiaomi mi3 from it
7. pwnarena (Posts: 572; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)
so a sony camera sensor is now being used for bragging a not so well known smartphone brand.
just unfortunate the the xperia z flagship does not appear too make the most of that exmor rs camera sensor.
8. Taters (Posts: 2094; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Looks very nice. Looks like a Nokia that isn't a hunchback or really really fat. Take notice Nokia.
9. livyatan (Posts: 494; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
By far the best value for money on the market, period.
Low asking price yet absolutely premium design and materials and absolutely top notch specs.
10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 536; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Best value for money for sure and love that design.
12. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 1871; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Design wise, Specs wise and Price wise... its just awesome.
13. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 451; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
Does anyone notice that the phone kinda looks like the Jolla smartphone?
33. AfterShock (Posts: 895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I kind of feel it has a lot of Sony DNA in it.
18. goojman (Posts: 43; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Yes that would be great if it would be considered compatible with At&t bandwidths.. I would also like to know..
25. lilhart (Posts: 17; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
Yeah, what about availability? I hope I can test one!
29. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
The only phone that has caught my attention to replace my N4 and unfortunately it'll never see T-Mobile bands. Xiaomi needs to go global with this monster, $410 US for a high end 64 gig phone, take my money, please.
31. volcano321 (Posts: 20; Member since: 08 Aug 2013)
They need a way to get intl'l customers to want to use their services. They don't make much money off the hardware so unless they've got a feasible plan in place, they will never sell outside China. There is no benefit to it.
32. AfterShock (Posts: 895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
I might rock a couple these at that price pretty easily, that kicks arse
34. pyckvi (Posts: 48; Member since: 19 Dec 2010)
I hope i could someday see this phone on a US Carrier with the same pricing...
35. JMartin22 (Posts: 523; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
For the price, it's nice. But then again, you got what you paid for in the Nexus 4. Even though it was cheap with top of the line specs at the time.a
- It's screen was mediocre at best and not well calibrated
- There was issues with thermal throttling
- The camera was sub-par
- There was software bugs out of the box that took awhile to be fixed
- Finally, the Nexus 4 didn't have the most renowned battery life
My concern is, with such a low profit margin for these devices, do they essentially become happy meals? I'm pretty sure not a lot of quality control oversight goes into products with price points like this. And poorly optimized hardware and software can lead up to some of the scenarios with the Nexus 4.
36. gazmatic (Posts: 502; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)
how much do you think an iphone costs to make? $400, $500, $500?
nope... try $300 for the 64gb version
ask apple about quality control on a $300 phone
38. JMartin22 (Posts: 523; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Well, that's the thing, this isn't an Android vs. iOS debate. I fall into the former as far as preferences are concerned anyway. But the one thing the iPhone is reknowned for is having some of the best color reproductions on a screen panel and an above average camera on release. They might cost the same amount, as far as components go, but how optimized or configured they are, is important.
That's kind of how Sony's Exmor RS 13 Mega-pixel Camera module takes better photos on the Galaxy S4 than it does on Sony's own Sony Xperia Z.
39. SonyCraperiaSucks (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)
Not bad for the price..thumbs up (unlike Sony)
42. dexter_jdr (Posts: 887; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
wow it got s800 or tegra4. cool phone. but copied nokia N9 design