New Xiaomi Mi3S to have a Snapdragon 801 processor and improved design


China-based Xiaomi sold 11 million Android smartphones in the first quarter of this year, and hopes to sell a total of 60 million units throughout 2014. One of the handsets that might help it do that is the unannounced Xiaomi Mi3S (or Mi-3S), which should be the successor to the very popular Mi3 / Mi-3 (pictured above).

According to Chinese website myDrives, the new Mi3S will have a design enhanced with “more metal.” Its specs will be improved as well, reportedly including a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, LTE connectivity, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP rear camera. The handset’s display seems to be similar to the screen of the Mi3: a 5-inch, 1080p panel.

It’s said that Xiaomi will sell the Mi3S for $320 (1,999 CNY). There’s no word on exactly when the handset will be released. However, as it happened with the Mi3, the new Mi3S should be available in China first. Since Xiaomi started selling handsets in more Asian markets recently, the Mi3S will probably not be a China-exclusive device. But we'll see what happens. 

source: myDrives (translated) via GizChina

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17 Comments

1. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

Good to hear that

2. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

Yeah of the "s" series. Every flagship sucks this year imo.

3. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

dont care if you put any type of processor or 100megapixel camera, i still wont buy any chinese phones..

4. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Right. The poorly optimized specs, along with watered down software makes all those Chinese phones inferior

5. frontlyna

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

OK. I rarely comment on anything on this site, but you really have no idea as to what you're talking about. Xiaomi isn't your typical "Chinese phone". Not only that but MIUI is probably one of the most polished and beautiful running and looking software you can get.

12. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Not to mention the Woz is a huge fan of Xiaomi. Just ignorant folks who know nothing about phones making generalized claims.

7. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

Watered down software? Please check MIUI ROM reviews.

6. FoneAddict

Posts: 263; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

Your loss.

8. roobs

Posts: 96; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

So what if they are chinese? I'm sure that 90% of your household appliances come from there. I agree that they make some copycat phones but on the other hand, there are some damn good phones also. Don't know why people are so short-minded..

9. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Not all Chinese phones suck.. it depends on the brand. What I hate most from Chinese brands is the update

10. Diego!

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Is it me or this looks like 'the other half', the Jolla phone?

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

It looks like a wp phone to me with the bezels. Though I wish them luck. Competition gives us all a better choice down the road.

13. majp89

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

These are good looking phones. It's too bad that our government is too busy contradicting itself and banning the sales of Chinese phones for fears of "spying." Xiaomi would probably have a relatively decent-sized market over here.

14. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Ok....

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

sexy phone, will be buying this

16. lojza

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

by the initial test can not this new Xiaomi LTE. can anyone confirm with certainty that the LTE can, therefore, support the bands 800/900/1800/2600 Mhz?

17. Hyper82

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

It will the best phone ! I want to see it soon against onePlus One!!!

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