Rumor: Xiaomi Mi Note 3 to be a super-powered beast, coming soon

Rumor: Xiaomi Mi Note 3 to be a super-powered beast, coming soon
So, yesterday we got a bit teased by Xiaomi — the China-based smartphone slinger alluded that it might be announcing its 2017 flagship, the Mi 6, on the 11th of April. Turns out it was a hype-generating nudge and the actual announcement date for the phone has been revealed to be the 19th of April. OK, then, we can take a breath for now, we thought. Nope! Now we get another rumor about a refresh of Xiaomi's Mi Note line — the top-tier phablet-class devices.

So, the report comes from an unnamed source in China and claims that, as can be expected, the Mi Note 3 will be a super-powered monster of a smartphone. It will hum with a Snapdragon 835 under its hood, and will have a whopping 8 GB of RAM. Storage options will be 128 GB or 256 GB and the screen size will remain the same, at 5.7 inches. As for the battery, the report states a massive 4,070 mAh cell to keep the lights on — the same capacity that the Mi Note 2 had.

If you are wondering why you haven't heard much about the Mi Note 2 — the phone has, reportedly, been plagued by production issues. It was Xiaomi's first smartphone with a dual edge display, like the ones we see on Samsung edge phones. And just like Sammy had a 50% yield on curved screens when it first started out, rumors say that Xiaomi is having similar issues.

So, the reports say that the Mi Note 3 will, again, have a curved display, and that Xiaomi has improved its building process. As far as availability goes, the rumors claim the phone should be unveiled in Q2 of 2017. We would say that sounds plausible — the line doesn't really have a steady refresh cycle established just yet. The first Mi Note came out in January of 2015, the Mi Note 2 was announced in October of 2016. Assuming the production issues rumor is correct, we can see why Xiaomi might choose to can the older model and hurry up in pushing out a Mi Note 3, with its improved build process and eye-catching hardware specs.

Will it be available in Western markets? Hard to tell... Xiaomi has been promising a push to the US for a long time, so one of these days, it may happen. Still, likely not in 2017.


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14 Comments

1. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

My Mi Note 2 has been my favorite smartphone. It has all the qualities a person can ever need. Super fast, multitasking is awesome with the 6gb of ram, sound quality is excellent and gets super loud, battery averages 6-8 hours SOT, and the build quality is great. IMO, it's the best phone out right now.

3. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

What phone did you have before and how much battery did you get? Since GSMarena haven't reviewed it, I'll just estimate based on the GSM battery scores

4. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Don't estimate based on that. Prior to the Mi Note 2, I had the Nexus 6P, S7 Edge, Note 4, and Nexus 5. I can confidently use my phone for 2 days with pretty heavy use. I've got 10 hours SOT before. But it all makes sense. 1080p screen and 4070mah battery.

2. splus

Posts: 146; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Samsung (and LG G6 and Xiaomi's own Mix) with its bezelless screens have made every other phone look ancient. No matter how good the specs are, every phone with bezels simply looks like an old gen phone...

12. hansip87

Posts: 225; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Well it goes 180 deg fast when it drops though..

5. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Looks like a Samsung device from the front

6. kishore3k

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 11, 2016

Xiaomi is the only manufacturer who puts 4000mah battery in all smartphones (Except Mi series as they are slim)

7. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

We can always purchase it online and have it mailed to the US. Last time I had something imported from China it took 4 days to deliver.

8. btbotimtim

Posts: 271; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

poor man's samsung is xiaomi.

9. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Well I'm not poor, but I love xiaomi products.

10. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

The specs on that phone are sexy af.

11. ChaoticRage

Posts: 154; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Not a bad looking phone.

13. CrystalReinl

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 12, 2017

I heard that the Xiaomi Mi Note 3 phone will use Snapdragon 836, right?

14. CrystalReinl

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 12, 2017

I heard that the Mi Note 3 phone will use Snapdragon 836, right?

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