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

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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23 Comments

1. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

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

3. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

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

12. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

13. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

14. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

15. nodes

Posts: 1159; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

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

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Benchmarks, fap fap fap

20. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

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

23. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

much much better than any iJunk SE

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

then it will have tiny battery

2. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

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

4. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

iPhone SE has a sub-2000mAh battery, yet not forgotten by any one. So what's your point?

8. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

22. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

The SE's display is very close to 720p. Battery life no issue for this little Xiaomi.

17. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

5. eddiep20

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 22, 2015

looks like a nice phone

6. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 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.

9. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what the point of putting SD820 on 4.3inch screen?

10. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

Bragging rights

11. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

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

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 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.

18. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 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.

21. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

I've ordered one alrrady. :)

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