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.