Xiaomi is a brand name we rarely mention, which comes as no surprise since its phones aren't available for purchase in the U.S. They can't be found in Europe either, or at least not for now. But in their homeland of China, Xiaomi Android smartphones are well known for their impressive bang-to-buck ratio. The Xiaomi MI-2, for example, packs a powerful Snapdragon S4 Pro chip and a sports a pretty decent IPS LCD display with 720p resolution, yet launched at a price of only 1999 yuan (about $320) back in October.
Today we're being presented with a picture of what might be the successor to the aforementioned device, namely the Xiaomi MI-3. The photo surfaced on a Chinese website along with a handful of juicy, albeit far from confirmed, specs. These include a Snapdragon 800 chip, which is currently among the fastest smartphone SoCs known to man, and a 5-inch screen with 1080p resolution. A 13MP snapper is also said to be part of the set - presumably an Exmor RS camera made by Sony, and a beefy, 3000mAh battery.
Previous reports were suggesting that a Tegra 4 chip and a 4.5-inch screen would be used for the Xiaomi MI-3, but the company might have decided to switch to Qualcomm silicon along the way, while the bigger screen might be now easier to obtain from suppliers since there are so many other manufacturers using them now. Pricing isn't being mentioned at this time, but the Xiaomi MI-3 will likely be just as affordable as its predecessors.