Xiaomi MI-3 photo and specs surface online

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.

source: igao7 (translated) via Nowhere Else (translated)

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29 Comments

1. Mr.Alawi

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

HTC One ?? cause it looks like one =__="

2. joesseth

Posts: 61; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

+ iphone.

5. htc_evo_3d

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Do you see front speakers?

8. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I see metal body..... HTC One!

20. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

just a little bit, there are no front speakers, front camera is not on the top right and of course the buttons look way different than on the HTC One

24. evil_slayer

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

if you wanna take it down that road you might wanna add black berry Z10 and optimus 3D to the list of other phones that looks similar..

29. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

I see Blackberry Z10.

3. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well, what to say.. those would be the best specs on Earth

4. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

It's china, champions in copycat.., the previous one looked like iPhone, now it looks like HTC One. Xiaomi is a good phone, but I won't buy a native Chinese product for a long list if reasons.

7. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

somehow i doubt they even care. They have a vast market at home, not like you are going to change that. It does echo the HTC one yes, but you'd be ignorant to dismiss the vast emerging market and the pool of origina potential eminating from the country. HTC, cant see them surving with emerging players coming from not only China, but Russian, India and South Korea too.

13. nate2665

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

I have to tell that htc is not a chinese company. it's a taiwainese company. the cellphones are made in Taiwan.And of course Taiwan and People Republic of China are not the same country

14. koolil123

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 20, 2013

Go to Wikipedia and type Taiwan. Taiwan is not even a country. It belongs to China, so STFU!

19. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

My god, are you completely ignorant or what? Taiwan is an independent country, separate form China. Their have their own national flag, and they use Traditional Chinese writing while China uses Simplified Chinese writing. You cant fool me, Im a Chinese myself and i can read and write both types of Chinese. Can you read english? You could, right? Wikipedia does mention it is a country itself, and they underwent Democratic reforms unlike China which is still a republic and a Communist country

28. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Ha, good luck with that. Even the PRC says that Taiwan exists, but it's the ROC. Two China policy is the de facto state of affairs.

23. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

@ nate2665, where did I say that HTC is a Chinese company? I am well aware they are a Taiwanese company.

16. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

HTC is not Chinese, but Taiwanese. I do pay attention to their products, and i buy Asus products for computers which is also Taiwanese. Taiwan and China are two separate nations, and often, they are not on good terms. All the handshaking you see in the news are acts for the sake for media. You are right about the 'they dont care' part. As long they make profits they dont care, and it's also many of their products infringe upon various patents (they dont license them, thats why their products are cheap) they cant sell it widely overseas or face lawsuit issues. China might become the biggest economy of the world soon, and has a high development rate for almost everything, but many of them are achieved through unethical practices. You cant avoid products made in China, even iPhone, Nokia, everything is made in China, but for me at least i wont buy a native China branded product.

15. taikucing unregistered

It's not for you, it's for people who have limited budget but want to taste high-end hardwares & the luxury of high-end phones. And it's a hero in 3rd world countries. At least the design & the material it uses for the case are better than Samsung Galaxy S4, and the display is better than Sony XperiaZ's TFT. I'd rather buy this phone than the Galaxy Grand for the same price.

17. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

It is not whether the phone is good or bad or cheap or expensive, true, Chinese products can be of questionable quality but those are separate issues. "it's for people who have limited budget but want to taste high-end hardwares" That is not my reason for dissing China branded products, the main reason is in my comment #16 above. Im a Chinese myself, but i wont buy native China branded products. Me and all my relatives and friends share the same sentiment.

22. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Curious, are you from the mainland or are you a westernised Chinese? Hate to break it to you buddy, but the entire world of business official practice is out to make money, ethic or unethical, it's for the same goal. Pyramid selling, the people at the top benefit whilst those at the bottom of the chain benefit as well but not as much as those at the top. This kind of practice isn't restricted to just China but other Asian nations. If we go by your logic we may as well boycott Japanese goods for whaling and refusing to apologise for atrocities committed during WW2. Not like the west is the saint of good, quite the contrary, every government is a hypocrite with a dirty past or present. I don't base my choice of buying goods based on politics or wrongdoings, I only buy them if there is an appeal or if it just happens to be very good.

27. tomguide

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

The BEST answer and most mature and unbiased comment I have ever seen to these type of threads full of ppl emotional and lacking comprehension on the complexity of ANY thing in the world. If everyone is like you, MistB, the world we are living will be a much better place and there won't be those wars, conflicts and hatred rooted from ignorance and stupidity...

6. Evil.Bunny

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

those capacitative buttons are damn sexy!!!!!!!

9. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

The chinese-made smartphones are getting smarter and sexier!!!

10. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

Chinese-Made phones looks sexier and stunning than the SAMSUNG designs. Oppo Find 5 (black) and Xiaomi MI-3 are examples of stunning Chinese Made smartphones.

11. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I agree, but what about Huawei Ascend P2?

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Samsung looks seC-C in sales figures and that's what matters the most to company for the time being ... why add aluminum and raise price by $100 for something that has to be dressed up in a case ... in any case :)

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

With those specs I might pick it up if the price is right just to play it :D

18. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

Is that an edge to edge display. It looks nice and with those specs its bound to be a nice device. If Xiaomi can put the S800 in their latest phone I hope Moto does the same thing with their next flagship device.

21. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

I wonder when if at all companies like this will decide to bring their goods to other countries? its worth considering if these companies would survive long against better competition.

26. MachDaddy

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

Lots of chinese phones were available with 5.7" and bigger screens before any "mainstream" brands came out with one, so while some of their designs aren't original, they are trying to create products that don't always copy western specs. There are many phones from China with 1920 x 1080 displays, 2GB ram, 32GB storage plus micro SD and quad-core processors, usually a Mediatek clocked at 1.0 or 1.2 Ghz. Many of these retail at $200-$250 online! Thinking of buying one myself instead of getting suckered into another 3-year deal just to get a new "brand-name" phone with top of the line specs.

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