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Xiaomi Mi3 unveiled: Tegra 4 and top-shelf specs at half the price

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Xiaomi Mi3 unveiled: Tegra 4 and top-shelf specs at half the price
Xiaomi, the company that got Google’s VP Hugo Barra on board, has just unveiled its new flagship, the Mi3. Don’t mind the Xiaomi Mi3 coming from China - it packs truly impressive top of the line specs at half the price of rivals from Samsung, LG and other big brands.

The Xiaomi Mi3 is a very slim 8.1mm handset that features a 5-inch 1080p display and the latest Nvidia Tegra 4 chip with amazing graphics capabilities and 2GB of RAM. What’s most impressive, though, is its price. The Xiaomi Mi 3 price is set at 1999 yuan ($327) off contract for the most basic 16GB model and that’s almost exactly half the price of its rivals. There is a 64GB Mi3 that will sell for 2499 yuan, or $410.

Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 versions


Now, there will be a WCDMA and CDMA version of the Mi 3 for China Unicom and China Telecom that will instead run on a Snapdragon 800 chip.

What’s interesting is that Xiaomi is the first company to disclose the details of the MSM8974AB chip (aka Snapdragon 800). The Krait 400 processor clock speed can go up as high as 2.3GHz, the Adreno 330 graphics are boosted to 550MHz, and the two LPDDR3 RAM chips bandwidth reaches 933MHz. The chip is built using TSMC’s 28nm HPM process.

Having a Tegra 4 version is a big success for Nvidia as the chip maker is struggling to find partners. The chip features a 4+1 Cortex A15 setup with the processor clocked at up to 1.8GHz and with the whopping 72-core GeForce graphics.

Cameras, battery and release date


The Xiaomi Mi3 features a 13-megapixel Sony-made main camera with dual-LED flashlights and there is a 2-megapixel front-facing shooter. The main shooter is capable of quick burst shots firing 10 shots in a second.

Good news is that despite its thickness, the new Mi3 features a whopping 3050mAh battery that will easily last you a day, and for most people even two days of average use.

Xiaomi is selling its devices in batches and the first batch release date is expected to be mid-October. We’ve already told you about Xiaomi’s business - it’s more of an Amazon type of a company selling its devices to have more people access its web services, that it considers as main source of profits. At that price, the Xiaomi Mi3 definitely shows what can be done when you operate at close to zero profit margin. And you know what, look at those specs once again as that is more or less what Google might have in the upcoming next Nexus.



source: Xiaomi

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