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

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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  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3050 mAh



1. D.Aceveda

Posts: 433; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

If only it supported T-Mobile USA bands

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

And at&t.,....ugh

2. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1177; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Did I read that correctly? 72 core GPU :o goodness. Lglad to finally see a Tegra4 product, looking forward to seeing how it performs against the Note 3.

11. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Are you from cave or something?

27. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

aaaaaaaaaaarg, this is my cave!!! Get out of it.

40. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I found a typo: "Size: 114mm × 72mm × 8.1mm, 141g" The 114 mm should be 144 mm according to the source.

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

So which chipset is hitting the international market?

4. special4u

Posts: 63; Member since: May 22, 2013

BASSICALY, the is a beast phone from china Body: Magnesium alloy , 141g only, 114mm × 72mm × 8.1mm Processor + GPU : Tegra 4 , almost double the performance of Galasy s4 (octa variant) in every benchmark , CPu & GPU. 2gb lpddr3 Screen: Sharp & LG Ips panel 441ppi, OGS reduce thickness & reflection, sample rate up to 140/ sec (normal 100), hyper sensitive, respond to wet hand. Camera: Sony Imx135 Premium Lens, 13mp, F2.2, 28mm, Sapphire Glass, Dual Philips LED for better energy efficiency up to 30% Battery: 3050mah, 30% faster charging, Others, NFC, 5g wifi, immersion vibration,

14. andrejx

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 28, 2012

this all sounds impressive but what about their software? are there any info on that? can It be compared to sense which I prefer, touchwiz and other well known skins? this phone did get my attention but I need a good sounding phone like support for ultra high quality audio or to have beats (it does boost the sound quality even though its just an eq) on board. and the last question will the off contract version support europeans bands?

19. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Who cares about the software, right? Just root it and flash a stock OS on there and it will be buttery smooth.

23. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

has android

26. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Probably has MIUI on it. Slap on a custom launcher and it'll feel much like a standard Android UI, but more polished. I used to run MIUI on my N1 with Go Launcher installed, and later on my OG Tab with Nova Launcher, worked great with both. MIUI has some awesome themes as well, if you're into that.

37. lauremar

Posts: 181; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

With a former Google exec becoming CEO, you can bet it will be close to stock Android... I would think.

15. HansGoneInsane unregistered

That is why Samsung's ass will get kicked. The is no better deal for an Android smartphone.

28. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/12/xiaomi-beats-samsung-to-top-chinas-smartphone-charts/ Xiaomi is already beating SS in China with their older model. SS has great world sales though so it would be an interesting competition to see who is the top Android dog if Xiaomi exported this world wide as well.

21. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

Double the performance of the Octa??? What the hell are talking about? Tegra 4 GPU has about 75 GFLOPS vs SGX544MP3 51.8 GFLOPS, which is ''only'' 50% more which is still a lot. And I know that everything is not about GFLOPS, it is just the raw performance. However Tegra 4 has better performance than Octa but it consumes more battery and more heat. Yes Tegra 4 is great in performance but not by that much.

5. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013


22. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

Why do Indians like to say 'Mind blown' ... can't you just be surprised like the rest of us :)

6. NikhilatMobileJury.com

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

When will Xiaomi come in India?

20. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

eBay is your friend :D

41. NikhilatMobileJury.com

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Thanks Jai! eBay takes a lot of time to ship products from eBay.com to India

43. kevinn

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

xiaomiworld.com can ship xiaomi cell phones to india. i have pre-ordered a xiaomi mi3 from it

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

so a sony camera sensor is now being used for bragging a not so well known smartphone brand. just unfortunate the the xperia z flagship does not appear too make the most of that exmor rs camera sensor.

8. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Looks very nice. Looks like a Nokia that isn't a hunchback or really really fat. Take notice Nokia.

30. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

there is Nokia no more.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

By far the best value for money on the market, period. Low asking price yet absolutely premium design and materials and absolutely top notch specs.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Best value for money for sure and love that design.

12. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Design wise, Specs wise and Price wise... its just awesome.

13. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Does anyone notice that the phone kinda looks like the Jolla smartphone?

33. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I kind of feel it has a lot of Sony DNA in it.

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