Rumor: Xiaomi MI-3 coming in mid-2013 with quad-core Tegra 4 CPU, LTE and 2.5 GB of RAM

by: AdrianDecember 14, 2012


Do you know the saying “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”? Well, after some recent events, if we were to take that and move it to China, we’d definitely say we don’t want what happens there to stay there, but to reach as many people across the world as possible.

We’re of course referring to the loads of uber-cool Android devices teased and/or launched in the East, many of which are as exciting if not more than the high-end gadgets made for the West.

Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei and ZTE are driving us nuts with some sensational spec sheets, but mostly with very low prices, and the madness is set to continue for a while longer. The freshest rumor to come out of China mentions for the first time the Xiaomi MI-3, the successor to the wildly successful MI-2.

Now, before getting down to the actual rumor, two more things. First off, the intel doesn’t come from a very reliable source, despite being published by the nice folks over at Gizchina, so have the usual grain of salt nearby. Secondly, please make sure you’re sitting down when reading this, because you risk some serious injuries otherwise.


So, without further ado, we give you MI-3’s alleged spec sheet – next-gen NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, “improved” 4.5-inch screen with Full HD 1080p resolution, 4G LTE, 2.5 GB of RAM, 12 MP rear-facing camera.

Not impressed? How about if we also tell you that the Tegra 4 chip is set to be based on a quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU or that the screen will most likely be manufactured by JDI (Japan Display Corporation), aka the Sony – Hitachi – Toshiba business that we’ve seen teasing so many awesome products lately? Or that the shooter’s pixel count might well increase by the time of the beast’s release? Or that the MI-3 is supposed to run on a new version of MIUI, based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean?

Speechless yet? Now, imagine all that and the usual very competitive price of Xiaomi products. Of course, trying to guess an exact price tag right now for that astounding spec sheet would be trying to locate a needle in a haystack, but hopefully we’ll find out something reliable about that soon. After all, rumor has it that the MI-3 is due sometime in mid-2013 and that’s not too far off.

Who else thinks that what happens in China should never ever ever stay in China?

  • remcom00

    If it comes to Europe at a good price ill be happy :D.

  • “meh” tegra chips are total crap. they are the least powerful of ALL of the quadcore chipsets, the s4 pro rapes the tegra 3… tegra 4 won’t be much different. Nividia is awesome for desktop PC’s – that’s the only reason why tegra 3 phone are popular! cos the are nividia branded!! go figure!

    • guest

      actually Snapdragon quad core has thermal issues. tegra 3 is the 1st chip which came out, qualcomm came late to the game. Tegra 4 will spank all others

      • in your dreams bro. in your dreams. Tegra 4 will NEVER beat any other a15 CPU out there, not to mention Samsung will put a quad-core exynos 5 in the galaxy s4 ( the dual-core variant rapes s4 pro )

        • id rather hava a 15 dual and a a7 dual in big little config than a a15 quad like in s4 pro ….exynos 5 quad aint no different… tegra 3 has a downclocked a9 companion core a 500mhz for better efficiency .. a tegra 4 will prolly b combined with a a7 companion core and thatll give really good battery life … until the results are out id rather reserve judgement or slight gravitate towards the tegra 4…

          • you will see, the tegra 4 chip will be shit. but in your “tegra fanboy” mind it won’t LOL have lame weak chips while the cleaver people get something with a Exynos in it.

          • u a sammy fan then?? uncle sams gone 2 korea now????
            the octa exynos might b better if it has a quad a7+quad a15
            performance is only good for charts and benchmarks …. battery life and efficieny are much more important

          • aahahahah Tegra chips have the worst battery ever! so shut your mouth.

  • 4.5″ screen is not an improvement. :(

    • Evan Wickes

      it is if its 1080p. thats the highest pixel density that i’ve read about

      • the 1080 p is just a step back… worser battery life unless theyve beefed up the battery…. take the example of nexus 10 the screen is eating away the battery life the gpu and cpu resources…

        • Evan Wickes

          there are other tricks like white magic screens that reduce battery consumption. also some linaro code may reduce battery & increase performance. there is alot of research being done in multiple fields that will improve battery.

          • perhaps colour e ink screens would b better 2? there was some research in tat field but now no news on it …

          • Sure, but you could have those same tricks with a lower-density more power efficient screen that’s less of a demand on the GPU and processor as well.

            1080p screen costs more power than a 720p or lower screen, all other things being equal. Any tricks or research you do will improve both.