While not as well known globally, Xiaomi has been making waves in its home Chinese market since its first smartphone release back in 2011. Of course, if you’re wondering why the name seems so familiar, that is courtesy of the company’s high-profile hiring of Hugo Barra, ex-Vice President of Product Management for Android, who joined the company as Vice President of Xiaomi Global. With this move, there’s now hope that Xiaomi’s amazing products will soon be available to a more global audience. One such great product – the Xiaomi Mi-3!
Xiaomi introduced the sleek and stylish Xiaomi Mi-3 at an event in Beijing, with the device being everything that previous leaks and rumors have suggested. Let’s take a quick look at the specifications of the latest Xiaomi flagship –
- 5-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution and ultra-sensitive touch
- 1.8 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor or 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16/64GB internal storage
- 13MP Sony Exmore RCMOS rear camera, 2MP front camera
- 3,050 mAh battery
- MIUI ROM
The two versions with different processors is because there is a TD-SCDMA (China’s 3G service) which uses the 1.8 GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and another China Unicom version running on different networks, that is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.
It’s not only Google that can release high-end devices at low prices, with the Xiaomi Mi-3, which features specifications at par with flagship devices from other OEMs, priced at just $327 (CNY 1999) for the 16GB version, and $408 (CNY 2499) for the 64GB version! As is the case with previous Xiaomi releases, the Xiaomi Mi-3 will be released in batches, starting from mid-October.
Granted, there is no word on an international release as of now, but with Xiaomi looking to grow its global presence, hopefully the Xiaomi Mi-3 will be available in major markets around the world. If the company can keep the price point the same, the device is bound to be popular.
In other Xiaomi news, we’re expecting the Xiaomi Zimi to be announced at an event at IFA tomorrow, and although unlikely, maybe get another glimpse at the Xiaomi Mi-3. Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you great coverage from IFA 2013!
What are your thoughts? What do you think of the Xiaomi Mi-3?