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?