Xiaomi Redmi 3 teaser

Late last month, a new Xiaomi device passed through China’s TENAA which led many to believe that a new Redmi 3 smartphone, not to be confused with the Redmi Note 3, would soon be arriving. Today, Xiaomi has not only confirmed the existence of the handset, but has also teased a launch date for January 12th.

The teaser was posted to the company’s official Weibo account and gives us a brief look at the back of the smartphone. The camera positioning matches up perfectly with last month’s TENAA images and there also now appears to be a plaid pattern design on the back.

Xiaomi has also revealed that the smartphone will feature a 5-inch display and an all metal body, but hasn’t mentioned any additional specifications yet. We do have the TENAA details to go on though, which listed a 1280 x 720 resolution display, unspecified 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and a 13 megapixel rear, 5 megapixel front camera combination.

The old Redmi 2 cost just $110 when it first launched, so here’s hoping that Xiaomi will target a similar price point with the Redmi 3. Pencil January 12th into your calendars.

Robert Triggs

Lead Technical Writer covering SoCs, displays, cameras, and everything in between. In his spare moments you’ll find him building audio gadgets.