Nothing less than the fastest of all time...or so claims the promises of the Chinese manufacturer and their brand-new, soon-to-be Vice President, Hugo Barra. The Mi3 is one of the few smartphones that rely at least in part on Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip, but there is also a Snapdragon 800 version. And the whole thing is jam-packed with battery despite its slim design and a price that would threaten even Google's Nexus phones. China awaits.
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I am interested in technology from China and I'm always happy to imagine what will be next, but as far as Xiaomi goes, it's not a secret anymore. And the Mi3 quickly shows the reasons why I'm so interested: the 5-inch device arrives with up-to-the-minute technology, very tidy internal memory options, a better-than-average battery and a price of 327USD/408USD for the 16 GB/64 GB models. Thus, the device would be even cheaper than the Google Nexus models that already shine through for their exceptional affordability.
|Processor||Tegra 4 (4+1 Cortex A15, 1.8GHz and 72-Core GeForce Graphics Chip) / Snapdragon 800, 2.3 GHz (Adreno 330 GPU)|
|RAM||2 GB RAM|
|Internal Memory||16/64 GB|
|Display||5-inch, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels), IPS|
|Camera||13 MP (rear-facing), 2 MP (front-facing), Dual-LED|
|Dimensions/Weight||114mm × 72mm × 8.1mm, 141g|
|Connectivity||NFC, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, 5GHz WiFi, 2G/3G|
|Operating System||Android 4.2.2 + MIUI v5|
|Price||327USD/408USD (16/64 GB)|
This is really good news for everyone in China (or those swinging by on holidays), although no word on an international release is yet forthcoming. But with Barra on board one can only assume a international release will be being planned as we speak. After all, he attended the launch party and was swamped by adoring fans. The Chinese market will see the new device released in October and it will put up some pretty interesting competition to the Nexus 5 (whenever it is released), especially if the device performs as well as its advertising claims it will. There could be a new race forming here for low-cost, high-end devices, and while Google is currently in the front, it may not be for long as solid competition increasingly emerges from Chinese manufacturers like Huawei, BBK, Umeox and Meizu.
Do you think the Mi3 could out-perform the Nexus 5? Would you buy one if it was available in your country?