Xiaomi Mi3: the fastest smartphone of all time

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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.

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A slim smart phone with lots of power and lush battery. / © Xiaomi/AndroidPIT

Technical Specifications

Processor Tegra 4 (4+1 Cortex A15, 1.8GHz and 72-Core GeForce Graphics Chip) / Snapdragon 800, 2.3 GHz (Adreno 330 GPU)
Internal Memory 16/64 GB
Battery 3,050 mAh
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
Material Magnesium-Alloy
Price 327USD/408USD (16/64 GB)

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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.

A very sexy smartphone indeed. / © Xiaomi

Do you think the Mi3 could out-perform the Nexus 5? Would you buy one if it was available in your country?

Via: PhoneArena Source: Xiaomi

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  • anil Oct 4, 2013 Link to comment

    yes ofcourse

  • Kris Carlon Sep 18, 2013 Link to comment

    Right you are, A.F.Kmail, just read this on ''The Wi-Fi Alliance announced the certification program for 802.11ac Wi-Fi (also known as 5G Wi-Fi). Mobile devices, tablets, laptops, networking gear and other hardware will be available in the last half of 2013 with a Wi-Fi Certified label, ensuring that the devices have been tested to interoperate with other 802.11ac products and older Wi-Fi products.''

  • A.F.Kmail Sep 13, 2013 Link to comment

    5G WiFi stands for the N-Technology which is faster than b/g.. there is no yet any plans to out perform the 4G LTE

  • Kris Carlon Sep 12, 2013 Link to comment

    Well I think with Hugo Barra on board we'll soon be hearing a lot more about Xiaomi outside China (at least I hope we do). And with all the lower cost handsets coming out of China with really good specs I think things will be changing sooner or later as Apple and Samsung won't be able to justify their high prices if equally good devices are available from China directly.

  • H.T Sep 12, 2013 Link to comment

    Design is good. But company does not have image like Samsung or Apple. Wd go for iPhone 5s wd all ma savings then for this wd few. B-)

  • Kris Carlon Sep 12, 2013 Link to comment

    Excellent Mark! I'd be very keen to hear your thoughts on the Mi3 when it arrives, especially if it is connected to the Google Play Store. Plus, you know, that whole fastest of all time thing!

  • Mark R. Sep 11, 2013 Link to comment

    Kris yes I'm in China - will see if I can get my hands on one!

  • ian r. tizon Sep 11, 2013 Link to comment

    I go with kris carlon's theory...5ghz wifi not 5g...I stand corrected as with clerical errors...kudos...

  • ian r. tizon Sep 11, 2013 Link to comment

    I think maybe the 5g they were eeferring to was with thev5 hertz? wifi signal???
    pls. clarify....tnx...

  • Kris Carlon Sep 10, 2013 Link to comment

    Well Mark R's comment below implies he may be in China right now, so if he's still there in a few months perhaps we can get him to do a quick test for us when the Mi3 appears? ;)

  • Richard Fletcher Sep 9, 2013 Link to comment

    I once bought a Newman N2 and could not get google play on the device despite flashing numerous zip files but no luck, so unless it comes with Google preload I would give it a wide birth!

  • Kris Carlon Sep 9, 2013 Link to comment

    5G is strictly theoretical at the moment, (but Huawei has made some pretty grand claims about releasing a commercial 5G network - 100 times faster than 4G - by 2020). But it's about more than just network speed. We can expect 5G to offer multiple network speed options to deliver different content through the appropriate network, ie speed-matching. But this is also a guess, there's no standard set yet for 5G and it's unlikely there will be in the near future, it's just too far away yet. So what the Xiaomi advertising team are talking about, I don't know. I suspect they meant 5Ghz Wi-Fi, not a 5G network.

  • Mark R. Sep 9, 2013 Link to comment

    I would probably give it a go assuming it is as good in the flesh as it is the press releases. will also depend how 'international' the interface is. Suspect the variants here in China will be locked out of Google Play and won't be geared up for English/European language.

    If they hold the low prices for the international variants and get the interface right (or better still keep it stock Android) then it will fly off the shelves.

  • Bojan M. Sep 8, 2013 Link to comment

    Looks very nice. Body material (magnesium alloy) is an interesting choice. Probably is unibody and that there's no mention of microSD option worries me, but at that price and that hardware, I wouldn't pass it. I would be only interested in Tegra 4 option, though.

  • Jack Strauss Sep 8, 2013 Link to comment

    It's hardly difficult to out-perform the Nexus phones. Barring the Nexus One, every successive Nexus has been behind the curve in terms of hardware compared to other phones at the time. The Nexus 4 has the added advantage of the price (especially now). But the reason to buy the Nexus is so we can get OS updates. Still, if Xiaomi can deliver a quality phone with these specs at these prices, I'll be all over it. The Galaxy S4 was a disappointment, so was the Moto X, the HTC One doesn't have a removable battery or a Micro SD card. Even if the Xiaomi doesn't at least they have a large battery and large internal storage at non gouging prices. Even Google gouges on the internal storage prices. $199 is excellent for a 8 GB Nexus. But $50 for 8GB to go to 16GB? GMAB!

  • mo non ur business Sep 8, 2013 Link to comment

    WTF is 5G ?

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