Xiaomi Mi3

Phone designed in conjunction with NVIDIA and offers a great value for your money

Xiaomi may be on many people's minds with its recent acquisition of Hugo Barra from Google, but the Chinese handset manufacturer took the stage today to announce its latest high-end handset, the Mi3. Wrapped up in a nice-looking aluminum-magnesium body that is available in a variety of colors, the Mi3 is claiming to be the world's first handset to go on sale with NVIDIA's latest processor on-board (regardless of what ZTE may say).

The Mi3 is powered by a 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, along with 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p IPS display (441 ppi), up to 64GB of storage and a 13MP (a Sony Exmor RS unit) camera. Clocking in at just 8.1mm thick, the Mi3 has a 3050mAh battery on board, and together with the power-saving technology of the Tegra 4 Xiaomi is claiming all-day battery life. On the software side, you'll find Xiaomi's highly customized MIUI experience.

As is the case with all other Xiaomi phones, the Mi3 will be going on sale directly from the manufacturer in the Chinese market. While this particular Tegra 4 LTE model is China-specific and doesn't seem to support any US 3G or LTE frequencies, Xiaomi has also announced a Snapdragon 800 version of the Mi3 which supports common US and European radio bands with HSPA+ 42.

Amazingly, the fully unlocked and unsubsidized price for the Mi3 is just $327 (1999 yuan) — an absolutely great deal considering the complete package here.

Source: NVIDIA; Xiaomi (Chinese)

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savesteve says:

I'm in! How do I buy it!?!?!?

mathiasjk says:

Your best option might be the import it yourself.

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briankariu says:

Idea: Grt a friend in China to buy you one. Send it via dhl, total cost should be less than 400$. Hope your customs agents don't go through parcels like here in kenya

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Fairclough says:

A few companies order and sell it to you. These are about the 400 mark

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mwara244 says:

Actually they are going to make one for the US market that may have a different processor because of lte.

Can't wait to see Hugo on stage telling people why this is better than a Nexus, and how a Xiaomi won't steal your Girlfriend

vaval says:

you can pre-order the Snapdragon 800 version from xiaomiworld.com,it may be ship on -Mid-NOV

MexPride says:

Those are unbelievable specs for the price. Hopefully the software can back it up.

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codiusprime says:

MIUI is very nice and very customizable, the last time I used it it was very smooth though that was a while back.

bignaz says:

Looks nice. Price is right so what's the catch. Charge 3 times then it burst into flames or if a mouse farts in the next room will the screen crack. I assume its water proof tested from all the tears of the kids forced to build it.

Gambler_BE says:

The catch? The catch is that the big western brands are spending all their money on advertisements and are overcharging us big time ;)

About the kids forced to build it, where do you think Sony, Htc, Apple, Samsung... manufacture their phones? ;)

I have the Xiaomi M2s and it's amazing, especially for the price, very good built quality, blazing fast (snapdragon 600), great screen, I'm a very happy person for only $340 off contract ;)

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BoB16731 says:

and ?

still1 says:

do they have playstore in it?

BoB16731 says:

yes its build on top of android !

NoNexus says:

I am just giving you an FYI

Just because it is built on Android does not automatically give you play store access.

My understanding is they all have the play store, just like any other certified android phone.

hodan says:

Don't you have to side load it? I was looking these the other day, MIUI looks interesting.

Also, the phone's language is Chinese. Bunch of stuff about these since Hugo defected.

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rawpower87 says:

Wow this sounds nice!

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LegacyEvoAce says:

$327 ????
That can't be real...

XChrisX says:

I'm still shocked that Hugo Barra left Google for this company. Makes no sense. Back on track however, are there any other phones out there running the Tegra 4 chip? Otherwise, this phone looks like a hybrid between a first gen iPod nano, and a Nokia Lumia.

i was expecting atleast $400, but just a whopping $327?!?! This is a steal!

Scott Kenyon says:

This is totally for real and I'll be picking up one of these somehow. Xiamoi's model is to sell phones at or near cost of production. They are a services company, similar to Google. Xiaomi is banking on people using their services just as Google does, and have adopted a similar selling strategy to the Nexus line.

Rehzonance says:

These look similar to Nokia's lumia design.. I like. Look out Samsung

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BoB16731 says:

for that price where can i import one

Duncan J says:

Needs an AOSP rom

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BoB16731 says:

yawn and loose all the fun stuff from miui

Gambler_BE says:

You will be able to download and install AOSP from xiaomi's website ;) It even has a dual boot function so you can even run MIUI and AOSP at the same time.

briankariu says:

Needs a google play aosp variant

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Now that's how you do colors on a phone. Sick of this easter egg pastels that keep popping up

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Lord Vesra says:

CDMA phone. :-(

We've updated the story to clarify that point there. There's two versions of this device.

jayala319 says:

Is this the MIUI that looks freaking similar to IOS or am I still stuck in 2010?

I remember rooting my Incredible and the second rom i used was called MIUI or something like that.

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BoB16731 says:

i take it you have not tried miui in a long time lol .... ios wishes it have the 1/2 functionality that miui has

jayala319 says:

I'm talking about how it looked back in 2010… lol.

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BoB16731 says:

its got a few face lifts since then :P

Gambler_BE says:

face lifts, sure. But it still looks a lot like iOS, and that's his question.
There's no app drawer, in stead everything is on your homescreen, apps and widgets.

For the rest it is indeed a damn good ROM with awesome features, but I too prefer a normal app drawer over this. (although simply installing a different launcher fixes this problem of course)

Shadnic says:

This phone sounds near perfect...I was assuming the next nexus would without a doubt be my next phone but...this may have just won my heart. 64GB internal storage? Holy hell you know the nexus isn't going to have that. Now WHEN exactly is it coming to the US??

Actually I do have to emphasize "near" a bit more. The top and bottom of the phone are a bit overly long, and I've never quite fancied such rectangular designs as much as rounded ones. Still, for those specs...it's damn impressive.

For the non-tinkerers, this is an awesome phone. The Tegra chips are a real pain for the tinkerers. Yes I like tinkering with my devices and had real bad experience with Tegra chips on the Iconia tabs. Why did Xiaomi go with Tegra, a real disappointment for me.

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briankariu says:

From reports, nvidia worked "really close" with Xiaomi for the mi3. Translation: nvidia either paid Xiaomi or offered the tegra 4 for cheap

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NoNexus says:

Nice looking, nice specs, great price.

Will it ever see an update and what kind of support will you get with an issue? I think it is a bit early to think of getting this one

eessel says:

They usually do a good job of updating their devices AFAIK

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eyesparky says:

As soon as I see the word 'Tegra' I am put off. Probably not rational but my experiences with the Tegra 3 in the the Transformer Prime was my final straw with NVidia. The only 2 devices I have severely regretted buying, in a life filled with gadget addiction, have been at the hands of NVidia issues. The Tegra 4 might be the best chip ever to hit the world but the brand is a tad dead to me now, which is a shame. Short term thinking and poor customer service leads to a lifetime of missed revenues and lack of recommendations.

Jason Dee says:

Guy's the Tegra 4 version of this phone is for China Mobile's own TD-SCDMA 3G network, those of us outside China will want the Snapdragon 800 version.

r3g says:

At that price I'd buy this in a heart beat if I was able to get it in the US relatively easily.

mth785 says:

Nice looking phone. I can't wait to see what they have in store for the US in the future.

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