Xiaomi MI3 MIUI phone specs rumored – Snapdragon 800 and Tegra 4 both in tow
Not one day after the Chinese company unveiled its latest smartphones, we get the first rumored information about the Xiaomi MI3. This will obviously be the true successor to the MI2 from last year (whereas the MI2S announced yesterday is more of a minor hardware upgrade, while being identical in terms of looks).
The Xiaomi MI3 is expected to be launched in a few months. And you can bet that a lot of speculation will arise about it in the meantime. The first rumor about it says that it will have two versions, one powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, and the other sporting an Nvidia Tegra 4. Now the Snapdragon 800 is Qualcomm’s flagship mobile chipset for this year, and it’s not out yet – but will be by the end of the year. The Tegra 4 is no slouch either, so it looks like the next MIUI phone will be anything but underpowered.
The different versions are apparently going to happen because of some “patent issues” which mean that China Telecom will get a MI3 that has the Nvidia Tegra 4 inside, and not the Qualcomm CPU. It’s unclear what those patent issues really are, it’s worth noting though that China Telecom uses a CDMA network, and most of the patents for that technology are owned by Qualcomm. Perhaps there’s a connection there, just one that isn’t obvious at this point.
All the other variations of the MI3 will come with the Snapdragon 800 processor.
As for other specs, with the MI3 Xiaomi is said to finally join the 1080p club. That’s right, the next MIUI phone should come with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen. Furthermore, it will probably have incredibly narrow bezels, perhaps to make up for the fact that it took so long for this company to adopt the highest-resolution screens available.
Other hardware details haven’t been leaked yet, but they have plenty of time to surface over the next few weeks – it’s not like the launch of the MI3 is imminent or anything like that. We can safely assume that the handset will come with 2 GB of RAM and at least a 13 MP rear camera, since the MI2S already has both of those in one configuration. NFC could be built-in too, but let’s refrain from more speculation until we get a couple more leaks on the matter. Then we’ll be able to tell more conclusively what will make it into the Xiaomi MI3 and what won’t.