Xiaomi MI3 will be out on October 15 (Tegra 4 model only, Snapdragon 800 coming later)
After almost a month of rumors and speculation, the Xiaomi MI3 finally has an actual, official release date – but there’s a catch. The Chinese company’s co-founder, Liwan Jiang, has announced that the MI3 will be out on October 15. However, only the version powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor will be available at that time. Only the variant tailor made for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA 3G network has the Tegra 4 inside. The other variations of the MI3 are all going to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset.
Unfortunately though, there’s still no word on when those will be out. Some rumors and speculations point to late November, others even speak of early next year. This may seem odd, since there are many Snapdragon 800 devices already on the market. But Xiaomi opted to get the MSM8974AB Snapdragon 800, and not the MSM8974 that’s currently seen in pretty much all high-end Android smartphones. The new and improved processor should deliver even better graphics performance and memory bandwidth, but so far we haven’t seen it in any handset. So the chip itself may be to blame for this delay in the availability of the Xiaomi MI3.
Obviously this situation is less than ideal for the up-and-coming Chinese smartphone maker, and it may delay its plans for international expansion. We’ll keep you posted.