Xiaomi’s hot-new MI3 (or that’s MiPhone 3?) will start shipping on October 15th when users of China Mobile will be able to get the version of the smartphone with NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra 4 chip. That’s the model with China-based TD-SCDMA 3G radio that won’t work anywhere else in the world (at least not on 3G speeds).
The other model with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor will ship at a later date, heading to the customers of China Unicom and China Telecom. We’re not sure why this version doesn’t come first, but what do we know. Perhaps China Telecom, which is the world’s largest mobile operator, wants an exclusive launch window; perhaps we have the newer version of Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974AB) used inside the MI3 to blame. Other devices using this chip (which are already available) rock model MSM8974.
In any case, we’re looking forward to find out when Xiaomi will start offering its products in the Western hemisphere. And unfortunately we still wait to get that information.
Meanwhile the MI3 specs are worth repeating: aside from a fast CPU, they include a 5-inch full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera with Sony’s Exmor RS CMOS sensor, 3,050mAh battery, and 16 or 64 GB of internal storage.
[Via: Unwired View]