It takes a lot of guts to schedule a smartphone unveiling just one day after Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Sony Xperia Z1’s formal intros and less than a week ahead of the iPhone 5C and 5S announcements, but then again Xiaomi looks like a gutsier than average OEM.
After all, the Chinese have very recently signed Hugo Barra, one of the leading figures of Android’s early development, so don’t act surprised if Xiaomi takes over the mobile world before long. But let’s take it one step at a time and for now focus on the company’s next flagship phone.
Expected out on September 5 (i.e. in less than 48 hours), the Xiaomi MI 3 has been caught on camera a number of times lately, but has mostly managed to keep its specs secret. Until today, that is, when, as we were scouring the web to bring you everything that’s hot and new in the Android world, we casually bumped into this MI 3 while the thing was making its benchmarking rounds.
No, not through the deceptive AnTuTu, but over at the much more reliable GFX Bench, where its GPU performance was tested. The results? Pretty impressive, which is no surprise since the MI 3 appears to pack a Tegra 4 CPU, along with a complimentary Nvidia custom-made graphics processing unit. Huh, go figure. Most of the pundits and tipsters seemed to think Xiaomi’s next big thing was to come boasting a Snapdragon 800 SoC or some kind of an octa-core processor.
On the other hand, if you’re a die-hard Qualcomm fan or just don’t think Nvidia can turn things around for the declining Tegra platform, you probably shouldn’t panic all that much. There’s still a shot Xiaomi will intro two different MI 3 variations, one with Tegra 4 and the other with S800 power.
For now, this Tegra-based flavor runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and sports a Full HD (aka 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution) panel whose size is still unconfirmed (though chances are it’s an already traditional 5-incher).
What else? Oh, yeah, the Nvidia-made CPU is clocked at 1.8 GHz, whereas other, not mentioned in this benchmark features might include 2 GB RAM, 13 MP rear-facing camera and 3,000 mAh battery. And let’s not forget about the Nokia Lumia-reminiscent design, plus the delicious cherry on top – a price tag of roughly 2,000 Yuan in China, which is less than 325 US bucks.
Okay, Hugo, it’s time to work your magic and bring Xiaomi to the mainstream, because we Westerners aren’t willing to continue sitting on the sidelines and look at the folks in China being spoiled with such dirt-cheap, top-notch gadgets. The buck stops here and that’s the end of it!
Via [GFX Bench]