Xiaomi’s current flagship model which is the Mi3 will soon be getting a successor as new photos of a device called the Mi-3S recently surfaced. It’s been a year since the company released a flagship device and with several other companies releasing their own high end devices it’s about time that Xiaomi should release one too. The photos are courtesy of someone in China who was able to check the device out.
The Xiaomi Mi-3S is different in appearance from the current Mi3 model. While the Mi3 has sharp corners the Mi-3S has rounded corners. The new model is also said to be made of more “metal” parts making it have a more premium feel. It appears to be using the same 5-inch full HD display however there might be some improvements done by the company.
In the insides, the device will be using a powerful Snapdragon 801 processor with a clock speed of 2.5GHz. It will be running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Xiaomi’s own MIUI user interface running on top. There’s 3G of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, LTE connectivity, a 13MP rear camera, and an 8MP front camera.
Xiaomi is reportedly going to sell this device for 1,999 or roughly $320. There’s still no information as to when this device will become available in the market however just like its previous releases this will be available first in China before heading out to other markets.
As a comparison, let’s take a look at the specs of the Mi3. This gives us a better picture of what the Mi-3S will be like.
- OS: Android 4.3 with MIUI version 5
- Display: 5-inch IPS Retina, 1080×1920 pixels
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8274AB Quad-core 2.3GHz
- GPU: Adreno 330
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Storage: 16GB
- Rear Camera: 13 Megapixels, f2.2 dual-LED flash, 1080p video recording
- Front Camera: 2 Megapixels, 1080p video recording
- Battery: 3050mAh
Xiaomi is one of the fastest growing Chinese Android device makers today. Just recently the company announced that it has recorded 15 million pre-orders for its Xiaomi Hongmi Note phablet. This is definitely an impressive number considering the fact that it is greater than Apple’s 9 million iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S sold during its opening weekend all over the world. The 15 million figure of Xiaomi only covers the whole of China. It’s must be noted that the 15 million pre-order figure also includes people who sign up to receive information of the device through email or phone which may or may not translate to sales.