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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi unveils latest hero phone, Mi-3

By Shawn Knight
Sep 5, 2013
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  1. Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi just unveiled their latest hero phone, the Xiaomi Mi-3. The impressive looking device could make serious waves in the smartphone market as the 16GB variant will retail for CNY1999 ($327) off-contract while the 64GB version will...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,324   +711

    Ah, China...taking all the good parts from others and creating delicious hotpots of fun. In all truth, this looks like what Nokia *should* be producing. Very Meego-ish look to the UI, a great camera and rounded edges where its held and flat where its not. What could have been.
     
  3. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Guru Posts: 377   +81

    Does anyone know WHERE this will be available?
     
  4. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 851   +201

    I'm just going to assume it'll be available in China :p.
     
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  5. That picture looks just like the lumias... my 920 looks like that... did they just take the lumia body and put in droid parts?
     
  6. fallenjt

    fallenjt TS Rookie

    Sure, it's a good looking phone, but it's only 3G CDMA which is compatible only with China mobile carriers. By the time, they slap a GSM and other radio chips on it, it won't be that thin and won't cost that low. I dismiss it.
     
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,519   +2,062

    Hopefully they came become a force to be reckoned with.
     
  8. ArthurZ

    ArthurZ TS Rookie Posts: 79

    Loos very much like Nokia 920
     
  9. John.

    John. TS Rookie

    WHERE? In China everybody asks WHEN.
     
  10. jjlovet

    jjlovet TS Rookie

    no, mi3 has 3 versions for 3 carriers in china, TD-SCDMA, CDMA2000, WCDMA
    both 3 versions support GSM
     
  11. Robert3892

    Robert3892 TS Rookie

    To be competitive Xiaomi will need to make sure their phone is 4G capable
     
  12. Okay, let's see..
    -the design is very much like Nokia Lumia 920
    -their cloud service like apple appstore
    -their icons like iOS' icons
    -they have voice assistant like 'siri'

    But, damn! I love this phone!
     
  13. Any handset not using iOS is just crap. Android is the biggest crap OS ever invented. It has more bugs and susceptibility to viruses as the Amazon jungle. Any clever phone manufacturer who wants to get ahead, be it Samsung or Huwaei or others need to think of using iOS. The iphone/ipad isn't moving ahead because of it's hardware only but more so because of iOS.
     
  14. Guest,
    What rubbish! Over 80% of the world's smartphones use Android. That should tell you something. You need to get your head out of the sand. The latest iPhone 5s has not impressed the market, but the MI-3 has. Apart from its massive 5inch screen, it has several features which have not been mentioned on here. To know about them all, you need to see the English language introductory presentation.
    Those who say it is not 3G enabled. You are wrong. It is. As for 4G, that will come, but does it matter? Few countries have 4G yet, and few smartphones are 4G capable anyway.
     
  15. General release in China is scheduled for mid October, but many in the business have had a chance to test the MI-3. Contrary to what one poster says, all versions are GSM compatible, and we can expect to see them marketed around the world.
    What is also very interesting is that this manufacturer is releasing TWO different products at the same time. The other is a VERY smart 40+ inch LED TV using top components from LG, Sony etc. and the retail price will be only 2999 RMB in China. Wish I can get one.
     

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