Xiaomi Mi3 leaked photos, complete specification and release date!

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Xiaomi fans! It is officially time to get super excited about the next generation phone! Keep reading for leaked photos, specifications and rumoured launch date of the Xiaomi Mi3!

I have been the proud owner of a Xiaomi Mi2 for 5 months now, it is an awesome phone with bags of power, excellent camera and awesome weekly firmware updates! I was stoked when I bought it and am still thrilled every time I use it!

But although I love my Xiaomi I am already planning to replace it! With the Xiaomi Mi3!

The Mi3 rumours kicked off last year with reports of crazy amounts of RAM and emerged again with concept drawings which featured a glow in the dark ‘MI’ logo. Unsurprisingly those rumours have fallen pretty far from the mark as new purported images of the new phone along with specs are suggesting something different!

xiaomi mi3

Starting with the design, shown in these leaked photos, the Xiaomi Mi3 features a new narrow border design, tapered body, typical white and black colour scheme and a larger 5-inch display.

xiaomi mi3

The rear of the Mi3 shares the its design with the new M2A with a square camera surround rather than the round design found on the Mi2 and M2S.

Like past flagship Xiaomi phones the Xiaomi Mi3 is going to be a very powerful phone, with the latest hardware at a very affordable price. According to the source who snapped these spy photos, the Xiaomi Mi3 will be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB RAM, it will come with 32GB ROM as standard, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front and 3600mAh battery! And yes that 5-inch display will be a full 1080 panel!

xiaomi mi3

The Mi3 is expected to also have support for NFC, 5Ghz Wifi, updated Audio and be priced at the magical 1999 Yuan ($320) price point! So when should we expect to see the Xiaomi Mi3 launch? August 16th is the date apparently, so mark it on your calendar app!

  • BrianJackson

    Going on past experience of previous Xioami launches..will it be available on the date quoted, will it sell out totally in China , how long before it will be available internationally and how much more expensive will it be (i.e. should I ditch my G4 preorder…and wait a bit longer?) I must admit I have been impressed by your enthusiasm for Xiaomi.

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      This is just a rumoured date, but Xiaomi have never (to my knowledge) missed a launch. Yes, it’s going to sell out in China once it hits their webstore and from what we have seen this year they are all going to be sold in seconds! Xiaomi are currently only officially available in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Singapore is thought to be next. The rest of the world are going to have to deal with really high reseller prices. I’m glad news of this has arrived as I was considering a Vivo Xplay, but not anymore :)

      • BrianJackson

        I stick with my G4 then…March..April…May…June…????

      • Szymon

        If resellers want too much people find other product with better price. Purte econoy

        • Szymon

          I meant – “PURE ECONOMY”. For example to buy a phone from outside a Europe (when in practise i have no warranty on this device – because let’s say that sending it back to china when sth wrong with device we could not call warranty) i need to have a GOOD REASON and that reason in most cases is PRICE. If resellers prices are too high clients from outside of China will probably buy Nexus or other good stuff.

      • Richard

        Yay! I’m from Singapore!

    • http://twitter.com/serj_mig Sérgio Miguel Silva (@serj_mig)

      As a Mi2 owner, it is a fantastic phone that has yet to let me down. It has good support, the features are nice for my daily use and it’s powerful enough.

      If the Mi3 is basically a Mi2 with improved hardware and more features (ok, apparently a bigger screen and size, which could be a con depending on whether it’ll still fit in my hand) then I’ll be all over it.

      Not sure if it’ll really come August 16th, but it looks like a killer if true.

      • Simon

        Where did you buy yours from Sergio, and how different is it to get used to MIUI ?

  • darkwing

    I would consider buying the entry level xiaomi ,since the high end ones really get overpriced by resellers to a point were is not worth buying anymore. So any official “leak” about the “red rice”?

  • unmar

    on first screen is red rice…

    • mr veenstra

      this is an established brand u dnt know ur brands party narty! but if u d like to spend more on an other brand it wil b up to you waist ur monney.

  • Lexey

    i’ma try that 1 for next year )

  • Ramunator

    I’m dissapointed wit mi3 design… still looking cheap almost jiayu g4… that white plastic makes me throw up :( of course I can switch covers but anyway it will stay pease of plastic xiaomi mi3 should look something like pantech vega, or atleast Htc One I think that it will be much more better design phones, even now iOcean x7 looks better, by the august it will be many competitors who will offer same “iron” inside but with better material and design, of course price is not like S4 but still I want to have hi-end phone with premium looking and feeling.

    • Lexey

      Oh really ??? Well than pay 2x more and STFU it easy as that !!

      • Kemay

        Lexey, why don’t u STFU? He is just giving his opinion…

        • Lexey

          i will not coz its annoying to see ppl like him complain always !!! its 320$ ffs and he wants all for that thats just funny….do you see any big company that is selling chip phones ?? like sony
          , samsung, htc , nokia – what they can offer for same price is like piece of crap. and here we are a company that trying to conquer the world, trying their best and still a few retards that gonna want everything fo cheap. premium look my ass. you dont like it. than close tha page and never come back again you cheap ass…

          • Kemay

            You are definitely a smarty…

    • njren

      You don’t buy a Xiaomi for style; you it because they throw a bunch of the latest hardware into a serviceable-looking box and sell it basically at -or possibly below- cost. The real profit comes from MIUI. You want design and/or clever engineering? Xiaomi could probably do it, but not for 1999 RMB.

      • astosenix

        I have a Xiaomi 2S and a Galaxy S3 white…. The feeling is the same when you hold it and when you open the the rear cover… I don’t know what people understand for “good looking” but compairing the HTC one with the Galaxy… no way. Htc One really have a different feeling, but the Galasy S3 and S4 look cheap and they didn’t improve the design, they are just the same and the price is crazy high.
        Xiaomi has top level power, camera, screen… with bottom level price. Even if it’s increased by intermediates, the price is unbeatable. Want more info? More reasons? ok, no problem…
        What about Usb OTG, dual boot, MIUI?
        MIUI is amazing. You can choose the stable or rooted version (that is fucking stale too) and comes with a bunch of apps like firewall, antivirus, control above apps launched at boot, data usage management, backup… the camera has a lot of functions like slow or fast motion, the music app has built in online music search, stream and donwload for free, no money dudes, this is china…

        Oh shit, i’m gonna stop, if keep going i must email xiaomi in order to get a salary or comisions or something….

        • eagle1

          Agree with this :)

  • mr veenstra

    well my mi 2 has 2 gb ram hope to get atleast 3 in the mi3 other wise d concider the new lg nexus or the nubia z7

  • Ants

    Hey Andi – thinking about getting the Mi2S… If you were me (with my old Xperia Play that’s almost at it’s 2 year mark) Get the Mi2S now or hold out a little longer for the Mi3? Though i kind of do like the sound of the smaller 4.3 screen of the Mi2S.

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Mi2s isn’t hard to come by at the moment you should be able to get one easily. Though if you are not in China it’s going to cost a lot. If the rumours are true then the Mi3 will be launched in August, but if they are following the same plan as last year that means the phone won’t launch until October and will be in really high demand until well in to 2014. Get the 32GB Mi2s now and enjoy it :)

      • Ants

        Rad, thanks Andi.

        • Andersoc27

          Got my M2S from ibuygou if that helps? Living in Ireland and it cost €370 so not very cheap (still great compare to a samsung etc), it’s bar none the best phone I’ve ever used, let alone owned, and the “smaller” dimensions make it a great phone to use one handed. So far I have regretted nothing about my decision (and the longer the G4 takes to be released the happier I am with the decision:))

          • Ants

            That does help thanks! Was wondering where to go. Thanks man.

      • Simon

        What about the M2A ?

        • Andersoc27

          Take a look on the same site I mention above Ian, they sell the m2a also roughly 100 Euro cheaper than the m2s

          • Simon

            Who’s Ian ?

            • Andersoc27

              lol, apologies, if only the M2S was so clever it could correct my posts… :)

            • Simon

              No problem

            • Simon

              When you bought the Xiaomi from Ibuygo: did you have to tell them to set the default language to english, delete chinese apps. Did you pay import duty/courier fees and How easy/difficult was it to adjust to MIUI ? If you don’t mind me asking :)

            • Andersoc27

              When I first turned on the phone it asked me which language I preferred so that was easy. There were a few chinese apps I just uninstalled myself, phone let me get rid of most except system apps like miui market. I didn’t get hit with any import duty, the package was opened by the look of it, but the phone box itself was wrapped in a”happy Birthday” wrapping paper which was a really nice touch as I would say it helped me avoid the duty :) It is really easy to adjust MIUI, I came from vanilla ICS on the jiayu G2, so at first glance it looked hard, but after all of 15 mins with the ROM it now feels like first nature…..

            • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

              The MIUI market is fantastic lots of great apps available on their for free. I think I also installed Google Play though the MUIU market on mine too.

            • Simon

              Thanks for explaining. Wow you even had a Jiayu G2 before that, you are well adversed with these chinese gizmos.

            • Simon

              Just to clarify: The Google Play Store doesn’t come preinstalled on Xiaomi smartphones ?

            • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

              No but it’s just a simple download. Just like installing an app and can be done through the MIUI market

            • Simon

              Fine. Are there many chinese apps to delete ?

            • Andersoc27

              off the top of my head I uninstalled about 5/6 apps….

            • Simon

              Andersoc27 if you buy a new Xiaomi in the future will you buy from ibuygou again or ?

            • Andersoc27

              Definitely will buy from them again. They take PayPal and the phone arrived 4 days after ordering. From China to Dublin I think that’s pretty good

            • Simon

              Fine. I’ve never used PayPal. What are benefits over using a Credit Card ?

            • Simon

              Also which delivery method did you choose – DHL ?

        • http://www.greatgolflinks.com Andersoc27

          Hi Simon yes I went with DHL for delivery.

          • Simon

            Otherwise i’m guessing free delivery would have taken weeks or maybe months, instead of 4 days !!

          • Simon

            One final question – how much was DHL delivery ?

            • Andersoc27

              Off the top of my head around 20 Euro

            • Simon

              OK sounds reasonable (I think ?)

            • Andersoc27

              felt that way to me, especially seeing as I only had 4 days to wait for it. As you mentioned could have taken weeks/month+ otherwise

  • Szymon

    A pity that Xiaomi phones don’t support dual sim.

  • vaibhav

    i dont thik this come at $320 , it will come over $500 like oppo

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      In China it will

    • PartyNarty

      Why should buy sb buy this phone for 500$? I would not even spend these 320$. You can get for 400$ phones with the same specs from established brands.

      • Hardi999

        400$ phones with the same specs from established brands, such as??

      • anony

        “You can get for 400$ phones with the same specs from established brands.”

        Good luck with that.

    • mr veenstra

      just to bad il b leaving china on august the 9 th, d appreciate it if they could send it to me 1 week early

  • Tim

    where can i buy the mi2s online outside of china? any legit sites ?

  • http://twitter.com/10basetom Tom (@10basetom)

    It looks rather thick. I hope the final production unit will weigh in at less than 140 g.

  • Demetrio

    Anyone knows anything about dual sim? I’m still looking for a Dual Sim + NFC medium-to-high quality smartphone…

    • http://twitter.com/serj_mig Sérgio Miguel Silva (@serj_mig)

      I wouldn’t bet on flagship phones with dual-sim capabilities any soon. That usually reserved for lower-power ones, like MTK-powered phones.

      • Demetrio

        MTK 6589 isn’t a bad CPU, if you couple it with a no more than 720 display…I’m looking 4 good quality materials, nice aspect, good display (w gorilla glass or dragon trail glass) BSI cam, good quantity/quality of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0 wifi N and so on.
        I don’t need exactly a flagship phone, but I want ALL that features.
        I found HTC E1 603e, but it has got a strange CPU w too low Antutu bench.
        I found Jiayu G5, but it lacks something on connection side (BT wifi) and nobody knows when it will arrive into market.
        I found HTC ONE, but it’s too expensive (and a bit oversized, I dont want more than 4,7″ display and the ONE, cause its speakers, has got 5″ dimensions).
        I found some Samsung phone (galaxy core, galaxy next, galaxy S duos =S7562) but they have too low specs…
        I can’t believe, with so many smartphone on the market, I can’t find what I want!!!

        • Sere83

          Very few Chinese phones have NFC and not a lot of of non chinese high end phones have dual sim. And the only phone I know of with both dual sim and NFC is the Galaxy S4 chinese edition and that is very expensive and i’m not sure its even been released.

          The closest thing to what you are looking for is Xiaomi MI2A which has NFC, bluetooth, wifi N, 720p display, high quality build, good cpu and sub $300 price. But it is not dual sim…

          • Sere83

            The combination of NFC and dual sim is partiucularly rare as NFC tends to be on high end handsets and dual sim on lower end chinese handsets (and a few high end ones). Most of the better MTK6589 phones have all those features except for NFC. Another option for you is Nexus 4 but again no dual sim..

  • Muhammed

    Thanks for the info Andi

  • Vincent

    Put a GLOBAL LTE CAT4 INSIDE!!!!!

  • FTP

    Can anyone post a full review on Xiaomi M2A?

    • FTP

      So far no one has posted a review of M2A in GizChina yet.
      However there are some youtube videos that probably can help others too.
      Most of video’s are not in English.

      One of the reviews that looks to be good is
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKXQqEl-UG0
      (Its in German but i just watched the video to see the differences between the Mi2[ /S/A])

      English review that i found was from JT Geek. Which is good too.

  • melajara

    According to this source http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_iii_and_xiaomi_mi3__antutu_scores_found-news-6073.php, theXiaomi Mi-3 would have an Antutu score of more than 84’000!!! I can’t believe it as this would be more than the (presumed) score for a workstation level notebook, LOL

  • Simon

    One of the things that concerns me is that someone told me Xiaomi smartphones are one of the most cloned phones in China. So my question is: How do you know you are getting the genuine, authenic Xiaomi when you order ?

  • Feher

    Hi Andi,
    I wish to buy Xiaomi mi2s.
    Since you have xiaomi mi2, can you tell me about its audio quality and loudness.

    TIA :)

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      I find the ring volume a little on the quiet side. External speaker is fine for gaming and watching movies, no distortion. With headphones the audio is great.

      • Feher

        Thanks for replying so fast.
        I was waiting for Mi3, but now i know it has 5 inch screen so i will buy mi2s

        • Andersoc27

          Exact same as Andi’s comments for the MI2S 32G, outter speaker volume is a little low even at max, sound quality great though. Headphones a different story altogether; quality and volume excellent.

          • Feher

            Thank you :)

  • Simon

    How does the MI2S compare with the M2A ? I mean if you had the choice to but today which would you choose ?

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      M2A is really a great phone, powerful, large display, low price plus a great camera and NFC. I’m planning to get my wife an M2a to replace her HTC One X. The M2s is awesome, but it lacks NFC and the Mi3 is just a few months away so….

      • Simon

        I know that NFC stands for Near Field Communication, but does that mean or rather enable the phone to do ?

        • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

          Share files and media quickly between phones (if they both have NFC) share contacts, pay for your bus ride, pay for your newspaper, coffee at starbucks etc load of possibilities as long as stores and transit in your area have NFC enabled.

          • Simon

            Thx for explanation

  • Simon

    So basically go for the M2A or wait for the Mi3 ?

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Yup

  • Simon

    Ok Fine.

  • http://www.xiaomi-m3.fr/miui/smartphone-xiaomi/ Xiaomi

    I want this phone !

  • Jobayer

    After the announcement , how many days does this company generally take before going for sales (based on the past) ?

  • talk2ekpa

    “According to the source who snapped
    these spy photos, the Xiaomi Mi3 will be powered by a
    quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with 2GB RAM, it
    will come with 32GB ROM as standard, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, 5 mega-pixel front and 3600mAh battery!”

    Hello Andi, from the above comment of yours, does that mean that Mi3 is gonna have a 64GB version too? Cos I’m really waiting expectantly for it.