WCDMA Xiaomi Mi3 really is coming mid-December

Xiaomi’s long long long overdue Snapdragon WCDMA version of the Xiaomi Mi3 IS coming mid-December, but is it too late?

Xiaomi launched the Mi3 what seems like an age ago, but have only offered the TD-SCDMA compatible Tegra 4 version of the phone for sale and will continue to until mid December when the WCDMA model will finally be available!

The news is spreading across Xiaomi’s international social network profiles and while the WCDMA model is great news to anyone outside of China (TD-SDMA will only work in China) many international fans are complaining the launch is too late! With the launch of the Nexus 5, many fans have gone for Google’s new device rather than wait for the Mi3.

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Although this looks like bad news for Xiaomi, I don’t think they will be too worried. All Xiaomi phones are only currently officially available in China, Taiwan and HongKong and these are the only market where they would be worried about loosing market share, the fact that they even have a market outside China at this point in their short life is just a nice bonus!

Fans around the world are still waiting for Xiaomi to launch their phones internationally, something which will likely happen in the future!

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  1. Nick
    November 18, 2013

    1.) What’s all about 8974AB?

    2.) Mi3 is too big with its 144 x 73,6 x 8,1 mm, isn’t it?

    • Airyl
      November 18, 2013

      1. 8974AB is the code for the Snapdragon 800 processor.

      2. No, not really.

    • Allanitomwesh
      November 18, 2013

      8974AB is the fastest snapdragon 800 with overclocked adreno 330 graphics.

  2. Simon
    November 18, 2013

    When will MIUI be updated to on par with Android OS ie KitKat 4.4 ?

  3. IOL
    November 18, 2013

    Will it be the 64gb version available or just the 16gb?

    • ipod
      November 18, 2013

      just 16… 64 will be a lot later, probably next year

  4. ipod
    November 18, 2013

    Nexus 5 is slow, SLOW!

  5. thorun
    November 18, 2013

    Any Leak About some Xiaomi interest to make LTE phones?
    I’m not buying a ~$400 phone without it!

    • November 18, 2013

      Look out for the Xiaomi Mi3S which I’m sure will have it and launch mid way through next year

      • Simon
        November 18, 2013

        Are you saying forget the Mi3 for now and just wait for Mi3S ?

        • November 18, 2013

          Nope, otherwise you would be just constantly waiting.

          • Simon
            November 18, 2013

            My sentiments exactly 🙂

            • Hecke
              November 19, 2013

              Mi3 has LTE, Xiaomi confirmed it via Facebook, I am 99% sure…

  6. Dominic
    November 18, 2013

    I’m not sure if I still care. So far the Hongmi WCDMA has been out for two weeks, but Taiwan’s xiaomi site (or hong kong for that matter) still don’t have it. if the 16gb wcdma mi3 comes out mid december, it’ll probably be a ridiculous wait for the 64gb to Taiwan, and honestly if you can’t buy the mi3 in your own market, personally it’s just not worth it due to the stupidly high markups the scalpers put on the device. I can buy other phones directly from china with a very reasonable markup to taiwan, but the xiaomi phones have stupidly inflated perceived values.

    At this point I’m probably going to go with the vivo xplay 3s. As much as I love Xiaomi and their MIUI, just too much teasing, delaying, and lack of meaningful information has turned me off.

    (plus Taiwan is finally getting LTE on chunghwa telecom, our best network, so 3g vs 4g just became a real factor)

    Just my thoughts on the matter.

    • Simon
      November 18, 2013

      Plus the fact there MIUI V.5 is still only at Jeally Bean 4.1/4.2

  7. nono
    November 19, 2013

    too late and expensive for international customer i take a nexus 5 in france with LTE