That Xiaomi is looking to expand into the Indian market is no secret, but it looks like the expansion is happening at a faster pace than initially expected.
Earlier today, a listing offering the current Xiaomi flagship – the Xiaomi Mi3 – was found on popular Indian e-marketplace, Snapdeal.com. However, the listing comes sans a price tag, which means Xiaomi fans based in India can’t buy the device yet.
Since cellular 3G in India utilizes WCDMA networks, it is the Snapdragon 800 powered WCDMA version of the device that is found on the listing. The other – TD-SDCMA – variant comes with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 CPU, which however is limited to Chinese networks thanks to network incompatibility in other markets.
The Xiaomi Mi3 was launched in China in early September last year, and a launch in India is expected soon. The powerful smartphone comes with a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, a Snapdragon 800 (WCDMA) or Tegra 4 (TD-SDCMA) CPU, a 13 mega-pixel main camera and a 3050mAh non-removable battery. Akin to other Xiaomi phones, the Mi3 runs on a heavily forked version of Android, dubbed MIUI by Xiaomi.
A few weeks back, a ‘test unit’ of the Xiaomi Mi3 landed in India, which makes us wonder about the time frame Xiaomi might have in mind for an Indian launch.