$326 unsubsidized for Snapdragon 800 quad-core, 16GB, 2GB RAM, 13MP camera, 5" 441ppi

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    EbookReader macrumors 65816

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    Nvidia Tegra4 quad-core 1.8GHz A15 + A15 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz CPU
    Sharp/LG 5″ 1080P IPS display with ultra-sensitive touch
    2GB LPDDR3 RAM
    16GB or 64GB eMMC4.5 flash memory
    SONY 13 MP Exmor RS CMOS back camera
    2MP BSI front camera
    NFC & 2.4/5G WiFi support
    3050 mAh battery
    Dimensions: 114mm×72mm×8.1mm
    Weight: 145g


    http://asia.cnet.com/xiaomi-phone-3...r-tegra-or-snapdragon-processors-62222292.htm

    Xiaomi basic premise is: Premium Device at Low Prices. They aim to make money from services

    [​IMG]
     
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    http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/xiaomi-miphone-3-xiaomi-tv-china-android/

    [​IMG]

    http://www.unwiredview.com/2013/09/...-worthy-device-to-start-its-global-expansion/


    Let's see if Google Nexus 5 could top this!



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  3. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Is this coming to America with American carrier LTE bands? At still at those prices if so?

    With Hugo Barra over at Xiami now, it'll be interesting to see where they go and how they can make a splash in the US market and others outside of China. They've always made very pretty handsets.
     
  4. aneftp macrumors 601

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    No way it's coming to America. For same reason cheap Nokia flip phones aren't sold in the USA. Different markets.
     
  5. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    This is like, more impressive than anything unveiled yesterday. And I really love the MIUI v5 skin. If only this was AT&T compatible...hopefully Hugo Barra will fix that.

    Also, you've got the dimensions wrong.
     
  6. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

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    iphone and Galaxy S4 are sold in China at $600+

    Xiaomi is selling a comparable phone at $326.

    It's little wonder that their market share in China is growing fast.

    2012: 7.1 million smartphone sold
    2013: forecasting 20 millions
    2014: ???

    Not bad for a company that sold its first phone less than 2 years ago (October 2011).
     
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    Yes but what use is that to us here if we can't purchase one ;)
     
  8. Technarchy macrumors 604

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    Where are they skimping?

    Either that or they are content with tiny margins, and operate as lean as Hell as an organization.

    Either way, this thing is beastly on paper, but kinda blah looking in photos. Not a fan of the sharp angles.
     
  9. zbarvian macrumors 68010

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    I read they are the Amazon of the phone industry, selling the devices at thin margins in hopes of recovering the lost profit through their custom app and theme store.

    I'm more excited for their next device, which the CEO promised to be made of metal, and Barra's presence suggests will be available worldwide.
     
  10. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

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    http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/29/4672668/what-is-xiaomi-china-smartphone-hugo-barra-android

    They have no marketing. No sales team.
    They have no physical stores. They sell it online only.
    They makes money from services.

    http://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-app-store-reaches-1-billion-downloads/
    1 billion apps in 391 days

     
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    Looks like a slimmer, beefed up iPod nano.

    Honestly, if this is what WP8 devices looked like (shares a similar design with the Nokia Lumia line), I'd be more inclined to pick one up.....
     
  12. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

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    And just today the WSJ is reporting that Amazon is considering offer a smartphone for free.

    Look like Xiaomi will have competition in Western markets.
     
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    Still some noticeable scrolling lag on the MIUI. Would be nice if it is running stock Android.
     
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    The cost from upgrading from 16GB to 64GB is less than going from a 16GB iPhone to a 32GB :eek:
     
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    What services could they possibly offer in the USA that would make this model viable? China's lockdown might open doors for domestic services by Chinese providers, but I can't imagine them offering anything that needed to the average American consumer.
     
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    Well, that's how it should be... it's almost 2014 and Apple still charges memory like 2008
     
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    Could Xiaomi leave Android and all its customization apps .

     
  18. bnnentertainmen macrumors regular

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    the specs are awesome! but, software is also an important thing.
    it has the MIUI, which is one of the worst UIs ever made, if they offer a google edition phone, i'll be the first in the line...:)
     
  19. EbookReader thread starter macrumors 65816

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    http://www.zdnet.com/cn/new-iphones-a-price-disappointment-in-china-7000020527/

    $733 in China for iPhone 5c

    or

    $326 for Xiaomi Mi3

    Not a hard choice considering the Mi3 have better specs (overall) and at less than half the price.
     
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    Xiaomi Mi3 at $326


    Nvidia Tegra4 quad-core 1.8GHz A15 + A15 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.3GHz CPU
    Sharp/LG 5″ 1080P IPS display with ultra-sensitive touch
    2GB LPDDR3 RAM
    16GB or 64GB eMMC4.5 flash memory
    SONY 13 MP Exmor RS CMOS back camera
    2MP BSI front camera
    NFC & 2.4/5G WiFi support
    3050 mAh battery
    Dimensions: 114mm×72mm×8.1mm

    vs.

    Google Nexus 5 very likely at $349 for 16GB version

    4.95" 1080p display (IPS TFT for those interested)
    16GB and 32GB internal storage
    2GB RAM
    MSM8974 aka Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz
    8MP OIS rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
    2300mAh battery
    Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, Proximity/Ambient Light, Pressure
    Slimport compatibility
    Micro SIM slot
    Notification light
    Wireless charging
    NFC
    Bluetooth 3.0 (We assume this is an error – Bluetooth 4.0 appears elsewhere in the document, but according to the last page it's still a draft.)
    UMTS/GSM/CDMA/LTE compatibility


    Google is playing the Xiaomi strategy of "great specs at low price." Maybe trying to thwart off Amazon.
     
  22. Jibbajabba macrumors 65816

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    A shame that they screwed up every single release so far ... as a web company I am still surprised how shocking their online store is when it comes to phone releases ...
     
  23. Alfuh macrumors regular

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    I really hope that Xiaomi brings a phone stateside sometime soon.

    If that comes to the US and Amazon tries to get into the "high-specced-low-priced-break-even" game along with Google then I think it would literally force prices down while innovation and differentiation would shoot up across the market... and in the end we all win :)
     
  24. THE JUICEMAN macrumors 68020

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    Isn't this where Hugo barra (sp) went? His goal is to make this a global company. With those specs I'm all for it. I know it's doubtful but does that thing have US LTE bands?
     
  25. maxwelltech macrumors 6502

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    I believe Xiaomi's market share in China is greater than Apple now with its pricings. Overall this seems like a very solid phone, and even better with the price, but I expect the next-gen Nexus 5 to have similar hardware so we do have a very close alternative here in US.
     

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