Xiaomi unveils NVIDIA Tegra 4-powered Xiaomi Mi3 smartphone

Xiaomi Mi3Xiaomi, the Chinese company that recently made quite a splash by hiring Hugo Barra away from Google, today unveiled the world’s first smartphone to be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, the Xiaomi Mi3. It features impressive specifications at a price that seriously undercuts similar or inferior devices from competitors such as LG and Samsung.

“The Mi3 with Tegra 4 provides an amazing experience that consumers will absolutely love,” said Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder and CEO. “We wanted it to be fantastic, and that’s why we partnered with NVIDIA. Tegra 4 provides performance and features never before seen in a smartphone.”

Xiaomi Mi3 specifications:

  • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
  • Operating system: Google Android 4.2 with Xiaomi UI
  • Cellular connectivity:
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi (dual-band), Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 5-inch Full HD (1080×1920/441PPI)
  • RAM: 2GB RAM
  • Internal storage: 16GB/64GB
  • External storage: None
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP with Sony Exmor RS sensor and dual LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Battery: 3,050mAh
  • Dimensions: 114 × 72 × 8.1 millimeters
  • Weight: 145 grams
  • Colors: White, Grey, Black, Yellow, Pink, Blue

Xiaomi Mi3 coloursNVIDIA’s press release omits one important fact: The Xiaomi Mi3 will also be available with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor as a variant with support for different cellular antennas.

At this point, it appears that the Xiaomi Mi3 will only be available in China starting in October. Sadly, there does not appear to be any support for LTE or North American cellular bands.

As for that price, make sure you’re sitting down. The Xiaomi Mi3 carries a list price of US$327 for the 16GB model and US$408 for the 64GB model. Maybe Google should talk to Xiaomi for its next Nexus device…

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Xiaomi Introduces New Mi3 Super Phone Powered by NVIDIA Tegra 4

Flagship Phone From China’s Xiaomi Is World’s First With Tegra 4, Offers Unrivaled Gaming and Browsing

BEIJING, CHINA–(Marketwired – Sep 5, 2013) –  NVIDIA today announced that the NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 mobile processor is powering the Xiaomi Mi3, which was unveiled in a major press event in Beijing.

Delivering superb gaming and lightning-fast web browsing, the flagship phone represents the first collaboration between NVIDIA and Xiaomi, one of China’s most innovative mobile device companies. The Mi3 will launch on China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, in October.

The Mi3 is the first phone powered by Tegra 4 — the world’s fastest mobile processor. It combines premium specs and features with all-day battery life. In addition to Tegra 4, it includes a 5-inch 1080p full HD display with 441ppi, 2GB RAM and up to 64GB of storage. The Tegra 4 processor offers record levels of performance and battery life with its 72-core NVIDIA GeForce® GPU, quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and fifth battery-saver CPU core, also based on Cortex-A15.

The Tegra 4-PLUS-1™ CPU architecture offers proven battery life savings by progressively powering on each of its four main CPU cores as they’re needed for increasingly more demanding tasks, and relying on its fifth battery-saver CPU core for less demanding tasks and active standby mode.

With the Tegra 4 processor, the Mi3 delivers outstanding web browsing experiences, as well as video playback support with up to 4K resolution. Consumers also get best-in-class gaming performance with more realistic graphics, more challenging gameplay and access to specially optimized games for Tegra.

“The Mi3 with Tegra 4 provides an amazing experience that consumers will absolutely love,” said Lei Jun, Xiaomi founder and CEO. “We wanted it to be fantastic, and that’s why we partnered with NVIDIA. Tegra 4 provides performance and features never before seen in a smartphone.”

“The Mi3’s exceptional innovations demonstrate why Xiaomi has quickly become one of the world’s most important phone makers,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “Its speed, capabilities and battery life highlight the tremendous experiences that Tegra 4 delivers to leading-edge smartphones.”

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Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the use of the Tegra 4 processor in the Xiaomi Mi3, the impact, performance and benefits of the Tegra 4 processor and the Tegra 4-Plus-1 CPU are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners’ products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal period ended July 28, 2013. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the company’s website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances.

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Source : Xiaomi