Xiaomi isn’t a major player in the west yet, but that could change in the coming months and years, especially if its next smartphone has LTE support and is priced just right.
GizChina is reporting that the new smartphone from Xiaomi, thought to be named either the Mi4 or Mi3S, could be announced on July 22, possibly launching in the fall.
Along with some leaked photos of the device, other rumors suggest that it will support LTE bands and have more RAM. Android Community said that according to its sources, the device could have at least a 1080p 5-inch display, a quad-core processor, possibly from NVIDIA or Qualcomm, and a 13 MP rear-facing camera.
Now you may be asking yourself, why should I care about a device that’s not available in the west (except for through importing and will soon be launching in other parts of Asia) and the reason is that it could be a device packed with the latest and greatest features, supporting not only 3G but also 4G bands and could come at a great price. This would give those looking to import an unlocked device and not be locked into a carrier contract another choice. We all know how well the OnePlus One is perceived, although availability is limited.
Xiaomi is on the up and up and its most recent device, the MiPad, which had top specs, including an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, for a not so premium price, was noted to sell out 50,00 units in under 4 minutes. It won’t be surprising to see Xiaomi continue to grow, especially with the new VP for Xiaomi Global, former Google VP Hugo Barra.
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