mi3-2I’ve been a huge fan of Xiaomi for a good few years. I’ve been keeping an eye on their own-brand Mi phones for some time too just begging that I know someone who’ll be going to China soon to pick one up for me, or for some miracle to happen and they start shipping overseas. Well last month it seems the latter happened and there’s now a glimmer of hope that a global release of the Mi Phone may happen. Until then however, we must stare at announcements such as this, wiping the drool from our chin as Xiaomi relieved the new Xiaomi Mi-3, the first smartphone to have an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor under the hood.

The Mi-3 comes with an impressive spec sheet. It houses a 5-inch IPS 1080p display with either an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 depending on the market with 2GB RAM. It’s also home to a 13MP Sony Exymor R CMOS camera in the rear and a 2MP camera on the front. It’s super thin with at 8.1mm thick, and all of that is packed in a slick aluminium alloy body.

One of the best things about Xiaomi is their ability to price pretty top bollocks handsets at a reasonable price. The Xiaomi Mi-3 will be available in October, with the choice of either 16GB priced at $327 (about £210) or a 64GB version for $408 (about £260). If you compare that to sim-free versions of the HTC One (£475.95) or the Samsung Galaxy S IV (£435) the Mi-3 is an absolute bargain.

With Android’s Hugo Barra heading to Xiaomi I have high hopes for the availability of Xiaomi’s Mi-phones in the west in the near future!

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