A few months ago, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi3 Android smartphone which made it the first smartphone in the world to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chipset. That in itself was pretty cool but unfortunately at that time, the launch of the handset with the Tegra 4 chipset also meant that the device could only place nicely on China’s TD-SCDMA networks, essentially meaning that if you lived outside of China, well you’d be out of luck if you were hoping to hook onto a 3G network, but if 2G or less is fine, then by all means go for it! However for those who are slightly more patient, you might be pleased to learn that Xiaomi will be launching a WCDMA version of their Mi3 handset on the 31st of December, New Year’s Eve.
This support means that the handset will be compatible with China Unicom’s 3G network as well as 3G networks in other countries. Perhaps not all, but most would be a safe assumption. This means that if you liked what you saw in the handset, you can rest assured knowing that if you were to import it after the 31st of December, you will be able to use it on your carrier’s 3G network. This also means that Xiaomi had to made some hardware changes and will see the device powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 chipset instead, but the rest of its specs, such as its 5” Full HD display, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, and its 3,050mAh battery should remain the same.
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