Hugo Barra’s Xiaomi is reportedly planning to announce a successor to the Xiaomi Mi3. Rumor has it that the new flagship smartphone will be named Xiaomi Mi3S and, according to recent reports coming from Chinese sources, it might arrive with a more premium design. The same sources also claim that Xiami will also upgrade the internals, as the Mi3S is said to sport a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor.
The Xiaomi Mi3S leaks surfaced on the web courtesy of Chinese website MyDrives who notes that the new high-end smartphone will come with “more metal.” Besides the aforementioned quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, the Mi3S is also expected to arrive with a 13 MP primary shooter, 8 MP user-facing camera, LTE connectivity, and 3 GB of RAM.
MyDrives doesn’t mention anything about Mi3S’ display though, but previous rumors suggested that it might be similar to the one of its predecessor.Therefore, you should expect the Xiaomi Mi3S to sport a 5-inch display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. There’s no mention of the price either, but, again, according to early reports it might cost 1,999 CNY (around $320 US).
The China-based company officially announced they are expanding to markets outside their homeland, but you shouldn’t get to excited about that. If you are reading this from Europe or the US, you shouldn’t hold your breath expecting the Xiaomi Mi3S landing in a store near you. Anyway, the Chinese phone maker has set a lofty sales goal for 2014.
For what it’s worth, the Xiaomi representatives said they are expecting to sell around 60 million devices this year. Even though it may sound insane, figures show they already surpassed the 11 million units threshold. The same Xiaomi representatives also revealed the company’s sales goal for the next year, saying that it’s expected to top the 100 million units threshold.