We’ve been wondering for some time now what would be the first smartphone to get the Tegra 4 chip; we know the NVIDIA Shield and several tablets are going to carry the new NVIDIA chip. First to a punch looks to be Xiaomi, announcing the Xiaomi Mi3 which will carry the Tegra 4 and be launched on the China Mobile network in October.
In addition to the Tegra 4 chip, the phone will have a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM and 64GB storage. NVIDIA is also claiming that the chip in the Mi3 will be able to playback 4K resolution videos, and of course boasts “best-in-class gaming performance”. The phone will be available unlocked for “less than $327 USD” which is absolutely incredible value for a phone with that amount of power.
In the Western world, the name Xiaomi might not mean very much, except that it is the company that Hugo Barra is leaving Google for, but in China, Xiaomi phones are gaining a lot of attention very quickly. And if their phones keep beating even the big manufacturers to using high performance hardware, we might be seeing a lot more of Xiaomi in the near future.
Would you think about getting a Xiaomi phone if it were available where you are? Let us know what you think about the phone.
Official Press Release
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—Sept. 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.”