Xiaomi Mi-3 Seeks to Replicate Mi-2 Sellout Success

With a Slice of Key Lime Pie

When Xiaomi's last flagship handset, the Mi-2 went up for pre-order last April, it sold-out within minutes. Such is the engineering potential of the relatively unknown Chinese handset maker. Its next handset could challenge the Chinese presence of today's meaty handsets, the Galaxies, the iPhones, and the "Ones."

According to a specifications sheet and picture leaked by Chinese publication IT168, the Mi-3 could enter the 5-inch league up from its predecessor's 4.3-inch display; which will feature 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The phone could pack three other killer features: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core SoC clocked at 2.30 GHz, a 13-megapixel camera, and Android 5.0 "Key Lime Pie." Google is expected to unveil its next-generation mobile operating system at this year's Google IO, held in May. To power it all, Xiaomi is opting for a 3,000 mAh battery.

Xiaomi sold the Mi-2 for as low as 1,999 RMB (US $320), although we don't expect an identical price for the Mi-3, there's hope that it could sell for a price low enough to start another e-stampede.