Xiaomi is quickly becoming known for releasing revamped versions of their smartphones not too long after their launch, presumably done in order to keep up with the competition, Xiaomi has revamped their RedMi device with the RedMi 1S. Now it looks like the Mi3 is the next in line to receive some new internal parts. According to Chinese site MyDrivers, the Chinese giant is looking to infuse the Mi3 with a Snapdragon 801 processor and 3GB of RAM, thus making the Mi3S, or something similar. Customers waiting to get their hands on a Xiaomi device will probably be happy to get their hands on the latest and greatest version of the Mi3 but, we can’t help but feel a little sorry for those that just bought one.
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According to MyDrivers, there’s also some design changes on the cards for the Mi3 as well, with an improved metal design featuring more of the metallic stuff throughout. Just exactly what that means however, we have no idea, our Chinese isn’t that good if we’re honest. Still, this seems like more of an internal refresh than anything else for Xiaomi’s current flagship. Keeping the 8-megapixel camera and the 5-inch 1080p display, the Mi3S would simply be a faster device, no doubt thanks to more RAM and a slightly faster Snapdragon 801 CPU.
This would make it the third version of the Mi3 that Xiaomi has launched, with a Tegra 4 and Snapdragon 800 version already shipping last year. While diluting your product line is never a good idea, it’s sometimes unavoidable. Quantities of key components you can get your hands on determine just what you can and can’t put in a smartphone, and when you’re producing as many of them as Xiaomi is then you’ll need to adjust. We wouldn’t be surprised if Qualcomm themselves were leaning on Xiaomi to order the new chip as they’ll want to move all their production onto the 801 which is at the heart of the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2, HTC One and more devices to come this year.