Lately, it seems like the big thing for manufacturers to do is to release more colors of their flagships a few months later to gain more sales. We first started seeing Samsung do this with the Galaxy S3, then the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. HTC has also done with with the HTC One, where they introduced both a blue and red version, although the blue version is exclusive to Best Buy for some reason. Now it looks like, up and coming Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi is about to do the same.
Looking at Xiaomi’s website, it appears that a new color of their Mi3 is going on sale on January 21st at 12:00. For those that aren’t familiar with how Xiaomi’s sales run. They normally open up the sale and within a few minutes, they are sold out, having sold a few million. So their devices aren’t always on sale or available to be purchased like you’d find here in the US with Samsung, HTC, Google, or any other of the major OEMs. So I’d expect them to run out of Rose Pink Mi3’s within 5-10 minutes of when it goes on sale on Tuesday, January 21st.
For those that haven’t looked at Xiaomi’s Mi3 specs, it features a 5-inch full HD display which is made by Sharp/LG. It’s also got either the NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core clocked at 1.8GHz, or the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core clocked at 2.3GHz. There’s also Sony’s 13MP camera on the back with dual LED flash. All that powered by a 3050mAh battery inside. Now this isn’t running stock Android, in fact it runs MIUI. Which you’ve probably flashed on your device before, or even heard of in the past. MIUI is a pretty popular custom ROM that comes on all of Xiaomi’s devices. It may not be too popular over here in North America, but it’s highly popular in other parts of the world. The Xiaomi Mi3 is available in both WCDMA and TD-SCDMA versions.
If you’re planning on importing the Mi3 into the US, remember that it won’t work on any LTE network over here, and most likely not many 3G or HSPA+ networks over here either. Which is quite unfortunate, as this is a great looking device.