Xiaomi, the latest Chinese sensation smartphone brand today launched the third-generation MiPhone Android smartphone and also unveiled an Android-based smart TV, signalling its plans to branch out from being just a smartphone brand. The MiPhone 3 features a 5-inch full HD display and will be priced for $327 (Rs 21,500) for 16GB and $408 (Rs 27,000) for 32GB variants. The Xiaomi smart TV features a 47-inch 3D HD LCD and will run on Android atop Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset. It is priced at $490 (Rs 32,300). Xiaomi also announced that former VP for Android product marketing, Hugo Barra will join the company officially in October as a vice president and will be responsible for the company’s global business.
The Xiaomi MiPhone 3 will come in two chipset variants – Nvidia Tegra 4 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 for international markets, which according to the company will offer a performance increase of 40 percent from its predecessor. The MiPhone 3 features a 5-inch 1080p IPS display from Sharp or LG and will offer super sensitivity feature, which means users will be able to use it with wet fingers or while wearing gloves. Other features include 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and a 3,050mAh battery. It will also feature Sony’s 13-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel BSI front facing camera. The phone supports NFC and comes with dual-band Wi-Fi.
While Xiaomi was expected to unveil a set top box, it took everyone by surprise when its announced its first-ever smart TV. The 47-inch 3D LCD TV features display from Samsung or LG. It will run on Android and sports Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quadcore processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It also comes with a 11 button remote and will support Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi.