Leaks are beginning to surface for the successor to the Xiaomi Mi3. The device is expected to arrive as the Mi3S, and based on current leaks coming out of China -- it is expected to have a bit more metal in terms of the design. The Xiaomi Mi3S is also said to be coming with a Snapdragon 801 processor.
Details we are seeing come courtesy of the Chinese language MyDrives, who have simply mentioned how the handset will have "more metal." And in addition to the Snapdragon 801 processor, other specs look to include a 13MP rear-facing camera and 8MP front-facing camera with LTE and 3GB of RAM.
There hasn't been much in terms of the display, but early reports suggest that could be similar to the Mi3. Or in other words, it looks like the Xiaomi Mi3S may end up launching with a 5-inch 1080p display. We obviously still need further clarification on the price, but the rumors and leaks suggest it will arrive at 1,999 CNY (around $320 US).
Xiaomi has recently begun expanding to markets outside of China, however we aren't expecting to see a widespread global release. Basically, we wouldn't expect the Mi3S to be readily available for those in the US or Europe. Perhaps more interesting should be whether Xiaomi will be able to reach the lofty sales goals they set for 2014.
They previously mentioned a goal of 60 million devices for the year. That may sound big and bold, but current figures show them having already topped the 11 million milestone. The goals didn't stop in 2014 either as there was mention of crossing the 100 million milestone in 2015. Time will tell, but for now we'll be keeping an eye out for confirmation on some of these Mi3S leaks.