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XiaoMi Mi3 Snapdragon 800 MSM8274AB

When XiaoMi Mi3 being announced a few months before, it was described as the world’s fastest smartphone and also the first smartphone with Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor. The popular Chinese brand finally offered the XiaoMi Mi3 WCDMA version on sale two days ago but buyers reported that the devices received are different from the one advertised by XiaoMi.

Several users posted on the XiaoMi forum that the XiaoMi Mi3 devices received were not powered by the much-advertised Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB but another Snapdragon 800 processor – MSM8274AB. Many of the buyers had reported to the Chinese authorities regarding this issue.

XiaoMi Mi3 Snapdragon 800 MSM8274AB Benchmark
One of the buyers had posted out the benchmark score of the XiaoMi MI3 with MSM8274AB. It seems like the performance of Snapdragon 800 MSM8274AB is on par with MSM8974AB, still top of all Smartphones in the market.

XiaoMi Mi3 WCDMA

On the other hand, XiaoMi website still listed that the Mi3 WCDMA version is powered by a quad-core processor of Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB series. There is a footnote below stated that Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB series has three models -MSM8974AB, MSM8674AB and MSM8274AB. The footnote is clearly a misleading statement because MSM8674AB and MSM8274AB are not under the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB.

Actually, Snapdragon 800 series has four different models – MSM8974 (4G LTE), MSM8674 (CDMA), MSM8274 (HSPA+) and MSM8074 (no modem). All models of Snapdragon 800 series have the same performance except the modem chipset inside. This is why the benchmark score of MSM8274AB is still top.

It is a truth that XiaoMi Mi3 WCDMA doesn’t come with a Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB inside. Many buyers had expressed their disappointment on the XiaoMi forum on this issue. A popular brand likes XiaoMi should not mislead the consumers with wrong information about their products.

A few years before, HTC was found to be involved in the same issue as HTC One S was found to have a different processor from the advertisement. The Taiwanese company had suffered reputation damage due to this issue.

17 May 2014, Updated: Both MSM8x74AB and MSM8x74AC belong to Snapdragon 801 series after confirmed by Qualcomm earlier this year. During the launched of XiaoMi in January 2014, Qualcomm did not clarify about the processor models yet. Therefore, the AB and AC models were not categorized as Snapdragon 801 series at that time. For your information, Sony Xperia Z2 and Oppo Find 7A are powered by the AB model of Snapdragon 801 processor. The AB model is”usually” clocked at 2.3GHz while the AC model is “usually” clocked at 2.5GHz.

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  • George Stavroulakis

    Xiaomi actually did mentioned as processors version the “MSM8974AB”, but nowhere, and I mean nowhere, the company mentioned about 4G, which as you mention is the only difference between the 2 processors. On the contrary, Xiaomi was talking only for 3G. So, if it is a mistake, it seems it is not on purpose.


    • http://GSMinsider.com/ Mark Collins

      Yup, But it had advertised wrongly. They are confusing about the whole Snapdragon Series.

      • zaikatanox

        But even if they had gone ahead to use the MSM8974AB, there still wouldn’t be LTE. Xiaomi, I think, had been clear that the Tegra 4 version will support TD-SCDMA (so the 3G will only work with China Mobile), and that the Snapdragon version will support WCDMA.

        As far as actual values and features are concerned, nobody got cheated. Granted that technically, MSM8974AB is superior, but that superiority only comes in the fact that it supports LTE, which they would not have used anyway. What customers are getting is a Snapdragon 800-AB powered smartphone, which supports WCDMA, and which does not support LTE, and that was exactly what they advertised.

        But I agree, they should have just said that it would support Snapdragon 800-AB, rather than going technical with all the serial number stuff. It’s a PR disaster, and I hope they can recover from any reputation ‘damage’ this may have caused.

  • Roger

    The only difference between the two processors is the network support. The Mi-3 was advertised as having HSDPA support and NO LTE support. Nothing has changed. It still meets all of the advertised specs. People a just angry because they wanted to hack the phone to provide LTE support. Now, that’s impossible.

    • http://GSMinsider.com/ Mark Collins

      Yup. It should not use this – MSM8974AB. Perhaps should use – “first MSM8x74AB processor”

    • http://GSMinsider.com/ Mark Collins

      People is just angry and frustrated, but XiaoMi has advertised it wrongly at the first place.

  • Qëndrim Beqir Izairi

    I would like there to be a wcdma version with tegra 4 chip

    • http://GSMinsider.com/ Mark Collins

      Sorry, Tegra 4 is only for TD-SCDMA model – China Mobile.

  • ManusiaZone

    which is better? where Tegra 4?


    Please tell me.

    • http://GSMinsider.com/ Mark Collins


      Above all from Qualcomm.

      Tegra 4 is from NVIDIA.

      • Dileep

        They belong to Qualcomm Krait 400 CPU family

    • kadajawi

      The only difference is the networks they work on.

  • Hiew Vun Yau

    My colleague who just received his Mi3 ordered on 3rd July 2014 (Malaysia) ran Antutu Benchmark and only got a score of 20,000+. Checked the CPU listed in Antutu and saw that it was a Krait Arm7 model …

  • kadajawi

    The big question seems to me if they are using the Snapdragon 800 or 801. They share the same MSM8x74AB product code, but the latter has support for HEVC, which is going to be quite useful in the next year or so, HEVC encoded material (the H264 successor) is already appearing on the net, and it requires a lot more CPU power to decode in software, likely more than a Snapdragon 800 can provide.