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.
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.
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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