Five Technology has just given everybody another reason to skip buying the Retina-class iFive Mini 3 — the 3G-enabled octa-core-running iFive Mini 3GS [Google Translate].
Really, if you were thinking of getting the Retina-class iFive Mini 3, drop that idea and go for the 3GS. Even if you won’t be using the 3G, the 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek 6592 CPU brings with it a probable AnTuTu score in the 27,000-range versus the 18,000-range of the Mini 3’s 3188 CPU.
All we know about this tablet outside of the CPU, screen resolution, and likely AnTuTu score is that it has a Mali 450 MP4 GPU running at 700MHz and will use the same fast RAM and ROM as the Retina-class iFive Mini 3. RAM is unknown but I would be very surprised if it wasn’t still 2GBs. Storage will likely still be 16GBs.
As seen above, Five has added two plastic panels to the back. This allows the antennas to work at full blast. This should also increase the WiFi capability over all of their other models that have completely-metal backs. Increased WiFi performance is another reason to favor this over the Retina-class iFive Mini 3.
Availability is still unknown but I expect this to go on sale well before the upcoming 3288-based iFive Mini 4.
IMP3Net is the only site reporting this. Not even Five’s own site or Weibo account have an announcement. Even the 5Fans forum is silent so far. It could be IMP3Net broke an embargo or got a leak. Seeing reports of tablets “announced” well before a manufacturer officially does so is something I’ve gotten used to when dealing with Chinese tech sites.
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