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$130 for a quad-core smartphone? Enter the Xiaomi Red Rice

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$130 for a quad-core smartphone? Enter the Xiaomi Red Rice
We were trying to think of something inspiring to say, but the just outed Xiaomi Red Rice speaks volumes on its own – and what an enchanting story it is!

Unveiled earlier today, Xiaomi is changing the name of the game by offering an extremely affordable (even for its homeland) smartphone that sports internals rivaling those of other more premium offerings out there. Namely, a quad-core Mediatek MT6589T processor ticking at 1.5GHz is helped by 1GB of RAM to run the 4.7-inch 720x1280 pixel IPS display snugged behind Corning's Gorilla Glass 2. The handset runs Xiaomi's custom user interface, MIUI v5, on top of Android 4.2 and features a 8MP camera at the rear, with the front taken care of by a 1.3MP snapper.

So what exactly does all this translate into? As you can see in the gallery below, Red Rice already paid benchmarks a visit, scoring just over 15000 on AnTuTu – an impressive feat, all things considered.

The rest of Xiaomi's Red Rice is less exciting – the handset comes with dual-SIM capabilities and a rather frugal 4GB of internal memory which is, fortunately, expandable via microSD. Powering this entire show is a 2000mAh battery.

So what do we think? Red Rice really is something, especially at that price point. What's more, Xiaomi is elbowing its way through the smartphone arena, and succeeding, even if on a local level. The manufacturer booked some $2.15 billion in revenue for the first half of 2013 - that's slightly more than double the amount it cashed in for the same period last year. That being said, there's no telling when (if at all) Xiaomi will push distribution on a bigger scale. In fact, with the size of the Chinese market, we could definitely see Xiaomi sticking to what is working for it in the foreseeable future.


source: Xiaomi (Weibo)

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posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:30 7

1. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


You know what? I'll get one!

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 13:17 3

26. Oxygen (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


For $130, it's definitely a go!
But the only chinese smartphone I'm excited about, is the Find 7.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:33 11

2. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


You know what? Red Rice sounds kinda weird...

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:36 2

3. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_rice

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:40 5

4. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5075; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I know, I ate it before. But a smartphone with a food name sounds wierd... lol

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:42 1

5. nobelset (Posts: 268; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Especially when it is a staple food

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 16:31 3

32. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


Moto Mac n' Cheese. You heard it here first, folks!

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:47 1

6. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


$130? I'll get one and don't get a case or screen protector for it :D I can finally use a phone without trying to protect it haha

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 15:58

30. StreetNerd (Posts: 700; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


noob much....

posted on 08 Aug 2013, 07:14

38. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1200; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


noob? haha It's called I need a phone that I can throw around if I want haha

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:24 7

7. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I'd rather take a good dual core than this abomination straight from mediatek

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:59 7

20. _Bone_ (Posts: 2104; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Why waste your time posting here then?

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 12:09

22. Shatter (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Mediatek quad core a7 turbo outperforms a snapdragon 400.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 13:11 2

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)


This guy is a well-known Android hater/nokia troll, just don't mind him!

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 08:06

37. ImQ009 (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Dec 2012)


Because that's what the comment section is for, for people who want to share their opinion. And he does have a point.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 23:39

35. taikucing (unregistered)


$130 for a quad core CPU, HD, 1 GB RAM, & > 2000 mAh battery? I'd rather take it than sh*tty overpriced nokia lumia 520 or samsuck galaxy young POS.
Well, perhaps because this phone is not installed with WP8 so that some people hate it?

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:28

8. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


The upper part of the screen (the speaker hole) reminded me of Xperia Z...
That aside, well, as a budget quad, you really wouldn't expect 32GB flash memory and 2GB RAM, right? this is just a GS3/iPhone4(S) killer, not the smartphone market killer.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:32

9. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


In philippines and india, this is not new. Though it is somewhat convincing to buy one especially when the company selling it is slightly popular than other chinese manu.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:34

10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I'd take it over the lumia 520. I'm sure plenty of Chinese will too.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 10:46 5

12. gazmatic (Posts: 523; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)


this is the future

sub 200 smartphones

off contract

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:13 2

13. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)


looks like a lumia. including the lock screen type. The price point matches 520 as well :P Just saying.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:20

14. Ruisleipä (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


The difference is the quality, Nokia or xiaomi? mediatek vs qualcomm? i would take the 520 over this any day!

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:24 3

15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


The 520 is a pos. It doesn't even have a flash for its camera. My bros $30 kyocera event has a flash. But Nokia with their "amazing" build and camera quality does not.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 12:11 1

23. Shatter (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Now that you brought that up you appeared to have scared all the fanboys away.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 11:29 1

16. Ruisleipä (Posts: 31; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)


What do you need a flash for when the camera is 3.2 megapixels ? :3

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 13:24

27. sergiobr (Posts: 393; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)


I think smartphones are going to far in price. In my country people would prefer a Xiaomi rather than paying above 200 for a smart.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 14:35

28. Hallucinator (Posts: 339; Member since: 24 May 2010)


ehh, I just paid $125 for a Unlocked Note 2. Granted the screen was cracked but it works beautifully.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 15:30

29. bwhiting (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


I want this one and just got to hope that it can be used on Verizon. Doubt it but hope that it will.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 16:48

33. zennacko (Posts: 222; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)


Seems like its chip supports both CDMA and GSM bands... As for dual-LTE support and FCC bashing, that's another story.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 21:59

34. bwhiting (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


hmmm well it might be usable, I will be good with the CDMA usages with Big Red but the LTE would be greater and more beneficial to me in the long haul though more than anything

posted on 01 Aug 2013, 02:16

36. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2381; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Nice phone but it's Chinese, it might not or hardly be supported for services.

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