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Out of nowhere, a company named xodiom announces a Snapdragon 805-powered beast for $329 and no invites

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Out of nowhere, a company named xodiom announces a Snapdragon 805-powered beast for $329 and no invites
Warning - there's a high probability that this is a scam.

It's not every day that a company you've never heard of, called Xodiom, completely skips the media brouhaha and straight up launches a website where you can pre-order its sub-$399 Snapdragon 805-powered superphone that is on release schedule for January 5, 2015. And if you go as far as clicking or tapping the big green Buy button, you're greeted with a message that reads "To buy the xodiom you DO NOT need an invite, hooray for freedom ;-)" - verbatim! 

Is this the anti OnePlus, a good ol' scam, or just a honest company disrupting a dishonest market? We are yet to find out. The only intel we have on Xodiom is that its web-page is made by German design company Hammar AG, so we figured it could be a German company. Could this be the second great German mobile uprising since Linshof introduced us to its octagonal-shaped Linshof i8, a smartphone in the making that's quite unlike any other?

Well, January 2015 is coming pretty soon, so we'll be seeing about that. Now, let's focus on the "sub-$399 superphone" part. The xodiom (spelled in lowercase) is a Meizu MX4 Pro lookalike with a 5.5-inch QHD Super AMOLED screen, a Snapdragon 805 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32/64GB of expandable storage, a 16MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and OIS, a 5-megapixel "distortion free" front cam, and a 3200mAh battery. The smartphone is sized 152.7 x 75.9 x 6.6mm (6.01 x 2.98 x 0.25in) and runs Android 5.0 topped off with a custom user interface by the name of "xOS".

The smartphone is capable of everything Snapdragon 805 devices do - things like 4K video with stereo recording, Dual Shot, simultaneous HD video and image recording, slow motion video, and more. In addition, the xodiom is resistant towards sweat, rain, liquids, sand, and dust. The screen is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 for scratch and shatter protection. Can you handle more awesome at this point? We know you do - the xodiom has dual stereo speakers and active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic, along with Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Gesture, UV, Heart Rate, and SpO2 sensors.

Take a moment to breathe, because we're about to reveal this beast's shocking price tag - it's $329 for the 32GB version or $379 for the 64GB version! Both are sold exclusively in Tuxedo Black, and once again, there's no invite scheme, shady contests, dull social network marketing, or other questionable initiatives involved. 

The biggest question, of course, is whether this company can really deliver. We're all probably thinking the same thing here - this thing's too good to be true! So don't mash the buy button yet, unless you're feeling really adventurous. If anything, xodiom appears to accept only wire transfers and bitcoin transactions as payment options, which have no customer protection. This is a shady practice typical of online scammers. We're not launching an investigation or anything, and we cannot say for a fact whether the company's legitimate or not. We're contacting xodiom and Qualcomm in hopes of gathering some intel.

UPDATE: Since we reported on xodiom, the news has blown up in the technological community. Users and fellow journalists have collected these, and more pieces of evidence that strongly point towards the company being a scam. You have been warned!

1. The xodiom phone's homescreen is not an original creation. It contains icons from icon packs available on the Google Play store. It is also the same homescreen used for this Karbonn smartphone.

2. Richard Danis, a follower of tech journalist Erica Griffin's Google+ page, experimented with wiring money to xodiom. On refreshing the payment web-page, the website appears to generate random order references instead of giving out an error.

3. Googling the xodiom.com domain registrant's phone number yields a ton of scam website references.


source: xodiom

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posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:21 4

1. xtroid2k (Posts: 517; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Thats it im gonna get in on this "me too" market and start my smartphone company. The market is bocming so over saturated im getting concerned that innovation will crawl to a hault. As companies focus on sales instead of R&D.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:43 1

28. vuyonc (Posts: 1014; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)


Price matters way more than hardware innovation in the market, bro. Unfortunately, R&D seems to cost too much for new ideas and OEMs make their phones 'too' expensive as a result. You don't see Xiaomi making IP certified phones for example.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:38

41. DevilsAdvocate (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


Bro, this thing looks to me as fake as a 3 dollar bill.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:22

2. Mreveryphone (Posts: 581; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


What nexus 6... Wonder how they'll handle updates?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:25 2

3. ilxxxli (Posts: 12; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


HOLY CRAP... beyond awesomeness... look at all of their LTE support... all 4 major carriers in the U.S. can take advantage of this beast!...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:26 1

4. Legnaldo (Posts: 62; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


If it sounds too good to be true.....it probably is.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:04 1

31. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1413; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Not anymore, oneplus one showed tnat you can build a beast and sell it for really cheap prices

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 18:51 1

49. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


yeah but oneplus is only getting a 2-3% margin... if that. they say they are selling at cost. by the time you thrown in defects and returns... i kinda beleive them.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:28 11

5. AChackes (Posts: 15; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


They don't take credit cards, only bank wire transfers. So when this "company" disappears they will just keep your money.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:51 4

37. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Yeah, it's a scam. Somewhere at the other end there are guys just waiting the $$$$$$$$$ to start flowing.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:29 9

6. drsolom (Posts: 2; Member since: 27 Nov 2014)


Fake ..................................................​...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:30

7. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


Holy crap, these specs are awesome, and the UI is pretty good too!

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:30 3

8. wsrobert (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Sep 2014)


Only wire transfer or bitcoin as payment options? Paypal option is "unavailable". Hmmmmm.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:18 3

33. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Very suspicious indeed...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:31 2

9. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)


Whats those model numbers? N910F? N910G? Note 4?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:38 4

10. deewinc (Posts: 272; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


NO PAYPAL. NO BUYING

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:41 4

11. Zenzui (Posts: 114; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Looks like a scam due to limited pay option without having anyway to protect the buyer.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:42 3

12. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Sounds shady as they are only taking bitcoins and wire transfer. No protection for you as a buyer. BUYER BEWARE.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:43 6

13. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


No contact information ? What is this ? Charity ?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:45 1

14. KinqElessaR (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)


It's so strange that 329$ phone is way better than "some" 750+$ phone.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:14 6

22. Anterv (Posts: 172; Member since: 09 Jul 2014)


Marketing victim spoted.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 18:55

50. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


maybe not 'way better', but they can definitely be 'every bit as good'.

posted on 10 Dec 2014, 10:22

60. KinqElessaR (Posts: 45; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)


Well I think it's better than iPhone.
I really don't understand. If you could install iOS to this device, Wouldn't it be "way better" than iPhone 6?

I mean does iOS cost 400$?
Because a 329$ phone has better hardware than 750$ iPhone.

If a phone is 700$, You should expect that it contains lot more hardware that the half-priced one.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:25 7

26. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


this may be the guy who created this website to scam us

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:48 2

15. gbuch (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Whois information shows this site is registered for someone in Panama, with only a PO box as address...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:50 5

16. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


can i hold phonearena accountable if i get scammed?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:51

17. kurama. (Posts: 85; Member since: 13 Sep 2014)


Oh my god what the devil is this. These Chinese companies are going to bankrupt the major oems. If this is released where I live we got a deal that's one hot looking phone.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:51 6

18. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


this is obviously a scam as they are putting all the best specs available in the market and selling it at such low price

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 10:59 2

19. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


i thought android 5 was just released? how can they make a custom OS based on lolipop so quickly?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:12 1

20. Donbenie (Posts: 208; Member since: 04 Aug 2013)


Click at your own risk..

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:12 6

21. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


even the custom OS looks photoshopped using some random icon packs from the play store

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:22 2

23. hugoprh (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Everything looks so perfect, loool, has to be a SCAM... No thank, I will wait for more info.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:24 3

24. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


i bet the scammer is among us who often visit phonearena. he/she is probably in this thread right now...perhaps someone who is promoting this phone..

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:52 5

29. lebigmac506 (banned) (Posts: 56; Member since: 17 Sep 2014)


More likely its phone arena themselves. I haven't seen any original news on any other site (some have posted, but list PA as the source).

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:24 4

25. Zuisudra (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Jun 2012)


Features Page -> Look at the second image in landscape mode. Notice the strange control buttons on the right side.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 15:50

43. hwb01 (Posts: 291; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


It would be really cool if the buttons could change like that though...

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 14:48

57. zacsaturday (Posts: 209; Member since: 09 May 2014)


Wow, you noticed as well! I thought I was the only one

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:34 1

27. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


They also using priacy on the Whois, I say this is a scam

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 11:56 1

30. skymitch89 (Posts: 1299; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


It'll be interesting to see if this is true or not. I'd be interested in getting this device if it is true and if it really is all that it's cracked up to be.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:08 1

32. NexusX (Posts: 507; Member since: 16 May 2013)


anyone remember this guy
http://www.emopulse.com/

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:18 1

34. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Sounds too good to be true...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:27

35. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 528; Member since: 07 May 2012)


it's an ok design but specs are awesome for that price. I wonder how updates will go?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 12:39 1

36. Takeharu (Posts: 210; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I just sent them an email regarding the fact that it all looks like a scam.
I wonder if they'll reply...

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:14

38. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


LTE? HSPA+?

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:16

39. Planterz (Posts: 2070; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


NVM, just saw it in the pictures. Apparently one variant even has T-Mobile's upcoming band 12.

I'm skeptical....

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 13:33 3

40. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


The fact they don't accept Paypal or credit cards is suspicious. The same with the lack of contact info, the fact shipping is free, and the fact that the phone looks to have icon packs lifted from the Google Play Store on it.

I bought a OnePlus and it rocks. At least they had videos of producing the phone, actual working devices, and a social media presence before releasing the device.

This sounds like Superrepicas, the kit car scammers who claim to build a Ferrari 430 clone for $40,000 with a BMW V-12 engine.

Stay far away....

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 14:05

42. DnB925Art (Posts: 1010; Member since: 23 May 2013)


If it is real, I'll wait until the thing is actually released and gets into reviewers'/general public's hands. But if you can't at least accept Paypal/Credit Cards, I'd be very wary.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 16:24 1

44. ProblemSolver15 (Posts: 301; Member since: 14 Jun 2010)


Fake as hell. This some ol bull.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 16:38 3

45. dimas (Posts: 2124; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)


Congrats, you've been xodiomized.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 16:57

46. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


It would be a nice choice if it ran stock Android.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 17:27 1

47. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


This is fake, the name is probably a pun on "Xiaomi", it looks like an iPhone 7 concept by fans, and is too good to be true.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 18:50

48. 4sofnature (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)


I cannot believe this story was even put on the website. This phone is a total fake. The company was only created a month ago according to the website, they have no actual contact information, they don't accept any protected forms of payment i.e Paypal or credit cards and finally according to the website registration they are in panama and the listed phone number is a known scammer.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 18:59 2

51. culots (unregistered)


Don't you think it's a bit criminal that you've not pulled this article, even though from a cursory look at the website it can be certainly confirmed that this device does not exist and this is a scam (look at the magically appearing volume slider on the features page, for one).

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 22:49

52. p51d007 (Posts: 234; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Anyone can build one of these...just dump some money to a manufacturer, buy some chips, etc. Pretty much any 80x chip, 5.x" IPS screen can run 99% of the software out there, without any issues. It's going to be the build quality, SUPPORT that will be the deal breaker. If anything, OnePlus taught a LOT of people, what happens when you jump on something "first gen" from a nobody startup. Go to their forum section, angry people with yellow tint at the bottom screens, that were told it was a software problem, or, you aren't holding it right, lack of RMA's, or, if you DO get a replacement, it isn't a new one, but a replacement that was RMA'd back, fixed, and sent out again, missing accessories, buttons that don't work. OnePlus2, MIGHT be better, but unless xodiom has everything in place, "wait and see" might be a better idea.

posted on 04 Dec 2014, 23:26

53. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


How many companies are there in China my God.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 01:59

54. luis.d (Posts: 329; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Hey guys, I want to clarify some things on behalf of our website:

1. PhoneArena is not involved in any business or partnership with xodiom. We are merely reporting on a news tip by a reader who stumbled upon the company's Facebook page.

2. At the moment, we don't have the means to confirm whether this company is legitimate or not. We can't make bold claims or pull news from the website based on how we "feel" about the company. However, we do advise our readers to proceed with caution because of the possibility of a scam. It does look "too good to be true", but this is not evidence - it's merely an assumption.

3. We contacted xodiom and Qualcomm. The former had this to say: "We're really busy right now finalizing the software side of the phone, and would rather present a completely finished and thought through product than wasting our time with social media campaigns or giveaway shenanigans. Given the specifications paired with the price the 1st gen xodiom is going to retail for, we expect the demand to be quite high indeed, that's why we won't start any hype campaign, so we can actually stay on the ball with the delivery of all the orders we receive." The latter didn't respond.

4. We did take a look at xodiom.com's whois information prior to publishing the article. It lists the typical coordinates and phone number used by websites that are WhoisGuard Protected, which doesn't say anything concrete.

Thanks for reading PhoneArena, everyone. Stay smart and take care.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 03:22

55. luis.d (Posts: 329; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Follow-up: we updated the article with more references pointing towards xodiom being a scam. We've asked the company about these issues.

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 04:24 2

56. laughmi (banned) (Posts: 283; Member since: 28 Oct 2014)


PA should not support these rumors. The reputation of PA goes down. Sorry Luis but this article let us down :(

posted on 05 Dec 2014, 23:43

58. 4sofnature (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Dec 2014)


It's somewhat unfortunate that this article is even still on PA, it really hurts their credibility and will make me question articles published by them in the future. If you look up the company it doesn't even have an FCC id plus it's info on whois points to fraud everywhere. PA just turned from credible tech site to US Weekly!

posted on 06 Dec 2014, 17:39

59. DiegoEnzo (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Dec 2014)


they have stoped receiving orders until having paypal, they are active on FB deffending theirselves, perhaps it's not fraud in the end. We'll see.

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