In case you still haven’t heard of Xiaomi, this is the company that sold more smartphones than Samsung
in China at the end of 2013. It’s also a company that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak likes
. While at the moment it concentrates its business in China and South East Asia, Xiaomi may want to expand globally in the future.
Until then, however, the company is getting ready to launch a new Android-based handset that seems to take direct aim at Samsung’s Galaxy Note line.
Called Xiaomi Redmi Note, the new device reportedly features a 5.5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels and a “true octa-core” processor made by MediaTek.
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun posted an official image showing the new Redmi (seen above), thus confirming that this is the 5.5-inch Xiaomi handset
that appeared last week.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note may cost as low as $162 (999 CNY). It looks like the handset will be available to purchase starting March 19 - only in China (at least for the beginning). Xiaomi will probably sell millions of these, further establishing itself as one of the new stars of the Chinese smartphone market.