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

$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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38 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

You know what? I'll get one!

26. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

4. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

5. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Especially when it is a staple food

32. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

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

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

30. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

noob much....

38. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

7. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

20. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Why waste your time posting here then?

22. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Mediatek quad core a7 turbo outperforms a snapdragon 400.

24. SleepingOz unregistered

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

37. ImQ009

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

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

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?

8. zennacko unregistered

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.

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

10. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

12. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

this is the future sub 200 smartphones off contract

13. grapeseed87

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 13, 2013

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

14. Ruisleipä

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

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

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

23. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

16. Ruisleipä

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

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

27. sergiobr

Posts: 718; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

28. Hallucinator

Posts: 390; Member since: May 24, 2010

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

29. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

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

33. zennacko unregistered

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

34. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 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

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