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How low can you go: Xiaomi allegedly prepping an 80-dollar handset for 2015

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How low can you go: Xiaomi allegedly prepping an 80-dollar handset for 2015
All things considered, Xiaomi's phones are hard to get, yet they flaunt a noticeably more affordable price tag than most of theirs similarly-specc'd rivals. The so-called Apple of China is currently near the very top of the smartphone industry, leaving other more popular global brands far behind in terms of smartphone sales. Even more, it sees itself the global leader in the industry in the foreseeable future.

The company does not have a very extensive portfolio of products - the top-end Xiaomi Mi 4 being the flagship (and what a flagship it is indeed!), the Xiaomi Redmi Note in the upper mid-range, and the Xiaomi Hongmi/Redmi 1s in the entry-level price segment.

It seems that Xiaomi might have a new ultra-affordable Android smartphone in the pipeline for 2015. The rumor mill has it that it might cost CNY500, which translates to roughly $81. One of the hints behind this rumor is the recent inclusion of BOE Technology, a China-based supplier of display panels for entry-level phones, which made the cut and landed on Xiaomi's supplier list. The latter is already using Sharp and Japan Display's panels for its top-tier handsets, whereas AU Optronics is the provider of display panels for the mid-range offerings. Thus, it seems BOE Technology could be Xiaomi's partner for the latter's entry-level handsets.

We've already heard rumors about an alleged successor of the low-cost Xiaomi Redmi 1S, which has been already given the green light by China's TENAA certification agency. Could this be the rumored $80 handset? Well, we somewhat doubt that, but considering the Chinese phones you can get for twice the price, Xiaomi can easily surprise us all.


source: DiGiTimes via GSMDome

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