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

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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61 Comments

1. xtroid2k

Posts: 601; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

28. vuyonc

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 24, 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.

41. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

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

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

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

3. ilxxxli

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 23, 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!...

4. Legnaldo

Posts: 63; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

31. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

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

49. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

5. AChackes

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

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

37. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

6. drsolom

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 27, 2014

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

7. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

8. wsrobert

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 29, 2014

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

33. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Very suspicious indeed...

9. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

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

10. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

NO PAYPAL. NO BUYING

11. Zenzui

Posts: 114; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

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

12. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

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

13. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

No contact information ? What is this ? Charity ?

14. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

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

22. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Marketing victim spoted.

50. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

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

60. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 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.

26. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

15. gbuch

Posts: 2; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

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

16. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

can i hold phonearena accountable if i get scammed?

17. kurama.

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

18. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 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

19. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

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

20. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Click at your own risk..

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