Xiaomi Phone 2 announced - the first with quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro tops Quadrant, is just $310

Xiaomi Phone 2 announced - the first with quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro tops Quadrant, is just $310
UPDATE: Sample shots from the 8MP rear camera added in the slideshow below, Xiaomi claims they haven't been modified in any way.

Xiaomi Phone 2 finally launched with great fanfare and amidst great anticipation, as it is intended to show that China can not only make cheap and cheerful knockoff Androids, but issue groundbreaking handsets that won't make you raid your kid's college fund. too.

The specs are literally breathtaking, as the Xiaomi Phone 2 indeed utilizes the rumored quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset, which is so powerful, that it is actually intended for tablet use. The guys didn't stop here, though - they slapped a 720p 4.3" IPS-LCD display for 342ppi pixel density, and added 2GB of RAM to ensure Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with a MIUI overlay is running smooth with many apps loaded in the background. As for wireless, the handset supports 850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS and has a 42Mbps HSPA+ radio, which means T-Mobile is left out of the downloading party should someone import it.

There is a back-illuminated camera sensor on the rear, seemingly the same 5-element lens that is in the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III, but the stock battery seems somewhat wimpy at 2000mAh for all that might. This can be easily remedied, since the company will sell a version of the Xiaomi Phone 2 with 3000mAh juicer that will add 2mm to the thickness of the device, not exactly a dealbreaker, although it will bring the device to 12mm, which is on the chubby side these days. The slim 3.9mm side bezel is also touted in the slideshow below, comparing it as the thinnest from the flagships on the market.

The whole premise is that this compelling components package comes in an affordable manner, and the $310 price equivalent certainly puts the big guys Samsung and Apple flagship smartphone pricing to shame. Such price tag certainly won't allow the Xiaomi team buy yachts and Hampton mansions any time soon, but is likely to make them heroes in the eyes of their Chinese customers, and that smartphone market will be the largest in the world for the foreseeable future. Availability for the device is slated for October, and by that time it might be battling S4 Pro phones from more established smartphone makers, which, however, are likely to be much more expensive.

source: Xiaomi via Engadget

Related phones

  • Display 4.3" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh



1. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Will you please be quiet and accept my currency!

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

LOL.....I need to see how the UI is first and the way it functions before i make any decisions.


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

Its android ....if you dont like the UI ....change it

9. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

If the phone isn't popular the theming community and whatnot for the phone won't be as large, making it more difficult to do yourself.

49. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

It uses miui and thats a community upon itself look it up there is following all over the world the original was born from the mod community...


Posts: 103; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

i doubt anyone would care for the UI considering the specs

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

take a look at the meizu mx 4 core phone....has really good specs that of the GS3......But terrible UI and OS.......something called Flyme OS or somthing like that.....The UI almost looks like a bad mixture of android and IOS put together! :(

48. Mr.Alawi

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

MIUI is really a popular UI and theming isn't a problem at all since it been ported to HTC,samsung,Sony and LG there is alot of theming for home screen and lock screen as well

50. OSFantasma

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

@Xperia-Knight thats the overlay not the OS it runs on gingerbread i believe.

51. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

lol thanks but I'll just wait until I can see a thorough review of this phone on youtube....Sounds really good so far though... :)

52. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

don't worry MIUI is amazing. better than stock android, better than sense better than touchwiz/moto, better than cyanogen mod(HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?) I use it on my phone, its amazing themes are really awesome too and software is pretty light and zippy

8. MeoCao unregistered

Hit me hard, I think it's just a dream.

35. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011


44. MeoCao unregistered

Haha, thanks

10. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

China is so lucky,when will the rest of world be lucky?

14. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

u can always import it.

20. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

when they adopt the communism...:-))

33. verizonsin

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

Now thats innovation and revolutionary. Suck it apple.

55. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

this is what the iphone needs to be

57. Raymond_htc

Posts: 430; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

but that will never happen to the new iPhone. (NOT WITH the 5 number.)

45. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Gonna get his phone when it's out! good thing that we have connection in Asia :)

3. vickygamit

Posts: 52; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

good phone with price range!!

6. VebbX

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Have to go to the bank...

7. MeoCao unregistered

Wow wow wow!!!

12. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

So, is this the worlds most fastest smartphone ?

19. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

Most fast or just fastest, sorry the grammar was bugging me.

29. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I think he meant "the bestest"

13. Aeires unregistered

Holy cow, if that thing is compatible with T-Mobile's 4G bands, I'd be doing some serious research on how to get one here in the States.

18. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

If overseas shipping wasn't so ridiculous, I would too.

25. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I'm not 100% sure of wha I'm saying, but as far as I'm aware: T-Mobile uses LTE while this phone only supports: DC-HSPA+ (42.2) / GPRS / EDGE So no, not compatible. The good news is that as it uses APQ8064 (no cell modem), so it should be easy to put an LTE chip for cell modem if they want to. The bad news: they'll probably won't do it unless they start selling in the US.

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