Xiaomi Phone 2 announced - the first with quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro tops Quadrant, is just $310
posted by Daniel P. / Aug 16, 2012, 5:55 AM
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.
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.The specs are literally breathtaking, as the Xiaomi
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
source: Xiaomi via Engadget
Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012
Will you please be quiet and accept my currency!
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 6:04 AM 18
LOL.....I need to see how the UI is first and the way it functions before i make any decisions.
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 6:18 AM 8
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! :(
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 6:49 AM 7
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
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 8:43 PM 0
Hit me hard, I think it's just a dream.
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 6:40 AM 1
Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 23, 2012
China is so lucky,when will the rest of world be lucky?
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 6:49 AM 2
Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 15, 2012
Now thats innovation and revolutionary. Suck it apple.
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 9:19 AM 3
Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012
So, is this the worlds most fastest smartphone ?
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 7:06 AM 1
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.
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 7:07 AM 3
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.
posted on Aug 16, 2012, 8:11 AM 0
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