Xiaomi Red Rice sequel includes octa-core chip, larger screen and a low price
Now, Xiaomi has received TENAA certification (TENAA is China's version of the FCC) for its next-gen budget model. The red Android buttons on the front of the device identify this as belonging to the manufacturer's budget Redmi line. Sporting a 5.5 inch screen with 720 x 1280 resolution, there will be two different versions of this Xiaomi model. One will sport an octa-core 1.4GHz CPU, presumably made by MediaTek, while the other will be equipped with a faster 1.7GHz processor.
The device will also come equipped with a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP snapper on front. The TENAA filing mentioned something about an 8MP camera in front, so that is a possibility as well. Xiaomi has left the door ajar for competitors like Huawei, Coolpad and Hisense to push LTE powered, sub $130 phones. You see, this new Xiaomi model will have TD-SCDMA connectivity for China Mobile and WCDMA for other carriers in China, but so far a model with support for LTE has not been spotted.
The next Xiaomi value phone won't officially be announced until the "MiFan Festival" next month. This is a celebration of the company's anniversary, a perfect time to unveil the sequel to the Red Rice.
source: StraitsTimes, TENAA via Zealer (translated), Engadget