Xiaomi reportedly working on a $600 smartphone


Xiaomi is reportedly going to break the tradition of releasing relatively cheap phones, by launching a $600 device later this year. According to GizmoChina, this information comes directly from Xiaomi co-founder Liwan Jiang. Fans of the company should not be worried though, as Xiaomi won't be putting an end to its affordable offerings.

Considering that $600 is pretty much double what the base model of the Xiaomi Mi 5 is selling for, this alleged new device better be something really special. Since Xiaomi's cheaper offerings have always had great value for their price, we can only assume that the manufacturer would be going all out on build quality and features with this premium-priced device. Maybe Xiaomi is preparing to hit the global market with a phone that's actually easy to get outside of China?

Who knows. It could also be the rumored curved screen version of the Mi Note 2.

source: GizmoChina

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32 Comments

1. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

So it begins, people. Cheap quality with premium price tag. Better stick to the masters like Samsung, LG... who have highly regarded reputation and plenty of experience.

3. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Give this man some +1 , so that he can have some life!!

10. Kumar123 unregistered

LOL, I'm giving you a +1 and a green thumps up for your excellent comment.

34. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

...Yeah but seriously... A $600 Chinese phone... Who in their crazy mind would do that... when you can get a last gen Samsung / LG / Sony / HTC? Heck, even Motorolla... for a... a Xiaomi??

35. michaelny2001

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

yeah i just bought the one plus 3 and 400 felt a lot, a 600 plus tax probably.... nah. it's cool. I rather buy the Note 5 from last year for less.

16. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

I agree..

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

According to you, the only two manufacturers that should be allowed to produce products in this price range are Samsung and LG, even if a company like Xiaomi has shown to be a huge success in creating quality smartphones for cheaper prices? Oh yes, let's all just accept the future of two main manufacturers. I'm sure we can all benefit from that competition...

31. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

You are too much of a koreaboo who patronizes korean products so much, Wake up! Samsung and Lg are not the only ones who can make good products

2. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

My money is ready!!! . NOTE:- before you start to troll !! Just use a xiaomi phone first and do check out MIUI8 too!!

17. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Most people I know ever badmouthing Samsung and goes to Chinese phones. But they're going back to Samsung again after they've got bad experiences with their Chinese phones. It's just me,though

19. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

True.. When Redmi 1s, Redmi Note and Mi3 were launched in India, without using them, I became a Xiaomi Fan and used tk say F*** Samsung. But after using all three, I am back to Samsung. I have tried my friend's Mi4 and Redmi Note 3 but I still don't think that they are onpar with Samung Flagships. I understand that they are much cheaper. I just mean that what else will they do to make them onpar when selling at higher price? Why aren't they doing same and increasing price a bit?

24. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Yeah! Buddy its cheaper !! Thats what more people want!! Believe it!!

32. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

I don't think I'll go back to overpriced Samsung. No offense though.

33. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Yep that's me. BOught a Redmi Note 2... CRAZY price as you know, Chinese phones... But, buggy as hell, and their customer service was atrocious. You get what you pay for. NEVER AGAIN.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Things may soon end up like 2012-2013... Android=Samsung

9. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

But truth is things never ends!!

5. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Yes, it better be something really special. They're offering great phones on such great price, I don't want them to go Huawei route.

6. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Overpriced chinese crap

8. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

How can you judge without seeing the product?

11. Kumar123 unregistered

Still better than your Korean crap you piece of $hit.

15. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Still Better than Lava phones

20. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Lol... You Sir are the biggest Anti Samsung guy I have seen here. Everytime you just start bashing Samsung and then start insulting the person. -Sent by my current Redmi 1s (To be replaced as soon as possible).

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Ohk if leaks are true:- . Mi note 2 high end variant . 1-curved screen 2-big battery 3-dual camera 4-water-proofing 5-snap823/21 with 6GB/8GB ram 6-great miui 7-2k screen

13. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Seems highly possible for such specs. But Xiaomi will find it hard to sell premium priced products.

21. siddharthayadav202

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 23, 2016

Curved 2k screen will be provided by Samsung. Sd 821 will be made by Samsung. Dual Camera provided by Samsung. 6 GB ram will also be from Samsung (if they want to use the best on market) Prices are also closing onto Samsung. All I can wonder is how can they now make it better than what Samsung can make (other than cheaper price).

25. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Oh man!! Snapdragon is a different company!! You know that right!!!

12. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

The truth is that, Xiaomi mi5 is very good smartphone because its priced half of the s7. Otherwise its just a s**t with poor built, mediocre camera and fuzzy software.

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

If this is true, it was only a matter of time before a company like Xiaomi made this move. The prices which they currently charge for their handsets, while great for consumers and has also helped Xiaomi move millions of handsets, is not a sustainable business model. Selling handsets on or near cost only allows for razor thin profit margins, and no company can maintain itself indefinitely with that business model, especially since Xiaomi doesn't do too much else besides make smartphones. I wouldn't be surprised if other Chinese vendors follow suit.

22. Manyci

Posts: 116; Member since: Aug 03, 2015

"especially since Xiaomi doesn't do too much else desides make smartphones"... lol. They make plenty other stuff: air and water purifier, headphones and earphones, smart tv-s, etc. AND you forget a huge part of Xiaomi's (in fact any Chinese OEM's) success: they own app store. In China there isn't Google and therefore Google Play Store, so every OEM has their own app store, from wich most of their money comes. That's why they can not only operate, but be successful with those razor thin profit margains. (And this is why they don't come outside of China or even if they do, they raise the prices immediately.)

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21784; Member since: May 28, 2014

I wasn't aware of the other things they are into. Thanks for the info. However, is their smartphone business carrying the bulk of their operations on a whole? Because if it is, then what I just said still holds true. Even their AppStore success is based in the selling of smartphones. If this is the case, those razor thin profit margins cannot sustain the company indefinitely, which is probably one of the reasons why they are looking to make a higher-priced smartphone, to create better profit margins.

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