MI-ONE or Xiaomi Phone is a smartphone designed by the Xiaomi Tech Company. MI-ONE is a typical high end smartphone, using a 1.5 Ghz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor and Adreno 220 as its GPU and was sold with a price tag of USD310, which was less than half the cost of a substantial dual core CPU smartphone then. When it was debuted, the device received pre orders in excess of 300,000 in the first 34 hours. After the success Xiaomi Phone, things have changed and company is all set to launch the next generation Xiaomi Phone.
Few photos and information about next generation Xiaomi Phone have leaked from Foxconn factories. The phone, called as MI-2, will have an improved screen over its predecessor. The screen will be having 720p resolution and a quad core processor from Qualcomm will be running the show.
The first generation of this popular phone didn’t have a front facing camera, and the company has decided to keep it that way. MI-2 won’t be having a front facing camera, however it will feature a rear facing camera with dual LED fill flash. The phone comes with a new back cover design, which is unique plus elegant and opens up vertically to gain access to the battery and SIM card. This design will allow user to change the back covers, thus having a dual color tone. In terms of software, it is not known whether it will be shipped with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or Windows OS Windows 8, but the hardware is capable of running either of them. Previously, MI-1 was shipped along with MIUI (which is just a proprietary overlay over Android) pre loaded, but it also supported stock Android ROMs and other 3rd party ROMs. According to rumors, next gen Xiaomi will carry a reasonable price tag of 1999 yuan, which translates roughly to US$313. The phone won’t be coming along with a contract and will be sold unlocked with no strings attached.
Xiaomi phones are basically high end smartphones that are developed specially for performance enthusiasts who don’t have deep pockets. Apparently, Xiaomi has also launched less powerful youth version of original MI-ONE which targets low end smartphone market. Everything remains the same, except the youth version will be having a slower 1.2 GHz dual core processor and less RAM, and of course, at $242 it will be cheaper than the original MI-ONE that is sold for $322. The MI-ONE youth is even cheaper than Apple’s cheapest smartphone model, the Apple iPhone 3Gs, which is sold for US$453, and of course Apple’s hardware is nowhere close to even youth version of MI-ONE in terms of raw performance. Mi-ONE Youth is considered to be world’s first dual core phone and to make the deal sweeter, it comes with unlocked bootloader.
Another Chinese manufacturer called Meizu, after its success with dual core Meizu MX, has launched Meizu MX Quad Core. Meizu MX 4 core comes with Samsung’s new 1.5 Ghz quad core Exynos 4412 processor, 4-inch ASV display (960×640), an 8.0 megapixel BSI camera with a f/2.2 lens, 1700 mAh battery and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Meizu’s Flyme OS overlay. The specifications are very impressive and the 32GB model can be bought for US$480 in China right now. It is said that MI-2 will be launching next month with a price tag of only US $313. If it does launch at that price tag, it will easily become world’s cheapest quad core smartphone. It is interesting to see how more and more Chinese companies are making high end smartphones at low price. That said, the build quality of these phones are marvelous and these are the definition of “proud to be made in China” products. Apparently, these devices will never make it to our shores any time in the near future.