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Xiaomi Eyes Global Market – Targets to Ship 15 Million Smartphones in 2013

If you are abreast with major developments in the telecommunications industry, you may have heard of a Chinese company called Xiaomi, one that made a high end smartphone last year that could only be ranked among the top high end superphones in the market.  But if you have not heard of Xiaomi, or their Mi2 smartphone, that’s not your fault because the company has mainly been selling its devices within Asia and online.  Xiaomi has recorded big success in selling high end smartphones at prices much cheaper than what other manufacturers like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony and LG are selling theirs for.

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Xiaomi may be the biggest name when it comes to the smartphone market in East Asia and specifically China.  Although the company is just 3 years old, it sold in excess of 7 million smartphone units in 2012 without an Ad budget and with no retail sales.  This is a company that aims to prove to the world that not all electronic gadgets coming out of China are knock-offs or poor quality and it is eyeing the global market in the year 2013.  At the moment, Xiaomi is one of the most successful phone manufacturers in China competing against some of the oldest names in the industry including Ainol, Lenovo, Huawei and ZTE.

Bin Lin, the founder and CEO of Xiaomi, explained that his company has rapidly grown since it sold its very first device in 2011 and he attributed this success to the company’s transparency policy.  He says that Xiaomi tells its users everything regarding their gadgets – the processor, display and the LG batteries they use.  Xiaomi sold its first smartphone in August 2011 and introduced the second a year later in August 2012.  Although the company does not spend any cash on advertising, its smartphones often sell out within minutes of launch.

Xiaomi sold over 7 million handsets in 2012 that made it revenue of over $2 billion.  The company has a queer marketing and pricing structure where it charges buyers only the cost of the components hence the reason their smartphones go for even less than $400 each.  The company has decided to put focus on selling services and accessories of their popular smartphones and keep the costs low rather than make profit on the hardware.

Although Lin did not point out what the company strategy on conquering the world market is, it is likely that it has its eyes on the European and US markets.  This means that it may not be long before we see high end Xiaomi smartphones sold unlocked for the price of a mid-range smartphone in our shops.

Source: Engadget

Xiaomi to Start Production of Mi-2 on Sep 22, Release Should be Mid-October

There are many companies in China manufacturing Android phones, but few of them ever get good enough to be mentioned in the international scene.  One of the few companies that have been creative enough to come up with smartphones worthy of international recognition is Xiaomi.  You will remember Xiaomi from the first phone they came up with Xiaomi Mi-One.  Although this phone may not have prospered outside China, it left a mark in the smartphone market that left many looking forward for their second phone.

A couple of weeks ago, Xiaomi announced their new Xiaomi Mi-Two smartphone which I must admit has better specs at a lower price than most smartphones from renowned companies such as Samsung and HTC.  The good news for those looking forward to Xiaomi’s second generation phone is that it is set to hit the stores by mid-October.  Although the company did not give a specific date on when the handset will hit the stores or confirm their earlier reports that they intend to venture into the international market starting with Europe.

Production of Xiaomi Mi-Two starts on the 22nd of this month according to The Next Web website.  The company intended to begin production later in October but we have to assume that things are working pretty well for the company, hence the push-forward of the production and launching dates.  The last smartphone the company released sold pretty well.  It was Xiaomi One S an improved version of their first generation Mi, the Xiaomi Mi One.  Xiaomi had only 200,000 units of the Mi-One S made at launch despite their early reservations for 1.3 Million units.  Over the last three years, the thousands of Chinese smartphone manufacturers have found an easier way out to arm their gadgets – fake or original – with Android.

Xiaomi has not made any changes to the earlier released specs list for the Mi-Two.  If you missed the specs, here is an overview.

Processor: 1.5 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Adreno 320 GPU

Operating System: Android 4.1 Jelly bean

Memory: 16 GB Inbuilt Memory with memory card slot

RAM: 2 GB

Display: 4.3 inch 720 x 1280 pixels IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, (16M colors, 342 ppi pixel density)

Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100

Build: 126 x 62 x 10.2 mm, 145 g, Touch-sensitive controls

Data: GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, 42Mbps, HSUPA, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, MicroUSB

Camera: 8 MP Primary (3264 X 2448) with LED flash and AutoFocus, 1080p video at 30fps; 2 MP Secondary 1080 @30fps

Others: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, GPS with A-GPS support and GLONASS

I have never looked forward to a phone or any other gadget from China as much as I look forward to this new smartphone.  Do you?

Some Amazing High End Android Smartphones You Probably haven’t Heard of

Do brands matter?  When you bought your phone, was the manufacturer one of the most important considerations you factored in before selecting the phone you went with?  I am sure the brand matters – that is why most companies spend billions of dollars building a brand name and ensure that they are recognizable, no matter the products they make.  Brands may be evil though, they use so many underhand tactics to try to destroy competition and in most cases will make millions selling a name rather than an actual product.

It is difficult for a little-known name to make an impact in a competitive market, especially when that market is communication electronics.  What I have realized though is that some of these smaller companies come up with very impressive products and they often sell at a lower price because frankly, they do not have so many fans out there.  As an android blogger, I can tell you that there are some very reliable and powerful high end android smartphones that compete with such known brands as HTC Evo 4G and Samsung galaxy S3 – both in design, reliability, specs, features and performance.

Here are some amazingly impressive android smartphones that are worth looking at if you want a high end device that comes at a lower price and brand name is not the most important factor to you.

 

3. Oppo Find5 X909

We covered a brief review of this phone here as the world’s thinnest quad core Android smartphone.  This phone too comes from a little-known Chinese company and despite the queer name, the Find5 X909 will be one of the most impressive smartphones in the Android market when it is finally released.  The company somehow managed to squeeze a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 quad core processor, 2GB of Ram and 16 or 32GB of inbuilt memory and a 4.5 inch screen into 0.27 inches.

The phone also features a 4.5 inch display, an impressive 2,500 mAh battery and a front 2MP and a rear 12MP cameras.  We are not sure though whether the phone will come with Android Jelly bean pre-installed or with Android Ice Cream Sandwich Oppo has not made any indications of whether the phone will be made available in the international market, especially the US and Europe but we hope they will because it is not easy to find such a powerful but slim smartphone out there today for a price of below $400.

 

2. K-Touch Treasure V8

K-Touch’s Treasure V8 is another Android smartphone worth taking a closer look at.  This phone was unveiled last February during the MWC by the Chinese company but they have made a ton of changes to the device since the prototype was unveiled.  The most notable changes the company made include Android 4.0 ICS operating system (we were kind of hoping it would come with Jelly Bean though), a 4.5 inch 1280 X 720 pixel resolution screen with a 326 PPI ratio and a thinner design.

The most notable feature of the phone though is the powerful quad core 1.5GHz A9 processor, a GeForce ULP GPU, 1GB of RAM, an 1820 mAh non-removable battery and 16GB onboard memory.  Although this handset has some of the most impressive specs you can find on any smartphone, I have been reading critics’ reviews on the actual feel and experience of the phone and it appears the form factor and the quality of build materials are lacking.  This is not surprising though for a phone from a little-known brand name, but still, if they ever want to conquer the market and win fans then they need to put more effort on the quality of their devices.

This phone too comes from a Chinese manufacturer and will retail at a price of ¥3,000 (about $480) when it is made available in the market anytime now.

 

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Xiaomi just announced their newest high end Android smartphone a couple of weeks ago(we covered it here), and along with the launch is the news that the Chinese company will be making an international venture, starting with Europe.  The Mi2 is one of the few Android devices to come with Android Jelly Bean pre-installed and features the best specs you can find in a smartphone.

The Mi2 features a 4.3 inch IPS screen with a 1280 X 720 pixels resolution – a screen manufactured by Sharp, an American company.  With a display density of 341 pixels per inch, this phone has one of the most crisp and clearest displays.  Even the Galaxy S3 with a display density of 326 and Apple’s iPhone 4S’s 326 does not compare with Mi2’s 341!

The Xiaomi Mi2 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad core processor, currently the most powerful mobile device processor in the world.  The chip features an Adreno 320 GPU, making it powerful in not only processing but displaying graphics as well.

Other features of the phone include a 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt memory, an 8MP rear camera and a 2000mAh battery.  A phone like this on the US market would probably go for not less than $600 but surprisingly, this handset costs only ¥2000 (about $314).  Xiaomi is already working on selling this powerful phone in the European market but it is unclear whether they intend to supply it to the rest of the world, especially the US market.  I really hope they do because for such a price, this is a powerhouse gadget worth showing off.

 

Most of these smartphone have quite impressive features but cost much lower than what other brand names with even lesser specs have.  The low prices could probably be explained by China’s low costs of production and labor and use of cheaper materials in handset manufacture.  What do you think about these smartphones?  Do you think these new entrants in the competitive Android smartphone market stand a chance?  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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