16
Aug
2012-08-16_07h14_12

Chinese company Xiaomi (known for their popular ROM MIUI) has just announced a new phone, and this one looks to be every bit as impressive today as the original was when it was announced a year ago. The specs on the cleverly named Xiaomi Phone 2 stand out even in the world of quad-core superphones, and the company has managed to do so while maintaining a price point of just $310 USD.

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 CPU (Adreno 320 GPU, 28nm)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB memory
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 4.3" 720p IPS display
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • 8MP rear camera, 2MP front
  • 10.2mm thick
  • MIUI ROM
  • $310 USD
  • Launching in China in October

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The company claims some ultra-impressive benchmark results (above left), and we're inclined to believe them. Even the dual-core S4 is a monster, so it would make sense that the quad-core version (with twice the RAM) would really kick things up. The company is using a 2,000mAh battery to power the chip, to the tune of 10.2mm device thickness.

The phone is expected to hit Chinese store shelves sometime in October for $1,999 yuan.

[Source: Endgadget]

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Umm, sell it here please. If that price can get it delivered to the US with those specs, I can't see how it wouldn't be super popular as an off-contract phone or even a mid-contract replacement. Only really big mark against it is the capacitive buttons, which will probably lead to some goofy issues with the menu button like the One X has.

    • http://twitter.com/arrioch Milos Mirkovic

      I'm pretty sure MIUI will figure out best possible solution, they are well known for user friendly interface. It will probably be one tap for menu, long press for opened tasks. I agree it would be super popular, not just in US, but everywhere, even in Serbia with that price it's VERY affordable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Timm-Eddy/880640297 Timm Eddy

    Damn shame it runs miui

    • http://twitter.com/rohanXm Rohan Mathur

      The thing about software is that you can change it... :)

    • fixxmyhead

      i know huh hate that nasty rom

      • sky stanojevic

        whoa now,i love the MIUI roms out there.. was running it on my old school single core phones before and was every bit amazing.. not better then stock imo but still worth a flash if its available for your phone :)-

        • fixxmyhead

          it is but its not my thing

  • James Henwood

    Jesus christ...

    The quad-core S4 and updated GPU make this easily the fastest smartphone in the world, regardless of price tag.

    Does anyone have any experience with importing Xiaomi phones?

  • h_f_m

    What network bands does it support?

  • ElfirBFG

    Holy smokes, THIS is the phone I want. It has all the specs I've longed for. I will buy this the day a port of CM10 becomes available for it.

    • Karthik Kumar

      MIUI is based on CM.. So you're getting it anyway.

      • http://www.facebook.com/stewart.g.higgins Stewart Higgins

        I've used both, they aren't the same in appearance. I want CM’s look, I love it.

    • fixxmyhead

      no offense but why do u like cm10? its just a watered down aokp. theres not that many features compared to aokp. aokp is the way to go unless ur phone doesnt have a port and if i remember i think u have the atrix so yea i guess cm10 then

      • ElfirBFG

        I always had bad luck with the aokp ROMs, joker's cm9 always was best, and now epinter's cm10 is what works. I always try any available rom, and I'm thankful for every dev though.

        • fixxmyhead

          well my device is officially supported so i guess i have better luck with aokp than u

  • btod

    Does anyone know how they are able to keep the price so low? A similar spec'd device here (like one x) is way more expensive.

    • Himmat Singh

      Well the Nexus 7 is sold for $200 with perhaps equal (maybe slightly better) specs.

      • thedoginthewok

        The specs of the Nexus 7 are definitely not better.

        • * Liam Vain || Lykos *

          Not even equal, really.

      • marcusmaximus04

        Ha, no. The S4 pro beats the crap out of the lower-end Tegra 3 in the N7, in both CPU and GPU. I'd expect about a 100% increase in CPU performance and about a 300% increase in GPU performance.

      • GazaIan

        Tegra 3 is better than Snapdragon 4 Pro and Adreno 320? LOL, keep dreaming. Xiaomi stepped into 2014 with this thing. The S4 Pro was intended for Windows tablets, so they would deliver equal/better performance than your average expensive notebook.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Nobody else is saying it...Patents aren't nearly as strict or heavily enforced in China (yet) and for products only sold within the country they tend not to respect patents belonging to other countries at all. Consider most companies using Android are paying around $20 per handset to Microsoft and a few bucks more to others. They also have to account for legal troubles that are bound to come up, which most companies are probably adding on another $35 per handset just for that (at least, Samsung probably is now). Due to future litigation and current patent fees, most of the handsets we buy today are about $100 more than they could have been if there was no patent system in place.

      *Note: I'm not even remotely in support of scrapping the patent system, I just want to see it made better. The system needs to be there, it just needs to block the many abuses (and abusers).

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

        Blaming patents for the cost of phones in the United States is a speculative and dubiously supported argument at best. You're talking about maybe a $25 markup specific to the US for software patents, and in reality, it's not a "markup" at all - most of these companies just eat the cost of the royalty and maintain the unit cost they would have otherwise used for a particular device. Samsung is far more interested in maintaining subsidized price parity with the iPhone than it is in the margins it makes on a particular device, and that means they have to sell to the carriers at a price where they can agree to that.

        Then, the next generation of handsets come around and you try to avoid the patents you have a license for. We don't even know if Samsung is paying a royalty to Microsoft for the Galaxy S III. They probably are, but it's equally likely they're working to get around those patents in later phones.

        Far more "patent money" goes into the cost of purchasing components like displays, radios, and SoCs (and the many, many parts of them) than software. There are literally hundreds of patents at play there. And even XiaoMi has to pay for most of that - because they buy components from the legitimate, intellectual property-respecting manufacturers of that hardware. Sure, some technical patents will get avoided as a result of doing business in China, but that's definitely not the key to this phone's crazy-low price.

        The fact that XiaoMi gets away with selling this phone for $310 has nothing to do with Apple or Microsoft (or at least, VERY little) - it has to do with the fact that it's made and sold in a country where domestic manufacturing is cheap (for many reasons) and centralized.

        The moment they try to sell this phone overseas, the price will jump *a lot* - because of shipping, export, import, and regulatory approval. These are costs they simply don't have to deal with in China.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Yeah, you're right, I overshot by saying $100 is from primarily from patents. The point I originally meant to go for is that a shockingly high percentage of the final price tag is from intangible line items that have nothing to do with hardware and regular markup. In China, especially if the product never leaves China, that list of line items shrinks very quickly.

        • AaronGingrich

          Saying that companies eat the cost is incredibly naive. You and I have both had our share of business, marketing, law, and economics education, so we both know that the vast majority of added costs are passed on to consumers and are very rarely absorbed by the companies.

          When the cost is an extra $25/unit plus "insurance", yes, it will add to the cost. Do they markup the royalties as well? Who knows, but to say it doesn't impact the cost is absurd.

          Edit: Also, Xiaomi says the phone costs about $370 each to make. They're taking a hit on each unit sold.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            You're both right, companies eat some of the cost, but they make up for it by sticking in bloatware, locked bootloaders, customizations, co-branding, their own for-pay services, and even abusive advertising. Somebody is always willing to pay to have something put in front of customers. It's just another form of subsidies.

            I don't know enough about Xiaomi's situation, but if they are selling the phone at a loss, they clearly have some way of making up the difference and turning it into a profit.

    • GazaIan

      They're selling it at a loss. Not sure how much of a loss, but I know it's a loss, mainly because everyone's reported it.

  • Himmat Singh

    So this is the first quad-core S4 phone?

  • http://www.facebook.com/RobJohnson90 Rob Johnson

    How would I go about getting one of these in the UK and what would I need to make it work? And please don't just say "Import it" lol, I mean how would I import it? From where? etc

    • Goldenpins

      make sure the radio bands are the same.. each carrier has there own "frequency". There not displayed on there official websites say, like T-mobile. But you could call them and ask say you want to import a phone and are looking for what the GSM bands or frequency to have the phone work. After that, find a seller probably via Google. I would import phones in the past from mobilebee.com but they changed recently haven't bought threw them in awhile. An example:

      The Galaxy Nexus US version GSM is

      GSM /EDGE/ GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
      3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
      HSPA+ 21

      That is ATT and T-mobile in the United States. Just look for a seller, make sure the bands work on your carrier. Import it, switch SIM cards and done. Dont notify your carrier (no need to). Sometimes they send a text to reconfigure the phone just dont say anything. I have 2GB of data a month but after i got the G Nexus there network doenst "see" phones data usage and it never registers on there network.. basically I have unlimited but paying for 2GB. I check online and the data tracker registers as 0 data used for the past 3 months lol.

  • Sven Enterlein

    Sounds like the perfect device to me! Not too big, 720p screen, etc. Does it have µSD? Since I don't live in a 4G-LTE area I don't even care if it supports it or not. As long as it can connect to the AT&T network!

  • Derek Chiazza

    US taxes and import fees would make the price double. As well as carrier restrictions and the like. Plus with no (I'm assuming) LTE or 4G support (MIUi) this looks to be a very powerful iPhone like device. I like it, but the most important feature might be missing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Alexander-Drizzy-Rojas/100000186636833 Alexander Drizzy Rojas

    This proves Google would be able to make a high end nexus for a cheap price.

    • GazaIan

      Not exactly, Xiaomi is selling this at a loss.

    • KT

      galaxy nexus is 349 in play store

  • marcusmaximus04

    You're missing its most important stat: the Adreno 320 GPU. That's supposed to beat down every other mobile GPU currently out there.

  • xmRipper

    Wow..

  • Marcus

    I want. How easy would it be to put CM on it?

    • * Liam Vain || Lykos *

      Steps For CM:
      Phone Needs To Be Released
      Check Phone For Bootloader Restrictions [Move to step four if none]
      Find Hole In Bootloader and Unlock
      [Programming Knowledge Required]
      Find Root Hole [Programming Knowledge Required]
      Port CWM or TWRP
      [Programming Knowledge Required]
      Port Unstable CM10
      [Programming Knowledge Required]
      Fix Dependences
      [Programming Knowledge Required]
      Release Buggy Beta CM10
      %%%%%%%%%
      Profit

  • master94

    Best phone yet. Technology is amazing. Cant wait to see what devices come out in the next year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sikandar.hayat.58760 Sikandar Hayat

    brilliant specs, Xiaomi has also released Xiaomi one s, an upgraded version of Xiaomi one.. 200,000 units sold in 30 minutes wowwwww...http://sevencolourgossips.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/xiaomi-one-ss-initial-batch-at-huge-selling-of-200000-units-in-30-minutes/

  • gatot kaca

    sell in indonesia please
    there will be a lot of people will buy this phone

  • Maxime Henrion

    "The phone is expected to hit Chinese store shelves sometime in October for $1,999 yuan."

    Dollars? Yuans? Make your choice :-).