Xiaomi is a lesser known Android handset maker. The company generally sells its handsets in Asia, thus limiting its reach. The company, however, is known to release handsets with stellar price, fit and finish in a very affordable package. The Xiamoi Mi-One packed in a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and more, and retailed for less than $400.
Today, Xiaomi released the successor to the Mi-One, the Mi-Two. The handset is a beast in every sense, and is the first handset to be announced to sport a Qualcomm quad-core Krait processor (APQ8064). Considering how the dual-core Krait performs, expect the quad-core variant to absolutely smoke each and every SoC out there. The S4 Pro SoC from Qualcomm also incorporates the company’s next generation GPU, Adreno 320. Other impressive specs of the Mi-Two include 2GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage, a 4.3-inch IPS LCD with 720p resolution, 8MP camera with F/2.0 aperture capable of recording HD videos at 30FPS and 720p videos at 90FPS! The handset also supports Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, a microUSB port/MHL port, and more inside a 10.9mm body. A 2000mAh battery powers the Mi-Two, with an 3000mAh battery being optional.
The Mi-Two is a quad-band handset that supports DC-HSPA+ network, so if you manage to get your hands on one, be assured that the handset will work with your GSM network operator. Like all other Android OEMs, Xiamoi has also loaded the Mi-Two with its own skin, MIUI, based on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Yes, the same iPhone like ROM which looks downright beautiful but a copy of iOS.
The handset will be available sometime in October in Asia for only $310. Yes, only $310 U.S dollars! The raw cost of the Mi-Two is around $370, so Xiaomi will be selling the handset at a loss in the first few weeks after its launch so as to gain some market share, and will increase the price to something more profitable later on.