Yesterday we had a popular Android-aftermarket-firmware-developer land a job with Samsung and today we have a new Android headset announced that will ship with one of the most popular aftermarket firmwares. MIUI (pronounced “mee-you-eye”) is one of the most downloaded Android ROMs in the world and they just held a live streaming broadcast to reveal the MI-ONE smartphone. The entire broadcast was in Chinese, so we are glad a MIUI blog post detailed the specifications.
Specs of the MI-One include:
- Android 2.3.5 with unlocked bootloader
- 4inch screen at 480 x 854 res
- Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 (MSM8260)
- 4GB ROM
- 1GB RAM
- Up to 32GB Micro-SD card support
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 1930mA battery
- GPS (U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS;)
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
- 266MHz Adreno220 GPU
- 125 * 63 * 11.9 (mm)
- 149g weight
- GSM / WCDMA
I’m not sure of the exact relation between the MIUI blog and the Chinese startup Xiaomi that develops it, but we are relying on the blog until we see an official press release.
The phone will likely never be released in the US, but it’s still interesting to see what they are up to. With all the hardware companies buying up software companies (and vis versa), it will be interesting to watch MIUI and see if they gain more attention.
Check out the preview of MIUI Beta 7 below and let me know how you think it compares with MOTOBLUR, TouchWiz, and Sense UI. There had been rumors of MIUI teaming up with Samsung, Motorola, or LG, so it will be interesting to see how today’s news plays out.
Update: Richard Lai of Engadget reports the device is being called the “Xiaomi Phone”, sell for ¥1,999 ($310), and will be available for pre-order on August 29th for October delivery. Hit up his post for additional pictures.
Update 2: Someone posted a short video preview on YouTube.