HTC and LG are rumored to be working on new Android phones that feature Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, but Chinese handset maker Xiaomi beat them to the punch with their new Mi-Two.
The device was announced this morning in Beijing and it boasts the most impressive list of specs we have ever seen, making it one of the best Android phones ever on paper. It comes exactly one year after Xiaomi announced the Mi-One.
Xiaomi said the Mi-Two would be available for local carriers China Unicom and China Telecom in October for only ¥1,999 (about $310). It was revealed that the raw cost for the device is ¥2,350 ($370) per unit, so Xiaomi could be selling this for a loss when it lands in a couple months.
Highlights of the Xiaomi Mi-Two include:
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with MIUI launcher
- 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU (APQ8064)
- 4.3-inch 720p IPS display by Sharp
- 8 megapixel 27 mm F2.0 BSI rear camera, 2 megapixel 28mm front camera
- 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM and 16 GB storage
- 2,000 mAh battery, with optional 3,000 mAh battery also available
- DC-HSPA+ WCDMA 850, 1900, 2100 alongside quad band GSM
- Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi Display, MHL HDMI, USB OTG
If the name Xiaomi sounds familiar, it’s because they also make the custom Android firmware known as MIUI (pronounced “Me You I”). Xiaomi recently revealed their new MIUI Free Launcher, which should make its debut on the Mi-Two.
Check out the videos below for a preview of the Mi-Two and the latest MIUI. Would you like to see an unlocked version make its way to the US?