Aug 16 AT 9:37 AM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

Xiaomi reveals the fastest Android phone ever

mi-two-white

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?

xiaomi-mi-two mi-two-white m2bg12181603 m2bg12181607 m2bg12181602 m2bg12181601

Via: Anandtech

Source: Xiaomi (Chinese)

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

    Most Tweeted This Week

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    Too bad they added a logo on the front and touch buttons (instead of on-screen). So close to looking perfect!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That’s a pretty minimal logo. But yeah it’s sad to see a hard menu button still being used. Wish they were on-screen buttons, or the menu button was replaced with multi-tasking.

      • Adryan maldonado

        Awwwwwww Taylor I was going to say that. Regardless of those minor flaws i would absolutely love to see this come state side. Actually I would prefer to order an international version especially at the thought of it only being 310(cheaper than the nexus) at FULL RETAIL PRICE!!!!!

        • Anders

          I actually dont mind the logo.. it looks nice.. unlike other logos…maybe you dont like because its not an apple

          • Bpear96

            He said logo on the front.. I not on back (like apple), I also don’t like Logos on the front. I on the back I don’t care.

          • Bpear96

            Just getting use to SwiftKey lol, I it added unnecessary i’s

          • zerosix

            Logos, buttons… What are you talking about? It’s extremely powerful, cheap and it WILL get updates.

          • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

            The logo is a personal gripe but the buttons are pretty much a no-brainer.

      • ZR0ExX

        I like the Menu button a lot more then the recent apps. i remapped my buttons on my evo so when i hold on the home button the recent apps pull up and the recent apps button is the menu button. the recent apps button is not as useful as the menu button and it got rid of the 3 dot menu when i launch apps and stuff to make the screen full sized.

        • Bpear96

          All apps should integrate the menu button in the top right corner (3 dots). That’s what Google tried to make standard with 4.X + but of course all devs haven’t listened.

          • Bpear96

            Anyways on my one Xl running cm10, I mapped recent apps button, to recent apps like it should be. Then made it so that a long press of recent app button is menu. So if app didn’t integrate it I can access it that way just in case, and don’t have to deal with that annoying 3 dot overlay HTC implemented. I also made a long press of home button Google now/voice search, similar to galaxy nexus with swipe up home button.

    • Derek

      I like the hardware buttons. I HATE losing screen real estate for buttons.

      This phone looks awesome. I’d love to import one and stick a straight talk AT&T sim card in it and roll for $45/month.

      • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

        I hate when buttons don’t rotate with my device (small issue) or when the non-changing buttons are no longer current, like including a menu button instead of the now-standard multitask button (bigger, lamer issue).

  • MoSDeeb

    I may purchase this phone if the price is right regarding the import tariff.

  • shadhussain

    I’m just waiting for ZTE, Huwaei, and now Xaomi to explode into the market and bring these high end, unlocked/rootable/flashable at a sub-350 price mark outside of China. That would really throw down the gauntlet.

  • HyperTiger

    I was gonna wait for the next Nexus phone but this one looks really nice and the price is hard to beat. Anybody know where I can cop?

  • Meister_Li

    Nice to see 2GB of Ram are slowly becoming a standard. Now gimmie this as a Transformer-Tablet and I’m sold. :P

    • thel0nerang3r

      Higher RAM requires more power. Unless it’s needed, it will just drain the battery. Though, by having more phones having 2GB, it will inspire some devs to make use of it.

  • Nathan D.

    One word, Daammm!!! Hopefully, phone like this will come state side

  • MyMilan

    Wow I’m very impressed. Seems samsung could learn a thing or two from Xiaomi. I couldn’t understand a single word in their ad but still I learned more about what their phone actually does than from any samsung ad (who only use ads to berate their competitors). I would definitely buy one of these if it was unlocked and available in the U.S.. I don’t want to pay for hype, and there is no reason why a high end phone should cost more than a 42” HDTV (like the samsung galaxy SIII is). A lot of what a phone does is software anyways. Xiaomi could be really good for the android market IF they come state side. Fingers crossed.

  • Mix

    $310?
    Sign me up!

    • aranea

      me too (pun intended)

      • Mix

        LOL!

        If I had a glass of milk in my hand at that exact moment and was drinking it I think milk would have shot out of my nose; however, I find that milk tastes like ass without cereal or something so that would never happen…..lol

  • ndarvishev

    In your face HTC and LG! Come on guys, stop reacting, become proactive already!

  • www.phonewbie.com

    It may be the best “on paper” but it is not that easy “on my eyes.” Its not ugly its just not that sexy or appealing. I love the color options tho. especially if they are available at release. Will keep an eye on this when AndroidandMe reviews this. With Tmobile compatability, this is an option.

    • Sere83

      yeah but with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU (APQ8064) which gets 7000+ in quadrant and makes the quad core exynos in the S3 look like a load of weak ass crap, it could piss in my eye for all I care. PPI of teh display is also crazy

    • phly95

      Remember, since this phone has miui Rom by default, its very easy to change the interface with themes, so if stock is not your taste, check out the rest.

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    Sweet, honey-glazed baby Jeebus those are some impressive hardware specs.

    • jonathan

      agreed! but even though they are amazing, and way better than my phone, I have to wonder, why LPDDR2? With such a great chipset, why “skimp” on the RAM of all things? What do you think the speed is, like 400mhz? I know LPDDR2 is still the standard, but we’ve seen LPDDR3 here and there – wouldn’t RAM be a bottleneck in certain apps when you have this much power?

      I mean, it’s crazy to look at those specs and say “too slow!” These specs look amazing and I would love this phone, no doubt about it. but it’s curious, I mean, they are so close to making a flawless bullet-point spec. Maybe it’s a battery saving thing?

  • z0phi3l

    This looks more like an iPhone ripoff than any Samsung device

  • raptor

    The raw cost $370 for the device being 2x the one for Iphone4s the Isuppli calculated as usually without volume discount for components? hahahaha….do u guys have common since at all? or you are just the salespeople happy the more it costs the more your fees?

    Total utter bs, this phones b-of-m is not higher than any other one.

    you better make the notorious edit button finally many are asking for years

  • Ichigo

    1.5 GHZ quad core snapdragon S4 pro processor, it sounds epic!

  • Kris

    Is it just me or do you guys think that they are staying in china so that they don’t get sued by apple? I mean come on the phone has rounded corners so clearly it MUST be an iPhone copy. I will be importing one of these if I can get it under $350

    • thel0nerang3r

      The US is a “brand whore” market. It takes a lot of cash to launch a brand. Most people have not heard of them, it would take a lot of money to launch the brand in the US.

      • phly95

        Not really, since many people in the us have miui Rom, they might find this phone when checking for updates, and then buy it. I want it.

  • Mark Andes

    Awesome specs (and price for that matter) and if it somehow became available to purchase in the US I might be tempted (though I’d had to wait and see how support worked). My only problem is that is looks a little to iPhone like to me. At least from the front/side it looks a lot like a 4/4s, if Apple wants to sue someone for design I don’t think Samsung phones look anywhere close to a clone as this phone does.

  • Voliam

    Gives a whole new meaning to “made in China” eh?

  • Droidberg

    hmm,seems too legit to quit.. however,for me,i must quit.. NEXUS4LIFE! :)-

  • Z.Kew-Denniss

    Looks a lot like the S3….

  • pjax

    MIUI is absolutely gorgeous

    ICS is butt ugly. There, I said it. I couldn’t stand the AOKP rom
    Everything is inconsistent, dark, out of proportion,

    compare
    MIUI
    http://cdn.theunlockr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/MIUI-v4-ICS-HTC-Desire-S.png
    vs
    AOKP
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tflyitWw2Vg/T-LTIxCB9vI/AAAAAAAAAIs/KQertcQm_gA/s811/Omega+v1.0+AOKP+Build-39-1.JPG

  • tasos

    From which i site to buy ? many sites scam, any legal ?

  • Mix

    Someone should update this page or post a thread when a safe site has been found for importing this bad boy!

  • 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/

  • phly95

    Not really, since many people in the us have miu Rom, they might find this phone checking for updates, and then buy it. I want it.

  • raymond a. ranera

    I am contended on my locally brand cherry mobile burst in the philippines..it is also a 1ghz dual core 3g snapdragon s4 android phone made by cherry mobile..dual sim also..it is 4 inch capacitive touch screen..1 hundred dollars only very affordable price.. http://www.cherrymobile.com.ph

  1. Too bad they added a logo on the front and touch buttons (instead of on-screen). So close to looking perfect!

    • That’s a pretty minimal logo. But yeah it’s sad to see a hard menu button still being used. Wish they were on-screen buttons, or the menu button was replaced with multi-tasking.

      • Awwwwwww Taylor I was going to say that. Regardless of those minor flaws i would absolutely love to see this come state side. Actually I would prefer to order an international version especially at the thought of it only being 310(cheaper than the nexus) at FULL RETAIL PRICE!!!!!

      • I like the Menu button a lot more then the recent apps. i remapped my buttons on my evo so when i hold on the home button the recent apps pull up and the recent apps button is the menu button. the recent apps button is not as useful as the menu button and it got rid of the 3 dot menu when i launch apps and stuff to make the screen full sized.

        • All apps should integrate the menu button in the top right corner (3 dots). That’s what Google tried to make standard with 4.X + but of course all devs haven’t listened.

          • Anyways on my one Xl running cm10, I mapped recent apps button, to recent apps like it should be. Then made it so that a long press of recent app button is menu. So if app didn’t integrate it I can access it that way just in case, and don’t have to deal with that annoying 3 dot overlay HTC implemented. I also made a long press of home button Google now/voice search, similar to galaxy nexus with swipe up home button.

    • DerekGuest 3 years ago

      I like the hardware buttons. I HATE losing screen real estate for buttons.

      This phone looks awesome. I’d love to import one and stick a straight talk AT&T sim card in it and roll for $45/month.

      • I hate when buttons don’t rotate with my device (small issue) or when the non-changing buttons are no longer current, like including a menu button instead of the now-standard multitask button (bigger, lamer issue).

  2. I may purchase this phone if the price is right regarding the import tariff.

  3. I’m just waiting for ZTE, Huwaei, and now Xaomi to explode into the market and bring these high end, unlocked/rootable/flashable at a sub-350 price mark outside of China. That would really throw down the gauntlet.

  4. HyperTigerGuest 3 years ago

    I was gonna wait for the next Nexus phone but this one looks really nice and the price is hard to beat. Anybody know where I can cop?

  5. Nice to see 2GB of Ram are slowly becoming a standard. Now gimmie this as a Transformer-Tablet and I’m sold. :P

    • Higher RAM requires more power. Unless it’s needed, it will just drain the battery. Though, by having more phones having 2GB, it will inspire some devs to make use of it.

  6. One word, Daammm!!! Hopefully, phone like this will come state side

  7. Wow I’m very impressed. Seems samsung could learn a thing or two from Xiaomi. I couldn’t understand a single word in their ad but still I learned more about what their phone actually does than from any samsung ad (who only use ads to berate their competitors). I would definitely buy one of these if it was unlocked and available in the U.S.. I don’t want to pay for hype, and there is no reason why a high end phone should cost more than a 42” HDTV (like the samsung galaxy SIII is). A lot of what a phone does is software anyways. Xiaomi could be really good for the android market IF they come state side. Fingers crossed.

  8. $310?
    Sign me up!

  9. In your face HTC and LG! Come on guys, stop reacting, become proactive already!

  10. It may be the best “on paper” but it is not that easy “on my eyes.” Its not ugly its just not that sexy or appealing. I love the color options tho. especially if they are available at release. Will keep an eye on this when AndroidandMe reviews this. With Tmobile compatability, this is an option.

    • Sere83Guest 3 years ago

      yeah but with a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro with Adreno 320 GPU (APQ8064) which gets 7000+ in quadrant and makes the quad core exynos in the S3 look like a load of weak ass crap, it could piss in my eye for all I care. PPI of teh display is also crazy

    • phly95Guest 2 years ago

      Remember, since this phone has miui Rom by default, its very easy to change the interface with themes, so if stock is not your taste, check out the rest.

  11. Sweet, honey-glazed baby Jeebus those are some impressive hardware specs.

    • jonathanGuest 3 years ago

      agreed! but even though they are amazing, and way better than my phone, I have to wonder, why LPDDR2? With such a great chipset, why “skimp” on the RAM of all things? What do you think the speed is, like 400mhz? I know LPDDR2 is still the standard, but we’ve seen LPDDR3 here and there – wouldn’t RAM be a bottleneck in certain apps when you have this much power?

      I mean, it’s crazy to look at those specs and say “too slow!” These specs look amazing and I would love this phone, no doubt about it. but it’s curious, I mean, they are so close to making a flawless bullet-point spec. Maybe it’s a battery saving thing?

  12. This looks more like an iPhone ripoff than any Samsung device

  13. raptorGuest 3 years ago

    The raw cost $370 for the device being 2x the one for Iphone4s the Isuppli calculated as usually without volume discount for components? hahahaha….do u guys have common since at all? or you are just the salespeople happy the more it costs the more your fees?

    Total utter bs, this phones b-of-m is not higher than any other one.

    you better make the notorious edit button finally many are asking for years

  14. IchigoGuest 3 years ago

    1.5 GHZ quad core snapdragon S4 pro processor, it sounds epic!

  15. KrisGuest 3 years ago

    Is it just me or do you guys think that they are staying in china so that they don’t get sued by apple? I mean come on the phone has rounded corners so clearly it MUST be an iPhone copy. I will be importing one of these if I can get it under $350

    • The US is a “brand whore” market. It takes a lot of cash to launch a brand. Most people have not heard of them, it would take a lot of money to launch the brand in the US.

      • phly95Guest 2 years ago

        Not really, since many people in the us have miui Rom, they might find this phone when checking for updates, and then buy it. I want it.

  16. Mark AndesGuest 3 years ago

    Awesome specs (and price for that matter) and if it somehow became available to purchase in the US I might be tempted (though I’d had to wait and see how support worked). My only problem is that is looks a little to iPhone like to me. At least from the front/side it looks a lot like a 4/4s, if Apple wants to sue someone for design I don’t think Samsung phones look anywhere close to a clone as this phone does.

  17. Gives a whole new meaning to “made in China” eh?

  18. hmm,seems too legit to quit.. however,for me,i must quit.. NEXUS4LIFE! :)-

  19. Looks a lot like the S3….

  20. MIUI is absolutely gorgeous

    ICS is butt ugly. There, I said it. I couldn’t stand the AOKP rom
    Everything is inconsistent, dark, out of proportion,

    compare
    MIUI
    http://cdn.theunlockr.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/MIUI-v4-ICS-HTC-Desire-S.png
    vs
    AOKP
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tflyitWw2Vg/T-LTIxCB9vI/AAAAAAAAAIs/KQertcQm_gA/s811/Omega+v1.0+AOKP+Build-39-1.JPG

  21. tasosGuest 3 years ago

    From which i site to buy ? many sites scam, any legal ?

  22. Someone should update this page or post a thread when a safe site has been found for importing this bad boy!

  23. sikandar hayatGuest 3 years ago

    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/

  24. phly95Guest 2 years ago

    Not really, since many people in the us have miu Rom, they might find this phone checking for updates, and then buy it. I want it.

  25. raymond a. raneraGuest 2 years ago

    I am contended on my locally brand cherry mobile burst in the philippines..it is also a 1ghz dual core 3g snapdragon s4 android phone made by cherry mobile..dual sim also..it is 4 inch capacitive touch screen..1 hundred dollars only very affordable price.. http://www.cherrymobile.com.ph