Aug 16 AT 3:40 AM Taylor Wimberly 23 Comments

Popular Android aftermarket firmware MIUI gets its own superphone


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

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.

Source: Xiaomi

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  • Christopher Chavez

    This. Is the future. (Trying to sound dramatic)

    No, really. This looks absolutely amazing. I think there’s little to no chance this would ever be released out here in the states but I’m seriously hoping this will lure in Samsung and/or LG who’s UI’s need a drastic makeover. *fingers crossed*

  • infexis

    Good luck with the future patent suit from apple, miui devs…if touchwiz is similair to ios, what should’ve call miui then? Good luck…youll need it.

  • Sam G

    Problem is, if any of the big name companies released a UI like MIUI then Apple would sue the hell out of them because, admittedly, it is a bit of a rip off of the iPhone UI.

  • keridel

    it’s a fairly good spec for a non major brand i think. lovely looking ui as well.

    have used it on my DHD and it is a treat to use. admittedly i did get rid of it because it was to iphone-esue but it was still lovely to use.

    • masterpfa

      I too hated the iphone-esue look. The best way around that was to install ADW launcher or something simular

  • Bnorus

    MIUI launching a phone that’s impressive ! Just IMO they missed the front camera support…

    I’m wondering if CyanogenMod do the same that would be awesome #BACON :) !

    • masterpfa

      Now you are starting a whole new debate here.
      Would be awesome I’d imagine

  • Alex Nguyen

    I’m somewhat excited for this thing. For such a cheap price, it’s easy to become interested in it. The fact that it’s hardware competes with those found in our superphones here in the States is a huge plus. MIUI is extremely polished and is a delightful experience. It combines the polish of iOS with the customization of Android. Can’t wait to see how much cheaper the 1.2 GHz version is. More thoughts on the Xiaomi Phone here on my blog:

  • vasra

    Congrats to the developer.

    I hope the new phone will ship with a version of the ROM that has the most glaring bugs fixed (and there are several, if you want to use all the features of the phone, and not just the basic features).

  • Interpol91

    Great news! However, I probably wouldn’t stick with it much since I love using the various ROMs out there. Nonetheless if MIUI were shipped with phones here in the US then it would more than likely be welcomed news to non-rooters.

  • thaghost

    Dont you just love android?


    Good specs for that price.. Will never make it here if you ask me.. But others are right, wow it looks very very similar to IOS

  • Nathan

    look like a wonderful phone with good enough spec to compete with other big name phones. However most people here are right it does look a bit ios like so, let hope they don’t get sued (which is unlikely)

  • aj

    No joke that thing is awesome. And as long as it has an unlocked bootloader then that would make it better in case people didnt want to use MIUI.

  • russd456

    this is like a blatant rip off ios, it was uncomfortable to watch lol. But thats whats so great about android you can literally make your phone look totally different if you so choose.

  • IliketoChoose

    Well, I’ve been using this rom for like 6 months now and I’m always amazed by how it’s developed, well-thought. I was first disturbed by the fact that it’s ios-like but you get used to it.. the way it’s made is so better than any other rom that you end by loving it and forget about ios etc.
    I’m happy to see that they made a phone, but I wonder what would that truly add to the ROM possiblities because today, you can already use MIUI on the samsung galaxy s2 ( it’s still in developement but can be used as a daily rom ) thanks to xda devs.

  • Snowbdr89

    A cyanogenmod phone code named prime : )

  • masterpfa

    I have always liked MiUi ROMS but “HATED” the Apple like UI.
    So you may wonder why I ever used MiUi? Well quite simply was being Android, I was able to use a Home Replacement of choice , so for me MiUi and ADW Launcher or Launcher Pro were the ideal combination.

    This Phone would be Awesome but with the Apple like UI it may never see the light of day on any major markets (unless they offer alternative Home Replacement)

  • Alexis

    this phone has great specs and at a great price, this gives me hope for future phones!!!

  • Richard Yarrell

    This looks great definately nothing wrong with making an attempt to develop a device. I think it look great and the specs are perfect.

  • Jorge89

    If it has T-mobile bands and could change the language to English this would be my next phone, price is very important to me, I wish a US carrier would release a phone with these specs at that price, but that has a 0.000001% chance of happening.

  • Stanley

    LOL all i can think about is what if cm7 comes to this phone?

  • developerscode

    Dats Gr8………..