Xiaomi Phone is a dual-core device on a budget
Lately, more and more new dual-core devices are being released. Naturally, that means tech enthusiasts are anxious to get their hands on them. However, many people are put off by these devices' high price tags. So, what is a budget-mindful yet technologically savvy person to do? Turn to the $310 Chinese Xiaomi Phone, of course.
Launched today, the Chinese device has already caught the interest of the internet. This interest is not undeserved either, because Foxconn managed to pack some great hardware into the phone. At the top of the specification list is the 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor (no Rockchip here), 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch 854 x 480 Sharp LCD, and the Adreno 220 dedicated graphics processor. Surprisingly, the rest of the specification sheet is impressive as well, including things like a 1930mAh battery, 8MP camera, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and both GSM and WCDMA connectivity.
Running on this hardware is a customized version of Android 2.3 called MIUI. For those of you who don't know, MIUI is a custom ROM available on various devices. It originated in China, but its polished looks and good performance have made it quite popular all around the world. Many people consider it the best skin for Android, and I am inclined to agree. Of course, if MIUI is not really to your liking, that won't be a problem. This device has been left unlocked, and users are free to install any OS they choose.
If Foxconn can somehow make a deal with a US carrier, this device's unlocked $310 price tag could be reduced to $100 or less on contract. When you compare that with devices like the Droid Charge that have a $300 on contract price tag and weaker specs, the Xiaomi becomes incredibly appealing. Even if no deal is made, having a device with such high-end specifications available for $310 should drive down the price of other devices.
Despite all the good things about the price tag, it does make me worry a little. If all the specs are great, where did Foxconn cut corners? Perhaps the device will turn out to have a fatal flaw, but I really hope not. Having what looks to be a great device, combined with up-to-date software, an unlocked bootloader, and US availability would not only drive prices down, but hopefully convince other manufacturers to be more open as well.[GSM Arena | Engadget]