New MIUI Surprises from the Xiaomi M1
Chinese mobile company Xiaomi recently announced that it’s coming out with a smartphone called the Xiaomi M1. Naturally this would be the one Android phone that’s specifically built around the customized Android user interface MIUI. Unlike what the earlier reports stated however, the M1 or Xiaomi phone is going to be driven by a faster processor and may also be released at a lower price. The targeted date for release is October and customers can pre-order the handset by August 29.
Instead of the 1.2 GHz dual-core chip that was initially announced, the Xiaomi phone’s CPU is actually going be a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 SoC. Given that it’s a Snapdragon system on chip set up, the phone’s graphics capabilities will be handled by the Adreno 220 graphics processing unit that’s integrated with the package. It’s a good thing then that the Xiaomi phone comes with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM.
An additional versatility of the phone is that the user doesn’t have to stick to the MIUI operating system. The hardware allows for flashing (changing the firmware) so that users can put in other stock or customized Android platforms.
The rest of the features are competitive with current dual-core Android phones: 4-inch display with 480 x 854 screen resolution, 8 megapixel camera, dual antenna design, and the usual Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. It packs a bit more battery life with its 1930 mAh power source. In terms of dimensions and weight, it’s going to be a bit thicker and heavier (5.3 ounces) than most of its contemporaries.
As for the price, the company amended the earlier tag of US$410 to US$310. So it’s not only going to be more powerful Android phone, it’s going to be cheaper too.