Xiaomi launches China’s most hotly anticipated Mi2 MIUI smartphone

by: J. Angelo RacomaAugust 16, 2012

(Photo credit: Xiaomi / CNET)

China is the world’s biggest mobile phone market, with a billion users, and with 35% of Chinese accessing the Internet exclusively through mobile devices. But while Apple is making inroads into the Chinese market with their latest iPhone and new iPad, there’s another strong contender in the smartphone scene: Xiaomi. The company, dubbed China’s iPhone, has just launched version two of its hotly anticipated smartphone release.

Xiaomi launched the Mi-One at about this time last year, initially with a limited release. Demand quickly outpaced supply, and Xiaomi had to make subsequent releases in batches, but that still did not satisfy the Chinese smartphone users’ craving for a quality device sold at a reasonable price. With their second release, Xiaomi is upping the ante, with specs found to be superior to the Samsung Galaxy S III — at least based on benchmarks — and with a tiered model setup, so that users have a choice.

Xiaomi Mi2

The Xiaomi Mi2 — yes, I’ve always thought it would be named the “me too” — comes with the following specs:

  • 1.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen at 1280×720 pixel resolution
  • 8 megapixel rear camera (with upgraded F/2.0 lens)
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI-compatible USB port
  • HSPA+ connectivity up to 42 Mbps

The Xiaomi Mi-Two will run the company’s MIUI v4 skin of Jelly Bean. The Mi2’s USB port will let users connect the phone to a compatible television set, for an improved multimedia experience. The best thing about the Mi2 is the price. Xiaomi will sell the phone for 1,999 RMB or about $314.

Xiaomi 1S

The company also announced a mid-range model, which will launch on August 23. The Xiaomi 1S will be powered by a dual-core Snapdragon processor running at 1.7 GHz. Xiaomi plans to offer this as an in-between model to the MiOne and Mi2. The 1S will sell for 1,499 RMB ($235). The company had also reduced the price of the MiOne to 1,299 RMB ($204).

Xiaomi had recently wrapped up a $216 million Series-B funding, reports The Next Web, resulting in a $4 billion market valuation. While not as large as Apple, the company is often compared to its Cupertino, CA counterpart due to the way it marries hardware and software and due to its corporate culture. The company hopes the capital infusion will help it improve production in order to meet the foreseen demand.

Is the Xiaomi Mi2 worth the $314? Xiaomi claims that the Mi2 reportedly beat out the Samsung Galaxy S3 in benchmark tests. And given tight integration between hardware and software, the Mi2 might give the Galaxy S3 a run for its money, considering the price.

Xiaomi is mainly targeting the Chinese market, but who knows if the smartphone will be popular internationally, as well?

  • AndroidVesti

    That certainly looks like an interesting phone, but I am bit skeptical of the quality. It just seems to difficult to belive you can get those types of specs for such a low cost.


    • Xiaomi is able to sell their phones at such low cost because they charge for the services used in their phones. Here’s an excerpt from an interesting article on Forbes:

      “Their big idea is to subsidize the cost of the handset by getting buyers to pay more for various services–not unlike the way that Apple iPhone users pay for software from the App Store.”

      source :

      • hi, well i live in china, and ive seen the m1, the unlocked version was hard to get the last October, but few months later, it was possible to find it at any telecom shop, of course with subscription (like any brand do), the m1, 1s are gone for now, but on the xiaomi site we can and could have them without any subscription, just got the 1s, today, worked with my 2 Chinese cards (tested) and i did not pay a cent more or subscribe to any thing., regards

    • popomano

      Would it make u feel better if you think them as another android oem? I always believe that to have great hardware u need great underlying software. Specs are just specs

  • SamsaraGuru

    The question you have to ask yourself is do you want to help
    support China and make it stronger simply to avail yourself of a powerful phone
    at a bargain basement price (comparatively) when it is made in a totalitarian
    state with little, if any regard, for human rights and the lives of its own
    people and certainly not for the freedom of any other human beings on the face
    of the earth outside is current realm of control?

    Buying products made in China – Communist China – is the
    moral equivalent of buying blood diamonds.

    Yes, yes I know; it is almost more than impossible to buy
    anything that isn’t made in China
    these days. So, who said doing the right thing was or ever has been easy, big

    If one will get in bed with a whore one cannot claim to have
    slept with a virgin.

    Recently, China imprisoned a man for 12 years because he had
    the temerity to suggest in a blog that China should consider democracy and
    change; not to mention the Nobel Prize winner they imprisoned not long ago; not
    to mention the kids (now aging and I’m sure starting to die out) who were
    foolish enough to think they could hope that freedom might come who stood their
    ground in Tiananmen Square.

    If China,
    could, it would have you and I and everyone in the world marching in goosestep
    lockstep to their totalitarian tune. By buying Chinese products you are
    encouraging and helping keep them stronger.

    someone totally bereft of the history of Communist China and more interested in
    satisfying their desire for cheap thrills at the cost of untold suffering would
    seriously consider “buying Chinese”.

    • MasterMuffin

      So almost everyone in china are evil and you shouldn’t buy chinese products because you’re helping evil people by doing so o.O
      Almost everything is made in china (you hippie :D)…. you’re slightly right bit so much wrong in the same time…

    • jangeloracoma

      Hi SamsaraGuru. Then, by the same logic, would Samsung, Apple and the countless other companies out there that manufacture in China, be also “buying Chinese?” I think China is on its way to being more open, due to its economic growth. Perhaps by “buying Chinese” we encourage innovation and economic development in the country long run.

      Yes, this keeps the economy and government strong. But a strong economy can likewise help bolster a strong citizenry — something that can someday encourage the Chinese to perhaps become more open to the western ideals of democracy (if that is the idea, at all).

      If we start boycotting Chinese products, and if we start imposing trade embargoes, then we might have ourselves yet another hermit nation growing more and more trigger-happy with WMDs and growing more abusive of its citizens.
      I’m of the opinion that change an be achieved in time. Radical thinking can help spark revolutions. But without change at the core, results can be fleeting.

      I guess it’s more complicated than just thinking between “buying Chinese” or buying elsewhere (which is likely to be made in China anyway).

    • popomano

      Do you spend all day smoking crack and posting on forums…

      I’m chinese and I work in the semicon sector and these nonsense that all chinese factory workers are slaves locked up in a basement is utter bull****

      Go to south east asia and see how factories in other sectors are treating nepalese, indonesians and bangladeshi and then talk.

      By your logic then we should then be naked doing nothing at all since everthing is made with help of cheap labor … am I right?

      Please get a job and try to understand that if not china then brazil, india, indonesia etc

      Electronics operators get much more than mass production in any other field … u douche

    • YouFirstIFrist

      There’s nothing wrong about one who want to select the cheaper one. So base on your logic, Let’s sweep it(China) away first if you really do it in your normal life. What should we choose? How can you make the decision for me? I have the right to choose the one I like. not about China.

    • hehehehh

      what kind of medication are you taking sir?

    • AndroidShiz

      Not sure about all that. But I do know that “free America” is becoming not so free as we are a nation run by corporations where their votes are all that really matters. I see so many laws that get passes that the average American does not want passed, but because some corporation has the money to hire lobbyist that have no interest for the public, but only for their companies concerns, their agendas often gets passed. Crooked politicians bend to companies. You have insurance companies that have 4 to 10 billion dollars a year in profits, but don’t want to pay for any medical if they don’t have to. you have pharmaceutical companies that charge outrageous prices for things that should be much much cheaper, but they just want to rake you across coals and fire. Big banks that basically can steal your money and fraud the public, crash the market for their own personal gain, can get bail outs paid at the taxpayers expense and then the taxpayers still have to pay back the loan that they owe the bank even though the government paid them the money back anyway. They easily allow people from hostile nations to migrate here on the regular and consume whole towns and communities like Dearborn Michigan. No our governments more concerned about protecting corporations that want you to give up your Facebook password so that they can log into your Facebook profile. Allowing pharmacies to let people get insanely hooked on opiates, letting tobacco companies put everything harmful in a cigarette instead of plain tobacco, while spending billions upon billions keeping people from smoking pot. There are so many things that are equally as bad here in different ways it is no longer the way it used to be and it never will be and will probably just get worse from here on out. These are the things that our government worries about. Not so sure which system is better at this point.

    • supresmooth

      Uh, what? China has better worker protections that the US. What are you even talking about?

    • lil hiter

      And by inference you probably say western armies went to Iraq to save Iraqies?

  • Where can we purchase this phone once they hit the market in the US?

  • mustafa

    Actually it is a “1.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor”, not “1.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor”

  • Sam Gilley

    WANT! Just take my money!

  • Sam Gilley

    The only question is, is it unlocked?

  • 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/

  • Hi, Just got the Xiaomi 1s, 24h after i ordered it (i was lucky, had it one 1000 and so before the 200.000 were gone) they informed me that ill receive it after a week, but tralala, arrived today, pics and videos on my site, now waiting for the M2, hope languages included this time, if Xiaomi want to hit the world, they must think worldwide, and im sure they will, keep going…

  • mairovenrico@ hotmail.com

    Do you have it with doble SIM ?

  • Avo

    If only this had a Micro SD and LTE it would be perfect. Though LTE is only large in America currently.

  • Bruce

    Don’t forget… the MI-2 has Adreno 320 graphics, a MAJOR step of from the other Snapdragons.

    Do want.

  • Eagletech

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