Xiaomi Red Rice rumored to launch this October at $130

by: J. Angelo RacomaMay 10, 2013

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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi is rumored to be launching the $130 Xiaomi Red Rice this October — their biggest-screened and cheapest device yet.

Xiaomi made waves in China (and beyond) for its Apple-like cult following and its tight integration of services in its MIUI-based handsets. It helps that the price is very competitive, at about $320 to $370 for its flagship handsets, which have premium features comparable to flagships from other brands. This time, Xiaomi is rumored to have an even bigger smartphone up its sleeve, the Xiaomi Red Rice.

Xiaomi’s Red Rice is aimed at the budget market, with a price set at 799 yuan (about $130), which is cheaper than the recently-announced budget-friendly Xiaomi Mi2A. The Red Rice will also be the company’s biggest handset so far, in terms of screen size, at 4.7 inches diagonal.


Here are the Xiaomi Red Rice specs, as cited by Chinese technology site IT168:

  • Dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz, claimed to be a Leadercore LC1810
  • 4.7 inch 720p display (1280×720 pixels)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage (no word whether it will support microSD)
  • 8 megapixel main camera
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • MIUI v5

A popular feature in emerging markets, the Red Rice will also come with dual-SIM with dual-standby support. The smartphone will support both TD-SCDMA and GSM networks, which means it will support high-speed data from China Mobile. The choice of processors might be for cost considerations, although the phone was earlier rumored to come with a quad-core Mediatek MT6589 SoC.

The Red Rice is supposedly set for release this October, in time for the launch of the upcoming Mi3. While there’s no word whether Xiaomi will officially launch in the U.S. and similar markets anytime in the future, the brand is experimenting with Taiwan and Hong Kong releases.

  • wonshikee

    Is red rice some kind of chinese reference? it’s an odd name in english.

    • jersonf

      Considering Xiaomi sells their phones predominantly to a Chinese market……..

      The only thing odd about the rice is that it’s red :)

      • jangeloracoma

        Apparently, there are variants of rice called red rice.

  • $130 for a phone with decent specs is brilliant. Hopefully this comes to developed countries as well because this phones make you wonder how much profit Apple and Samsung are making.

  • disk Latvia

    I would pay an extra 70 dollars + for a 2500 ma battery and a snap 600

  • same thing was last year, they said I would cost $150, when it came out it was like $400 http://android-sale.com/xiaomi-mi2.html

  • Will Stewart

    Impressive specs. But Google will probably release a 32 GB, LTE version of Nexus 4. It would be interesting if they keep the 8GB Nexus 4 on sale and sell it at an even lower price.