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$103 Beidou Chi with 5-inch screen coming December 4

Beidou has already taken the Chinese phone market by storm with its dual- and quad-core offerings. Now it plans to do the same with the Beidou Chi, a $103 5-inch phone!
December 1, 2012
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Chinese E-commerce group Beidou has really taken the phone market by storm. The company launched its first phone earlier this year, the Beidou Little Pepper, and recently teamed up with ZTE to launch a quad-core Tegra 3 phone for just $128!

Now that it has the market’s attention, Beidou is readying a low-cost 5-inch phone called the Beidou Chi. The Chi will be Beidou’s first 5-inch phone and faces tough competition from similar models in China, but at just 799 Yuan ($103) the Chi is likely to be a sell out hit!

While the design, size and price of the Chi all look great, this won’t be a high performance device as it features just 512MB RAM and Mediatek’s dual-core MT6577 CPU. The rest of the specification is solid, if not show-stopping, and includes a 8-megapixel camera, Android 4.0 ICS, 2000mAh battery and a 854 x 480 resolution screen.

Sources close to the company suggest only 100,000 units will be available in the initial release phase, which begins on December 4th, and that only customers in China will be able to purchase the bargain phone.