About a year ago, I had the chance to play with a Xiaomi MIUI Mi-One handset while working on our Vellamo introduction and benchmarking story. The phone was based on a dual core 1.5 GHz MSM8260, and shocked me with its fit and finish, considering this was Xiaomi's first handset. 

Today Xiaomi announced its Mi-Two handset, which includes a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC and 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. Though there have been leaks and rumors about other phones in develoment based around APQ8064, this is to my knowledge the first handset officially announced with the quad core Krait (and Adreno 320) SoC inside. Xiaomi has priced the Mi-Two at 1999HKD which works out to 315USD for comparison. 


This is the same APQ8064 we've already done some performance analysis with on a mobile development platform. Xiaomi has been a pretty strong Qualcomm partner thus far, so it isn't surprising to see them announce an APQ8064 phone. I've put together a spec table with what I've gathered from Xiaomi's twitter and microblogging feeds from their announcement today.

Xiaomi Mi-One and Mi-Two Comparison
Device Mi-One Mi-Two
SoC 1.5 GHz MSM8x60 (Dual core Scorpion + Adreno 220) 1.5 GHz APQ8064 (Quad core Krait + Adreno 320)
RAM/NAND/Expansion 1 GB LPDDR2, 4 GB NAND, microSD 2 GB LPDDR2, 16 GB NAND, microSD
Display 4.0" 854x480 4.3" IPS 1280x720
Network WCDMA (14.4) / GPRS / EDGE / (1x+EVDO if MSM8660) DC-HSPA+ (42.2) / GPRS / EDGE
Dimensions 125mm x 63mm x 11.9mm 126mm x 62mm x 10.2mm
Camera 8 MP 8 MP 5P F/2.0

What's interesting is the inclusion of DC-HSPA+ as well. I've been pretty public about how APQ8064+MDM9615 will become a very popular platform for handsets this next cycle, and I believe it's a safe bet that that the Mi-Two uses exactly this combination. I've reached out for confirmation and will update if I get it. The Mi-Two of course runs the MIUI skin and Android 4.1. 

Xiaomi doesn't pull any punches and directly compares the Mi-Two to the competition from HTC and Samsung in their slides. I've gathered almost all of them up into a gallery for your perusal. It's great to see Xiaomi going into this level of detail about their handset. 


Update: The Xiaomi Mi-Two page is now live and includes a bit more detail, including band support, which is WCDMA 850, 1900, 2100 alongside quad band GSM. There's also a small note about the Mi-Two having antenna diversity. The pages also note that the Mi-Two will go on sale in October for 1999HKD.

Xiaomi also made their slide deck from the presentation live after some time, I've exported the slide deck pages to a gallery as well.

Sources: Xiaomi (microblogging), Twitter, Xiaomi (Mi-Two Page)



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  • ebolamonkey3 - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Ok, so saw the slides on Engadget, and there is a 3000mAH option. Yay! Reply
  • natheo - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    it's 2000 mAh BUT it's UPGRADEABLE to 3000 MAH!!
    2000 mAh is already crazy, but 3000 mAh is out of the world.
  • André - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    This genuinely looks like a great phone on paper!

    For that price I would try it out just to play around with Android (in which I have absolutely no experience with).
  • A5 - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    MIUI is barely Android. It's evolved from it's original design (which was basically to rip-off as much of iOS as possible), but I still don't really like it.

    There are plenty of people who do like it, but don't go into it expecting to learn anything about how to use any other Android device.
  • shabby - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Barely android? It is android, it just has a custom launcher(which you can change) and a heavily skinned menu system which can't be changed unless you have sources, which aren't available for miui from what i gather. Reply
  • OmegaBloodedgeZero - Sunday, September 16, 2012 - link

    You seemed to have a lot of knowledge regarding to XiaoMi devices, I think you are the one the I should go to since I am about to pre-order this phone but still have some question regarding to XiaoMi M2 that might be a deal breaker. Although MIUI is as good as many people deemed, I prefer to stock android UI over MIUI so I would like to make sure that is there really no way to get back to stock android UI with app drawer? I heard from the person who brings in XiaoMi M2 to my country said that there are no storage expansion available for us end user to upgrade the storage, at the same time I have found a few conflicting source regarding about storage expandability. Can you enlighten me on these issue? Reply
  • KitsuneKnight - Saturday, August 18, 2012 - link

    Despite what most people assume, MIUI's interface isn't actually based on/inspired by/ripped off from iOS. The look and feel of the interface is based off of an older interface only really ever seen on some phones in Asia (pretty sure they were made by Nokia). Sadly I couldn't find what it was called just now (it was closer to 2 years ago I used MIUI).

    If you've never tried out MIUI, and you're comfortable flashing your phone (and it's actually available for your phone), it's definitely a good ROM to try. It has a huge amount of functionality (the theming system was amazing... having to flash your phone to change the look is just due to it being such a hack in mainline Android), and is incredibly polished. I used it as my main ROM for a while, and only switched to get Gingerbread and to try out CyanogenMod (which was quite a disappointment). Unfortunately, my phone had only a very tiny community around it, so nothing was ever maintained for very long for it (even CyanogenMod doesn't get any updates). If the hardware defects hadn't driven me to get a new phone, I'd have gone back to MIUI.
  • dishayu - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    315 Dollars for this beast?

    I can't imagine the BoM being too far under 300$. This is an absolute steal, IMO. Hope we see more quad-core krait phones soon.
  • geniekid - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    If only this phone were available in the States. I'm not even talking about the internal hardware (which is awesome), just a 4.3" phone with 720p resolution and a decent battery.

    I've been on the fence for months about upgrading my OG Incredible, but the S3 and One X are too big, the One S is only qHD, the Inc 4G LTE appears to have bad battery life according to AT's review, and the iPhone 4S is too small and without 4G.

    I prefer Android over iOS, but if the iPhone 5 delivers on the rumors (bigger screen, LTE) while maintaining its traditionally fantastic screen and battery life, I may have some very difficult decisions to make going forward.
  • bigboxes - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    I have the EVO LTE 4G (One X for Sprint) and it is not too big. I think the difference is that it is so thin. That makes it very manageable and light. Have you held the One X in your hand? I thought I wouldn't reasonably fit the phone in my pocket and would have to buy a holster. I was wrong. Great phone. Reply

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