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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  • stm1185 - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    So many hours to be billed suing them! Reply
  • bigboxes - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    It is rectangular with rounded edges, makes phone calls and has a touch screen. SUE! Reply
  • madmilk - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    This is why you will never see a Xiaomi in the United States, and why we're stuck paying $600 for unlocked phones that are still worse than this. Reply
  • armodons - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Hey Brian, you have the price as 1999HKD but the announcement was in renminbi or CNY. The conversion rate is a little different. Thanks. Reply
  • iamkyle - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    The price is indeed in Renminbi, which would put 1999 of it at about $315 CAD. Reply
  • edwpang - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    It looks so much like a oversized iPhone 4S! Reply
  • dcollins - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    If it has an MDM 9615, does that mean it will be able to support LTE? I know people in Hong Kong, could I theoretically activate this device on Verizon? It looks just about perfect. Reply
  • GuniGuGu - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Surely these chips will be in the next nexus device... i mean support for any modem, great speeds. Well accepted and standard built qualcomm chip.. why not? Reply
  • aryonoco - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    I very much doubt we would see a qualcomm chip in a Nexus device again.

    Google has pushed for as much as the Nexus device's code to be available as open source. This includes GPU drivers, which Qualcomm likes to keep proprietary to themselves. If TI can make the OMAP 5 ready for this holiday season, then I'm sure Google will opt for that again.
  • tuxRoller - Friday, August 17, 2012 - link

    TI uses img pvr gpus, which are as proprietary as it gets. There are, otoh, two open source projects reverse engineering the arm gpus and qualcomm's adreno.
    Assuming the next gen a15's aren't available, the only real option for the next nexus is qualcomm's krait.

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