$130 Xiaomi Redmi could pack more value than any Android Phone to date

When Android faithful Hugo Barra left Google, we knew it had to be for good reason, and it was: he joined Xaiomi, a Chinese mobile phone manufacturer growing at an outrageous clip. The company has just announced a new brand, called “Redmi” which essentially stands for “mobile internet passion”.

Company co-founder and CEO, Lei Jun, says Xiaomi’s goal is “creating products that make our customers scream,” but the only thing making us scream thus far is a lack of details. Other than a splash page teaser, Redmi’s first phone is shrouded in mystery.

Xiaomi Redmi Phones

Or is it?

Barra indicates that Redmi was officially announced today but the site’s description suggests 2013 was the initial introduction and we found Chinese-language assets that would support this claim.

Some digging reveals the phone was announced for Taiwan last year under the original Chinese brand of “Hongmi”. We can likely assume that its specs, price, and features will fall into line with this announcement, with the major change being a rebranding for non-Chinese speaking markets.

Here are some pics from last year’s Taiwanese announcement.

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Xiaomi Hongmi

xiaomi-redmi

If the original Xiaomi Redmi specs remain consistent we could be looking at:

  • Only $130
  • 4.7 inches IPS display with 1280×720resolution
  • 1.5GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB ROM
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 8MP camera with 1080p capture
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • MIUI V5 based on Android

Somewhat of a confusing “announcement” but we’ll share any clarification as it arrives.

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  • simplyshriek

    Thought that Hongmi2 is also coming soon?
    So Redmi is infact Hongmi1 right????

  • Timbo1

    Looks like an LG L9

  • supremekizzle

    Sh!t. I just spent $200 on a moto g for my girlfriend on V day.

    • steveb944

      You still made a great purchase, don’t worry. This has really low internal space, plus it’s not made in the USA like the G.

      • bridgebuilder78

        George W Bush was made in the USA, how come he’s so crappy?

  • Tony Lai

    We will never get it here anyways….. Even if we get it, it won’t be $130… lol.

  • scoter man1

    dat bezel though

  • Jack Parker

    Looks good, id buy one

  • Jay

    Look at that gawd awful bezel. What is it a tablet or a phone. OMG, they invented the Tabone !!! :D

  • eilegz

    cheaper than moto g and its not a bad phone at all, its good to see that lowend devices with good performance at low price its now an option for android

  • Jim__R

    The other specs are fine, but 4GB ROM seems rather limited.

    • Pal

      MicroSD card slot

      • Jim__R

        Fair enough (as long as apps can be installed on the microSD card).

  • Pkmmte

    Has this been through quality control? Chinese phones that are cheap and have high specs usually break down easily…

    • Pal

      Xiaomi is on a whole different league. They aren’t your typical no-name brand on AliExpress.

  • steveb944

    I just hope it’s not a Mediatek processor. The other issue is that really low internal space, it can’t cost that much to bump it up. Hell give us an option of upgrading it to 8 at least.

    And no, a micro SD is not the same. The device will have to always read and write to the external storage using more battery and time vs the internal option, let alone if apps to SD isn’t available.

    Hope you keep us updated, I always like to have backup inexpensive phones.

    • Michael

      It’s call Hongmi and yes it comes with Mediatek processor.

      http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Xiaomi-Hongmi_id8194

      • steveb944

        Dang. Thanks man. I just wish someone other than Moto would bring something decent to the affordable table. Moto G is still the device to beat.