Chinese device maker Xiaomi is known for offering cheap phones, tablets, and other products. But the company’s next phone might be one of its cheapest yet: ther eare reports that Xiaomi is working on a $65 smartphone.
The device is said to feature a Leadcore LC1860 processor. That’s a 2 GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor with Mali-T628 graphics and support for high-resolution displays, 1080p video capture, and support for GSM, WCDMA, and 4G LTE networks.
That doesn’t necessarily mean Xiaomi’s phone will support those features: if the company really hopes to sell the phone for $65, Xiaomi may skimp on memory, screen resolution, storage, or other features.
It’s not clear if this phone will be offered outside of China anytime soon. But while Xiaomi sells most of its products in its home country, the company has started branching out into additional markets including India and Singapore in recent years and Xiaomi has global ambitions. We’re likely to start seeing the company’s phones, tablets, and other devices in the US and Europe in the next few years.
Pffft… Pure Unobtanium.
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I cannot imagine how terrible this phone will be. In the race to the bottom, Xiaomi can can say “We won”.
That’s what ppl said about Xiaomi since they started 3 yrs ago with a $300 phone.
As terrible as a Moto G with much better cam.
Xiaomi Redmi 1S is 4.7 inch 720p , quad A7, 1GB RAM a good 8Mp cam and costs 98$ and this is their cheapest device,they don’t go bellow that like almost everybody else.
In China 5 inch 720p quad A7 phones are getting as low as 80$.
So pretty much at this point 720p quad A7 or A53 are heading towards sub 100$ and 5-5.5 inch 1080p, quad or octa A7 or A53, 2GB RAM , 13MP and 5MP cams will hit 165$ more or less very soon (some devices are already there). The devices are not terrible, parts are getting cheaper and China has competition with many selling close to cost.The great part is that they are expanding and this kind of pricing is going global.
Screen prices are dropping with China display makers pushing hard and late next year or early 2016 lower end SoCs should go 20nm hopefully enabling more perf or lower prices. NAND prices are always dropping, cams are getting better( next year we should see a lot of 21-24MP cams), only RAM pricing is somewhat stuck.
As for this rumored 5 inch 720p Xiaomi phone, it could be doable soon enough and it would force everybody in China to compete.
You keep recycling that phrase “race to the bottom” like this is a bad thing. Engineering economics is a huge part of engineering. It’s not just about building better tech but also building same tech for a lower price. A $65 phone can mean that we can build arm-based computers like the raspberry pi for even cheaper cost with better specifications. Imagine a $65 hone automation control center right off of this phone.. I recently purchased an arduino MCU for $2 off eBay from China. If it weren’t for all these kick starter groups trying to reduce MCU costs.. The arduino would probably still cost $15. There are much larger implications with making cheaper products and frankly, I think they mean so much more to technology than having these new iPhone with 64-bit for $799+.
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