Xiaomi planning ultra-affordable $65 Android smartphone
A recent report suggests that China’s Xiaomi is planning to launch an ultra-affordable smartphone that is expected to be priced at 399 Yuan (US$65, UK£42). That’s even cheaper than its currently cheapest Redmi 1S model.
Best known for making ‘affordable’ mid-range and high-end ‘tributes’ (design-a-like copies) of other popular handsets in the market, the Beijing-based smartphone maker has recently invested in the relatively unknown chipset maker Leadcore, also from China, and rumours are that Leadcore’s LC1860 chip is the CPU employed in the new generation of low-cost Xiaomi phones.
The LC1860 is built around an ARM 28nm Cortex A7 architecture SoC running at 2.0GHz along with a Mali T628 GPU. Although the chip is designed to support for up to 2K LTE displays, and offers 1080p video capture at 60fps, the full potential of the chip is unlikely to be realised in such a cheaply priced phone. The ultra low-cost handset is expected to feature a 720p display, 1GB of RAM and 4G-LTE support.
Once released, the LC1860-powered device is expected to be the most affordable smartphone in the current line-up of Xiaomi devices, and is likely to run Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box with the well regarded MUI interface.
For the price tag, this rumoured smartphone is sure to open the door for more powerful low cost devices in the future, which will be warmly welcomed by developing countries such as India. The company has recently become the third largest smartphone maker in the world and has gained huge popularity and success entering India with its Mi3 and Redmi 1S smartphones.
Via the International Business Times.