China Unicom version (WCDMA) Xiaomi Red Rice gets network license

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After much speculation and a few leaked photos, we finally have some firm evidence that a WCDMA compatible Xiaomi Hongmi is on the way.

Xiaomishop shipping Mi3 and Redmi from EU warehouse internationally!

Xiaomi launched the low-cost Mediatek powered Hongmi a few months ago. Thanks to it’s high level hardware, MT6589T CPU, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch display, Samsung camera, dual SIM and MIUI V5, it has sold extremely well, but only China Mobile customers have been able to enjoy the phone!

xiaomi hongmi wcdma China Unicom version (WCDMA) Xiaomi Red Rice gets network license

Finally though Xiaomi have applied and received for the network license on a WCDMA version of the $130 Android phone which will work with China Unicom networks, but also will be compatible with many European 3G services.

Xiaomi still haven’t officially announced the phone, but with this latest evidence we can hope that it will go on sale very soon.

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  • Job_CF

    A Xiaomi phone for just $130 and with international appeal is sure to be a winner.

  • devast

    I’d be happy, if the international resellers would charge sub $200 for it…

  • Allanitomwesh

    FINALLY!

  • ozp

    the price is about US$ 260 to the “international” customers.

    • Boyan

      Where’s that? I see the TDCMA version for some 219 usd on the market, so anything higher would not make sense.

      • r0bert

        Thera are also TDCMA veriosn which cost 160 usd so don`t know why WCDMA version should cost 260 usd? where have you got that information?

  • Clamaran

    It support wcdma 900mhz? There is information about it?

  • Tudy

    Does anybody know someone who is selling this phone with similar price like in China ($130)?

  • Job_CF

    Is this the same as the Xiaomi White Rice reported here few weeks ago?

  • rob h

    Any further news on the wcdma redrice? All seems to have gone quiet…

    • http://www.gizchina.com Andi

      Sorry nothing yet

  • Harland

    On October 18, Xiaomi will open Hongmi sales again for 10,000 units. But the page at xiaomi.com/hongmi doesn’t say anything about WDCMA. I guess they’re taking their sweet time. Xiaomi likes to draw things out, they want to be Apple so badly.