Xiaomi’s Hongmi has been a revolution of sorts, as far as the Chinese smartphone industry is concerned. The device, launched a few months back, changed our perception of a low-cost quad-core phone, with a price tag of just ￥799, or about $130. It prompted many a manufacturer to think again, and release devices to compete. A prime example is international biggie Huawei, who not long ago, launched the ￥798 Honor 3C smartphone, a direct competitor to the Hongmi.
If reports are to be believed, the second generation of this massively popular phone from Xiaomi might already be in the works. It’s being said that the phone will have a 5.5-inch screen to go with an 8 core Mediatek MT6592 processor. Keeping up with their tradition of offering phones at lucrative prices, Xiaomi are expected to offer the Hongmi 2 at just ￥999 ($165). Even with the seller mark-ups that international buyers have to do with, the Hongmi 2 would probably be an offer you can’t refuse. An OEM that goes by the name of ‘Longcheer Technology’ is allegedly going to manufacture the Hongmi 2.