Currently Xiaomi’s entry-level phone is the dual-core, Qualcomm equipped Xiaomi M1s at $240, but tomorrow could see the launch of a cheaper $160 version known as the ‘Red Rice’.
Tomorrow is going to be a very interesting day as rumours of the new Xiaomi phones keep twisting and turning and now seem to suggest 3 new phones could launch at tomorrows MIUI event in Beijing.
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The models appear to be the Xiaomi M2s, an updated version of the Mi2 with faster Snapdragon 600 CPU and waterproof coating. Xiaomi M2a, a similar looking phone as the M2s but with dual-core CPU and lower camera and screen specs, and a 3rd phone with dual-core CPU with a newer lower price!
The new Xiaomi entry level phone is where most of the confusion lies as last month Shenzhen sources claimed a quad-core MT6589 equipped Xiaomi was being prepared but now reports claim its a dual-core ARM A9 powered phone with Mali 400 GPU!
Pricing for the phone is said to be 999 Yuan ($160) making this the cheapest Xiaomi to date. If the rumours are true then 300,000 units have been prepared for the initial launch.