Xiaomi Red Rice hands on video

The Xiaomi Red Rice is the first Mediatek powered Android phone from Xiaomi. Here is a quick hands on with the phone to show it responsiveness and how well it can handle gaming.

The Red Rice is quite a big deal here in China. Not only is it the first Xiaomi phone to feature a quad-core 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor, but it is also the largest Xiaomi to date and the cheapest! Costing just 799 Yuan ($130) Xiaomi are expected to ship 100,000s of Red Rice over the coming months.

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Xiaomi Red Rice Hands on Video


The above video shows and newly bought Xiaomi Red Rice and how it handles app switching, opening and loading apps along with gaming performance. It comes as no surprise that the MT6589T chipset handles everything in its stride and the Xiaomi Red Rice would be easily up to the job of handling daily smartphone duties with the odd bit of gaming thrown in.

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  1. Tim
    August 4, 2013

    I hope they make a WCDMA version, would buy it instantly then 🙂
    Just to add: the MIUI running on MTK devices is still in early stages, you’ll probably see alot of improvement in performance in the upcoming weeks 🙂

  2. Alex
    August 4, 2013

    What does the lack of WCDMA mean for international users?

    If we are using a 3G network, does this render it useless here?

    Thanks in advance for any answers 🙂

  3. Simon
    August 4, 2013

    I’m guessing it doesn’t work in the UK at the moment then ?

    • Tim
      August 4, 2013

      Nop 🙁 It will only work in China

      • Simon
        August 4, 2013

        I’ll have to wait for the Mi3, (but apparently that is delayed).

    • August 4, 2013

      3G supposedly only works in China Mobile (2100MHz TD-SCDMA), but the rest of the phone should work normally in many countries.

      • Markoff
        August 4, 2013

        you are mistaken, only China Telecom is using TD-SCDMA AFAIR, the biggest operator China Mobile and 2nd biggest China Unicom are just regular GSM+WCDMA operators, I have Unicom (chose at beginning because of better data packages, 5RMB=30MB, 10RMB=100MB, 20RMB=150RMB, 30RMB=300MB), GF company Telecom, most of the colleagues Mobile

  4. Rafy93
    August 4, 2013

    Hi Andi,
    Will this phone work in Europe? Is it only GSM TD-SCDMA?
    Hope it will work in Europe/Italy becouse is FANTASTIC….and if it don’t work, xiaomi have to do an European Version!

  5. Liljohn
    August 4, 2013

    No more mi3 news???????????

  6. Peter
    August 4, 2013

    ill buy it instantly, unfortunatly i have to wait for european version what support WCDMA, so guys from Gizchina do me a favor me, find out about possibility to produce that model for european mobile brands with WCDMA

  7. August 4, 2013

    waiting for mi3 desperately 😉

  8. August 4, 2013

    China Telecom CDMA2000
    China Mobile TD-SDCMA
    China Unicom WCDMA

    Please check you facts before blurting out info, confusing people!
    3G bands between the telecom operators in China differ.

    4G developments will make it even a bigger mess. As even mobiles from the same operator will possibly be incompatible between mainland and Hong Kong.

  9. August 5, 2013

    Just finished my review of Chuwi V88s mini clone of iPad Mini, feel free to repost it here, link at review at my name

  10. sportquest
    August 15, 2013

    Has this phone a notification led? A light that glows when you get an sms?

  11. moon
    August 16, 2013

    Does it have MHL or any tv-out solution?