WCDMA Xiaomi Hongmi will launch end of September


The entry-level Xiaomi Hongmi has been getting a lot of attention since it launched in July, now news of a WCDMA version is sure to excite international Xiaomi fans!

The Xiaomi Hongmi is current the cheapest and largest Xiaomi phone which you can buy (the Mi3 is larger but on sale just yet). The only issue we have had is that the current Hongmi is only available in a China Mobile TD-SCDMA compatible model. This is no use to us here at GizChina as we all use China Unicom and no use to International fans as TD-SCDMA only works in China!

xiaomi hongmi hands on

We have already reported an a WCDMA version of the Hongmi here, but now it looks like Xiaomi will soon make an official announcement about the new phone! The WCDMA version of the Hongmi will be designed to work with China Unicom, however some lucky international fans will be able to make use of the phone on 3G networks outside of China!

The 799 Yuan 4.7-inch phone boasts impressive hardware for the price including a 1.5Ghz quad-core MT6589T processor, 1GB RAM, 8 mega-pixel Samsung rear camera, dual SIM support and SD card memory expansion.

[ Weibo ]
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20 Comments

  1. September 9, 2013

    Very interesting news! But we still need to wait which 3G bands will be available: 850? 900? 2100MHz?

    • September 9, 2013

      Yep, still need to see what those bands are going to be. Fingers crossed though!

      • Yorien
        September 10, 2013

        I feel they’ll have the same bands as one of the other Xiaomi models.

        I’d go for the M2S bands: 850/1900/2100 MHz, since it’s a sort of “international” model and both 850 and 2100 bands are the most used worldwide.

        If it is not the M2S, I’d go for 3G dual band 850/2100 as many other MTK phones around have.

  2. Peter
    September 9, 2013

    hmm, so it will be 2100MHz, and thats it ?
    ill buy immediately if it will have 900MHz 🙂

  3. USMAN
    September 9, 2013

    THATS A GREAT NEWS. BUT IN MY COUNTRY ALL THE NETWORKS JUST OFFER 2G AND EDGE SERVICES, WITH FREQUENCY BANDS LIKE 900/1800
    SO IS WCDMA GOING TO WORK ON 2G OR 2.5G NETWORKS?

    • September 9, 2013

      You must check those specifications:
      Connectivity Technology: GSM + WCDMA
      Network Band:
      GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz <– 2G (minimum required 🙂
      WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz <– faster links (mainly data) like 3G
      4G is another problem…

  4. Simon
    September 9, 2013

    Andi can you do a poll (if possible) to see which Xiaomi people intend to buy ?

  5. September 9, 2013

    I wish they will add it MHL or NFC or both 😀

    • September 9, 2013

      Isn’t that too much to ask for in a 130$ phone 😉

      • September 10, 2013

        Hehehe… lol..

      • Tudy
        September 10, 2013

        Let’s face it, it won’t be just 130$ price for us, international buyers… :/

        • Zad
          September 10, 2013

          Just wait a little, I’m sure you will find it at ~130$ on aliexpress.

          • pepito
            September 11, 2013

            Si en aliexpres está la version china está por 164-170$. La versión europea será más cara debido al WCDMA que es más caro implementar así que de 130$ olvidaros …

          • MaxSE
            September 14, 2013

            On Aliexpress? Probably fake 🙁

      • September 15, 2013

        For sure it won’t be 130$ for international customer. And will not be lesser than 230$

  6. batman
    September 10, 2013

    That phone looks really thick. What is the mm dimension?

  7. Elvin
    September 25, 2013

    Does this phone can support malaysia 3G?

  8. sR
    October 2, 2013

    Is
    it A fake
    Is. it support india’s 2G network …….please reply me

    I am confused ….. is it Has gesture control

  9. Lies
    October 2, 2013

    Lies

  10. Radovan
    October 4, 2013

    Please do not know whether they will be in black and gray. The white screen Koele I do not know when and if the version with WCDMA on sale and for how much. thank you