Xiaomi’s Leadcore powered budget phone receives network license

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Xiaomi are all up in the headlines today, now after receiving its network license for a new budget phone powered by a Leadcore chip and rumoured $65 launch price!

If Hugo Barra came to us with a single wish to make Xiaomi better, it wouldn’t be to make them even cheaper! (it would be to updated all device to the latest Android version ASAP if anyone is interested). Xiaomi phones can hardly be descried as expensive, and even with pressure from rivals, the Redmi range is still a good value series of phones to own.

But Xiaomi want to go cheaper, and they are planning to do so with a new phone powered by a Chinese processor from Leadcore, the company Xiaomi invested in late last year.

With a recently approved network license, chances are the Leadcore Xiaomi will launch on the 15th with a new flagship Xiaomi phone.

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The TENAA details show a phone which looks identical to the current Redmi 2, in fact you need to delve in to the hardware to uncover that the phone uses a 1.6Ghz LC1860 Leadcore processor rather than a Snapdragon 410.

Other than the processor difference the rest of the hardware appears to be exaclty the same, 8 mega-pixel rear camera, 2 mega-pixel front, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch 720p display, LTE etc.

With such similar hardware, design and LTE, we wonder if users considering the 699 Yuan Redmi 2 might be swayed to purchase the 399 Yuan (rumoured price) Leadcore Redmi?

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  1. Vijay Sud
    January 9, 2015

    This phone is likely to be the Xiaomi weapon for next 500 million smartphone market of India. And at price point of INR 4000 or less..it will be a game changer..provided Xiaomi brings it under Android 1 umbrella.

    • Muhammad Yasir
      January 9, 2015

      It should ALSO come to Pakistan!
      waddya say , Cross border friend?

    • balcobomber25
      January 9, 2015

      Not just India but Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Pakistan. Those are some of the biggest and emerging smart phone markets in the world.

      • Muhammad Yasir
        January 10, 2015

        Yay! i hope so too!
        i really want to use xiaomi phones here in Pak. we have a few , but they cost so fkin high due to grey market rates :/
        once we get an official reseller here for xiaomi , vivo and a few other noted china brands , the market will just go in over drive 😀

        I proudly await that moment…

    • Airyl
      January 9, 2015

      I don’t think Xiaomi and Android One will happen, nor do I think it should happen. One of the reasons people like Xiaomi phones is because of MIUI, to take away that would just make them generic phones.

  2. MAX
    January 9, 2015

    i think this model is only singl sim witk TD-LTE though.

  3. balcobomber25
    January 9, 2015

    The idea to go cheaper is an obvious one. Xiaomi wants to conquer Asia before making a push for the west. To conquer Asia you need a cheap and widely available phone that is a good value.

    • vin
      January 9, 2015

      I agree with you but I don’t understand why they have to wait before moving west. They can conquer Asia with these low-end devices meanwhile they can try sipping into west with flagships. It’s true that only China and India counts millions of potential customers but with flagships the margin is bigger, Apple and Samsung sell millions of phones that cost below 200$ and sell them for 800$+

  4. carol
    April 2, 2015

    hi,guys,xiao mi note pink version will launch ,it cute, female:)http://flosmall.com/blog/323-xiaomi-note-goddess-edition ,

    • Muhammad Yasir
      April 2, 2015