[Leak] “$65 Xiaomi Phone” is real, but will probably cost more than just $65

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Although Xiaomi had been pretty successful with the Mi series of phones, it was the original Redmi (formerly known as the Hongmi) of 2013 that really sent a message across the world, about this little known Chinese brand that was already a big name in its home country.

The 799 CNY phone sold like hot cakes, with international customers happily paying up to 2x the original cost of the phone. Xiaomi quickly followed it up with the Redmi 1S, about which you probably know pretty much everything by now. Last year, rumours about a Xiaomi-Leadcore partnership started showing up, and it appears as though the partnership finally bore fruit.


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It is in the form of an ultra-inexpensive Xiaomi phone, which will most likely stand in between the original Redmi and the Redmi 1S in terms of specifications, and we believe will cost around $70-75. For starters, rumoured specifications of the phone include a 4.7-inch screen, Leadcore LC1860C SoC, 8 mega-pixel rear camera, 2 mega-pixel front camera, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage.

As you can see from the alleged leaked picture of the phone, the device (at least its rear) shares a lot of its design with the Redmi 2, the latest Redmi from Xiaomi.

Like mentioned before, the phone should be available for well under $100 if I’m not wrong, and availability should commence later this year. Xiaomi have already been hugely successful with their Redmi series, and haven’t done badly with their higher-end Mi series also… this could be the start of what Xiaomi plan to use to dominate the entry-level segment.

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  1. Vijay Sud
    March 21, 2015

    If delayed beyond 4/15….others will step in to fill in blancs…

  2. Xalis
    March 21, 2015

    Not interested at all.

    It has been like 8 months without a interesting news from Xiaomi.

    • March 21, 2015

      i think you right man !

      אני חושב שאתה צודק בן אדם

    • balcobomber25
      March 21, 2015

      Guess you missed news of the Mi Note Pro…..

      • Xalis
        March 21, 2015

        Boring, slapping more RAM and a newer SoC isn’t interesting at all, plus at that price they have lost their real appeal, the price.

        • Angry Mobile Nerd
          March 21, 2015

          haha, this should be good…

        • balcobomber25
          March 21, 2015

          To each their own.

        • March 22, 2015

          Perhaps you wanted something “unique”… like curved screens?…. oh wait….

  3. Rob
    March 22, 2015

    Am I missing something? ‘The $65 Xiaomi phone is real, but will probably cost more than $65’! By that logic this isn’t a $65 Xiaomi phone then. What a complete waste of time this post is. Xiaomi have yet to release anything that I find remotely interesting, you can add this to the list….

    • March 22, 2015

      in simpler terms, the phone that was rumoured to cost us 65 dollars is real but the price isn’t

    • balcobomber25
      March 23, 2015

      Since it was announced it was speculated that it will cost $65. Because no one knows what Xiaomi will call it, it became known as the $65 Xiaomi phone. Around the web that is what it is known as. This article is saying it will probably cost a little more.