Although Xiaomi’s latest movements on the Android high-end front look positively remarkable, the China-based gadget maker’s current success mostly relies on low-cost, low-end hardware — only “low-end” in their view significantly differs from the low-end we Westerners are accustomed to.
Take the Redmi Note. Forget about the name on the shell for a second, and take a look at what the 5.5-incher offers for a starting price of $130. You got the massive display, adorned with 720p resolution, octa-core processing power, outstanding 13- and 5-megapixel cameras, a spacious 3,200 mAh battery, and a slender 9.5 mm thin package.
Now try to imagine how much Samsung, Sony, LG, even Motorola would charge for that top-notch bundle of goodies. Better yet, let’s stay in reality, in the today, as Xiaomi has a brand-new Redmi Note configuration to sell for the equivalent of $160. One with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip in lieu of the octa-core MediaTek, 2 GB RAM and, get this, 4G LTE support. Plus, the same bitchin’ cams as the 3G-only version, software based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a microSD card slot.
You can only use one SIM card inside the Redmi Note 4G, which is a bit of an inconvenience for everyday Asian mobile aficionados, but it’d be pretty stupid to complain about such a minor flaw when the list of strong points is so vast and impressive.
Please, Xiaomi, pretty please, say you’ll give the LTE Redmi Note the chance to make a few waves on European turf. North America is asking too much, right?
Via [GSM Arena]