iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S3 vs…… Xiaomi?

As we in the US are concerned with reviews and evaluations helping us choose between the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S3, the Chinese people have an additional option which is at a much better price, the Xiaomi.

What the heck is a Xiaomi?

Xiaomi ( 小米科技 ) is the up and coming China smartphone manufacturer which is rapidly eating up the smartphone market in China.

Their newest phone, ironically called the “MI-2” is very comparable performance wise with both Samsung and Apple products.  MI-2 also has it’s own “cool factor” level of style which positions it similar to a mid-level sedan would.  Not ‘the best’ but ‘good enough’ for a great price.

  • 1.7 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen at 1280×720 pixel resolution
  • 8 megapixel rear camera (with upgraded F/2.0 lens)
  • 2 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI-compatible USB port
  • HSPA+ connectivity up to 42 Mbps

Retailing at 1,999 RMB (US$313), vs the Galaxy S3 4,999 RMB ($785), and the 16GB iPhone 4S 4,488 RMB ($712), and  it is a real bargain.

NOTE: Apple has not officially launched the iPhone 5 in China yet, but scalpers who have purchased the phone in Hong Kong have been see selling the iPhone 5 on the grey market for around $1500!  In reality the price of the iPhone 5 in China will be around $780.

Unfortunately you cannot buy this phone outside of China.   Xiaomi are only selling locally, which works very well for them since China is the worlds largest smartphone market.

CNN just recently did a short article with a video here where they state “Bottom line — in China today, it’s cool to have a Xiaomi phone.”

Want more info?  Click the below links.
 iPhone 5 vs. MI-2 (Gizmochina.com)
Asia Cnet’s info on the Mi-2
Xiaomi Website (In Chinese)


Posted on October 10, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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