Xiaomi Announces MIUI Phone Mi-Two with Quad Core Krait APQ8064 insideby Brian Klug on August 16, 2012 4:37 AM EST
About a year ago, I had the chance to play with a Xiaomi MIUI Mi-One handset while working on our Vellamo introduction and benchmarking story. The phone was based on a dual core 1.5 GHz MSM8260, and shocked me with its fit and finish, considering this was Xiaomi's first handset.
Today Xiaomi announced its Mi-Two handset, which includes a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 SoC and 2 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. Though there have been leaks and rumors about other phones in develoment based around APQ8064, this is to my knowledge the first handset officially announced with the quad core Krait (and Adreno 320) SoC inside. Xiaomi has priced the Mi-Two at 1999HKD which works out to 315USD for comparison.
This is the same APQ8064 we've already done some performance analysis with on a mobile development platform. Xiaomi has been a pretty strong Qualcomm partner thus far, so it isn't surprising to see them announce an APQ8064 phone. I've put together a spec table with what I've gathered from Xiaomi's twitter and microblogging feeds from their announcement today.
|Xiaomi Mi-One and Mi-Two Comparison|
|SoC||1.5 GHz MSM8x60 (Dual core Scorpion + Adreno 220)||1.5 GHz APQ8064 (Quad core Krait + Adreno 320)|
|RAM/NAND/Expansion||1 GB LPDDR2, 4 GB NAND, microSD||2 GB LPDDR2, 16 GB NAND, microSD|
|Display||4.0" 854x480||4.3" IPS 1280x720|
|Network||WCDMA (14.4) / GPRS / EDGE / (1x+EVDO if MSM8660)||DC-HSPA+ (42.2) / GPRS / EDGE|
|Dimensions||125mm x 63mm x 11.9mm||126mm x 62mm x 10.2mm|
|Camera||8 MP||8 MP 5P F/2.0|
What's interesting is the inclusion of DC-HSPA+ as well. I've been pretty public about how APQ8064+MDM9615 will become a very popular platform for handsets this next cycle, and I believe it's a safe bet that that the Mi-Two uses exactly this combination. I've reached out for confirmation and will update if I get it. The Mi-Two of course runs the MIUI skin and Android 4.1.
Xiaomi doesn't pull any punches and directly compares the Mi-Two to the competition from HTC and Samsung in their slides. I've gathered almost all of them up into a gallery for your perusal. It's great to see Xiaomi going into this level of detail about their handset.
Update: The Xiaomi Mi-Two page is now live and includes a bit more detail, including band support, which is WCDMA 850, 1900, 2100 alongside quad band GSM. There's also a small note about the Mi-Two having antenna diversity. The pages also note that the Mi-Two will go on sale in October for 1999HKD.
Xiaomi also made their slide deck from the presentation live after some time, I've exported the slide deck pages to a gallery as well.