We always knew one or more of China’s big smartphone players were going to step up their game and become a real menace for Samsung and HTC before long. But probably not many would have counted on it being Xiaomi.
Remember that crazy rumor about Xiaomi prepping an upper mid-range phone with 720p display, quad-core processor and $160 price tag? Well, it’s a rumor no more. And it gets better, as the Red Rice is reportedly set to go on sale for an incredible Yuan 799 ($130) after all.
Busy is just one way to describe Xiaomi, as the Chinese OEM is said to be working hard on at least two new phones, plus its first ever tablet. And while the launches of the Mi3, Red Rice and MiPad might still be a while, the trio sure knows how to keep us interested.
New AnTuTu benchmark screenshots of the Xiaomi Red Rice confirm the 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T chipset. The $160 phone might be launched later today.
It’s been unusually quiet on the Xiaomi front lately, with only a couple of rumors hitting the mainstream media, but it won’t be long until the Chinese company will once again capture the headlines day in and day out.