XiaoMi - HongMi 红米手机 Android Phone (WCDMA version)
QuadCore MTK6589T 1.5Ghz / 1G RAM / 4G Internal Flash / Dual Sim
4.7" 1280x720 IPS 312PPI Display (from same iPhone supplier)
13 megapixel F2.2 Camera / 1080p Video Recording
Android 4.2 (with MIUI V5 interface)
Advertised & sold @RMB799 (~RM430), probably the most affordable yet feature-packed android smart phone in the market
See below YouTube video for the HongMi unboxing, look & feel, video playback & AnTuTu tests :
If unable to access YouTube, please view the video below (480p quality only)
Was informed by some of my friends for a while about this local China-made famous with excellent quality built phone maker called XiaoMi, in fact some of the models like the M2 小米手机2S & M3 小米手机3 (1 of the fastest phone in the world!!) already gained much attention and good review as well.
Recently around October'2013, the company launched the first dual-sim and feature-packed it at below RMB1k
Surely it attracted much of attention again as many other similar feature phone is selling much higher ...
The company only release and sell certain quantity online at it's own website at certain date and time, needless to say everyone in China will be getting ready to bid for it, even harder to get the WCDMA version to use for outside China. So it's really impossible for me to get one
However, through my good local connection & "kaki" (contact), they managed to grab me 1 unit when the company launched the first batch of WCDMA version around early November
Some product photos ...
Packaging is simple & straight forward
Make sure it's WCDMA version so can use outside China for many other countries 3G standard
(Take note the TD-SCDMA version can only use in China with ChinaMobile's 3G)
The phone itself, blacky, I like
Original comes invoice documents
The phone's size
Phone back section
However, immediately when I flew back home Malaysia around mid November, one of my good friend wants the phone desperately as his existing phones were damaged already. Furthermore with HongMi, he doesn't need to buy & carry 2 phones again. So, after I took the pictures and before I can start playing this new toys, it was sold to my good friend already ......
This phone is very difficult to get, especially the WCDMA version, can't even find in HongKong at all ...
The company seem want to position it's products like the iPhone-style
So I have to ask my local kaki over there to standby & grab the second round of WCDMA launched around end of November....
I was just informed that they managed to get me 2 more units WCDMA version, will get it when I go China this month December...
20 Dec 2013 update
Just returned from China, 2 more new HongMi WCDMA version
Totally new still in sealed box
Got original official invoices
WCDMA version for 3G outside China
Overall the video, sound & speed is really good !
For such a budget price range, this HongMi is definitely the best 2013 budget dual-sim quad-core smart phone I can ever find !!
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