Today's Xiaomi story simply proves that a great phone doesn't necessarily have to be expensive, at least for folks who live in their home country of China. The new Mi2S just launched in China and out-scored the unreleased Samsung Galaxy S4 in AnTuTu benchmarks. The Xiaomi phone scored an impressive 25,913 vs the SGS4's 25,446. It's important to note the Mi2S uses the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor that is in the SGS4, so these benchmark figures are likely because of software optimizations.
The other impressive thing about this phone is its incredibly cheap price-tag. The 16GB version of the device will sell for 1999 yuan or ($322USD) off contract, and a 32GB one with a 13-megapixel camera selling for 2299 yuan ($370USD). Here's a short spec-list,
- Snapdragon 600 with a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait 300 processor
- MIUI custom Android ROM
- 2GB of RAM
- 4.3-inch 720p display
It's surprising how much less these devices actually can sell for when you eliminate the massive overhead and marketing costs (and inflated profit margins).