Xiaomi Company has been selling a small batch of pre-production second-gen Xiaomi Phones last week, in the hopes to get enthusiasts users to try it out before the final mass production. Most of the Chinese tech media also have the chance to review the pre-production unit. We are lucky enough to get one in our hand and we have our first impressions on the handset. Xiaomi brand smartphone has become a cult favorite among Chinese tech geeks, and last week CNN was calling the Xiaomi phone “a superstar smartphone in China” …
Xiaomi Phone 2 utilizes the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset, which is so powerful, that it is actually intended for tablet use. It slapped a 720p 4.3″ IPS-LCD display with 342ppi pixel density, and added 2GB of RAM to ensure the system is running smooth with many apps loaded in the background. There is a 2nd-gen back-illuminated camera sensor on the rear, 8 megapixel, seemingly the same lens element that is used in the iPhone 4S and Galaxy S III. It has also provided a 2 megapixel front facing camera for video conferencing and self-portrait. Its 2000mAh stock battery offers reasonably good stand-by and talk time. And if you really do need killer battery life, there’s a 3000mAh up for grabs too and it only bulks the phone thickness up by 2mm. A 16GB or 32GB option for on board storage, but there is no built-in micro-SD card slot. Luckily, the device supports USB On-The-Go, so you can still pop in your USB thumb drive and manage your data.
As for wireless, the handset supports WCDMA 850/1900/2100 MHz and has a 42Mbps HSPA+ radio, which means it can be used with most of the telecoms carriers from western countries if some grey markert trader intend to import it. Too bad the Chinese phone lacks LTE capabilities as well as near-field communication (NFC) functions. Despite the impressive hardware features, a smartphone can’t be very smart without the right software. Xiaomi Phone 2 comes with the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI ROM. Inside this ROM, are features that are comparable with Apple’s iOS, including a voice assistant that could be better than SIRI for Chinese user. You will also have the ability to make icons bigger for older folks and a library of creative themes for you to select. There is even an option of consistent graphical user interface that simulate a real desktop scenario.
volume key and on/off switch located on the right side of the device.
furnishing which make the phone feel more elegance.
battery has a capacity of 2000mAh, more than iPhone 5.
there is no micro-SD card slot for storage expansion.
could be the radio antenna or some kind of radiator.
Camera and Video Testing
Xiaomi Phone 2 Photo Shoot Gallery
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We’re surprised by how far a China smartphone can get to these days, but Xiaomi’s ambition took it to the next level, attempting to prove that powerful smartphones can be a lot more affordable and a lot more intuitive. The company custom ROM features a rich user experience and user customizable themes. It has tweaked a lot of Android’s stock items and improved them. The Xiaomi Phone 2 is certainly one of the handset you have to get in 2012 — it packs impressive specs at a very affordable price, which cost only at 1999 yuan (US$315) without a contract. The only issue though, is whether you’ll be able to get it oversea. The smartphone will be available in October –but only for Chinese market. You likely have to pay a little bit more to get it through grey market resellers, which negates the value proposition of the handset. We will be looking forward to the final production unit for an in-depth review, so stay tune !