Xiaomi has become the 3rd largest smartphone maker in the world owing to the immense success of its Mi3 and Redmi 1S and Redmi Note smartphones. Now, that the mass 4G LTE roll-out is at a final stage in India by country’s biggest 4G player- Reliance Jio, smartphone makers are focusing on launching affordable and cheap 4G phones compatible with the Indian TD-LTE 4G technology (band 40, 2300 MHz).
A few days back to Gionee unveiled its portfolio of 4G smartphones for India. The company also stated that all of its upcoming phones in 2015 carrying a price tag of Rs. 10,000 will come with 4G support.
While we liked that news, we were left wondering as to what other manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG, and Xiaomi are doing.
As it is evident from this rumor, published on Gizchina.com, this upcoming 4G Xiaomi phone is powered by a Leadcore chip (LC1860). It has a 2.0 GHz Cortex-A7 hexa-core CPU and a Mali-628 MP2 GPU. This is pretty powerful chipset as it supports up to 2K displays. However, I really don’t think that Xiaomi will launch a phone with a 2K display for about 399 Yuan (INR 4,000 approx).
The chip is also capable of recording 1080p videos @ 60fps and supports LPDDR3 RAM. Other specifications of this rumored 4G Xiaomi phone are 1 GB RAM, and a 720p display.
This is a just a beginning of the influx of cheap 4G phones in India. Other big manufacturers will hopefully take it as a hint and launch their TD-LTE 4G at a competitive price or their market share will reduce significantly.
What do you say? Would buy such an affordable 4G phone from Xiaomi even after knowing how they handle user privacy?