Many smartphone fans in the U.S. and much of the world had never heard of Xiaomi before the company poached Google’s Hugo Barra last year. However, in China and several neighboring countries, the phone-maker had already built a reputation for selling decent handsets at rock bottom prices. Today we’re getting a first look at what appears to be company’s next entry-level smartphone in its popular Redmi line after the device was leaked on Chinese social network Sina Weibo.
It looks like the Redmi followup will offer a 5.5-inch 720p display (up from 4.7 inches), an unnamed octa-core processor coming in two variants at 1.4GHz and 1.7GHz, a 13-megapixel rear camera, microSD support up to 32GB, 1GB of RAM, red capacitive buttons, and Android 4.2.2 out of the box. The device will only offer 3G speeds and is expected to cost under $130 at launch.
Xiaomi’s decision to leave out LTE capability could be a weak spot for the otherwise impressive smartphone. Following China Mobile’s recent upgrade to 4G speeds the new Redmi phone will likely lag compared to similarly priced LTE phones from Huawei and other local upstarts. Xiaomi is expected to announce the phone next month at a MiFan Festival celebrating the company’s fourth birthday.