Last Thursday a relatively unknown smartphone manufacturer from china, Xiaomi, announced the first smartphone featuring the new quadcore processor of Qualcomm. The new processor features an improved graphical unit, the Adreno 320-gpu.
The Xiaomi Mi-Two smartphone
At first it was thought the new smartphone announced by Xiaomi would only be released in China, but sourced over at Engadget have indicated that this phone will most likely also be released in Europe. The phone was announced to cost about 255 euros in Chinese currency. It still remains the question if this price holds when it is released in Europe.
The phone, the Mi-Two, is the first to feature the new Qualcomm soc with the new 28nm architecture. The processor features four cores and a fifth core for graphics, the new Adreno 320. This should result in much better graphical performances compared to the old Adreno 220 and 225 from earlier releases. The APQ8064 does not support any mobile networks itself, but needs a separate chip to make these connections.
Later this year it is expected that more smartphone manufacturers will be releasing phones with the new Qualcomm chip. HTC and LG are presumably working on phones feature the new chip which should outrun the Nvidia Tegra 3 which is the current standard for mobile devices.
The Mi-Two will feature a 4.3” ips-lcd panel with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. The camera will feature an 8MP sensor and is able to record video in 1080p. 3G networks are supported and are able to reach speeds of up to 42Mbps and with this it is one of the few smartphones out there supporting this high data transfer rate.
It still remains a question when and if the phone will be released in Europe for sure, and what the price is going to be, but this ‘speculation’ sure makes me want to watch out for this newcomer on the European market.