Xiaomi is certainly on a roll since the past few months. In a short period of time, the company has managed to become the world’s No.3 smartphone maker. For 2015, the company has some big plans and one of them is launching affordable LTE smartphones. The first such device has made its way to China’s TENAA, revealing most of its specifications.
The smartphone packs a 4.7” display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution, just like the Redmi 2. However, instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset, this entry-level model comes with a Leadcore LC1860 quad-core 1.6GHz chipset. The chipset includes the dual-core Mali T628MP2 GPU, which is decently powerful for an entry-level smartphone. It also comes with 1 GB RAM and support for TD-LTE networks. The smartphone comes with an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording and includes 8GB of onboard memory. As for the OS, it runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI software. It is quite thin as well at 9.2mm and weighs 134 grams. While 9.2mm may not sound too impressive to most of you, it sure does sound impressive when you consider the fact that this upcoming Xiaomi smartphone will be priced at just $65. Yup, you are possibly looking at the cheapest LTE smartphone that you will be able to buy this year.
Unfortunately, there is no information available regarding the availability of the smartphone or what markets it will be sold in. Xiaomi recently made it clear that the company does want to expand in the west and is considering entering the US smartphone market as well. A $65 4G LTE capable smartphone is most certainly going to be a big hit even in markets such as US and Europe, and should help continue the impressive growth that Xiaomi has been witnessing over the past 12 months or so in the global smartphone market.