The Xiaomi MI2 was announced at a press conference in August, Xiaomi’s latest quad-core smartphone, the MI-Two, seems to be the smartphone of choice if you want something new. It packs powerful hardware components such as a quad-core prcessor, and runs it’s own MIUI ROM, which skins the Android 4.1 operating system to something resembling iOS.
Button placement is similar to Nokia Lumia phones, with the power and volume keys located on the right side. The micro-USB port is located at the bottom, while the 3.5mm audio jack is found on the top.
The 4.3-inch display uses IPS technology and features a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Viewing angles were good, but at its brightest, the display doesn’t seem very bright compared with other popular high-end Android smartphones such as the One X+. This means you may have issues if you are using the MI-Two outdoors under bright sunlight.
Weighing in at 145g, the smartphone isn’t the lightest, though it’s still tolerable unless you’re particularly fussy about the weight. You’ll need to remove the back cover to access the 2,000mAh battery as well as your SIM card slot. There’s no microSD card slot, but the MI-Two does come with 16GB of onboard storage as well as 2GB RAM.
This isn’t the largest or the lightest handset available around, but with a retail price of around 2,000 Chinese Yuan ($320 dollars), the Xiaomi MI-Two is a cheap and also powerful smartphone that offers value in spades. Unfortunately, the handset may be quite hard to get as stocks are low and sell really fast. That’s not including the fact that you’ll only be able to get it in China or from local importers at an exorbitant markup.