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The man behind the Xiaomi Phone – Lei Jun

There is an interesting article in the China Daily today. It covers a speech made by the man behind the Xiaomi Phone – Lei Jun. As I have mentioned in earlier posts this guy has been styled as a latter day Steve Jobs. Now he may not quite live up to that standard but at the age of 43 his CV is impressive and he is certainly charismatic. He was one of the early internet pioneers in China.

Anyway the article is worth a read for some background but more importantly it puts a bit more meat on the bones of some of the recent rumours. For example, Foxconn is taking on the production of the Xiaomi phone in China. This should at some point open up the supply to other markets. The article can be found here.

Intriguingly, there are other Xiaomi devices being  hinted at too – the M2. According to Gizchina the rumoured specification is:

  • 4.6-inch touch screen.
  • 2.5Ghz CPU.
  • 2.5GB RAM.
  • 32GB of storage.
  • 5 mega-pixel front camera.
  • 12 mega-pixel rear camera.
  • Android Ice-cream Sandwich OS.
  • Estimated price of 2499 Remimbi ($394 or £255)!

This is just a rumour however. In the meantime I will be happy to receive my M1 in the next couple of weeks.

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  1. Steve
    December 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    nice to hear Foxconn is taking up production. hopefully this will speed up things before we lose interest (international buyers in particular) as competition is sure to heat up in the next two or three months starting with CES. And that M2 looks like a beast. I wonder if Meizu will ever be able to compete with Xiaomi with such price/spec points.

    • December 29, 2011 at 12:13 am

      Yes I think you are right. The Meizu looks promising and the camera is apparently very good. Its the price of the Xiaomi that sets it apart – at least for the moment. Now the iPhone is officially available in China the domestic competition are raising their game and the likes of Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo are hoping to be contenders. However, the Chinese market is huge so it might be a while before some of these products leave the mainland. The Xiaomi is slightly different in so far as it could be purchased directly in the same way the Google Nexus was originally envisaged rather than getting tied to a telco’s terms and conditions. But the 2 million handset deal with China Unicom might distract them. Whether they can sustain that time will tell. I agree CES will certainly indicate whether the Xiaomi Phone is an interesting footnote or the shape of things to come.

  1. December 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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