Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi isn't a household name yet, but will become a brand to reckon with in the near future.
In 2013, Xiaomi stole thunder with its low-end but insanely popular Hongmi handset (also known as Red Rice). The company managed to sell the very first batch of WCDMA Red Rice smartphones in just four minutes.
Now, the company might be planning to release the successor to the Hongmi smartphone in the coming days to come.
Apparently, the yet-to-be launched handset has just appeared at TENAA, China's equivalent to the FCC (US).
According to a post Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo, the phone will be powered by MediaTek's true octa-core chip (MT6592). The phone is expected to be launched in two versions (Octa-Core): 1.4GHz and 1.7GHz.
Dubbed as the Red Rice 2, it would feature a 5.5-inch 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2, microSD card support up to 32GB, a 13-megapixel of rear-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter. Other details around the device are not known at this moment.
Meanwhile, the leaked picture of Hongmi 2 sheds light on its design as well. The purported handset has a similar design to the predecessor; also the red capacitive buttons at the button brings memories of Red Rice.
The successor to hit Hongmi is expected to be launched at the company's "MiFan Festival" in early April.
For the reminder, Xiaomi is already selling its best selling Red Rice handset in select South East Asian countries. Rumor has it that the Chinese smartphone maker will enter Indian market by mid 2014.
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