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Production Year: 2011 Model: Mi One Manufacture: Xiaomi

Using Foxconn’s tooling and Inventec’s manufacturing resources, the aptly named Xiaomi Phone is the company’s first attempt at developing its own hardware, and boy, it’s done one helluva job here with the specs: a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 SoC (note that this isn’t just an overclocked 1.2GHz chip), 1GB RAM, 4GB ROM, eight megapixel camera and the usual wireless bundle including WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS (plus the rare GLONASS). By now you must be thinking: surely there must be a tradeoff somewhere for that tempting price of ¥1,999

MI-ONE, sometimes also referred as MI-ONE Plus or Xiaomi Phone (simplified Chinese: 小米手机; traditional Chinese: 小米手機; pinyin: Xiǎomǐ Shŏujī), is a smart mobile phone designed by the Xiaomi Tech Company, which was created by Lei Jun, CEO of Kingsoft. Xiaomi is a high-end smartphone, using a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 (dual core, 1.5 GHz) as its CPU and an Adreno 220 as its GPU, but its price (RMB1999/around CHF310) is less than half the cost of a typical dual-core CPU smartphone. When it was released, the phone received more than 300,000 pre-orders in the first 34 hours.