A Xiaomi fanboy probably has inspired Xiaomi’s CEO to make its devices compatible with multiple operating systems after he successfully installed Windows XP on Xiaomi M1. During a conference, Xiaomi’s CEO Lei Jun disclosed the company is in discussion with Microsoft to develop a Windows Phone-based Xiaomi phone. Also, an inside source claimed Xiaomi is planning to unveil a 1GHz dual-core smartphone that priced as low as 899 yuan ($145).
Update: Lei jun said on Weibo that they’re not planning to make a $145 low-end Xiaomi phone, they’ll rather work on the high-end category instead. Sorry guys, forget about that incredible rumor.
A firm estimated that the China’s smartphone market capacity is expected to reach up to 310 million units, where 186 million units can access to 3G network and 60% of these 3G smartphones are priced under 2,000 yuan ($323). In fact, China has various smartphone brands produce low-cost 3G smartphones in China, however their device isn’t as powerful as Xiaomi M1. So if Xiaomi is really considering to make a 1GHz dual-core smartphone that priced at 899 yuan, the company could easily kill off its rivals. As you may remember, Xiaomi has been so successful after the company sold over million units of 1,999 yuan Xiaomi M1.
In the past two weeks, Microsoft brought lots of windows phone into China like HTC Triumph, Nokia Lumia 800c and ZTE Mimosa. Moreover, Nokia announced four different Windows phones during the Lumia launch event that held two days ago, which included the Lumia 610 that targets the low-end market.
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