Back in 2013, we reported on a rumored that Xiaomi could be looking to launch a successor to its Hongmi (Red Rice) handset and that the device could sport an octa-core chipset. Well thanks to newly leaked information, we now know some additional specifications of the upcoming handset that may or may not be true, so please take them with a grain of salt for now. According to the reports, the Hongmi 2 is rumored to be powered by MediaTek’s MT6592 octa-core chipset, and unlike the Samsung Exynos 5-series of chipsets which uses the big.LITTLE technology, MediaTek’s offering is said to be a “true” octa-core chipset, although we’re not sure about its clock speeds at this point.
Other rumored specs of the Hongmi 2 include a 5.5” Full HD display and that the phone will be priced around 999 Chinese Yuan, which is about $165 when converted. Given its specs so far, we reckon $165 is a pretty decent price for what you are getting in return. Granted we don’t know about its camera, battery life, or storage at this point in time or the fact that it does not sport a 2K display which appears to be the standard for 2014, but an octa-core phone with a Full HD display for $165? If you’re shopping on a budget it certainly makes for a good deal. The original Hongmi was a success for the company and managed 100,000 units in the first 2 minutes of its launch back in October 2013, so we can’t wait to see how well its successor does.