Xiaomi Red Rice 2 rumored to sport 5.5″ screen and 8-core MediaTek processor for December release
Xiaomi announced the Red Rice (Hongmi) smartphone in July as its most affordable smartphone to date. Though despite its extremely low price, even by Chinese standards, the Red Rice has decent specs and feels a lot more like a midranger than a low-end entry-level device.
After a few months of being sold only in the TD-SCDMA variety (for operation on China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier), the Red Rice (pictured below) is now also out in WCDMA (HSPA) guise. But Xiaomi may already be working on a successor for this handset, one which could be launching very soon indeed.
In a few days (or weeks, at most), we’re bound to see the first devices having MediaTek’s first octa-core processor at the helm. This is billed as the world’s first ‘true’ octa-core solution, since despite using only ARM Cortex-A7 cores (which are focused more on low battery consumption than sheer performance), they can all be active at once – something that can’t be said about Samsung’s much-hyped octa-core solutions (at least not yet).
Understandably, every Chinese smartphone maker, small or large, wants in on this action and is designing at least one smartphone with the MT6592 chipset inside. And apparently Xiaomi doesn’t want to be left out either.
The Red Rice 2 is rumored to come with that exact CPU from MediaTek, and furthermore a 5.5-inch touchscreen has been mentioned too. The original Red Rice ships with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, and we assume that if Xiaomi goes larger, the resolution will remain the same however – to keep costs down. Still, a very affordable handset with a 5.5-inch display and octa-core processor may be a very successful one.
The Red Rice 2 is said to have been originally planned for the end of this month, but some unnamed delays have pushed its launch to December. Is this the truth or just some wishful thinking from some bored Xiaomi fans in China? It’s tough to tell at this point.
Releasing a successor to a successful smartphone just five months after its unveiling isn’t something you see every day. So at first this report seems highly unlikely to be plausible. On the other hand, the company may be concerned that it will miss out on the all-important Chinese New Year sales if it doesn’t have a phone with the new MediaTek octa-core processor in it.