Xiaomi’s cheap phones have been making headlines since the company announced its $300 Mi Band in September, which is the first mass-market smartwatch to use the company’s MIUI software.
But the Chinese company is taking the cheap phone trend further with the Mi X2, which will be available in three different colour schemes starting in the next few weeks.
The Mi X 2 is a mid-range device with a 4.3-inch display and a Snapdragon 810 processor that makes up for the low-spec phone’s smaller dimensions.
The phone features a 5.2-inch 720p IPS display, a 2,500mAh battery and a 5-megapixel rear camera.
The Xiaomi Mi X has also been criticised for being expensive, with the company claiming that it will sell for $250 when it launches later this year.
The company’s first device to go up against Apple’s iPhone 5S, Xiaomi is likely to be able to outsell the iPhone 5C and 6 Plus at launch.
However, the Xiaomi Mi 2, the company says, is a “more affordable option”.
The Mi 2 is the company\’s first entry-level smartphone with a Snapdragon 820 processor, 5.7-inch IPS display and 3GB of RAM, which makes up the phone\’s price tag.
The handset will be priced at $249 for the 4GB version, and $249.99 for the 5GB version.
It will also come in the same silver colour as its predecessor, the Mi 1.
The new Mi X features a 6-inch 1080p IPS panel with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor, 2GB of memory and a 32GB storage capacity.
The Snapdragon 830 processor, the Snapdragon 836 processor, a Snapdragon 921 processor and a 3,100mAh battery make up the processor, RAM and storage, respectively.
Xiaomi also has a 12-megabyte storage variant for $229.99, and the Mi 2 comes with 32GB of storage.
The device is powered by a 2.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 32GB (8GB) of storage, a microSD slot and a 16-megawatt speaker.
Xiaomi is also offering a 1.3GHz quad with the Snapdragon 820 as its Adreno 540 GPU, along with a 1GB of internal storage and a microUSB port.
There is also a micro-SIM card slot and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.
A 3.5mm headphone jack is also included on the back.
Xiaomi’s Mi X phone will be released in the first quarter of 2018, and it will be supported by a $30 monthly service.
Xiaomi has previously launched cheaper devices like the Mi 5, Mi 5 Plus and Mi 5c, and has also recently launched a range of cheaper devices, such as the Mi 3 and Mi 3 Pro.
The MIXI Mi X will be launching in India on October 3, and in the US on October 17.