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At just $320 unsubsidized, you'd be a fool to pass on this powerful phone packed with so many software goodies.

Pros
  • Fantastic value for the moneyWell-tuned cameraHighly customizable interfaceWeekly OTA updates
Cons
  • No microSD expansionSubpar battery life
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Nierge
The second device of Xiaomi, it has the finest hardware,when it's released in...read more
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Camera
Yes
Model

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (2000 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
341 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo (Yes) (Yes)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.5 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB
USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope, Proximity sensor

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
FM tuner
Yes
Infrared port
No
Kickstand
No
NFC or RFID payment
Yes
PictBridge
No
Ruggedized
No
TTY / TDD
No
TV-out
No

Radio type

Comm standard
Gsm, Cdma (GSM) (UMTS / WCDMA)
Subscriber identity
SIM card
Model
2S 32GB

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (2000 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (13 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc)

Storage

Internal memory
32 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
341 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.7 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
Model
2S 16GB

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (2000 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Display

Screen size
4.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
341 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.7 GHz
CPU cores
Quad-core
RAM
2 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
Model
2A

General

Type
Smartphone (Android)
Style
Bar
Antenna
Internal

Input

Input type
Touchscreen (Capacitive [finger])
Predictive text
Yes

Power

Battery type
Li-ion (2000 mAh capacity)

Camera

Camera
Yes (8 megapixels) (Contact pictures) (Yes)

Location

Location support
Yes (Gps, Cell loc)

Storage

Internal memory
16 GB
Memory card
MicroSD (MicroSDHC)

Connectivity

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Bluetooth
Yes (unspecified version) (Hsp, Hfp, A2dp)

Media

Media playback
Yes (Aac, Flac, Mp3, Wav, Wma) (Avi, H264, Mpeg4) (Streaming / internet) (Bmp, Gif, Jpeg, Png)

Messaging

SMS
Yes
MMS
Yes

Browser and email

Browser
HTML (Javascript)
Email
Yes (Pop3, Imap, Push)

Sync

Sync PIM data
Yes (OTA sync)

Apps

Apps (default)
Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Im, Maps, Notes, Tasks, Voice recorder, Weather
Java
Other

Rings / alerts

Custom ringtones
Yes (Polyphonic, Mp3 audio, Contact)
Vibrate mode
Yes
Sound profiles
Yes

Carriers

Regions offered
Asia

Display

Screen size
4.5 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 720
Pixel density
326 PPI
Screen type
LCD (Active) (Color) (Backlit)

Alternate display

Secondary screen
No

Audio and voice

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Mono (Yes) (No)
Voice dial
Yes

Hardware

CPU
1.7 GHz
CPU cores
Dual-core
RAM
1 GB

Sensors

Sensors
Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Other features

Flight mode
Yes
NFC or RFID payment
Yes