You have less than S$200, you’re still under contract, and you need a phone desperately. What should you do? Get the Xiaomi Redmi. From 21st February, the Android smartphone (known as Hongmi in China), will be available in Singapore.
Priced at S$169, it puts the Moto G’s S$319 price tag to shame. Why? Both devices are running 720p displays and don’t support 4G connectivity. Yet the Redmi’s under S$200 price tag adds a dual-SIM option and the highly praised MIUI. In fact, the Redmi will most probably be the cheapest Android phone in Singapore when it's launched next Friday.
For shame, Motorola, for shame.
The Redmi also is armed with a MediaTek MT6589T quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and an 8-megapixel camera.
Where’s the Xiaomi Mi3, you ask? Xiaomi Singapore hasn’t divulged any information about that just yet, but we have a feeling it will be making its way here real soon.
[Source: Xiaomi Singapore]
Update 19/02/14: During its launch event, Xiaomi confirmed that SingTel, StarHub and M1 will be selling the Redmi. StarHub will be offering the Redmi as a S$0 phone for its data plans. While SingTel and M1 haven't revealed the pricing details, it shouldn't be too far off to assume that it'll be a S$0 phone too
Xiaomi also announced that their flagship model, Xiaomi Mi3, will be available in Singapore from 7th March, priced at S$419. It'll also be sold through its onlie retail store.