Xiaomi is one of the most popular companies in the world today, but also one of the youngest. But do you still remember what your first smartphone was like? Well, it was called Xiaomi Mi 1 and today we will remember it.
Xiaomi was founded by Lei Jum in 2010. However, its first smartphone did not hit the market that year. In fact, the Xiaomi Mi 1 arrived only in 2011.
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At that time the market was very different from what we have today. Although Samsung and Apple were already among the most relevant companies, others followed suit and had different outcomes.
That year, Nokia and HTC were also in the top-5 of the world's largest builders. Although Nokia is catching up again, the Taiwanese company's scenario is quite different from the Finnish one.
Xiaomi Mi 1 was the company's starter smartphone
It was in the midst of this reality that the first smartphone of a company that few bet in 2011 appeared. Incidentally, at the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 1, analysts gave the Chinese company a success rate below 50%.
Given the smartphone itself, it naturally followed many of the trends of the time. We had a small piece of equipment with huge margins and derisory specifications compared to today.
This Xiaomi Mi 1 hit the market with a 4 inch screen and a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. Its processor was a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8260 running at 1.5GHz. It was backed by 1GB of RAM and only 4GB of internal storage.
It had only an 8MP rear camera and a 1930mAh battery. It ran MIUI 2.3 based on Android Gingerbread 2.3 and cost anything like 311 €.
It was with this simple piece of technology that Xiaomi took its first steps in the mobile technology market. At the time, this smartphone was not truly taken seriously, and it was said that it would not change the paradigm of the market in which it entered.
It may have been true, but it is true that, seven years later, Xiaomi products did change several market segments mobile. This Xiaomi Mi 1 was just the beginning of a journey that would be glorious for this young Chinese company.
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