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Meet DAXIAN XY100S, a $100 Quad Core Android Smartphone

Last year, I wrote about a $50 Android smartphone, and yes, it was cheap but the specifications were pretty poor. But today, I’ve just learned about DAXIAN XY100S powered by Mediatek MT6589 quad core Cortex A7, with a 4.7″ display, and running Android 4.2, which just sells for under $100 on Buyincoins.com, including shipping. That’s about $50 cheaper than the cheapest MT6589 models I found.

DAXIAN XY100S

DAXIAN XY100S specifications as listed on buyincoins:

Operating System: Google Android 4.2

  • SoC – Mediatek MTK6589 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.5GHz + PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 4GB NAND Flash + micro SD card slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Display – 4.7″ Multi-touch Capacitive screen (854 x 480)
  • Network – GSM: 900/ 1800 MHz, 2010-2025 MHz / 1880-1900 MHz (Dual SIM), 3G: TD-SCDMA
  • Connectivity – Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
  • Camera – 2.0 MP front camera, 8.0MP rear camera
  • USB – 1x micro USB port
  • Audio ports – 3.5mm stereo headphone jack, built-in speaker and microphone
  • Battery – Built-in 1800mAh Lithium battery (96 hours of standby time, 10 hour music for music, with earphone, 5 hours of talk time)
  • Dimension – 13.5cm x 7cm x 1cm

The device comes with a data cable, a power adapter, 2 batteries, and earphones. The screen resolution and NAND flash size are pretty low by today’s standards, but for this price you cannot really complain.

Initially, I thought it was probably either a promotion, or the price or specs were wrong. I can’t find the device on Aliexpress currently, but I also found it on Taobao for 515 to 565 RMB ($84 to $92), so the $100 price tag with shipping, although quite aggressive, is not impossible.

I had never heard about buyincoins.com before, but they seem to have fairly large traffic according to Alexa. However, I’ve read mixed reports about the company, but it’s about the same for Aliexpress. They accept Paypal, so in case of issue you may be able to open a dispute (TBC).

Thanks to onebir for the tip!

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  1. onebir
    June 6th, 2013 at 12:55 | #1

    Hey CNX – good thinking to research the price on Taobao!
    Now, if a quad-core smartphone can go for this price, what does that imply for the quad-core STBs?

  2. June 6th, 2013 at 13:48 | #2

    @onebir
    Now we’ve got quad core RK3188 mini PCs for $75, but they all come with 2GB RAM and 8GB flash. They don’t mention Bluetooth with this phone either (I can see it in Android options screenshots though), and this present in all RK3188 mini PC. So if somebody was to make a low-end RK3188 mini PC with 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, no Bluetooth, we might get close to $60. But the performance may not be that different from dual core device, and this is probably true for this phone as well.

  3. TriDeck
    June 6th, 2013 at 13:51 | #3

    It’s a pity that operates 3G in TD-SCDMA, between 2010 and 2025 Mhz. Without W-CDMA it looses a lot in Europe.

  4. JLCD
    June 6th, 2013 at 14:01 | #4

    3G, TD-SCDMA 2010-2025Mhz :(

  5. FransM
    June 6th, 2013 at 14:02 | #5

    Yet another thing I miss is GPS. It would be nice to see a review of this thing though.

  6. onebir
    June 6th, 2013 at 14:41 | #6

    Ok, I need a primer on *CDMA :p
    No GPS is odd, isn’t it in the 6589 chipset?

  7. Marius
    June 6th, 2013 at 15:05 | #7

    @onebir
    No, it’s actually not. It’s in a companion chip which is a so called 4 in 1. This chip has wifi, bluetooth, GPS and FM. I’m guessing the opted no to use this one and just used plain wifi chip ?
    This would explain the no GPS and maybe even the no Bluetooth.

  8. onebir
    June 6th, 2013 at 16:22 | #8

    & maybe, in part the price? A single chip couldn’t account for $50 difference, but maybe mediatek are selling MTK6589s with a dumbed-down companion chip at a big discount?

  9. onebir
    June 6th, 2013 at 16:28 | #9

    Checked the Taobao description: no GPS (全球定位系统) there either :(

  10. Marius
    June 6th, 2013 at 19:23 | #10

    @onebir

    A single chip wouldn’t explain such a difference indeed but let’s put all the differences together.

    1. Cheaper dumbed down companion chip
    2. No 3G WCDMA so no license fees and all that
    3. Cheap, poor quality 854 x 480 screen
    4. Aggressive pricing by the seller
    5. Maybe just 512 MB of RAM even though it says 1GB, this can be faked to show the wrong value in Android too

    Put all these together and it should explain the 50$ difference.

    Another even scarier thing is if this is just a lousy fake. You can customize Android and the kernel to just lie about the hardware.
    This could just be a Spreadtrum SC6820 or some really cheap SOC, I see no Antutu scores (not that those can’t be faked )

  11. onebir
    June 6th, 2013 at 20:01 | #11

    @Marius
    1-4 possible. 5-> I doubt (eg buyincoins have a big ebay store, check their feedback there…)

  12. June 6th, 2013 at 21:19 | #12

    @Marius
    @onebir
    I also think fake specs are unlikely because we can see the same specs on Taobao and buyincoins. However, that’s true the $50 Android 4.0 phone, was actually Android 2.3, and some of the specs may not have been fully correct, we may wait for some people to give it a try, or wait for resellers that are known to test their devices first.

  13. June 6th, 2013 at 21:47 | #13

    @Marius
    The Antutu score appears to be about 13500.
    http://img02.taobaocdn.com/imgextra/i2/126747398/T2PfbMXkFXXXXXXXXX_!!126747398.jpg

    Not the detailed results, so we can’t look for potential errors.

  14. Javi
    June 8th, 2013 at 20:10 | #14

    I move in the MTK phones everyday (even now while writting this, I have around 15 phones over my desk… most of them MTK6577 and MTK6589). I’ll look a bit more around this model because it looks impossible to find a MTK6589 in the market so cheap. 515-565RMB looks like the price for a MTK6515-6517, even the MTK6577 is difficult to find under 650RMB. And we are talking about 515MB – 4GB (Antutu will say just 2GB). Even actually the MTK6515-17 runs a “strange” Android 4.X version (I think it’s 2.3 modified).

    And 8Mpx camera? hahaha, that is a joke I think… known chinese manufacturers humor…. they like to publish jokes on boxes (in the part of the specifications).

  15. onebir
    June 8th, 2013 at 21:04 | #15

    @Javi
    Please do – buyincoins should be helpful if you contact them…

    “Even actually the MTK6515-17 runs a “strange” Android 4.X version. (I think it’s 2.3 modified)”
    Seriously??? That’s terrible…

  16. Javi
    June 8th, 2013 at 21:25 | #16

    Don’t worry, as part of AsiaPads team I have good mobile phone providers. Also I see some sellers from Shenzhen, if so they will probably have a shop in this area (no far than 300m from my home). I’m living in the core of the China electronics market… if you like the electronics this is the paradise. For example, 2 days ago I have been buying some PIC from microchip… I spent maybe 5-10 minutes walking from home to the SEG building (a skycraper with lots of small shops inside) and maybe 2 hours researching and comparing prices between lots of shops. It’s crazy…

  17. Javi
    June 8th, 2013 at 21:38 | #17

    cnxsoft :
    @onebir
    Now we’ve got quad core RK3188 mini PCs for $75, but they all come with 2GB RAM and 8GB flash. They don’t mention Bluetooth with this phone either (I can see it in Android options screenshots though), and this present in all RK3188 mini PC. So if somebody was to make a low-end RK3188 mini PC with 1GB RAM, 4GB Flash, no Bluetooth, we might get close to $60. But the performance may not be that different from dual core device, and this is probably true for this phone as well.

    I think a Quad Core Android TV Stick can be made for around 40-45$ (at least 1000pcs production). Few time ago an AllWinner A31 was 150RMB and this is the expensiver part. I think RK33188 is cheaper… but if you add a screen and a touch screen price will be increased at least 150RMB more I think.

    Also in this phone case, selling for 100USD, buy in coins website must have profit and this exclude paypal fees (around 3.5USD), shipping fee (their free shipping will be around 8-9USD), packing expenses…

    China is a place “where everything is possible”, but if that phone is really a MTK6589 it must be really bad. Under my experience.

  18. Javi
    June 12th, 2013 at 03:12 | #18

    A pity, I did not find a seller of this model in this area. I’m waiting confirmation from some actual providers… I’d like to test this phone because its interesting (maybe irreal) price

  19. onebir
    June 12th, 2013 at 03:59 | #19

    Someone commented in Russian over at buyincoins:
    “Phone based on MTK6589TD.
    No 3G, no GPS.
    RAM also questionable.”
    I guess TD is for TD-SCDMA, so maybe a cheaper chipset for the Chinese market…?

  20. thunderlord
    June 22nd, 2013 at 23:09 | #20

    Got myself one yesterday. It has MTK6589TD chipset, 1 Gb of RAM, no GPS and 3G = TD-SCDMA (Chinese standart). Cameras are interpolated, so maybe 2-3 real megapixels, no real autofocus, flash led is not very bright. It has bluetooth and Wi-fi. But 854×480 looks pretty good for 4.7 inches display and 14164 antutu marks are also great. Overall: Good phone for 100$

  21. adem
    August 7th, 2013 at 11:25 | #21

    will this phone work in Australia. i want to buy this for my 12 year old son so he wont go near my galaxy note 2 i bought one about 3 years ago that worked fine it was a ht7000 or something looked exactly same as the htc windows mobile

  22. August 7th, 2013 at 11:48 | #22

    @adem
    For phone calls: yes (GSM), for 3G: no (CDMA).

  23. August 14th, 2013 at 16:57 | #23

    @thunderlord
    Hi i want to know does the UK Google Playstore work on your phone as i heard that if you buy it, Google Play is not compatible and does not work in country outside the country it was made in so you can’t use it in UK or USA.

  24. Shifa
    August 31st, 2013 at 14:04 | #24

    I bought two Daxian phone from Shenzhen, China, after I got back to USA, none of them are working, when I tried with T-Mobile SIM and AT&T SIM , it says, “No Service”, I will appreciate very much, if anyone could give me some advice or help about these phone?

    Thank you and kind regards

    Shifa

  25. September 28th, 2013 at 12:30 | #25

    replacement the toch 9300

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