Xiaomi has launched its latest affordable Android smartphone, the Redmi 2 in India for Rs.6,999 (~$112). The Redmi 2 succeeds the hugely successful Redmi 1S which was cut short of its reign due to the patent tussle with Ericsson in India. It’s important to note here that Xiaomi is launching the 1GB RAM/8GB ROM version here and not the superior 2GB RAM/16GB ROM.
The Redmi 2 comes with a 4.7-inch HD (720p) IPS LCD fully laminated display from Sharp/AUO, and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with MIUI 6 skin on top. It also has a 8MP camera on the rear and a 2MP shooter on the front.
Thankfully, the Redmi 2 supports both TD-LTE and FD-LTE bands in India. Being a Dual SIM phone, it supports 4G LTE on both the SIMs, which is the first time we are seeing in a smartphone at any price range in India. There’s a microSD slot which can extend the storage by up to 32 GB. 2200mAh battery is present to juice up the device.
Redmi 2 Specifications
- 4.7-inch HD (720p) IPS display with AGC Dragontrail Glass protection, 312 PPI
- 1.2 GHz 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor with Adreno 305 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB ROM, micro SD card up to 32GB
- Dual SIM (dual standby)
- MIUI v6 on top of Android 4.4 (KitKat)
- 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, Omnivision sensor, 1080p video recording
- 2MP front-facing camera, 720P HD video recording
- 4G LTE/3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG
- 2200mAh battery
The Redmi 2 takes on the likes of Lenovo A6000 and Moto E 2015 in this price range. The phone will be available exclusively on Flipkart and will follow the usual flash sale model. The registrations for the flash sale starts today, while the phone goes on sale on March 24th. Expect a detailed review soon.