Xiaomi has finally launched the iterative upgrade for Redmi Note 4G. The newest phablet comes with a full-HD display and runs the Android Lollipop based MIUI 7. The Redmi Note 2 was unveiled at an event in China and has been currently priced at CNY 899 which nearly equates to Rs 9,000/$140 while the Redmi Note 2 Prime has been priced at CNY 999 which is slightly higher at Rs 10,000/$156.
In order to keep the base prices low, Xiaomi has also come up with a 3G only device which will be priced at around Rs 8,000. Only difference between the 4G and the 3G versions is the LTE connectivity feature apart from which both the devices are almost similar. As of now, the company did not divulge about the Indian plans for Redmi Note 2 and hopefully they would share the details at the company’s event in New Delhi scheduled for 19th of this month.
The Redmi Note 2 Prime features a processor that is clocked at greater speed than the plain Redmi Note 2 and it will also come with 32GB of internal storage. All the three variants of Redmi Note 2 share the same 5.5-inch FHD display, and lacks microSD slot.
Xiaomi seems to have moved away from Qualcomm by opting for MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at a mighty 2.0GHz (2GHz quad-core Cortex A53- 2GHz quad-core Cortex A53) paired with a 2GB of RAM. Considerin their ongoing tussle with Ericsson with regards to Mediatek processors, don’t be surprised if they actually launch Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime with Snapdragon processor in India. The device packs a punchy battery pack at 3060 mAh and at the launch event Xiaomi further showcased the Redmi Note 2 ability with the AnTuTu score of 54024, squarely beating Meizu and Huawei.
Xiaomi’s new MIUI 7 which is based on Android Lollipop 5.0 was showcased in the event and the highlights of the new UI included a intuitive facial recognition feature that will group photos by people. The new range of Redmi Note 2 phones will help the company turbo boost the sale and compete efficiently against the new competitors. The budget Android phablet space has also changed drastically since Xiaomi unveiled the Note a year ago and with this updated lineup it seems that they will be back on track.