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Xiaomi Launches Redmi 2 phone with 4G in India, Sale Opens on Flipkart

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi has launched its new variant of Redmi 2 phone with 4G in India at Rs.6,999 to compete with Motorola’s Moto E with 4G and Lenovo’s A6000 in the same budget range of Rs 7,000.

Available for pre-registration on Flipkart from today, Thursday March 12 from 6 PM, the device will be opened for sale on March 24 and shipments will begin soon, said the company which unveiled the product as early as in January this year.

While no major improvements were seen in the device compared to its predecessor model Redmi 1S except an upgradation to 4G capability and some improvements in camera resolution and battery, the new device is sure to keep competition at bay from other rivals on other front.

The new Redmi 2 variant in 4G has the powerful 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, an improvement from its Redmi 1S model that has the 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset.

Compared to 1.6MP camera in Redmi 1S, the new Redmi 2 will sport a 2MP camera and instead of the new battery is beefed up from 2,000mAh of Redmi 1S to 2,200mAh in Redmi 2. The Redmi 2 smartphone comes with QuickCharge 1.0 technology providing a faster battery charging.

Otherwise, Xiaomi’s redmi 2 is pre-loaded with Android 4.4-based MIUI 6.0 software compared to Redmi 1S that runs on the Android 4.3-based MIUI 5.0 interface.

In addition, the Redmi 2 is thinner and lighter compared to Redmi 1S. It measures 9.2mm compared to 9.9mm in terms of thickness of the device which looks sleeker now. Xiaomi has brought down its weight too from 158 grams to 134 grams.

Other features in Redmi 2 include the 4.7-inch HD screen with DragonTrail glass, 8GB internal storage extendable up to 32GB with a microSD slot and 1GB RAM.

However, Xiaomi global vice president Hugo Barra, has hinted that one more model of Redmi 2 with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage will be released later, hence those who wish to buy the next model may wait for some more time.


LAUNCH Announced 2015, January
Status Available from March 24, 2015
BODY Dimensions 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm (5.28 x 2.65 x 0.37 in)
Weight 133 g (4.69 oz)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 4.7 inches (~67.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (~312 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
– MIUI 6.0
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410
CPU Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 306
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8 GB, 1 GB RAM/ 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality
Features 1.4 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR
Video 1080p@30fps, check quality
Secondary 2 MP, 720p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Radio FM radio
USB microUSB v2.0, USB Host, USB OTG
FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
– Fast battery charging: 30% in 30 min (Quick Charge 1.0)
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERY Li-Po 2200 mAh battery


COLORS Black, White, Yellow, Pink, Green

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