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.
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|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)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|USB||microUSB v2.0, USB Host, USB OTG|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM|
|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|