Xiaomi makes the super affordable Redmi 2 official in Malaysia

The budget smartphone boasts unbelievable specs that make it a harder bargain to turn down than ever

The Redmi that turned ‘cheap’ into ‘cool’ has a new successor - the Redmi 2. And it’s just been formally launched in Malaysia, although you still have to wait for one of its infamous flash sales to try and land one.

You can expect the usual superficial yet significant upgrades like thinned-down bezels, a slimmer and lighter build that retains the 4.7in full HD display, and rounded edges for a more comfortable hold on your phone.

Aside from that, we’re talking (harder) better, faster, stronger with the Redmi 2 packing a 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera with a selfie-friendly Beautify mode and a 2200mAh battery. Oh, and let’s not forget the 4G dual-sim slots.

Did you say 4G dual-sim?

Yes, indeedy. You probably won’t find this feature on many budget phones, we bet. And it only makes it that much more compelling as a secondary phone for frequent travellers.

Imagine the convenience, you won’t have to keep switching SIM cards out or tote two phones around if you have different ones for professional and personal purposes. Just insert both your SIM cards and rename them for clarity.

When it comes to making calls, sending messages, and using data, MIUI 6 allows you to select between the two SIM cards in your Redmi 2. Just note that while they both support 4G, you won’t be able to use them on that speed concurrently.

​Tempted? The Redmi 2 ships with MIUI 6 and will be available from 17 March, at the unbeatable price of RM449.