Xiaomi has ushered in the New Year with the launch of a new device, and it didn’t quite need the CES 2015 tech show as a platform to showcase its latest flagship, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (also known as Hongmi 2 in China).
The company has thus far impressed many with its smartphones – Xiaomi even declared that it sold 61.12 million smartphones in 2014 – and one can only expect an upward curve with the introduction of this latest mobile device.
Going straight into business, here’s what the unit looks like: it’s no surprise that the new version maintains the overall look of its predecessor. The screen size is the same, measuring 4.7in but the device itself is slightly more compact.
It boasts a 720p IPS screen with 312 ppi, which comes from Sharp, and Xiaomi has also enabled colour temperature adjustment on it. As for its camera, there isn’t much of an upgrade – the main camera is a 8MP shooter, while on the front, you will find a 2MP snapper.
What are the upgrades?
But under the hood, there’s a major upgrade – look and you'll find a 64-bit Qualcomm 410 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage that can be expanded with 32GB microSD cards.
Its user interface runs on Xiaomi’s customised Android distribution, MIUI 6, but what’s so special about it is that it also now supports dual 4G LTE connectivity, TDD and FDD. But since TDD is not used in Singapore, locals can only enjoy 4G connectivity on a single SIM card slot.
There’s no word on its local pricing yet, but based on currency conversion (it costs CNY700 in China), it should cost around S$150, which is around the price of the original Xiaomi Redmi. China will be the first to get it on January 9, so it shouldn’t hit our shores much later than that.
You’ll be spoilt for choice too – it is said to come in a spectrum of colour choices including yellow, pink, green, white, and black. Have your pick.
[Source: GSM Arena]