Xiaomi’s Redmi 1s successor was spotted earlier and launch was imminent. Today, the world’s most valuable startup, Xiaomi has announced the Redmi 2 in China which is the successor of Redmi 1s. The biggest change is that it now features 4G LTE which would make this one of the best budget smartphones in the market.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 is a budget phone from Xiaomi which is priced at 699 Chinese Yuan (USD 113/ INR 7,120). It has a 4.7 inch (1280 x 720 pixels) LED IPS display which is exactly the same as its predecessor. It is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 64-bit processor along with Adreno 305 GPU. Redmi 2 has 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 32 GB via microSD card. It runs on MIUI v6 on top of Android 4.4 KitKat and will soon be upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop.
On the camera front, the Redmi 2 has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, BSI sensor with f/2.2 aperture which can shoot Full HD 1080p videos. It also has a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video calling which can also shoot HD videos (720p). It is a dual SIM smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes with 4G LTE (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE) on both SIM cards, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS as connectivity options. The smartphone has 2,200 mAh battery under the hood.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 will come in White, Bright Yellow, Pink, Dark Gray and Light Green colour variants and has been priced at 699 Chinese Yuan (USD 113/ INR 7,120). The budget smartphone will be available for pre-booking in China from QQ Tencent and the first flash sale will be on January 9, 2015. We do not have any details about the global launch yet.