On Sunday, Xiaomi launched the highly anticipated Redmi 1S successor called Redmi 2. This new entry level smartphone from the Chinese vendor will go on sale in its mainland from January 9 and carry a price tag of CNY 699 (approx. Rs 7,100). The Redmi 2 availability details outside China are not disclosed so far, but we expect it to be launched in India in the coming months.
The Redmi 2 is a dual SIM smartphone with dual standby and it houses a 4.7 inch IPS display with a HD screen resolution of 1280×720 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 312 pixels per inch that is similar to its predecessor. The Redmi 2 is preinstalled with the firm’s proprietary MIUI 6 skin topped on Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.
Under its hood, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is stuffed with a 64 bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor supplemented with 1 GB of RAM and Adreno 306 graphics unit respectively. On the imaging front, the device features an 8 MP rear camera along with a 2 MP front facing selfie snapper. Furthermore, there is 8 GB of native storage on the device that can be expanded via a micro SD card up to 32 GB. Other goodies onboard the Redmi 2 includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE with both TDD and FDD network support and a 2,200 mAh battery.
In comparison to the Redmi 1S, the Redmi 2 comes with several enhancements including a bump in the rear camera and battery departments, 64 bit processing capabilities that will come in effect once the device receives the Lollipop update and an updated version of MIUI. However, the recent offering from the Chinese manufacturer is relatively thinner than its predecessor by 0.5 mm and weighs in at 133 grams.