Clash of the midrangers - Xiaomi and Meizu arm their latest warriors with more RAM


Early in January, Xiaomi unveiled the Redmi 2 – the second iteration of the company's "entry-level" handset, which is, in fact, a pretty adequate midranger. Namely, Xiaomi armed their latest fighter with the 64-bit capable 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410, 720p 4.7" screen. 1 GB of RAM, 8 MP / 2 MP cameras, 8 GB of expandable storage, and a ~$112 price tag.

About three weeks later, Meizu retaliated with the long rumored M1 (Blue Charm, M1 Mini) – toting a 5" 720p screen, a 64-bit 1.5 GHz MediaTek 6732, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable storage, and a more potent (at least on paper) 13 MP / 5 MP camera combo, at the same ~$112 price. It seemed at the time that Meizu is positioning the M1 as a direct Redmi 2 competitor, and it appears it has the potential to do quite well as such, seeing as it quickly sold out (100,000 units) in the first 60 seconds it was made available.

A day before Meizu's official announcement of the M1, Xiaomi decided to respond in kind, and declared that a Redmi 2 version with 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage is underway, upping the ante a bit, though, there's no word on whether the price would remain the same.

Now, spotters have noticed that Meizu has also submitted a version of its M1 handset for approval with the TENAA, and the only difference in the new device is, you guessed it, it now has 2 GB of RAM.

So, it's obvious those two are setting up their chess pieces for a long, long match. What's the reward you ask? A larger piece of the world's biggest smartphone market – that sounds good.


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Redmi 2
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh

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6 Comments

1. Scarambay unregistered

Has Meizu ventured into Indian market already or yet to? Flyme OS looks cool, and I would love to give it a try.

6. seven7dust unregistered

I like flyme better than MIUI, it's far more original, has so many cool hidden features few people know about , even phone arena haven't touched upon them in their shallow reviews. use a MX2 as my spare phone btw.

2. iKamalkandel

Posts: 30; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

That is how Chinese phones are cheap.

3. Cicero

Posts: 1159; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Being a first batch customer how I feel after this anunce?

4. KyleRiemen

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

Was it a good deal for the price you paid? Then feel happy! Bringing another device with 2gb won't make your device worse. Not happy with 1gb? Don't buy! They have to keep up with their competitors, for the price you paid you can't expect them to only update annually, so you won't get mad.

5. Tejas9

Posts: 95; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Meizu you need to enter the Indian market if you want real sales. Please not with that flash sales though.

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