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Xiaomi Redmi 2 unveiled; phone offers 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU and multiple LTE connectivity

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 unveiled; phone offers 64-bit Snapdragon 410 CPU and multiple LTE connectivity
As expected, Xiaomi on Sunday (in China, still Saturday here) introduced the sequel to its Xiaomi Redmi 1S model. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is equipped with the same 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 screen found on the Redmi 1S. One change can be found under the hood where the Snapdragon 400 has been replaced by the 64-bit 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 CPU. The Adreno 306 GPU is an upgrade from the Adreno 305. 1GB of RAM remains on board, and there is 8GB of native storage aboard. A 64GB microSD slot is available for those who need additional memory. While the 8MP rear-facing camera remains from the original model, the front-facing snapper has been bumped up to 2MP. A 2200mAh battery powers the phone, and Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed.

The big change with the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is the addition of LTE connectivity that will support multiple carrier networks. In fact, the phone supports GSM, WCDMA, TD LTE, and LTE FDD pipelines. That means it will connect to the 4G LTE networks belonging to China Telecom, China Unicom and China Mobile. The phone will available in white, black, green, yellow and pink.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 can be pre-ordered today for the equivalent of $112.60 USD. The phone will officially launch on January 9th. There could be some more information coming from Xiaomi. We expect the manufacturer to introduce a sequel to the Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet, and unveil its latest flagship phone. That could be the Xiaomi Mi4S or Xiaomi Mi5.

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source: GizmoChina

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posted on 03 Jan 2015, 22:34 1

1. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

So basically the Redmi 1S with 64-bit support that may never be utilised, LTE, and slightly better front camera & battery life? Neh, I'll stick with my Redmi 1S for the time being.

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 22:42

2. gaara6775 (Posts: 738; Member since: 20 May 2014)

Nice upgrade for the same price. I guess 1s series will be consistent with their pricing unlike nexus devices. LoL

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 23:07

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod (Posts: 1362; Member since: 06 Jul 2014)

Still lack of flagship DNA on this budget phone when you compared to Huawei honor series. Huge failed for that

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 19:14 2

19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

What flagship DNA do you find it in honour holly???
Just name huh???
This is much better than honour holly....especially MIUI is better than emoction UI...and also it runs on kitkat...

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 23:10 1

4. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

This is a terrible move from Xiaomi.
The Redmi 1S 4G was 599CNY and this so called upgrade doesn't even deserve the name change.
You get a low clocked SoC that isn't much of an upgrade and a slightly slimmer body.
The Lenovo K3 is 599CNY , 5 inch and 16GB NAND so a much better offering and the rumored small Meizu would wipe the floor with this device for a few more bucks.
The Redmi 2 had to be 5 inch, 2GB RAM , faster SoC,maybe a slightly better cam in this price but it's not even close. Some hoped they even fit a 1080p screen in the price.
It's a monumental error since this was their best selling device.
If this signals a change in strategy for Xiaomi and they aren't aiming for great prices anymore, it's also the day it's valuation went from 45 billions to 10.With this kind of offering their sales will actually start to decline.

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 23:40 1

6. Dude2014 (Posts: 448; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

Really? Come on, low clock speed? Not everything is about clock speed dude. It has 64-bit SoC, which means it has Cortex A57 that is faster than its predecessor. 1080p Display? What the f**k you expect from 100+$ phone? Please name any phone with 1080p display at this price! And btw 720p on 4.7" screen is fairly good enough.

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 23:50

8. Dude2014 (Posts: 448; Member since: 12 Feb 2014)

Sorry I meant Cortex A53

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 00:06 1

11. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

You clearly have no clue about Xiaomi or the SoC.
The Snapdragon 400 they were using is clocked at 1.6GHz so the low clocks in the 410 pretty much get you nowhere.
At the same time the both Marvell and Mediatek have better offerings for quad A53.
And i actually clearly state what they needed from this upgrade and how uncompetitive this is.It's not even competitive with their own Redmi 1S 4G that is 96$
You want more examples, well the new TCL Meme Da , the Jiayu S3, the Otgtec Wa are 5.5 inch 1080p, 2GB RAM , 16GB NAND , 8xA53 at 1.7GHz , proper cams at 145$.
The small Meizu is thought to be 4.6 inch or 5 inch 1080p, 2GB RAM , 8xA53, 16GB NAND at 1.7GHZ at 129$.
The Elephone G4 with 5 inch 720p, quad A7 is 80 freaking $,.
Is that enough for you?
This is a shockngly bad pseudo-upgrade and it's the 3rd device in a row Xiaomi doesn't get right. The Mipad was not affordable enough for China and was 4:3AR , the Mi4 lacked any excitement and this one is just a disater.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 06:01

15. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Cortez A53 has around the same performance/Ghz as the A7 ; so a 1.2Ghz A53 will actualy be inferior to the 1.6Ghz A7..

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 10:07

17. AfterShock (Posts: 3698; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)

That is my feeling too.
I think the buzz words (64bit) is going to be used by OEM while providing nothing more in actual performance, maybe a fair bit less in some cases.
Caveat emptor.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 00:05 1

9. Affuw (Posts: 2; Member since: 03 Jan 2015)

So you need 1080p screen in a price of 100 USD? that's a selfish thinking.
leave 1080p for Redmi note 2, there must be a gap between note 2 and 2s in terms of specs. 2s is given what it ought to be given in it's price. they won't make you a flagship for 100 USD, it is common sense.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 00:18

12. realjjj (Posts: 375; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)

Or, you know, others will do it. 1080p would likely not fit in the price alongside the other upgrades but would have helped them stay ahead.
And btw high end is 1440p now, 1080p is becoming midrange while 720p going in devices bellow 100$. It's how thing work in phones as old parts get cheaper and the high end moves up.
But the screen wasn't the main concern, i mentioned what they needed in order of importance. 5 inch because the average screen size in China is moving up slightly to 5 inch, 2GB of RAM because their ROM is RAM hungry and Redmi users always complain about the 1GB of RAM , faster SoC because it's easily doable at the same price , better cams because cam prices dropped plenty lately and even if their 8MP cam is rather good, they could have went higher.
Xiaomi did great because they offered great value and forced the entire China market to follow but this is not that.

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 23:38

5. greenelektron (Posts: 537; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

I have high expectations from xiaomi. This one is like ew.

posted on 03 Jan 2015, 23:41 2

7. Techfriend (Posts: 34; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

It should be 5 inch 720p,2gb ram,8mp back nd 5mp front,2500mah,16gb plus 128 gb external and it's enough for a good upgrade.....

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 03:26

14. shimanto1123 (Posts: 105; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)

The Lenovo K3 has everything you mentioned, except the 128 gb expandable storage (K3 has 16gb of expandable storage) and 5mp front facer (2mp front shooter) ...

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 00:06

10. Symon_Fleece (Posts: 350; Member since: 30 May 2014)

It is dual sim or not?

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 00:33

13. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)

asian phones cheap phones

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 07:31

16. dimas (Posts: 2540; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)

This is just their low/mid range phone, $110 so people shouldn't expect big changes on the redmi series. It doesn't work like the sony compact series. Put your hopes in flagship phones.

posted on 04 Jan 2015, 12:46

18. duartix (Posts: 311; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)

A "64GB microSD slot is available"?
Bummer, I was thinking about putting in a 32GB SD card, but now I think I'll have to hope they decide to make another version with a 32GB microSD slot ¿

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