Xiaomi Redmi 2A benchmarked, scores impressively for a sub-$100 phone


Yesterday, as part of its 5th year anniversary, Xiaomi unveiled its most budget handset to date, the Redmi 2A. Pricing it at the equivalent of $97 USD, the company swapped the quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC found on the Xiaomi Redmi 2 with a quad-core 1.5 GHz Leadcore LC1860 chipset. That means a new GPU, of course, and thus the Adreno 306 GPU is out, and the Mail T622 MP2 GPU is in.

The rest of the specs include a 4.7-inch glass carrying resolution of 720 x 1280, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of native storage, and dual SIM slots all powered by a 2200mAh battery. The rear camera weighs in at 8MP and a 2MP snapper adorns the front. Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed with MIUI 6 running on top. 

Sounds about right for a sub-$100 smartphone from a leading manufacturer, but the sticking point for you might be this relatively obscure Leadcore processor barely anybody outside of China has heard about. Well, Xiaomi has had a strategic partnership with Leadcore for a while, and last year there were rumors it will launch an incredibly budget-friendly handset with 4G connectivity, powered by a Leadcore chipset, and all of this materialized to the letter with the Redmi 2A. 

The LC1860 processor has four Cortex-A7 cores, clocked at 1.5 GHz maximums, and one auxiliary core for the mundane tasks, coupled with a dual-core ARM Mali-T622 graphics processing unit. This Leadcore silicon has now been benchmarked, and the results are pretty svelte for the phone's price point. The Redmi 2A scored more than 23, 000 points on AnTuTu, while the Snapdragon 410-powered Redmi 2 barely crosses the 20, 000 mark. 

There is more to a chipset than synthetic benchmark scores, but still, this AnTuTu result goes to show that you won't feel underpowered with the Redmi 2A, especially at that price point, which was a reason for worry when we heard the somewhat unknown processor brand that powers it.

source: GizmoChina

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11 Comments

1. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

impressive for a $100 phone hope it will be available outside china...

2. TerryTerius unregistered

Considering Xiaomi is pretty much constrained to Asia at this point (mostly China).... Probably not.

6. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Sure you can buy Xiaomi phone, even from USA. Just order from any of China smart phone etailers. I got Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G (FDD-LTE) and it works great with Tmobile in San Francisco bay area. I am gettng HSPA+ speeds of 12 Mbps download and 1 Mbps of upload. Not bad for a phone which cost only $170 including shipping.

9. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

So glad that you came to comment on this. I am in the market to find information for a Chinese-made phone to use it in China + USA. Any other suggestions that you can make on that? Thanks in advance!

3. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

i forgotot to add did anyone notice antutu detected Mali T622 instead of the T628

4. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i personally am worried only about the 3D score, and it score only 1000 short of my S4, Still good

5. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Not sure what to believe today.

7. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Woot woot woot! This gotta break every Samsung's phones!

8. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

And apple iphones. Very comparable to iphone 6 ($800) in every functionality To match Galaxy S6, Remi 2A has to improve a bit more

10. seven7dust unregistered

nope people buy a iPhone for Apple software and eco-system , this is bad news for samsung mid-range phones that are slower than this while costing twice as much.

11. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Samsung doesn't matter, as android global market share keeps on growing, and thousands of companies are working on improving android. Ultimately Android will take 90%+ of world market share and serve vast majority of people in the world.

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