Xiaomi Redmi 2A now available in China for $80 USD

This past March, Xiaomi introduced the bargain priced Xiaomi Redmi 2A. Today, the device has gone on sale in China for the equivalent of $80 USD. You might ask yourself how Xiaomi can make a phone that sells at such a low price. Did they replace the silicon chips with potato chips? Instead of RAM, does the phone have GOAT?

Actually, we're not too far off the truth. Part of the reason that Xiaomi can sell the Redmi 2A at such a low price has to do with the chipset being employed. It is the Leadcore L 1860C SoC. Leadcore isn't exactly a household name, and Xiaomi is reportedly very close to the company which probably allows the phone manufacturer to score the friends and family discount.

Regardless, the chipset does feature a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU and the Mali-T628 MP2 GPU. For comparison purposes, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC. Inside the Redmi 2A is 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage comes with the unit. The manufacturer did spring for a 32GB capacity microSD slot, available to those requiring additional memory. The camera combo weighs in at 8MP/2MP (back and front, respectively) and the unit is powered by a 2200mAh battery. There is some type of fast charge capability on the device, which has Android 5.0 pre-installed with MIUI 6 running on top.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2A offers 4G LTE connectivity on China Mobile's network and 2G connectivity with China Unicom. There is also support for free public Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

It obviously is not Xiaomi's most powerful unit, but for those looking for a low-priced entry level smartphone, the Redmi 2A sure fits the bill.

source: Mi via XiaomiToday



1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Come on Xiaomi, just release the 16GB variant to other region too!

8. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

It's an unbeatable device for the $80 price tag. Hope they manage to bring this to India soon.

11. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm curious how leadcore will affect the ui experience and battery life. I'll be waiting for the review if leadcore can compete with mediatek and intel.

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2. justttclassified

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It's too perfect for the price. If it were Samsung.. The specs will be crap or they'll charge $200 or more

6. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

As a Samsung fan I agree. They should focus more on the $100-$200 range.

12. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Believe it or not, Samsung galaxy star is still sold in our country for $120.

13. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

And if it was apple... Ull be looking at $500 or more... Guess they charge Wat they think their brand is worth

3. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Snapdragon all the way.

4. Oneight

Posts: 33; Member since: Apr 04, 2015

No one will buy nexus one instead of xiaomi redmi 2A just for Google service, will there?

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Google services are still present in Xiaomi's international models. Only China's model does not have google services by default, but it takes less than 2 minutes to install all the required google services in China version of the Xiaomi phones.

5. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Great! I might buy it if I think it's great!

10. dimas

Posts: 3347; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

$80 for an iphone-like specs but bigger battery. Great job xiaomi.

15. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Lenovo did the same for the K3 with it's 5 inch 720p, SD410.

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