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
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