Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 global preorders start, that $125 price was too good to be true

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 global preorders start, that $125 price was too good to be true
Not only are carriers, even in the US, doing away with phone subsidies, but $200-$400 midrangers now are so capable, that you will probably be able to do 80% or more of what you usually do with a phone on them for a half, or even a third of the price that the Note5 or iPhone 6 command.

Xiaomi took the stage last week, and unleashed perhaps the best value-for-money offering that we've come across this year. The Redmi Note 2 offers a 5.5" 1080p display, 64-bit Helio X10 chipset, 2 GB of RAM, 13 MP camera and a 3060 mAh battery at the rock bottom $125 pricing, at least on paper. Even the more expensive Redmi Note 2 Prime that comes with a faster CPU clock and 32 GB storage, was pegged at the equivalent of $155, and Xiaomi moved about 800, 000 units of the Note 2 models at these prices on the first day of its flash sale.

This all fine and dandy, but, as often happens with such unbelievably low prices that Chinese makers announce, if you want to get the phone internationally, and outside of a limited flash sale, the prices will be different. One of the biggest Chinese e-tailers just started taking its preorders for the Redmi Note 2, with free shipping to most countries worldwide, and the tags are pretty different. The basic 16 GB version of the Note 2 will set you back $168.85, which is 35% higher than Xiaomi's suggested price, while the Note 2 Prime passes the two Benjamins mark to arrive at $205.85. Other popular stores for global delivery of Chinese handsets have it for even more, at $179 and $209, respectively.

This is still great pricing for what would most likely be a stellar handset for the money, but the point is that this $125 tag bandied about is not all that is cracked up to be. With the subsidy removal, however, people might be looking less and less at expensive iPhones and Samsungs, and more at value-for-money blockbusters like the ones from Motorola, Meizu or Xiaomi, what do you think?

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Redmi Note 2
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek Helio X10, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 3060 mAh(11.5h 3G talk time)

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11 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

'd still get the Prime... Most phones at that price comes with Snapdragon 615, which is sh¡t compared to X10.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

True.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

With prices like these I can't believe how ungodly overpriced the iPhone 6 Plus is.... 32 GB is in the ballpark of $850 right? Although I've always thought iPhone people are stupid with their money....

11. RenatoNismo

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

wrong, most phones at that price comes with snapdragon 400/410. phones with 615 absurdly more expensive than that, for example, Motorola X Play that lost many features compared to Xiaomi Note 2, no gyro, no IR, no GLONASS..

2. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

As always the retailers charge a premium when there are shortages but give it some time and it will drop bellow 150$.

3. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Seems like an amazing deal for 125$, great bang for the buck. I might consider one of these as a backup.

4. bpcooper14

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2014

Great "bang for the buck" but more often than not these chinese wonders won't work fully on any of the US carriers.

6. vazzzz

Posts: 64; Member since: May 09, 2014

Breaking news - the Chinese online retailers sell Xioami phones with higher price than Xiaomi do. LOL. Is this something new for you, Daniel ?

8. Mik3_xciD

Posts: 13; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Exactly this is what happens with most of the chinese phones. they are imported to US with higher cost. :/

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they imported to EU with even higher price (after adding VAT and stuff :( )

7. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It may be more expensive but it is still cheaper compared to others.

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