Xiaomi announces the ultra-affordable Redmi 2A: a $96 dual-SIM LTE-enabled trooper

Earlier this month, we heard that China-based Xiaomi is about to commemorate its 5th birthday (which happens to be today, by the way) with a new device announcement, and it turns out that this is indeed the case. The so-called "Apple of China" just lifted the veil off of its newest device, the Redmi 2A, a toned-down variation of the recently-announced Redmi 2,which proudly joins the ranks of the affordable members of Xiaomi's entry-level range with its ultra-low starting price of 599 yuan (which is roughly $96).

Well, we shouldn't expect stellar hardware or any unique features for this price. Honestly, the price tag itself is a pretty notable aspect of the phone. In particular, the device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Leadcore L1860C chipset, paired with 1GB of RAM, while a Mali T628MP2 GPU takes care of graphics. 

It has a 4.7-inch 720p display at the front, an 8MP camera at the back, and a 2MP selfie shooter. A 2,200mAh battery keeps the lights one; the Xiaomi Redmi 2A is also LTE-capable and has two SIM card slots on board. Note that the phone is also equipped with fast-charging.

As we said, the device will be available fort 599 yuan, but Xiaomi will undertake a promotion on April 8 and will sell the device for 499 yuan (roughly $80). Availability will most certainly be limited to the markets that are currently selling Xiaomi's devices on a regular basis. 

source: Xiaomi 



1. NopeNein

Posts: 147; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

This VS The OG Redmi 1s? on performance and daily basis performance? anybody? (Also the battery life)

10. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I'd compare it with the Redmi 1, since it's much more similar in terms of hardware

2. Bondurant

Posts: 781; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

This wont sell online as the online buying consumer require specs above that. They have to sell in hardstores and it would sell like hot cake but then bringing it to hardstore would increase the price in the first place.

5. seven7dust unregistered

then how did the redmi 1s sell ? it had worse specs. when people buy sub 100$ phones they don't look at specs n processors. it has a 720p screen , a good GPU and 2000 mah battery. pretty decent if you ask me.

8. faizan-sharif

Posts: 98; Member since: Jun 26, 2013

man 1s had qualcom soc, here u have leadcore

9. seven7dust unregistered

it had mediatek variant as well, now we have leadcore with mali GPU , probably better than old mediatek chips.

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

This would be confusing for some consumers with Redmi 2 and 2A.

4. seven7dust unregistered

it's basically meant to confuse , so that most people just buy a redmi based on price. after all paying 80$-90$ most people won't be looking at specs.

6. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Yuck those colors...

7. lylee73

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I haven't really heard of this variant, but this seems interesting.

11. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

They announced it just a few hours ago, plus they've done this kind of variant before with the Mi 2

12. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

This phone will rule the US$100 market

17. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Sure, people in US wanted, they could order it from china etailer, it will work fine with Att and Tmobile network. I would say for someone who use their phone more heavily, Redmi Note 4G is better, since it comes with 2GB of memory. I got one and it's working quite well with Tmobile in San Francisco area, getting HPSA+ speed of 12 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up. Just make sure to buy FDD-LTE (China Unicom version).

13. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2206; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Good luck on profit margin. Need to sell 1 billion just to generate 100 million in profit. Too much work for no gain.

14. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Looks like a cheap iPhone 5c with Android.

15. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

And I like it.

16. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

And I like it.

18. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Not bad..

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