Xiaomi celebrates 5th birthday with Redmi 2A, pink Mi Note and more

Xiaomi celebrates 5th birthday with Redmi 2A, pink Mi Note and more
Let's all sing along. "Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear Xiaomi, Happy Birthday to you." On April 6th, Xiaomi turns five-years old. Quite a precocious child, wouldn't you say? To celebrate, the company is introducing the Xiaomi Mi Note Pink Edition. There are no changes to the handset outside of the color. To refresh your memory, the Mi Note features a 5.7-inch display with resolution of 1080 x 1920. A quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 CPU is under the hood with the Adreno 330 GPU handling graphics. The phone offers 3GB of RAM with 64GB of native storage inside. The camera on back weighs in at 13MP (and includes OIS) while the 4MP front-facing snapper is perfect for selfies and video chat. Keeping the power on is a 3000mAh battery, and Android 5.0 is pre-installed.

For its birthday, Xiaomi is also offering a more affordable version of the Xiaomi Mi Note. Instead of coming with 3GB of RAM, this version is equipped with 2GB of the sweet stuff. By cutting the size of the RAM chip by 33%, you are saving approximately $16 USD as the price gets dropped from $290 USD to $274 USD. 

Xiaomi has also unveiled the Xiaomi Redmi 2A. Priced at the equivalent of $97 USD, the company removes the quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 SoC found on the Xiaomi Redmi 2 and replaces it with a quad-core 1.5GHz Leadcore LC1860 chipset. That means a new GPU, of course, and thus the Adreno 306 GPU is out and the Mail T628MP2 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.

Xiaomi also is promoting a $16 USD smart scale that syncs with the MiFit app using Bluetooth 4.0, and a smart socket priced at $8 USD that features 3 USB charging ports and is said to be childproof. This would be perfect for charging all of your mobile devices.

Now if you behave, perhaps Xiaomi will give you a piece of birthday cake.

source: AndroidAuthority



1. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

So, no Redmi with 2 GB RAM?

3. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I guess only choice for now is Redmi Note with 2GB. I bought one and it's really great.

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

It's too bad that Xiaomi doesn't seem to have phones compatible with the GSM, UMTS and LTE bands used in N. America.

4. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes Xiaomi phones do work with north american carriers ATT and Tmobile. But be sure to get the 4G version with FDD-LTE (china Unicom version), or even better, get HK/Singapore version with all 4G LTE bands. I bought Redmi Note 4G FDD-LTE (China Unicom version), and it works great with Tmobile in San Francisco bay area, getting HPSA+ speeds of 12mbps download and 1mbps upload.

5. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Here's what I found out about it from the Xiaomi website: 4G FDD-LTE: Band 1 (2100 MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 3 (1800 MHz), Band 4 (AWS), Band 7 (2600 MHz) 3G WCDMA (850/900/1900/2100MHz) 2G GSM (850/900/1800/1900MHz) Without 2G and 3G on 1700MHz, it might not be able to place calls in some cities on T-mobile. Without LTE on bands 5 and 17, it might not be able to use data in some cities on ATT. If not for this, it's an excellent value. It would work in pretty much all of Europe and S. America though.

6. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Actually Tmobile has 3.5G (HSPA+) on 1900Mhz in most metropolitan areas in US. That's why I am able to get great mobile data speeds in San Francisco area. If 1900Mhz is not available, then it will fall back to 2G speed. so as long as you are in a major metropolitan area in US, the phone should work fine on Tmobile.

7. chloeblack

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Xiaomi is a new startup in the smartphone arena. My father and my sister got each one for them. They are indeed not bad. No laggy.

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