Xiaomi to unveil its first "made in India" handset today; will it be the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime?
Today, Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi will unveil the first Xiaomi branded smartphone to be assembled completely in India. The media event will take place in the city of Vizag inside the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The chief minister of the state, N. Chandrababu Naidu, is expected to make the announcement. While the actual handset model is unknown, it could be the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime. That handset was leaked by Indian online retailer Flipkart on Saturday, priced at the equivalent of $104 USD.
Xiaomi's rollout into India has been a huge success and the company just recently celebrated its first year in the country. The launch of a low priced Redmi 2 Prime would be a nice way to thank Indian consumers for their patronage, by offering a value priced handset that was made in the country.
To counter some negative press about the lack of after-purchase care that Xiaomi buyers are said to suffer in the country, the company announced a pick-up and drop-off service for those in certain areas of India, whose Xiaomi phones need to visit the factory for a little R & R & R (rest, relaxation and repair).
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is equipped with a 4.7-inch screen carrying 720 x 1280 HD resolution. A Snapdragon 410 SoC is under the hood, containing a quad-core CPU and the Adreno 306 GPU. 2GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of native storage. A 32GB capacity microSD slot is ready, willing, and able to help you expand the amount of storage available in your handset. The rear-facing camera weighs in at 8MP while the front-facing snapper features a 2MP shooter. Keeping the pistons pumping is a 2200mAh battery, and Android 4.4.4 is pre-installed with MIUI 6 running on top.
Monday is a big day for Xiaomi's continued charmed existence in India. The phone is being produced under the "Make in India, Made in Andhra Pradesh" program, and Xiaomi's Hugo Barra will be making a speech about the company's journey in India (which has only been one year, as we pointed out). We should have some feedback about the event later today. Check in often!
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