Xiaomi's first big announcement for 2015: $145 5.5-inch Redmi Note 2 with 1080p screen and Snapdragon 615

January 15th is a date that Chinese smartphone enthusiasts will mark in their calendars, and if only Xiaomi, the emerging new big name in smartphones, sold its devices in the Western world, we would too. After a relatively small announcement scheduled for January 4th when the company will update its 4.7" Redmi 1S, we expect something of much more significant importance on January 15th. 

We've seen speculations about the flagship Xiaomi Mi 5 getting unveiled then, but that is highly unlikely. What is much more likely to happen is for the company to unveil a brand new Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

The upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 shapes up to be a truly revolutionary device when it comes to the combination of price and features: expected at an extremely affordable off-contract price of $160 (999 yuan, and some even claim a $145 (899 yuan) price is possible), it brings truly impressive specifications.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is expected to come with a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD display, a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 or MediaTek MT6752 system chip, 2GB of RAM, and 16 gigs of internal storage. The Redmi Note 2 will run on Android 4.4 KitKat with the MIUI 6 user interface, and feature a 3100mAh battery. In terms of camera, we’re looking at a 13-megapixel main shooter and a 5-megapixel front cam.

The competition among Chinese brands has been heating up recently, as Meizu, a phone maker known for its design and music expertees, has now decided to go for volume as it takes on Xiaomi directly. In the end, this results in more choice of excellent devices for the end user. The recently revealed Meizu Charm Blue Note (M1 Note) features practically identical specs as those expected on the 5.5” Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, but also a sleeker, colorful design with impressively slim bezel. That handset is said to be the reason for Xiaomi to be pushing prices for its handsets further down.

source: IT168 (translated)

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Redmi Note
  • Display 5.5" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor MediaTek, Octa-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh



1. Cicero

Posts: 1137; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Bring popcorn and take a look on the Chinese tech/price war.

23. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Does anyone know if this will work on t mobile? Thanks

2. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Its so unfair that xiaomi keeps on teasing us with itS best phones and we can buy them.

5. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

"...and we CAN'T buy them." Is that what you meant to say? If it is, then you can buy it from online retailers. Xiaomi is expanding in Asia at the moment.

12. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

You can buy most good chinese phones from oppomart.com (almost all are LTE as well, but I would check their rather limited bands)

24. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Nahh we can get it here in Singapore! Just that with all their flash sales

3. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

If I got that , definitely I will install other rom It's UI is s**t

4. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

This is fantastic, competition is great. Pushes prices down and quality up.

15. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

it's not sustainable. You can only be a loss leader so long, and with the exception of Samsung, most Android OEMs lost money this last year. Android handset makers made 50% less profit than they made in 2013 (http://recode.net/2014/12/30/android-hardware-pro​fits-tanked-in-2014-as-xiaomi-gains-failed-to-offs​et-samsung-sony-losses/) and another year or two of this would see the Android camp contain Samsung and a bunch of Chinese OEMs, with everyone else watching. If you think that is a good scenario, then you are not in agreement with Google. Google isn't really making money off the Chinese OEMs because they don't use Google services, meaning no ads served and no data collected for Google. You can bet that if Google starts to see this tip too far toward the Chinese OEMs and their profits keep shrinking, they aren't going to be so eager to push their OS to OEMs who aren't paying them or earning them money in some way. So, just keep hoping for lower and lower prices. In the meantime, you should decide if predatory pricing that leads to Google exiting the smartphone arena is better for you or if having a healthy ecosystem and an OS that keeps getting upgraded is better.

16. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

Depends on your business model, really. Did you know that Apple makes almost as much money from iTunes as it does from the iPad? It's a huge business, and Xiaomi places its bets on it. It needs the scale to get users to invest in its ecosystem, much like Amazon, and hopes to make money off apps/music, and other content.

17. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I did know that. The problem is that Google isn't going to keep maintaining Android if it mainly benefits OEMs outside the Google Android ecosystem because it is a poor business practice. Android needs LG, Sony, Moto, etc to stay relevant.

18. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Who said "Android needs LG, Sony, Moto, etc to stay relevant." it's business dude. Everybody wants to achieve the top position. And it's open market.

20. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Those are the OEMs Google makes the bulk of their money from, so without them, and just Samsung (Who is always trying to cut Google out of the equation) and the Chinese OEMs left, what would be Google's impetus to keep making Android? In addition to that, these Chinese cut-rate OEMs aren't the ones spending the big R&D dollars, and if it becomes too cost prohibitive for the OEMs who ARE spending the R&D bucks, where will the innovation come from in the Android sphere of influence? Xiaomi and Huawei certainly won't push the envelope, especially at these margins. The people who keep saying "we don't need expensive flagships" are myopic and must want a repeat of the "beige box" PC race to the bottom from the 90s and 2000s.

26. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

chinese brands actually spend decent amount of money on r&d. Huawei spends at least 10 percent of all income on R&D, and recently announced that they are planning of spending $600 million on 5G R&D.

6. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

With that specs and that price, it's the bang for the buck. Xiaomi rocks!

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

A good RedMi Note successor. Hope to see it in retail soon.

8. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Xiaomi will be putting more pressure on other Mobile Produces releasing Good phones at Good Prices and with economy situation people will buy there phones instead of paying over the Top from the Top sellers like Apple,Samsung and the Others

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Thats nice. Now where would I buy it besides online?

10. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I'll care once they come to the US, until then it's still Apple, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, Sony, etc.

11. RareCandy

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

cheap underpriced chinese crap, iphone 6 is way better :)

14. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Comparing a mid end phone to a high end phone, another dumb Apple pony.

25. frequency

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Dump A.., Don't you know iPhone is also made in China?

19. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

The Chinese smartphone consumers must be having a blast with all these price wars being waged..

21. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Hopefully it has the Snapdragon 615 and not that crappy MediaTek processor...

22. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Am I the only one who's seeing that speaker placement is a little bit off?

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