Updated: March 13, 2015 8:39:35 pm
At a time when it is becoming difficult for brands to differentiate in the budget Indian smartphone market, Xiaomi has managed to surprise us again with its Redmi 2. Not just that, the Chinese startup today also changed the budget tablet PC market in India with its Mi Pad.
Priced at Rs 6,999, the Redmi 2 smartphone will go on sale only on Flipkart on March 24 at 2PM. Registrations for the same will begin on Flipkart from March 12 at 6PM. On the other hand, the Mi Pad tablet PC will be also available on Flipkart on March 24, however, no prior registrations are required.
“We do not aim to sell cheap devices in India with great specification sheets. We try to deliver the best value to our fans,” said Hugo Barra, VP, Xiaomi. The Redmi 2 not only offers the most in terms of hardware at this price but it has also given equal importance to the interface and overall user experience.
The Redmi 2 smartphone sports a 4.7-inch 720p HD IPS fully laminated display (Sharp/AUO; 70% NTSC colour gamut, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 312ppi) along with AGC Dragontrail glass protection. Running Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system sugarcoated with MIUI 6, the device comes with an 8MP BSI f/2.2 rear camera with 28mm wide-angle 5-element lens and a 2MP BSI front camera with support for 720p video recording.
The smartphone runs on a 64-bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU based on Cortex A53 with Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB ROM which can be expanded up to 32GB. It is powered by a 2,200 mAh battery with Quick Charge technology. Xiaomi also showcased a limited edition Redmi 2 version with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM.
On the connectivity front, the device offers two micro SIM card slots with support for 4G on both. The slots also support 3G connectivity. Both FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800 MHz) and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300 MHz) are supported. Xiaomi has also included few software tweaks which help users to simultaneous use data on both 4G SIM cards. The Redmi 2 will be available in Pink, Yellow, Green, White and Black colour options.
The Mi Pad sports a 7.9-inch IPS display along with an 8MP BSI f2.0 rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It runs on a 2.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 Cortex-A15 CPU with ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores) GPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM which can be expanded up to 128GB. It runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS with MIUI and is powered by a 6,700 mAh battery. It is a WiFi only tablet PC and is priced at Rs 12,999.
“Around 30,000 to 40,000 units of the Redmi 2 smartphone will be available for the first flash sale on March 24 on Flipkart,” said Xiaomi India head Manu Jani.
4.7-inch 720p HD IPS fully laminated display
64-bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU
1GB LPDDR3 RAM and 8GB ROM (32GB expandable)
Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI 6
8MP BSI f/2.2 rear camera
2MP BSI front camera
2,200 mAh battery with Quick Charge technology
Dual 4G SIM card slots
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