Xiaomi has raised the curtain on its new budget smartphone, the Redmi 2, a follow up to 2014’s Redmi 1S handset. The Chinese company launched the device on Sunday as it plans another year of growth after selling over 60 million smartphones in 2014. The new Redmi 2 is more of an evolutionary step over the last model as opposed to a radical overhaul.
It comes with the same 720p resolution 4.7-inch screen as the Redmi 1S, while memory configuration (1GB), 8GB of one board storage (expandable), and the 8 megapixel rear camera have also been retain. Changes include a bump to the 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, an improved 2 megapixel front facing camera, a 2200 mAh battery, and the inclusion of Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
I expect the Redmi 2 will be in line to get Android 5.0 Lollipop in due course, upgrading it to Google’s latest and greatest. The big change here is that Xiaomi has given the Redmi 2 LTE connectivity, something the older device lacked. The new smartphone supports WCDMA, GSM, TD LTE, and LTE FDD pipelines.
The handset will link up to major Chinese networks. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is already available for pre-order, but you can probably guess that it will be exclusive to China and the Southeast Asian market, at least for now. It is available in white, black, green, yellow and pink, while it carries a price of $112.60 (equivalent Chinese). Price is of course the clinching factor in deciding whether those modest specs are any good and luckily it seems Xiaomi has got the mix just right once more.