Xiaomi has introduced a new 4G smartphone “Redmi 2” to its budget-oriented lineup, which is the successor of Redmi 1S. The Redmi 2 will be initially available in China at a pricing of 699 yuan ($112) and will be available later in several other countries including India. Redmi 2 is the 3rd smartphone from the Redmi series after Redmi 1S and Redmi Note. Redmi 2 comes with significant improvements over its predecessor Redmi 1S and few features are common in both.
In comparison to Redmi 1S, the Redmi 2 features a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Adreno 306 GPU, 4G-LTE capability (with support for both TDD and FDD bands), Dual-SIM 4G, an improved 2MP front-facing camera and a slightly higher battery capacity of 2200mAh. The phone also includes support for Quick charge 1.0 fast charge technology for quicker charging.
The Redmi 2 looks much identical to Redmi 1S as both have a 4.7″ IPS HD display at 312ppi and carry a similar design language. The Redmi 2 is however lighter at 133g and thinner at 9.4mm as compared to Redmi 1S that weighs 158g and is 9.9mm thick. Other specifications include: 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 8GB of internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), 4G LTE/3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG support.
Unlike the Redmi 1S, Redmi 2 accepts micro-SIM cards which is pretty common among smartphones now. Moreover, Redmi 2 comes with MIUI v6 based on Android 4.4 KitKat unlike Redmi 1S that came with Android 4.3 customized with MIUI 5. We’re uncertain if the successor has backlight for capacitive buttons. Offers 5 colors for back cover – White, Black, Yellow, Sea Green and Pink.
We really hope Xiaomi launches Redmi 2 soon in India. 🙂