Fizzip: Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just unveiled the Redmi Note 2 smartphone, after weeks of leaks and accidental revelations made by retailers. The smartphone is just as good as we expected and comes with an upgraded specs sheet compared to the predecessor.
The handset has a 1080p display underneath, which is an upgrade compared to the original Redmi Note which packs a 720p display panel. The processor used is the Mediatek Helio X10 (MT6795) with a 64-bit octa core architecture clocked at 2.2 GHz. This should mean that the handset will be a powerhouse as far as benchmarks are concerned.
Xiaomi has also announced a 32GB version of the handset, calling it the Redmi Note 2 Prime. The 16GB model will be available in dual 4G LTE SIM slots and a 4G+3G configuration, so there are quite a lot of options for prospective buyers.
Pricing has been set at 999 Chinese Yuan (Rs 10,100) for the Redmi Note 2 Prime while the 4G+3G version will cost 799 Chinese Yuan (Rs 8,000) and the dual 4G model will be priced at 899 Chinese Yuan or Rs 9,100.
One of the key highlights of the smartphone is the rear 13MP camera which supposedly has a focus speed of 0.1 second as well as phase detection autofocus. This is also the first Xiaomi handset to pack the Android 5.1 based MIUI 7.
Hardware specifications of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2:
5.5-inch 1080p display
13MP rear camera
5MP front camera
16/32GB of internal storage
2GB of RAM
Android 5.1 Lollipop with MIUI 7
3,020 mAh battery
The handset will be sold in white, black, pink, brown, and light blue color combinations, although it is yet to seen if the manufacturer will bring all these variants to the Indian market. Expect Xiaomi India to share word on an Indian release over the coming days.