Reaching the sales point of over 60 millions smartphones in 2014, the most popular newcomer in the mobile market, Xiaomi, has officially announced a new phone dubbed Redmi 2 aka Hongmi 2. The unveiled successor of the beloved in China Redmi 1S appears to be an entry-level LTE-capable handset that is scheduled for launch on January 9th. Said to hit the market in the variety of pastel covers, the phone will be sold priced at only $110.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 / Hongmi 2 Smartphone
Keeping much of the original Redmi 1S components, the Redmi 2 goes on sale equipped with package of decent but nothing more specs. The phone features a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280x720p resolution and is powered by the 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz. The Adreno 306 GPU is responsible for graphic experience, while the 2,200 mAh battery generates energy that keeps the Redmi 2’s lights on.
In terms of memory capacity, the phone future users will get 1GB RAM and 8GB of expandable up to 32GB built-in storage. There will be also two cameras, 8-megapixel main shooter capable of recording 1080p videos and 2-megapixel front-facing unit.
Speaking of the design, though sporting the Redmi 1S screen size, the Redmi 2 seems to be a bit more compact handset with its body weighting 133 grams. Running the manufacturer’s own version of Android called MIUI 6, it will be available in the wide palette of 5 light candy-like colors, including completely new propositions like “lime green” and “powder yellow”, so all color-loving smartphone users will be delighted. So far, there’s no info whether the back cover will be removable.
As for the availability and pricing, the Redmi 2 will be introduced to its home market this Friday that is January 9th labeled with the price tag of CNY 700 which is an equivalent of $110. At this point, the slate is going to be an exclusively Chinese market, but Xiaomi has bold plans to expand it to other countries. Which ones and when? Well, so far the company didn’t give us any specific details concerning the international debut of the Redmi 2. In other words, we still don’t know whether and when the phone is likely to hit the US shore.