Xiaomi has experienced a lot of success here in the smartphone and tablet industry, largely due to the company's devices being half the price compared to other mainstream brands yet utilizing the same high-end hardware.
The rising Chinese gadget manufacturer has now announced the successor to one of their most popular smartphones, the Redmi, which is of course, named the Redmi 2.
Here are the specifications for the upcoming device:
- 4.7 inches (1280x720) display
- 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
- 8-megapixel camera with flash
- 2-megapixel front camera
- 1 GB RAM
- 8 GB internal storage (expandable with microSD, up to 32 GB)
- 4G SIM support included
The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, but pre-installed on top of it is Xiaomi's own user interface software, MIUI.
The smartphone will cost you 699 CNY, which is roughly equal to $112, and will be on sale this January 9th. The phone is likely destined for China, and other developing markets such as India and Indonesia.
However, it has been confirmed that Xiaomi is planning to expand its business worldwide. New markets are rumored to include Turkey, Mexico, Russia, and Southeast Asia so those may see the launch of the Redmi 2 as well.
According to reports from TechCrunch, back in July, Xiaomi has sold 18 million of their Redmi phones and 3.56 million of their Redmi Note phablets, which makes the Redmi series account for at least one-third for total sales back then.
They have also reportedly sold over one million phones in India and has also toppled Samsung as the number one smartphone maker in its home country, China. Xiaomi is also quite known for selling out devices in a very short span of time, like when they reportedly sold out 50,000 Mi Pads in under four minutes.