While Samsung is gearing up for its Note 5 and S6 Edge Plus launch, smartphone vendor, Xiaomi, is challenging the Korean company by announcing a flagship of its own just before Samsung's event. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 2 Prime pack some high-end specifications with appealing price tags, as usual.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 includes the following specs:
- 5.5" IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- ?1080*1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
- Android 5.0 with MIUI7
- Mediatek MT6795
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
- PowerVR G6200 GPU
- 16 GB internal memory (expandable)
- 2 GB RAM
- 13 MP primary camera
- 5 MP secondary camera
- 3060 mAh removable battery
The cheapest version of this device will be available for $128, which will offer LTE on one SIM and 3G on the other. The iteration including both LTE-enabled SIMs will set you back $144.
While the Redmi Note 2 does offer an SD card slot, if you think that 16 GB of internal memory as well as a SD card might not suit your needs, Xiaomi is also announcing a 32 GB version of the device with a 2.2 GHz Octa-core processor. Dubbed as Redmi Note 2 Prime, the smartphone goes for an affordable price of $160, it is yet unconfirmed whether this will have dual-SIM LTE or not.
Xiaomi is quite-well known for selling smartphones with high-end specifications at extremely competitive price rates. The predecessor of the Redmi Note 2 apparently sold out within minutes with the company claiming that it had received more than 220 million reservations for the device. Last year, Xiaomi also overtook Samsung in its home market, becoming China's number one smartphone vendor.
The Redmi Note 2 will be available in China starting August 16 in the colors blue, yellow, mint-green, pink and white; there is no word yet on a global release.