Apparently, Xiaomi is planning to launch the Redmi 2 in India on March 12, just two days after the launch of the Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen). The company is teasing the device through an online contest where allows interested consumers can win a priority pass to purchase the Redmi 2 without the hassle of going through flash sale model. In this contest users are required to solve a puzzle and find out hidden keywords inside the following image:
The Redmi 2 is a successor to the Redmi 1S, but comes with only slight upgrade in terms of hardware. It features the same 4.7-inch 720p HD IPS LCD display, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, an 8-megapixel primary camera, and dual-SIM connectivity. However, the device is more compact (with slimmer bezels), features a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor, 4G LTE connectivity, and MIUI 6 software (based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat). The front-facing camera has been upgraded from a 1.6MP sensor to a 2MP sensor, while the battery sees an upgrade from 2,000 mAh to 2,200 mAh.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Specifications
- 4.7-inch IPS LCD display, 1280 x 720 pixels, 312 ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI 6
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916), 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU, Adreno 306 GPU
- 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, microSD storage expansion
- 8MP primary camera, autofocus, LED flash, 720p HD video recording, 2MP front-facing camera
- Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient-Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
- 4G LTE Cat. 4 (Band 3 and Band 40), Wi-Fi b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
- microUSB v2.0, USB Host, USB OTG, and 3.5mm headphone jack
- 2,200 mAh battery, 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm; 133 g
- Colours: Green, Yellow, Black, White, and Pink
The device is compatible with 4G LTE networks over Band 3 (1800 MHz) as well as Band 40 (2300 MHz), and will be available in multiple colours, competing with Microsoft Lumia devices. We expect that the device will be launched at around Rs. 7,000 considering that it is an upgrade over the Redmi 1S, however you should take this information with a pinch of salt and wait for the official announcement.