Xiaomi isn’t exactly a staple brand name here in the United States, but the company has racked up quite a reputation for itself in Asia (and especially China), primarily because of the budget phones it creates which are even pretty usable, as our impressions of the company’s Redmi 1S smartphone evidenced. Now, there’s a sequel available for that phone, and it’s called the Xiaomi Redmi 2. It’s got a few marginal improvements, but hey, improvements are improvements.
The specs include a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (up from the Snapdragon 400 that was used in the 1S) clocked at 1.2 GHz, a 720p IPS display sized at 4.7 inches, a gigabyte of RAM, 8GB of storage (with microSD expansion available), an 8MP camera, a 2,200 mAh battery pack, as well as LTE compatibility across its two SIM slots.
As far as pricing and availability is concerned, the Redmi 2 is available for just 699 Yuan (US$112 currently), which is a very good deal considering the specifications and market. It’ll arrive in China on January 9 in an assortment of colors, with other Asian expansion to be expected shortly afterward. There’s no word on US availability for this particular model, but don’t keep your hopes up – if anything, Xiaomi would choose to push one of its more powerful phones for the flagship-hungry North American market.