Chinese phone company Xiaomi has just announced it’s new entry-level Android phone, the Redmi 2.
The company is well known as the “Chinese Apple” and has had a lot 0f attention in recent times for it’s Mi line of devices, which are high quality desirable smartphones and tablets.
However, the $150 Redmi series remains its biggest seller. It’s known in China as Hongmi and had already sold 18 million units by July last year, as well as 3.56 million of its Redmi Note phablets. The Redmi also accounted for around a third of the company’s total sales then, proving just how popular the more budget device is.
What’s new in the Redmi 2?
The Redmi 2 keeps the successful elements going from the original mode. It has a 4.7-inch display with 1,280 x 720 pixels (i.e. 730p HD), but thankfully it’s got a much improved 64-bit Qualcomm 410 quad-core CPU.
It also has an 8 MP rear camera and a better 2 MP front one, with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage built-in. For Asian markets, it’s also a dual-SIM device, which means that you can use two phone numbers with it – e.g. one for work and one for pleasure – pretty useful…
The new smartphone runs Xiaomi’s own version of Android called MIUI, and there are also lots of lovely colour options such as “lime green” and “poweder yellow”. They actually look rather great.
How much will the Xiaomi Redmi 2 cost?
The Redmi 2 will be 699 CNY, or $112 when it’s released on January 9th. That’s pretty cheap for a phone with such good specifications. Unfortunately, we don’t yet know when it will be available outside China, but it will definitely be on sale in India, Indonesia and a couple of other Asian markets soon – Thailand could be one of those.
Xiaomi has had considerable success in India with the Redmi and Redmi Note. In fact, the Redmi series are particularly popular in more cost-sensitive countries where customers can’t necessarily afford the flagship devices from the likes of Apple and Samsung. It’s one of the best smartphones you can buy for less than $150 right now.
Xiaomi on the rise
Xiaomi is now in the top 3 smartphone vendors by sales right now, and has a great lineup of devices with more to come in 2015. Besides the Redmi 2, the new Mi smartphone will be unveiled on January 15th and should be sold in other markets besides Asia this year. However, it’s unlikely to make an appearance in the U.S..
Keep your eye on the Xiaomi Thailand website for news of any updates.
Let us know in the comments whether you’ve ever seen or tried a Xiaomi phone. Would you buy one instead of a Samsung, Apple, Oppo or other brands which are popular in Thailand?