Xiaomi’s first smartphone for the year 2015, the Redmi 2 is now locally available at RM 449 but only in white. So what does the entry-level phone has to offer? We have a look at its specifications and how it fares in the market.
The Redmi 2 was designed to be smaller than its predecessor with dimensions of 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm (5.28 x 2.65 x 0.37 in) and lighter as well with a weight of 133 g (4.69 oz). It has a removable back cover as well so the lack of colours available might not be a problem as more covers can be bought later on.
Redmi 2’s screen display hasn’t changed from the Redmi or Redmi 1S which means it is still made of a 4.7 inch IPS HD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (312 ppi) which is a very reasonable viewing experience. The only major difference would be the increased screen to body ratio due to the reduction in dimensions. The Redmi 2’s screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 as well.
Processor and Performance
The Redmi 2 is an entry-level model but that doesn’t mean it comes with poor specifications. It is packed with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor, powerful enough for most mid-range phones. Memory-wise, it comes with 1GB of RAM, possibly insufficient but if the Redmi 2 has great memory management then it might not be an issue. For its ROM, there is 8GB of flash memory available and it is expandable to 32GB with an external microSD card slot. There is also a rather exclusive 2GB RAM/16GB flash memory “enhanced” version of the Redmi 2 available later on and it would be a better bet for performance. Operating system-wise it runs Android 4.4.4 Kitkat on MIUI 6, the successor to MIUI 5 with many design changes.
For the rear camera, it still the same 8MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide-angle lens. It has 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus and LED flash so basically if you have used the Redmi rear camera before, it will have the same quality. Burst mode promises up to 10 shots per second. For video-taking, there is 1080p full HD video recording. The upgrade lies in the front camera, with a 2MP snapper for better quality selfies.
Battery and Connectivity
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 packs a 2200 mAh removable battery which is bumped a bit from the 2000 mAh battery that the Redmi has. It also has a shiny new tech, the QuickCharge fast charging which speeds up charging by around 40%. The Redmi 2 supports 4G LTE/3G WCDMA/2G GSM with Dual SIM functionality so people living in 4G supported areas might want to take advantage of the higher bandwidth. It has support for USB OTG as well.
The Redmi 2 will cost you RM449 and it will have the same sales model as previous Xiaomi models, where the flash sales begin on 17th March 2015 at 12 noon. If you are looking for a good budget phone, the Redmi 2 is certainly a worthy consideration due to its good processor, dual SIM LTE support and display specifications.