It has been only a year since Xiaomi entered the Indian smartphone market but during this small duration Xiaomi has been highly successful in making a name for itself. All the smartphones launched by Xiaomi till now has been vanishing off the shelves in matter of seconds. Xiaomi recently unveiled the successor to last year’s widely famous Redmi 1S smartphone in the form of Redmi 2 with better specifications. All new Redmi 2 brings a new improved design, super-fast LTE connectivity and a faster processor. Redmi 2 debuted on March 24 and followed the similar flash sale model as incorporated by Xiaomi earlier. Let us check out what the new kid on the block has to offer?
Design and Display
Redmi 2 features a brilliant design with less rounded corners as compared to Redmi 1S. It comes with matt finished back cover and glossiness has been reduced considerably. Weighing only 133 g all new Redmi 2 is lighter and better looking smartphone. It features a 4.7 inch display with resolution of 720×1080 pixels. The display is brilliant and offer wide viewing angles. The fully laminated display comes with DragonTrail Glass protection to render the display shatter proof and scratch proof. The phone will feel sturdy and will provide a nice grip.
Processor and Storage
Redmi 2 runs Anroid Kitkat 4.4. out of the box and Xiaomi’s own beautiful MIUI 6 on top of it. It is packing a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with Cortex-A 53 chipset clocking 1.2 GHz. Adreno 306 GPU is ready to provide amazing graphic experience while gaming. The smartphone comes with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage out of which 5.75 GB will be available to user and can be further expanded to 32 GB with micro SD card slot. As many budget smartphones out there are boasting 2 GB RAM so it is a little disappointing and slightly on the downside for Redmi 2. Overall it will provide a blazing fast multitasking and gaming experience altogether.
Redmi 2 comes with LTE connectivity i.e. 4G and both the sim cards will support 4G networks which is quite interesting as user do not have to switch the sim card to avail faster data connections. Far better is that it supports both the LTE bands i.e. FDD and TDD. Apart from 4G, it brings on board all the usual connectivity options like 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and GLONASS. It features USB OTG which will allow the user to connect Pen Drives, Mouse,Keyboards and Game-Pads to the smartphone. So considering it a budget offering these features are pretty solid.
Camera and Battery
Redmi 2 boasts an 8 MP rear snapper with LED flash which is not the best but still produce vibrant and sharp imagesas compared to other smartphones in the same price range. There is a 2 MP camera at the front for selfies and video calling need. Redmi 2 is drawing power from a 2200 mAh removable battery which will keep it running though the day on normal to moderate usage. Xiaomi claims that this battery will charge faster and retain the charge for much longer period of time.
Redmi 2 is priced at Rs. 6999 and offer very impressive specifications in this price segment in comparison to other similarly priced smartphones out there. This smartphone will be competing with the devices like Lenovo A6000 and Moto E 2nd Gen. and is currently among the cheapest 4G enabled smartphones in Indian market. Redmi 2 is an affordable smartphone and no other smartphone offers the impressive features it does at this price. Finally, it will be safe bet and will be a successful smartphone.