The much-anticipated Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime have been officially launched along with new MIUI 7 OS in the company’s home country. Indian fans will have to wait for the phone’s global launch on August 19 in New Delhi to get more details.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 comes in two variants. One is priced at CNY 799 (around Rs 8000) and supports TDD-LTE + TD-SCDMA, while the other costs CNY 899 (approx Rs 9000) and supports TDD-LTE + FDD-LTE. The Redmi Note 2 Prime is valued at CNY 999 (about Rs 10000) and has TDD-LTE + FDD-LTE support.
The main differences between the two Xiaomi smartphones lie in their processor speed and internal storage. Both have MediaTek’s flagship octa-core 64-bit Helio X10 SoC, but the Redmi Note 2 is clocked at 2GHz and the Prime at 2.2GHz. Additionally, the former has 16GB of ROM while the latter has 32GB.
The two versions of the dual-SIM Xiaomi smartphones are otherwise the same in terms of most specs. They have a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and run on Android 5.0-based MIUI 7. The new OS comes with colorful themes, power-saving features and face recognition in its gallery to allow for images to be grouped according to the individuals in them.
The Redmi Note 2 has a 13MP camera with LED flash and phase detection autofocus (PDAF) for a 0.1s focus speed. Selfies are taken care of through a 5MP front lens made by OmniVision. It contains 2GB of RAM and a removable 3060mAh battery with quick charge 2.0. The handset also features an infrared blaster which allows it to be used as a remote control for gadgets like TVs and ACs.
Like we mentioned above, following the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime in China, the global unveiling will take place a week from now. We’ll keep you posted on any developments till then.