“More details on the affordable, 4G-compliant Redmi 2”
At first glance, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 (first impressions) doesn’t look like a massive upgrade over its predecessor, the Redmi 1s (review). After all, it’s got the same screen in terms of size and resolution, the same amount of RAM, and the same 8-megapixel primary camera. Delve deeper though, and you might find something you like. For one, there’s the 4G support that the new model will bring. Then there’s the new MIUI 6 running atop Android KitKat (though this will eventually make its way to the Redmi 1s too). Also on offer is a new generation processor with 64-bit support – something that may not be too exciting just yet but is bound to show its prowess when the device gets upgraded to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Keen on knowing more? Here are some frequently asked questions about the Xiaomi Redmi 2.
How about a quick rundown of the specs before getting into the details?
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, working hand-in-hand with a gig of RAM. The display is sized at 4.7-inches and offers a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The internal storage is 8GB, and you can add up to 32GB more via microSD. A 2,200mAh battery is responsible for powering the show.
How is the Redmi 2 different as compared to the Redmi 1s?
Most of the core specs are similar between the two models, including the display size and resolution, internal storage, RAM and primary camera resolution. However, the Redmi 1s doesn’t support 4G, and is powered by an older-gen quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor which is clocked at 1.6GHz. The device is still stuck on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with MIUI v5, though it’s due to get updated to the newer builds soon.
What comes in the Redmi 2 box?
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes in a standard brown cardboard box, very similar to the packaging we’ve seen from the brand so far. As usual, the box doesn’t include a wired headset, but you do get a two-pin wall charger and a micro-USB cord. You’ll also find the removable battery and some documentation inside.
Does the Redmi 2 sport a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass?
While the screen on its predecessor sported a layer of Asahi Dragontrail glass, it’s likely that the Redmi 2 uses a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch protection. Though we can’t confirm it yet, the details will definitely be available in the near future.
What kind of SIM card(s) does the Xiaomi Redmi 2 accept?
The Redmi 2, just like the older model, is also a dual-SIM device. However, unlike the Redmi 1s that accepts a pair of mini-SIMs, the Redmi 2 has a couple of slots that accept micro-SIM cards.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi 2 support 4G?
Yep. In fact, that’s one of its headlining features. While the model we have in hand doesn’t include support for the Indian 4G bands, we believe that the model that will eventually be launched by Xiaomi in India will boast the same.
What about USB OTG support?
Yes, the Redmi 2 does feature support for USB OTG.
Dare I ask about NFC support?
Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is a budget device and only offers basic connectivity options. NFC isn’t on the list.
Other connectivity options?
The device covers the usual options, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, A-GPS, Wi-Fi hotspot and micro-USB, in addition to USB OTG and 4G support.
How much storage does the Xiaomi Redmi 2 offer? Can I add more?
Out of the 8GB internal storage, a little over 5GB is available to use. Please note that this could vary slightly in the final units when the device is officially launched in India. You can add up to 32GB more via microSD, or connect a USB flash drive to the phone to take advantage of the USB OTG feature.
What about the cameras on the Redmi 2?
The rear camera on the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is an 8-megapixel unit, similar to the one on the 1s. However, the front camera has been bumped up to 2MP, up from 1.6MP on the older model. We won’t be commenting on the camera quality for now, as a more detailed review of its camera capabilities is in the pipeline.
Does the Xiaomi Redmi 2 run Android Lollipop? Any more details on the software side of things?
No, the Redmi 2 doesn’t run Android Lollipop, at least not yet. It does offer Android KitKat 4.4.4, while its predecessor is stuck on 4.3 as on the time of writing this. MIUI, which is Xiaomi’s custom firmware, also has a new build in the form of version 6, and that’s what you will find on the Redmi 2. If you think it’s just a small version refresh, think again… since the new platform boasts a totally new look, along with a bunch of updated features. You’ll have to wait for the full review for the details, but in short, MIUI v6 comes as a breath of fresh air and brings with it cleaner fonts and a flatter look. Take a look at the top six reasons why we’re excited about MIUI 6.
Does the Redmi 2 offer a Lite Mode like the 1s and the Redmi Note?
The answer to that is yes. In fact, this one of our favourite features as it makes the device a worthy buy for first-time smartphone buyers and also the elderly.
How much does the Redmi 2 cost and when can I buy one?
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 costs 699 yuan in China, which converts to roughly Rs 7,000. We don’t have an inkling of the pricing in India yet, but that does give us a fairly good idea. Xiaomi has confirmed recently that the Redmi 2 will be making its way to India soon. In fact, the brand also announced an updated variant of the same device with 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage in China, and we hope that both models land here so users can get ample choice when looking for compelling budget options with 4G support.