Xiaomi has finally launched its highly anticipated Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime smartphones alongside showcasing its new MiUi 7 ROM based on Android 5.1 Lollipop at an event in Beijing, China.
Redmi Note 2
The Redmi Note 2 features a 5.5-inch Full HD display and is powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor coupled to 2GB of RAM. Internal storage memory for the device stands at 16GB and there isn’t an option for expansion.
The device comes in two variants, a 3G-only variant which has been priced at RMB 799 (approx Rs 8,100) and a 4G variant priced at RMB 899 (approx Rs 9,100). Apart from that, the specifications on both devices are identical.
In terms of imaging, the Redmi Note 2 features a 13MP primary camera built by Samsung at the rear and a 5MP front facing shooter. Powering all that hardware is a 3060 mAh Removable Battery feature Quick Charge 2.0.
Redmi Note 2 Prime
The Redmi Note 2 Prime is a slightly scooped up version of the regular Redmi Note 2 and has been priced at RMB 999 (approx Rs 10,100). The Prime features the same MediaTek processor but has been clocked at 2.2GHz as opposed to 2.0GHz.
Moreover, the biggest difference between the Prime and the regular device is the increased 32GB of storage. The rest of the specifications between both devices are the same and the Redmi Note 2 Prime doesn’t come in a 3G-only variant.
The new Redmi Note 2 will run on Xiaomi’s proprietary MiUi 7 ROM which is based on Google’s Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. The OS launched in China will be specific to the country, while the global version will launch in India on August 19.
Enhancements include a lot of UI changes including the ability to change themes, features and a new way to receive calls. The China variant has the Mi Roaming app which sort of lets users use a virtual SIM. You’ll be able to buy a data pack from Xiaomi and retain your SIM while you travel.
Users can now set videos for contacts, so instead of a regular ringtone, you can have a video start playing every time someone calls. There’s also facial recognition for the Photo Gallery app that now sorts photos by person.
MiUi is now used by 150 million users and the latest version MiUi 7 was built by Xiaomi’s 750 strong R&D team. MIUI 7 will be rolling out via an OTA update to the Mi 2, Mi 2S, Mi 2A, Mi 3, Mi 4, Mi Note, and the Redmi Note starting tomorrow.