With CES about to begin on Monday, there are a number of announcements and big device release expected. That said, not all of them will be present in Las Vegas and some of them will be of the utmost importance to other regions. Take Xiaomi for instance. They are a massive company now (third largest manufacturer in the world actually) and with 2015 here, you can expect them to be making sure they keep the public interested. One of their most popular devices of 2014 was the Xiaomi Redmi 1S which sold a whole shed load of units when it was released and during its subsequent flash sales which frequently occurred.
Well, in terms of 2015, it looks like we have the first official news of the year with the Xiaomi Redmi 2 being announced. Now, it has been rumored for some weeks and even as little as a few days ago we were reporting a new teaser ad which was available online referring to a 'New Redmi' device. No one was clear as to whether this would be an actual new Redmi device, an upgraded Redmi 1S or in fact the Redmi 2. The only thing that was being suggested was not that the device would be launched on January 4th. Following on from this, a couple of days ago what was believed to be the Redmi 2 was reportedly leaked and compared to the Redmi 1S. Well, it is quite early into the 4th (in China) and the device has now been unveiled. Xiaomi's next device to be released is the Xiaomi Redmi 2.
So what's on offer? Well, again a lot of these specs had been previously leaked but now it can be confirmed that the Redmi 2 will come with a 4.7" 720p display. Inside the device will come loaded with 1GB RAM and powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor which clocks at 1.2GHz. In terms of memory, the device comes with 8GB internal storage as well as a microSD card slot (up to 32GB). If cameras are your thing, the Redmi 2 comes loaded with an 8MP rear shooter along with a 2MP front shooter. Additional notable features will include 4G and dual-SIM support. The device will be powered by a 2,200mAh battery and come running on Android 4.4 (KitKat) with MIUI 6 running over. The Redmi 2 will be 134 — 67.2 — 9.4mm and will weight 133g, which makes it smaller and lighter than the Redmi 1S. Another major difference from the Redmi 1S is that the 2 will include LTE connectivity to offer greater support across networks.
Of course, the most important aspect (from the buyers) point of view will be when and how much. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 will cost 699 Yuan which equates to just over $112. So this will be a competitively priced device for the market. In terms of when, the Redmi 2 will be available to order from today and will go on sale properly 12pm (local time) on January 9th.