January 4, 2015
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Redmi 2

A resurgence in colorful creativity is taking over the tech world. Just a short while ago we were bemused with the inspired Meizu M1 Note, and now Xiaomi has a new phone to be released in China, the Redmi 2, that comes in an assortment of pastel-tinted plastic parts. It is the follow-up to last year’s Redmi 1S.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has decent specs with a quad-core Snapdragon 410 (64-bit) 1.2GHz CPU, a 4.7 inch IPS display (1280X720), Dual-SIM LTE (TDD/FDD) support, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable up to 32GB), Adreno 306GPU, a 2200 mAh battery (made by Samsung of all companies), and 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front cameras. The LTE device is just 9.4 mm thin and weighs 133 grams. The product is listed as having MIUI 6 and 5 colors for the back cover, although it is not clear if the back cover itself is removable. The product will retail for a stunning 699RMB, which Xiaomi has converted to approximately $112, making this one of the best value-for-money mid range phones to be had.

Redmi 2-5

While the phone is currently only slated to hit China on January 9, those interested will inevitably be able to find an importer selling it sooner or later. Users in India, Philippines, and other markets where Xiaomi is currently active will need to wait a bit longer for a release date.

It’s worth mentioning that this is not the “flagship device” that Xiaomi promised for this month. Rumors point to the Xiaomi Mi 5, but there’s nothing solid to report for now.

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