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Xiaomi’s latest smartphone, the Redmi Note 2, went on sale in China this past weekend and hit new records, with the Chinese company managing to sell 800,000 units in just 12 hours after the handset went on sale. Xiaomi has a history of impressive flash sales and its latest smartphone continued the trend by setting a new record in China, which will no doubt help the company’s aims of keeping its top spot.

The Redmi Note 2, which was announced last week, aims to continue Xiaomi’s philosophy of offering impressive specs at an often-unbeatable price tag and the Redmi Note 2 definitely fits the bill. A key reason for the high interest is the MediaTek Helio X10 chipset, which is used in handsets that other manufacturers charge up to four times’ more for, like the HTC One M9+. With the Redmi Note 2 starting at just $128, a next-gen processor certainly adds to the appeal.

The Redmi Note 2 also offers a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p display with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage and a PowerVR G6200 GPU also making it onboard. On the back is a 13MP camera while a front facing 5MP snapper takes care of your selfie needs. Other notable specs include Wi-Fi ac, dual-SIM LTE (depending on which version you buy) and a 3,020 mAh battery while the software is taken care of by the new MIUI 7 OS, which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

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The Redmi Note 2 is available in three versions; the entry-level offers 16GB storage with one of the two SIM cards LTE-enabled and costs RMB 799 ($128). The next version offers the same but both SIM cards are LTE-enabled and will cost a fraction more at RMB 899 ($144). For those who need more than 16GB internal storage, the Redmi Note 2 Prime brings dual-SIM LTE and 32GB storage for RMB 999 ($160). Whichever version you buy, the specs are certainly a bargain on paper.

It’s unsurprising to see Xiaomi’s latest flash sale result in record sales number for its new handset and that’s only in China; the company has not confirmed¬†global release plans but is likely to reveal more at its MIUI 7 global launch event on August 19 and we’ll bring you more on this as we have it.

What do you think of Xiaomi’s latest device and do you intend to buy the Redmi Note 2? Let us know in the comments below guys!

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