As if the world needed further proof the emerging Indian market is held in the greatest regard by up-and-coming Chinese smartphone producers.
Amazon already spilled the beans on Friday, so let’s not act surprised the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is available on Indian shores. Assembled locally, though still from components made in China, the upgraded 4.7 incher targets squarely the Samsung and Micromax-dominated territory.
Will the Prime put a dent in the two’s impressive sales figures? We don’t see why not, since it doubles down on the standard Redmi 2’s RAM and ROM, copying every other feature and spec off the original. The icing on the cake is of course the recommended retail price, which only exceeds the equivalent of $100 by a whisker.
Specifically, $110, or Rs. 6,999. The 1 GB/8 GB configuration goes for 1,000 Rupees, or USD 15 less.
It’s pretty obvious the Prime’s premium is more than justified, with 2 gigs of random-access memory and 16 GB internal storage space in the mix. Then you have the respectable 720p screen, quad-core Snapdragon 410 SoC, 8 MP/2 MP cameras, 2,200 mAh battery, microSD and dual SIM support of the non-Prime version.
Alas, the same pre-installed software package too, namely MIUI 6, based on decrepit Android 4.4 KitKat. No excuses for snubbing Lollipop so close to the M build’s source code dispatch.
Nonetheless, compared to what the Westerners call budget champions, the Redmi 2 Prime offers a breathtaking quality-price ratio. Think about it, stateside, the second-gen Motorola Moto E costs $100 with a sub-par 4.5-inch qHD display in tow, as well as 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, 5 MP rear cam and VGA front shooter.
Time to pursue your American dream, Xiaomi! ASAP!