It’s game over for all smartphone brands aspiring to domination in the low-cost Chinese scene, as Xiaomi’s newest budget flagship offers an unrivaled quality-price ratio.
Waiting for the Redmi Note 2 may have felt frustrating all these months, but ultimately, your patience paid off. Big time! Due out in local store shelves as early as tomorrow, August 14, the massive 5.5 incher starts at a ridiculously low tag of CNY 799.
That converts to around $125, which is good for a 16 GB dual SIM configuration with 4G connectivity on one slot and 3G on the other. Full LTE support will require 100 extra Yuans, bringing the grand total to CNY 899, i.e. $140.
And then you have the top-of-the-line 32 GB variant, priced at Yuan 999, or $155. This one packs an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2 GHz, unlike the entry-level duo, where the same chip runs the hardware show, but throttled at 2 GHz speeds.
It’s important to note (pun intended) the Helio X10 is MTK’s current best silicon, providing raw power in Snapdragon 810’s ballpark while staying cucumber cool and saving energy. Speaking of, the Redmi Note 2 touts a slightly smaller battery than its predecessor, yet at 3,020 mAh capacity, it should still be enough to last you a full day between charges.
Even when the 1,080p display runs at maximum brightness and sharpness, and you take full advantage of the multitasking muscle delivered by the on-board 2 GB RAM. Far skinnier and lighter than last year’s Redmi Note, the Note 2 tips the scales at 160 grams and measures 8.3 mm thick.
The cameras have largely stayed the same, with 13 and 5 MP sensors in tow, while the software has of course been updated to MIUI 7, Xiaomi’s proprietary take on Android 5.1 Lollipop. When all is said and done, you have to wonder whether the fast-growing OEM makes any money off such dirt-cheap powerhouses.
What could the profit margins be here, $5, $10 per unit?
Source: Android Central