2014 has been a great year for Xiaomi. The ‘Apple of China’ became the world third biggest smartphone maker this year and continues to register significant growth in China as well as other emerging markets like India. The company clearly wants to keep the momentum going and seems to be readying the sequel to its highly popular budget phablet – Redmi Note. A Weibo user has posted a picture of the device’s back panel that shows a slightly different design from its predecessor. Along with the picture, the Weibo post has also revealed possible specs of the upcoming phablet.
The leaked picture shows a slightly different placement of the LED flash and the camera on the top left corner. The phablet could also sport a dual-LED flash, as indicated by the larger opening for the flash compared to the current model. The speakers could also be positioned differently as the back cover has no visible speaker grille.
As far as the specs of the Redmi Note ‘2’ go, the phablet is expected to retain the 5.5” display size but come with a bumped up 1920 x 1080 resolution instead of 1280 x 720 on the Redmi Note. Exact details on the chipset aren’t available yet, except that it will use an octa-core 64-bit chipset (which could mean Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 or a Mediatek MT6572). The RAM will see an upgrade as well, from 1GB to 2GB. Internal storage is expected to remain similar at 16GB. The battery will apparently be significantly larger at around 3,000mAh. No major changes are expected as far the cameras are concerned, the same 13MP rear and 5MP front-facing cameras will be seen on the Redmi Note 2 as well. The source also claims that the phablet will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI 6 skinning on top and be launched between January 21 to January 28 next year.