After days of speculations, Xiaomi on Thursday (12 March) finally launched the feature-rich budget smartphone Redmi 2 and Mi-Pad tablet in India.
The new Redmi 2 sports 4.7-inch HD IPS screen and runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (with MIUI v6.0) powered by the 64-bit class 1.2GHz snapdragon 410 SoC (System on Chip) with 1GB RAM, 8GB inbuilt memory and a 2200 mAh battery.
On the other hand, Xiaomi Mi Pad features 7.9-inch QXGA (1536 x 2048 p) IPS screen with Gorilla Glass 3 shield and houses 2.2GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core Cortex A15 CPU backed sumptuous 2GB RAM, 16GB inbuilt memory and a high capacity 6700 mAh battery.
The company has confirmed that the Redmi 2 and Mi-Pad will be sold exclusively on Flipkart on 24 March for ₹6,999 and ₹12,999 respectively. It also added that the limited-edition 2GB RAM based Redmi 2 will also be made available in India, but little later in the year.
Like previous times, prospective buyers of Redmi 2 are required to get registered at Flipkart to become eligible for 24 March flash sale. The registration window is slated to open later in the evening at 6pm.
However, in a welcome move, Xiaomi will sell Mi Pad on Flipkart via open sale without the cumbersome registration process.
Once released, Redmi 2 will go up against the recently released Moto E (2 Gen), Lenovo A6000, Microsoft Lumia 535 and other budget phones.
Whereas the feature-rich Mi Pad is poised to give stiff challenge to the popular Nexus 7 (2013), Apple iPad mini (1 Gen) and other domestic brands.
Key specifications of Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Mi Pad:
|Models||Xiaomi Redmi 2||Xiaomi Mi Pad|
|OS||Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI v6.0||Android 4.4 KitKat with MIUI|
|Processor||64-bit class Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 series quad-core CPU
||2.2GHz Nvidia Tegra K1 quad-core Cortex A15 CPU|
|GPU||Adreno 306||ULP GeForce Kepler (192 cores)|
|RAM||1GB LPDDR3/ 2GB||2GB LPDDR3|
|Storage capacity||8GB/16GB, expandable up to 32GB||16GB, expandable up to 128GB|
|Battery||2200 mAh||6700 mAh|
|Network||2G, 3G & 4G (TDD-LTE (B38 / B39 / B40 / B41: 2555-2655MHz), FDD-LTE (B3 / B7))||No SIM slot|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), GPS+ GLONASS, A-GPS,||Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (802.11 a / b / g / n / ac with dual ac 2X2 dual antenna), USB 2.0, microSD card slot,|
|Dimensions||134.0 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm||202 x 135.4 x 8.5 mm|