On 10 December, Xiaomi and its e-commerce partner Amazon teased that a smartphone will be launched next week. The teaser appeared on micro-blogging site Twitter.
The teaser poster read: "PrimeIsComming" exclusive to Amazon, inciting rumours that the Chinese company might finally launch the Prime version of the Redmi Note 2 in India.
This news came just days after Xiaomi renewed the 3G/4G license agreement with Qualcomm in China and many believed that this deal will eventually help Xiaomi sell its devices in India without having to face opposition from Ericsson over the patent infringement.
However, it has now come to light that the ban on Xiaomi devices such as Redmi Note 2 and its Prime variant, which houses MediaTek SoC, will continue in India.
India Today, citing sources with knowledge of Xiaomi's plans, has confirmed that device launch teased by Amazon India and Xiaomi is not Redmi Note 2 Prime.
The good news is that Xiaomi will indeed launch a new phone which will not face any legal hurdles.
When Xiaomi was asked to stop selling MediaTek CPU powered Redmi Note (1st Gen) in India over Ericsson patent issue, the Chinese company released Snapdragon 400 processor based Redmi Note 4G.
So we believe the company will either unveil a special Redmi Note 2 Prime variant or a new handset featuring Qualcomm SoC (System on Chip).
We now have to wait for few more days to really know what Xiaomi has in store for fans in India on 15 December.
Key Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2:
|Model||Xiaomi Redmi Note 2|
|Display||5.5-inch full HD (1920 x1080p) screen
|OS||Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.0|
|Storage capacity||16GB/32GB (no microSD card slot)|
|Battery||3060 mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 technology (can charge 60% of the battery in just 30 minutes)|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM slots (type: micro), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth|
|Dimensions||152.0 × 76.0 × 8.25 mm|
|Colours options||white, black, pink, brown, and light blue|
|Price (in China)||