In its maiden Redmi Note 2 flash sale in China on 16 August, Xiaomi reportedly sold a record 8 lakh units in just 12 hours, giving rise to hopes that a similar response will be seen in the next flash sale scheduled for 24 August. 

Will Xiaomi Repeat Similar Success of Redmi Note 2 sale in India?

The company has confirmed that on 19 August, it will launch the new MIUI 7 in India at an event that will be held in New Delhi. The company could also launch its Redmi Note 2 during the event. 

But some online reports suggest that Xiaomi, in order to circumvent the ban on MediaTek-based original Redmi Note 2 models, will incorporate Qualcomm's Snapdragon 615 Octa-core (seen in the Mi 4i model), in the India-bound device.

In December 2014, Xiaomi was banned from selling MediaTek-powered first generation Redmi Note, as it was found to have infringed Ericsson's Standard, Essential Patents (SEPs), which are subject to FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) terms.

Read more: Xiaomi Phones Sale Suspension in India is Now Official; Company Promises Fans Flash Sale will Return Soon

The tweak in the Redmi Note 2's SoC (System on Chip), might push the price beyond Rs 10,000 and end up in giving advantage to rivals such as Lenovo, Motorola and Micromax's YU who sell similar budget phablets for a lesser price. 

Also read: Delhi High Court Grants Partial Reprieve to Xiaomi; Redmi Note 4G Flash Sale to Kick-off in India Soon

If Xiaomi does make changes in the CPU of the Redmi Note 2 in India, price escalation may discourage price-sensitive Indian consumers and could force them to look for more affordable phablets.

But there is a possibility that Xiaomi may accept to pay royalty to Ericsson and get automatic permission to sell the Redmi Note 2 with MediaTek's Helio X10 SoC in India.

Also read: Ericsson Sues Micromax for Rs 100 Crore over Patent Violation

Even Micromax had a similar dispute with the Swedish company but later settled it by agreeing to pay the statutory patent fees.

Alo read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 vs Redmi Note (2014): What's New in 2015 Model and Everything You Need to Know

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Key Specifications of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2:

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Display 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x1080p) screen
  • Pixel density: 401 ppi (pixels per inch)
  • To help reading messages at low-light environment, its minimum screen brightness reduced 10x, and can produce a luminance as low as 0.5 cd/m2
OS Android 5.1 Lollipop based MIUI 7.0
  • Regular model: 64-bit class 2.0Ghz MediaTek (MT6795) Helio X10 Octa-core (Cortex A53) CPU
  • Prime model: 64-bit class 2.2 GHz MediaTek (MT6795) Helio X10 Octa-core (Cortex A53) CPU

In India:

  • Xiaomi might sell Redmi Note 2 with Snapdragon 615 Octa-core CPU
Storage capacity 16GB/32GB (no microSD card slot)
  • Main: 13.0-megapixel Samsung/OV camera with PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) function, 0.1s focus speed, LED flash
  • Front: 5.0-megapixel OmniVision camera with 5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture
Battery 3060 mAh with Quick Charge 2.0 technology (can charge 60% of the battery in just 30 minutes)
Network 4G-LTE
Add-ons Dual-SIM slots (type: micro), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Dimensions 152.0 × 76.0 × 8.25 mm
Weight 160 g
Colours options white, black, pink, brown, and light blue

[Image credit: Xiaomi China]