Xiaomi’s latest budget smartphone has a spec sheet that reads like it came from a high-end phone. But this 5.5 inch smartphone with a full HD display and a 64-bit, 8-core processor has a starting price of just $125.
Like most Xiaomi phones, the Redmi Note 2 will be sold initially in China before expanding to additional markets. And there’s no word on if or when it’ll ever be available in the United States or Europe, where Xiaomi is only selling smartphone accessories and not actual handsets yet.
The Redmi Note 2 might not have as much memory or storage as some high-end phones. But its spec sheet makes the $180 Moto G look overpriced. Here’s what you get for $160:
- 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display
- MediaTek Helio X10 8-core, ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit processor up to 2.2 GHz
- 2GB of RAM
- 16GB to 32GB of storage
- MicroSD card slot
- 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto focus and a 5MP front camera
- 3,060 mAh removable battery
- Quick Charging
- 802.11ac WiFi
- 4G LTE with dual SIM support
- Infrared port for remote control functions
Xiaomi charges about $125 for a model with 16GB of storage and about $156 for a model with 32GB and support for a wider range of Chinese LTE networks. Neither model will support 4G networks in North America.
Both models run Android Lollipop with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 user interface, which is said to offer improved power consumption for better battery life, better responsiveness, and a number of design tweaks.