Chinese device maker Xiaomi has been selling low-cost smartphones with decent specs for the past few years. But now the company has unveiled its cheapest phone to date.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2A is a $97 smartphone that will be available in China this April.

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The phone features a 4.7 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, a 1.5 GHz Leadcore L1860C quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor and ARM Mali-T628MP2 graphics.

It has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of eMMC 4.5 storage, a 2200 mAh battery, an 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP front-facing camera. The Xiaomi Redmi 2A also supports 4G LTE networks and has dual SIM card slots.

The smartphone runs Xiaomi’s custom version of Google Android, called MIUI.

While there are certainly phones with faster processors, higher-resolution displays, or other premium features, they tend to cost a lot more than the Redmi 2A.

Oh, and if the $97 (599 RMB) price tag isn’t good enough, on April 8th the Redmi 2A will be on sale for just $80 (499 RMB).

Xiaomi also introduced a few other products today, including a $16 Mi Smart Scale which can share data with a smartphone app, an $8 power strip with 3 USB ports and 3 standard outlets, and a 55 inch, 4K smart TV called the Mi TV 2 which sells for about $800.

The company also cut the price of its flagship Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone by about $32, bringing the new price to $290.

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10 replies on “Xiaomi launches the $97 Redmi 2A smartphone”

  1. the configuration is interesting for an entry-level, it would be nice now that Xiaomi distributes Redmi 2 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It was announced since a while and we see nothing coming .

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  2. I just got the standard RedMi 2 ( 2g ram, 16 gb rom ) a couple of days ago, completely satisfied !

  3. Why do no U.S. manufacturers make such colorful phones? I would love a pastel phone, instead of the boring white/black/gray we’re stuck with now (or you have to buy an accessory to give your phone some flair).

    1. The 526 million people in China the right age bracket to buy one of these phones? Or perhaps the thousands of people who’d be willing to buy one of these from the many, many Chinese retailers who ship overseas? Surely as the reader of a tech website you’d realize that the world is more than just the west.

      1. … not to mention the 2+ billion population of the other BRICS countries.

  4. The Chinese have issues on quality but are slowly catching up as their code hardens and specs up.

    1. I would say Xiaomi is doing a great job. Unbelievable quality for such cheap phones. Hardware is great, but their attention to software is even better, and that’s why Xiaomi stands out. Practically speaking there is virtually no smart phone today which is not made in China including that fruity brand phones.

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