Even before strengthening its position globally, Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is reportedly planning to launch the successor of the company’s Redmi lineup in the coming months. The original Redmi smartphone was the company’s key product for international expansion, so it’s quite likely that its successor too will be marketed outside China.
According to four new filings at the Chinese TENAA certification database, which is equivalent to US’s FCC, Xiaomi is already working on a successor to the Redmi lineup which will come with an Octa-Core processor. Given that Redmi is the company’s budget lineup, the processor should make things interesting.
The TENAA filing shows a smartphone with a standard rectangular design, seen on most smartphones these days. There are 3 red capacitive buttons at the bottom, just like the original model which gives away its identity. Other than this, the phone is pretty standard, with a front facing camera, rear camera and a speaker grill at the bottom.
According to a Chinese social networking website, the octa core processor will be from Mediatek. This means, it would be one of the first few phones to come with Mediatek’s MT6592 chipset. The phone will come in two
different processor versions, one clocked at 1.7 GHz and the other at 1.4GHz. Most of the company’s smartphones including the original Redmi houses a Mediatek chipset; so it’s not surprising to see the Redmi 2 sport a Mediatek chip instead of Qualcomm.
Apart from the few extra cores, rests of the hardware is pretty standard. The phone will come with a 5.5 inch screen with 720p resolution along with 1GB RAM. On the back, there will be a 13MP rear camera along with a 5MP shooter up front.
The phone is expected to hit China Mobile first followed by a CDMA model for China Telecom. Although the Redmi 2 features most of the goodies found on a traditional mid-range smartphone, it does not support LTE. So, if a user is looking for to take advantage of LTE speeds, he or she will have to go with a Huawei or CoolPad phone which supports LTE radio in this price range.
The phone is expected to arrive in China by April, with a possible international release in the following months. It is also said that a Qualcomm version of the phone will make it to the market after the initial launch, which could also support LTE. Just like the original Hongmi aka Redmi, the successor too is expected to be available around $130.
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