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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime With MIUI 7 Launched

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Xiaomi on Thursday unveiled the new Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime smartphones alongside showcasing its new MIUI 7 custom ROM based on Android 5.0 Lollipop at an event in Beijing, China.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has been priced at CNY 899 (approximately Rs. 9,000) while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime will come at CNY 999 (approximately Rs. 10,000). The Redmi Note 2 will be also available in a 3G-only variant which will be available at CNY 799 (approximately Rs. 8,000). Unfortunately, the company hasn’t revealed availability plans for other markets yet – though India details should be revealed on Monday at the company’s New Delhi event.

The only difference between the Redmi Note 2 3G and 4G variants is the LTE connectivity support, and the rest of the specifications are the same. The Redmi Note 2 Prime, on the other hand, features a higher clocked processor and comes in only 32GB inbuilt storage variant, but is otherwise identical in terms of specifications to the Redmi Note 2. All the three new handsets run MIUI 7 and feature 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display.

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Under the hood, the Redmi Note 2 packs an octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 processor (2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 + 2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53) coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 2 Prime on the other hand sports a slightly higher-clocked Helio X10 SoC (2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 + 2.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53). The handset will be available in two storage variants – 16GB and 32GB; though no word on expandable storage. It packs a 3060mAh battery along with quick charge support. The company at the launch teased that the Redmi Note 2 can hit an Antutu score of 54024, which is more than some of the competitors from Meizu and Huawei.

The Redmi Note 2 sports a 13-megapixel Samsung rear camera sensor with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and is claimed to feature a shutter speed of 0.1 second. The rear camera features aperture of f/2.2 and a 5-element lens. The handset also houses a 5-megapixel front camera with OmniVision.

Apart from 4G LTE, connectivity options on the Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 2 Prime include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Micro-USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and infrared, meant for universal remote control of compatible appliances. The 4G variants unveiled in China notably support both TDD-LTE Band 40 2300MHz and FDD-LTE Band 3 1800MHz used in India. Onboard sensors include an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and a digital compass (magnetometer).

The Redmi Note 2 measures 152x76x8.25mm which is definitely slimmer than the Redmi Note that measures 154×78.7×9.5mm. The Redmi Note 2 is also lighter at 160 grams than its predecessor which weighed hefty 199 grams. The Redmi Note 2 4G and Redmi Note 2 Prime supports dual 4G Micros-SIM cards.

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Xiaomi at the event also showcased its new MIUI 7 ROM for the Chinese market, based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. The company claimed that the new ROM was designed by a 750-strong R&D team and primarily includes colourful themes, including specific themes for men and women. One of the highlight feature of the MIUI 7 is it supports facial recognition in Gallery that groups photos by people. It also allows users to edit names and create profiles on the phone.

xiaomi redmi note 2 specification
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 detailed Specifications 
General
Release date August 2015
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)                                                     152.00 x 76.00 x 8.25
Weight (g)160.00
Battery capacity (mAh)3060
Removable batteryYes
SAR valueNA
Display
Screen size (inches)5.50
TouchscreenYes
Resolution                                                               1080×1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI)400
Hardware
Processor2GHz  octa-core
Processor make                                                      MediaTek Helio X10
RAM2GB
Internal storage16GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)32
Camera
Rear camera13-megapixel
Flash                                                                      Yes
Front camera5-megapixel
Software
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0
Skin                                                                       MIUI 7
Connectivity
Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supported                                     NA
GPSYes
BluetoothYes, v 4.00
NFCNo
InfraredYes
Wi-Fi DirectYes
MHL OutNo
HDMINo
Headphones3.5mm
FMNo
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1 
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
GSM/ CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2 
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
GSM/ CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
Sensors
Compass/ MagnetometerYes
Proximity sensorYes
Accelerometer                                                        Yes
Ambient light sensorYes
GyroscopeYes
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo

xiaomi redmi note 2 prime specification

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime detailed Specifications
General
Release date August 2015
Form factorTouchscreen
Dimensions (mm)                                                     152.00 x 76.00 x 8.25
Weight (g)160.00
Battery capacity (mAh)3060
Removable batteryYes
SAR valueNA
Display
Screen size (inches)5.50
Touchscreen                                                            Yes
Resolution1080×1920 pixels
Hardware
Processor2.2GHz  octa-core
Processor makeMediaTek Helio X10
RAM                                                                       2GB
Internal storage32GB
Expandable storageYes
Expandable storage typemicroSD
Expandable storage up to (GB)32
Camera
Rear camera13-megapixel
Flash                                                                       Yes
Front camera5-megapixel
Software
Operating SystemAndroid 5.0
Skin                                                                        MIUI 7
Connectivity
Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi standards supportedNA
GPSYes
BluetoothYes
NFC                                                                        No
InfraredNo
Wi-Fi DirectNo
MHL OutNo
HDMINo
Headphones3.5mm
FMYes
Number of SIMs2
SIM 1 
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
GSM/ CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
SIM 2 
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
GSM/ CDMAGSM
3GYes
4G/ LTEYes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40)Yes
Sensors
Compass/ MagnetometerNo
Proximity sensorYes
AccelerometerYes
Ambient light sensorYes
Gyroscope                                                               Yes
BarometerNo
Temperature sensorNo

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