Xiaomi Redmi 2: Two OSs, Two choices and More Changes

It’s always back to the drawing boards for Xiaomi and that’s a good thing. Xiaomi is still considered as an alternative brand. Their devices may hold some of the most recent hardware configurations but they still have a lot of customer service booths to establish before becoming a key choice for Filipino consumers. Up until now, we still favor the BIGS for draft day and we only consider the role players when we are absolutely sure of the specs and a little short on the budget.

We seem to ignore that Xiaomi now has solidified its climb on the industry by placing third on the most recent worldwide market share index. It seems like the Chinese brand was successful in changing the playing fields in their home market and the nearby Indian population. Filipinos must no longer underestimate Xiaomi. It is because that they are always back on the drawing boards that they are able to match the bigger names in the field. And being an alternative, you know that the new model is going to be a lot cheaper.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is the mid-year gameplan that the minds behind the company designed. Xiaomi now exhibits the same manufacturing pace and the rate of the release of their new flagship devices is remarkably fast. In just a few months after the Redmi 1S’ release, the improved version that is the Redmi 2 is making its way to the Filipino market.

On the surface, the Redmi 2 is like the smaller version of the Redmi note. It has a 4.7 inch durable screen display, encased in a half inch casing. Like their other well received handheld units, they placed all the buttons on the right hand side with no button slots on the opposite side.

Xiaomi Redmi has to run on a slightly configured Android KitKat Operating System for users to better experience the extra MIUI 6 OS. Through the added program, all notifications with no direct link to the displayed running application will never get in the way of your gaming or picture taking. You can set notifications based on your determined level of importance. That way, the floating notification bubble will only appear on important calls. The floating notifications will never hover above the camera shutter button. You can enjoy casual photography on Redmi 2’s 8 MP primary camera. But, the device’s 2 MP front camera should discourage selfies. It feels as if it just has to be there.

With a 2GB RAM for the 16-GB model, there is no downtime even when transitioning from application to application or from gaming to text messaging. Redmi 2 is also available with an 8 GB unit, paired with a 1GB RAM.

Both models are equipped with a Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and an Adreno 306 for graphics processing.

Xiaomi has come to their senses and added a second 4-G SIM slot. They Xiaomi Redmi is now SD card expandable—up to 32 GBs. You can get a Redmi2 for as low as P 6,000.00 on Xiaomi stalls and selected online shopping sites.