Xiaomi Redmi Note is an Android smartphone boasting a 5.5″ display, Mediatek MT6592 Octa-core clocked at 1.4 or 1.7 GHz, 1 to 2 GB RAM, and 8 GB Flash that is now available for pre-order in China for just 799 CNY or 999 CNY (~$130 and ~$160) depending on the versions. The only differences between the two versions are Mediatek CPU frequency (1.4 vs 1.7 GHz), and the RAM capacity (1 vs 2 GB). Xiaomi is a Chinese manufacturer, but they’ve recently started to sell phone overseas, so a similar phone may be soon available in more countries.
Let’s check out the complete specifications:
- SoC- Mediatek MT6592 octa-core Cortex A7 processor @ 1.4 or 1.7 GHz with ARM Mali-450MP GPU
- System Memory – 1 or 2 GB DDR3
- Storage – 8 GB NAND Flash + micro SD card up to 32GB
- Display – 5.5″ IPS display with 1280×720 resolution
- Cellular – 2G: GSM, 3G: TD-SCDMA. Dual SIM support with TD-SCDMA on one slot and GSM on the other.
- Connectivity – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- Camera – 13MP rear camera with flash, 5MP front-facing camera
- Battery – 3200 mAh
The phone runs MIUI v5 on top of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If you live outside China, you would not be able to use 3G with TD-SCDMA, but Fone Arena reports a WCDMA (UMTS) version for international market is in the work. Needless to say with these specs, the price is rather aggressive, and hopefully the WCDMA version will soon be available on Chinese e-retailers for $150 / $180 soon.
If you happen to live in China, you can pre-order on Qzone, and shipping and retail availability is scheduled for March 26. More details are available on Xiaomi’s Redmi Note page.
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