Xiaomi Corp. has made it official: The much-rumored Redmi Note 2 will run on MediaTek’s high-end processor, Helio X10. Xiaomi also released a “Prime” version of the 5.5-inch 4G phablet, which will have 32GB internal storage.
The Chinese smartphone company released the handsets at an event in Beijing where it unveiled MIUI 7, the latest version of its Android skin, the phone user interface that runs on top of the stock Android operating system distributed by Google Inc.
The Helio X10 has a processor with eight cores running at 2.2GHz, and the rest of the smartphone comprises of a 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 13MP primary camera and 5MP for the selfie shooter. A 3020mAh battery powers the handset, which will run on the latest MIUI 7 software out of the box.
Xiaomi has, if anything, upped the ante with the pricing of its latest “monster” as it called the phone on its official online forum for MIUI.
The 32GB “Prime” version will cost 999 yuan (about $160) in China, and the regular Redmi Note 2 with 16GB internal storage will retail at two prices -- 799 yuan or 899 yuan, with the cheaper version incorporating support for TD-SCDMA, an older wireless technology specific to China.
Prices in India will likely be revealed next week, when the company will demonstrate the global version of MIUI 7 at an event in New Delhi on Aug. 19.