Xiaomi Misses Smartphone Targets
Xiaomi's co-founder Lei Jun holds up one of the company's smartphones, with the company revealing it has shipped over 70 million smartphones in 2015. Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

The Xiaomi Redmi 2A announced in March is now available for purchase in China. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is priced at $115 (713 yuan). However, the newer Redmi 2A is priced at $80 (499 yuan), making it the most inexpensive Xiaomi smartphone available for purchase.

Xiaomi Today reported when the Redmi 2A was first announced, it was priced at $100 (620 yuan). However, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has rolled out the device for purchase with a discounted price tag.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2A comes with a 4.7-inch display that supports HD resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The device’s display has been supplied by Sharp and AIO, Xiaomi Today said. Instead of the Snapdragon 410 chipset that powers up the Redmi 2, the Redmi 2A has the lesser known Leadcore L1860 chipset.

The quad-core processor can deliver a clocking speed of 1.5 GHz. The chipset includes Mali-T68 MP2 graphics. The Leadcore chipset is supported by 1 GB of RAM, and the device has 8 GB of internal storage that can be augmented with a 32 GB microSD card.

On the rear side of the Redmi 2A, there is an 8 megapixel shooter whereas the front features a 2 MP selfie camera. The device comes preinstalled with Android 5.0 Lollipop that is overlaid with Xiaomi’s proprietary MIUI 6 software.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2A is a dual-SIM device and since it is aimed at the Chinese markets, it will be usable on the 2G, 3G and 4G networks of China Mobile. However, through China Unicom, users will only be able to use 2G connectivity. The handset also supports Wi-Fi and 4.0 Bluetooth.

As of this writing, there is no confirmation on whether the device will be made available outside China. An interesting thing to note is Xiaomi is making an effort to expand into international markets. According to Live Mint, Xiaomi has already started mi.com stores in the United States, France, Britain and Germany.