From our friends at SoyaCincau – it seems that the current Redmi 1S will be replaced with a newer, faster variant that supports our local LTE signals. If you are wondering, the Redmi line of phone is Xiaomi’s answer to the affordable phone dilemma, without the big compromises that are usually seen for a phone at this level.
Redmi 2 will share the same 4.7 inch, HD 720p panel that is already in the current Redmi 1S, and also the same 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage on board (which can be expanded via microSD). What is new this time around is that the Redmi 2 will feature a quad-core processor – 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 in this case, and the latest MIUI 6 operating system that is based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
Thanks to a dual-SIM slot that BOTH supports 4G LTE on standby, you can now use two 4G SIM cards without fearing that you have to choose to forgo a faster download speed on the go. It also comes with a bumped up battery (2200 mAh as opposed to 2000 in the Redmi 1S), an 8 megapixel shooter at the back and a 2 megapixel shooter on the front.
As per Xiaomi’s modus operandi, their device prices should not be too out of sync with prices in Mainland China. There, the Redmi 2 is priced at 699 RMB, which is about RM 406 (RM 1 = RMB 1.72). As a recap, the Redmi 1S is selling for RM 419 at their website here.