Published On: Tue, Aug 11th, 2015

Redmi 2: Xiaomi’s made in India phone now open for sale

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Chinese smarphone manufacturer, Xiaomi announced the launch of its first fully made in India smartphone, the Redmi 2 Prime, in India for Rs 6,999.  Apart from the usual superior specs at affordable price, what sets the device apart is it adheres to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative. Yesterday Hugo Barra had tweeted about the big leap clearly hinting at the Make in India announcement at Vizag in the pipeline.

The event took place in Visakhapatnam and the device was announced in the presence of CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu and Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

Xiomi’s manufacturing plant in Andhra Pradesh

Xiaomi has partnered with Foxconn to manufacture smartphones in India. The factory is based in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh and the choice of location is strategic as Andhra Pradesh is known to have highly skilled technical manpower, an enterprising population and a dynamic emerging leadership – a combination of factors that make the state appealing to high-growth technological companies such as Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime specifications

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime has a 4.7 inch display with high definition resolution and Asahi Dragontrail glass. The handset measures 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm and weighs 133 grams with a 2200 mAh Li-Po battery that claims to offer 14 hours of talktime. The phone has a 2 GB RAM and comes with 16 GB on board memory with a memory card slot expandable upto 32 GB. It features a 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front camera. Other than that the phone has dual SIM (micro), 4G/3G connectivity, WiFi with tethering facility, WiFi Direct, micro USB port, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS.

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