Xiaomi Hongmi 2 / Redmi 2 / Red Rice 2 gets certified in China, pictured, has specs revealed
Lat summer when Xiaomi unveiled the Hongmi (which literally means Red Rice in Chinese), the smartphone basically had no competitors. No other device of similar quality and sporting similar innards was available at that insanely low price, despite the Chinese market having a propensity for cheap smartphones. But the Hongmi wasn’t just cheap, it was quality-made and for the first time brought decent specs to its incredibly low price point. Understandably then, it’s been a huge success for Xiaomi, with the company even making it available outside of China as the Redmi.
Today, though, the Hongmi isn’t alone anymore. Huawei launched the Honor 3X and 3C, both meant to compete head-on with it, and many other manufacturers are already working on their responses to the Hongmi (Lenovo, for example). So it may be time for a sequel for the Hongmi. So far we’ve heard that the Hongmi 2 would arrive in December 2013, but that obviously didn’t happen. It might not be long before it becomes official, though, as it’s just got certified by TENAA, the Chinese equivalent to the FCC – so now it can be legally sold in China.
The Hongmi 2 features improved specs compared to its predecessor, just as you’d expect. It has two versions, one powered by a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, the other by a 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The rest of the traits are shared by the two.
The Xiaomi Hongmi 2 will thus arrive with a 5.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, microSD card support, and it will run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean underneath Xiaomi’s MIUI ROM.
GizChina speculates that the still unknown Snapdragon chipset could be the recently unveiled 410, which is 64-bit and has 4G LTE support. Though this may be true, keep in mind that it hasn’t been confirmed in any way just yet, and may be nothing more than wishful thinking. The original Hongmi did not get LTE support, but with Chinese carriers slowly turning on their 4G networks this is probably going to become a necessity even for low-end phones in the country in the course of this year.
It’s interesting to see the new Hongmi adopt the exact same screen size as the Huawei Honor 3X, which may just be its most important competitor right now.
The Hongmi 2 is expected to be unveiled in early April alongside the Mi3S which should take care of the high-end market.