Xiaomi Hongmi Note / Redmi Note gets official in China with decent specs, insanely low price
The new cheap offering from Xiaomi isn’t the Red Rice 2 (or Hongmi 2, or Redmi 2). Rather, it’s called Note. Hongmi Note in China, and, we assume, Redmi Note outside of China (whenever it becomes available elsewhere). Hongmi literally means Red Rice in Chinese, while Redmi is the recently unveiled brand under which the original cheap Xiaomi phone got launched outside of China.
The Hongmi Note is, as its name sort of implies, a phablet, Xiaomi’s first as it turns out. It comes in two versions, one cheaper than the other, and obviously the more expensive one has some nicer specs. That said, neither of these is actually expensive.
The premium version, if we can call it that, has a 5.5-inch 720p HD IPS touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 5 MP front camera, a 1.7 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 3G, dual-SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs MIUI ROM v5, based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
This version is priced at 999 yuan, which is around $161 or €115 at the current exchange rates. But, as we mentioned earlier, there’s an even cheaper iteration. This one has a 1.4 GHz octa-core processor and just 1 GB of RAM, but is otherwise identical. It will retail for only 799 yuan, which is about $128 or €92. And yes, we’re talking prices without contracts or anything like that. Once again, Xiaomi has been able to cram some crazy specs into a very affordable package. And one that doesn’t look bad either. The Hongmi Note will be offered in a variety of colors, and will go on sale in China on March 26.