Xiaomi has made a couple of big announcements today. First, the company will be holding a global lanch for its MIUI 7 OS around on August 19th and secondly, the new Redmi 2 Prime will be the company’s first smartphone “Made in India”.
Last week, Xiaomi announced that it will be unveiling its MIUI 7 operating system on August 13th in Beijing, alongside a new device, quite possibly the Redmi Note 2. The company will now hold a second event in New Delhi on August 19th, to showcase the global version of its software. We’re not quite sure what to expect from MIUI 7, other than that it will likely be based on the most recent version of Android Lollipop.
Today, Xiaomi also launched its Redmi 2 Prime, the company’s first smartphone to be manufactured in India. The handset is essentially the Redmi 2 Limited Edition that first launched in China, but does boast some additional specs over the original Remi 2.
The Redmi 2 Prime comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, rather than the 1GB RAM and 8GB storage of the original. The handset also comes with a 4.7-inch HD display, Snapdragon 410 SoC, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera and a 2,200mAh battery.
To manufacture the phone in India, Xiaomi partnered up with Foxconn to make use of its prodction plant in Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. As part of its global expansion plans, Xiaomi is also locally manufacturing the Redmi 2 in Brazil.
All of the Redmi 2 Prime phones sold in India will be manufactured in the country and will retail for just Rs 6,999. The phone will be available from Mi.com/in, Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal.