Roadblocks ahead for Xiaomi in bringing the Redmi Note 2 to India
Last week Xiaomi announced two new mobiles in their line up. The Redmi Note 2 and the Redmi Note 2 prime. The Redmi Note 2 is a major upgrade to the Redmi Note. It is powered by a 2 GHz MediaTek Helio X10 octa core processor. It has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM. Its display is 5.5 inch and supports Full HD with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. The Redmi Note 2 is a beefed up version of the Redmi Note 2. It has the same MediaTek Helio X10 processor, but clocked at 2.2 GHz and also it has 32 GB of storage. Both the devices has 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and 5-element lens. The front facing camera is 5 Mp. They are powered by 3060 mAh battery with dual SIM 4G LTE option. However the highlight of these devices is that, they run on Android llipop-based MIUI 7 out-of-the-box. Redmi Note 2 is slim and lighter than its predecessor, the Redmi Note. In china these devices are priced at RMB 799 (Rs 8,080 approximately) and RMB 899 (Rs 9,103 approximately).
The big question looming in my head right now is, if these devices will ever make it to India. The reason is that, Xiaomi was taken to court by Ericsson for infringing 8 of its intellectual property copyrights. Following the lawsuit, Xiaomi was banned from selling MediaTek powered devices in India. The ban still holds good. Xiaomi does not sell any MediaTek powered devices in India. The Redmi Note 3G, powered by MediaTek processor, was on sale for about a couple of weeks and it was replaced by the Redmi Note 4G, which is powered by a snapdragon processor.
The biggest strength of the Redmi Note 2 could become its biggest roadblock in India. The MediaTek Helio X10 is a flagship processor from MediaTek and it powers devices like HTC M9+, Gionee Elie E8 and Meizu MX5. These devices have been receiving rave reviews for their performances and the same is expected out of Redmi Note 2 as well. But in India, Xiaomi may bring a Snapdragon variant of the Redmi Note 2, if it decides to bring it in. Xiaomi may opt to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset compromising on price and performance.
Alternatively Xiaomi may decide to skip the Redmi Note 2, totally and get on it its other plans for India. This is more likely, because Indian market is highly price conscious and Xiaomi knows it more than anyone.