The Chinese and the Koreans are at it again. Nowadays, it’s a tech battle. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 launch shoots at Samsung, as the Chinese tech giant is aiming to dethrone the undeclared king of Android, and of tech manufacturers in Asia.
Samsung planned press events and conferences today in London and New York to unveil a new set of updates for its Galaxy devices, the Note and the S6 Edge. However, Xiaomi is planning to crash the party of the Korean manufacturer by launching its brand new Redmi Note 2. You may see that the device, which is essentially a phablet, is named just like Samsung’s phablets, the only difference being that Xiaomi replaced the trademark “Galaxy” name with its own “Redmi.”
But what should we make of this? Is it a bold move, or a desperate looking effort to catch up with the ‘cool guys’?
Well, not really. The bigger possibility is that Xiaomi simply wants to offer an alternative to Samsung and other phone and tablet makers. And it is, indeed, a much cheaper alternative. The two devices announced by Xiaomi today are the Redmi Note 2, which sells for just $125, and the premium version, the Redmi Note 2 Prime.
Yes, you did read those prices correctly. No, it’s no mistake. You understand why Samsung should fear now, don’t you? However, Xiaomi has not yet released its devices in the US, although it plans to. Yet Samsung’s target is not just the US, but also Europe. Since its big rise in popularity in mobile devices, the EU has been a major contributor to Samsung’s profit, since its devices boasted good performance for an acceptable price, compared to Apple devices.
But now, Samsung is about to fall prey to its own weapons as Xiaomi is already widely available in most European countries, as retailers have sensed its potential of usurping the reign of the Koreans.
The Redmi Note 2/Note 2 Prime’s internal specs are as follows: 2.0/2.2GHz MediaTek CPU, 16/32GBs internal storage, 2GBs RAM, 5.5 inch display in full-HD, 13MP main camera, with a selfie-machine front camera of 5MP. Pretty good. And opposed to Samsung’s decision to sacrifice battery power in favor of a sleeker look for its S6, Xiaomi has added more battery power, with a removable rechargeable of 3060mAh.
Also, Xiaomi’s own version of Android just looks and works like a charm compared to Samsung’s already classic Android which has become a standard for many lazy enough to create their own skin.
With the price advantage high up on a flag, could Xiaomi overthrow Samsung after all?
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