Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines Price is Php 5,999 : Complete Specs, Antutu Benchmark Score, Initial Impressions

As of writing, there's only one smartphone model from Xiaomi that's officially available in the Philippines. 'Officially' means that the Chinese company's local headquarters itself is on top of its distribution.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines

And that's the entry-level Android handset, Xiaomi Redmi 2, which has an official suggested retail price of only Php 5,999. You can purchase this phone online through Lazada or via Xiaomi's new physical store outlets nationwide including most MemoXpress, JR.MX, and PC Express branches.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines

Our friends from Xiaomi haven't disclosed the exact reason why they have chosen not to launch their recent high-end and flagship level handsets in the Philippines. Hopefully, they're just waiting for the 'right time' to do it, since - based on the inquiries that I get from Xiaomi fans across the country - I know that many Pinoys are likewise interested to get those models. Off hand, though, it's clear why they brought Redmi 2 here -- and that's because local Android smartphone sales are strongest in its price echelon.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines

Despite being an entry-level model, Xiaomi Redmi 2 has many qualities that I'm sure many of you will love. I sure have found them quite endearing. For one, the phone has a very solid build and flaunts a no-nonsense design identity that's free from unnecessary and tacky elements. The brilliant and clear 4.7 inch HD IPS display is also fairly large and is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 2. I'd say its screen and shell combine to give Xiaomi Redmi 2 an air of both durability and understated elegance.

Xiaomi Redmi 1s was one of the best cameraphones in its price category last year and the same thing can be said of its 2015 follow-up. The Redmi 2's 8 MegaPixel autofocus main camera with HDR mode and 1.4 µm pixel size along with the 2 MegaPixel selfie camera with 'age detection' feature combine to make this release a pretty capable point-and-shoot camera replacement.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
The volume rocket and power button are made of real metal and are located on the right side of the handset for easy access using your thumb if you're right-handed or your index and middle finger if you're left-handed.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
The microUSB port is located at the rear so wires won't be in the way in case you want to use the phone while you're charging it.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
The matte, polycarbonate phone's back cover is removable, giving you access to the also removable 2,200 mAh Li-Ion battery, the dual microSIM card slots (one of which supports LTE connectivity) and the microSD card memory expansion slot.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
You'll find the 3.5 mm audio jack at the top panel. Redmi 2 doesn't ship with earphones but this jack supports a variety of headphones that are out in the market like Apple Earpods, Beats Tour, and - of course - Xiaomi's own Piston earphones.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines

What truly sets Xiaomi Redmi2 apart from all Android smartphones in its price category is that it runs the latest version of Xiaomi's own experience or interface for Android operating system called MIUI. App-drawer-free MIUI doesn't only have a refined look - characterized by thin line and fonts - but it also comes with neat features enhancing the user experience including downloadable themes and a more intuitive notificiations and quick access drop-down tab.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines

Xiaomi Redmi2 is also hardly a push-over when it comes to internal hardware. The handset is powered by a more than capable Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM ARM Cortex A53 and Adreno 306 GPU based Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset, has 1 GB of RAM, and comes with 8 GB of ROM that you can augment using the handset's microSD card expansion slot.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
These technical specifications along with the software experience gave the Xiaomi Redmi 2 an Antutu Benchmark Score of 19,802 when I ran the test on the phone just yesterday. This score tells us that the phone is can run practically any game from the Google Play Store without stuttering.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
Let's jump to packaging design. Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes with this familiar brown paper box that the Chinese company has been using for its handsets since its very first Android phone release.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Philippines
The standard retail package in the Philippines include the unit itself, the 2,200 mAh Li-Ion battery, microUSB to USB cable, travel charger, user manual and warranty certificate.

Is this handset right for you? To be honest, there are many handsets priced at around Php 4,000 to Php 6,500 from our local players that have better technical specifications compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 2. Nonetheless, this smartphones has its own charms - including all of those that I mentioned above and perhaps a few more that you can discover yourself when you start using it - to make it worthy of your hard-earned money. If you're a big Xiaomi fan and you've always wanted to get a Mi phone but you're on a tight budget, I'd say Xiaomi Redmi2 would be perfect for you.

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Xiaomi Redmi 2
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen), Dual SIM Dual Standby
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm
Weight 133 grams
Available Colors Black, White, Yellow, Pink, Green
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI 6.0 skin
Display 4.7 inches (~312 ppi pixel density), 720 x 1280 pixels, IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Processor Quad Core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A53 Adreno 306 GPU Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 chipset
Internal Storage 8 GB, expandable via microSD card slot up to 32 GB
Camera Main: 8 MegaPixels, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Features: 1.4 µm pixel size, HDR
Front: 2 MegaPixels
Video Capture Main: Full HD 1080p 30 frames per second for main camera
Front: 720p
Audio and Video Playback MP4, DivX, Xvid, FLV, MKV, H.264, H.263, MP3, WAV, eAAC+, Flac
Ports microUSB v2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, 3G HSPA+, LTE Cat4
GPS Yes, with GLONASS and A-GPS
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
Network 2G Network GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 1900 / 2100, 4G LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
SIM Card Type Dual microSIM
Battery Removable Li-Ion 2,200 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Value-Added Features Stellar Specs for Less, MIUI
Announcement Philippines: Q1 2015
Availability Philippines: Q1 2015
Price Official: Php 5,999