Xiaomi has just been surpassed by Huawei in its home market, but the company is still one of the most popular and most affordable smartphone manufacturers in the world. Xiaomi is trying to move in on the American market, following in the footsteps of Huawei. Although the Xiaomi Mi5 would have been an excellent entry for U.S. customers, it looks like Xiaomi has something else in mind. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro release seems to be closer than that of the Xiaomi Mi5 as new leaked certification documents suggest.
The FCC published a listing for the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro, suggesting that the handset will soon be released on the American smartphone market. Although U.S. customers can access Xiaomi products easily, there hasn’t been a product launch in the country yet, and this might be the first one. The Chinese company wants to enter the crowded market of the U.S. in style, with a smartphone that will compete against mid-rangers from Motorola, LG, Asus, HTC and more.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro will be an entry-level mid-range smartphone that is already being sold in certain parts of Asia, such as India and South Korea. The debut of the company in the U.S. market with such a phone might not be that successful, but it will certainly raise some well-deserved brand awareness in the country. Xiaomi is known for making high-quality, yet affordable devices, which are a segment of the U.S. market that hasn’t been addressed that much lately.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro is nothing to marvel at, but it will introduce Xiaomi’s designs and power to carrier stores, bringing contract options and new programs for U.S. customers. No information on carrier partnerships has been released yet, but we’re looking at T-Mobile right now, although that’s just a hint dropped by one of our tipsters. We would take it with a grain of salt. Nonetheless, judging by the specs of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro, it might be well-received by Americans.
The Redmi 2 Pro price is at around $110, depending on region, but we expect a similar price to carry over to the American market as well. The handset’s specs confirm T-Mobile and AT&T compatibility, while unveiling the 4G LTE antennae that is on board, The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro has a 4.7-inch 1280*720 display, a Snapdragon 410 CPU backed by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage, a 2200 mAh battery, 8 MP camera on the rear, 2 MP camera on the front and Android 4.4 KitKat on board with MIUI 6 on top.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro design is admirable, with a colorful matte plastic construction that’s fit for the market Xiaomi is targeting: youth. Although the setup of the device seems a bit outdated, the high-quality hardware within make the user experience with this phone pretty good, even when using the camera. Although it’s not a Galaxy S6 camera, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro camera is decent enough for general social media fans.
Although the company hasn’t officially confirmed the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro release in the United States, the FCC documents pretty much prove that it will arrive in the country at some point. With a rather quiet entry, Xiaomi will most likely save the best for last – the Xiaomi Mi5. If this mid-range smartphone manages to raise brand awareness, the company will most likely launch the Xiaomi Mi5 in America, too, and that will be the true news story to cover.