After launching the Redmi 2 for the equivalent of $110, Xiaomi has commenced sales of the Redmi 2A, which is now available in China for just $80.
Xiaomi was able to bring the device cost to sub-$100 by switching to a Leadcore L 1860C SoC, whereas the Redmi 2 featured a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC. The Leadcore chip consists of a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz and a Mali-T628 MP2 GPU. Other specs of the Redmi 2A include a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 8MP camera at the back, 2MP front shooter, LTE connectivity on China Mobile, 2,200mAh battery and the latest iteration of MIUI 6 based on Android 5.0. The device also comes with free public Wi-Fi support.
The price of the Redmi 2A is currently 499 Yuan ($80), a discount of 100 Yuan from its usual retail price of 599 Yuan ($96). Xiaomi is offering the device in five color variations in China: white, pink, yellow, grey and green. There's no word as to when the Chinese manufacturer will launch the device in other Asian markets.