While the recently launched new generation of Redmi Note phones have given Xiaomi proper media attention, another premiere in the smartphone segment has taken place, so to speak, behind a closed curtain. new phones Redmi A2 is a Redmi A2+ They come with the “lightweight” Android Go operating system and are aimed at low-end customers.
The news follows the Redmi A1 and Redmi A1 + phones, which we also offer in our online stores. In the Czech version we sell the basic version for a very favorable CZK 2078, In the Slovak online store The same model will cost 87 euros. So it is one of the cheapest branded smartphones available in the Czech and Slovakian market.
Redmi A2 is a Redmi A2+
Both models practically identical – It has the same plastic body with dimensions 164.9 x 76.8 x 9.1 mm and weighs 192 grams. It is available in three colors: basic black (black), light green (light green) and light blue (light blue).
The screen occupied the front, quite logically, one of the obvious compromises that had to be made in pursuit of a low price. This is completely understandable IPS LCD screen diagonal plate 6,52″ And only resolution 720 x 1600 pixels. This results in an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a resolution of just 269ppi.
The monitor will not provide a refresh rate higher than the base refresh rate 60 Hz, it is not characterized by a particularly high brightness, and does not support any special modes. It occupies only 81.0% of the frontal surface, which in practice means relatively wide tires.
Basic hardware equipment
The Redmi A2 and Redmi A2+ phones are called “low cost”, that is, affordable devices with limited performance. Their heart is an octa-core processor Mediatek Helio G36 manufacturer 12 nm process. Four more powerful Cortex-A53 cores have a maximum clock frequency 2,2 GHzthe remaining four energy-efficient cores have a maximum frequency of 1.7 GHz.
There will be two sets of operational and internal memory to choose from. A cheaper option will be offered 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storageit will save more cost 3 GB RAM And an equally large internal memory capacity. It is clear that the latest technologies in this direction cannot be expected – the operating memory is of type LPDDR4X and the storage uses eMMC 5.1 technology.
Of course, phones support the ability to expand storage with memory cards, for which they have a dedicated slot. It handles microSD cards at maximum capacity up to 1 terabyte. It’s a bit of a paradox that the largest supported card is more expensive than the phone itself.
Only one camera
Although in the product images it appears that the Redmi A2 and Redmi A2+ phones are equipped with two cameras on the back, the reality is more realistic. In fact, there is only one camera, and the second lens belongs to the depth sensor, which is designed to take pictures with a blurred background.
The main camera will provide resolution 8 megapixels And a fairly solid f/2.0 aperture. Do not expect high-quality pictures from him – it will certainly be true here that the quality matches the price. The phone is also capable of recording videos up to 1080p at thirty frames per second.
At the front, we find a camera neatly housed in a teardrop-shaped cutout 5 megapixels and f/2.2 lens aperture. It can be used to take selfies, video calls, and unlock the phone based on facial recognition. Even this camera can record or stream 1080p video at 30 frames per second.
Additional equipment for Redmi A2 and Redmi A2 +
Both models have a lower edge 3.5 mm connector for connecting classic wired headphones It is capable of receiving very short wave (FM) radio broadcasts. It is perhaps somewhat surprising that the manufacturer did not mention the presence of an infrared transmitter, which can be used to remotely control many devices.
In terms of connectivity, the Redmi A2 and Redmi A2+ are literally cut to the core. It does not support mobile networks of the fifth generation (5G), can be used 2G, 3G and 4G only. In the case of wireless networks, future owners will have to settle for the 2.4 GHz band and standards 802.11 a/b/g/n.
wireless protocol bluetooth Supported in version 5.0, Unfortunately NFC is missing, so contactless payments cannot be made using these phones. Phones are able to determine their location based on their location Four GPS satellite systems: American GPS, European Galileo system, Russian GLONASS, and Chinese Beidou.
Battery, fingerprint reader, and more
Both phones are powered by a capacious battery 5000 mAh, which, thanks to not very high performance and a low-resolution screen, can provide a solid endurance (up to several days) on a single charge. Power can only be supplied with a power cable 10 watts only. We were very surprised to use something that is practically not used today microUSB connector instead of the current USB-C.
The two phones are talked about all the time, but until now we haven’t found out how they differ from each other. There is only one difference: While it will present Redmi A2 + On the back of the fingerprint readerRedmi A2 can only be unlocked by gesture, PIN code, password, or based on face recognition.
OS is Android 12 Go version, that is, a “light version” of Android, intended for less powerful devices. The phones won’t offer the usual MIUI superstructure user interface, but the look and experience will be close to pure Android (although not quite pure Android). The manufacturer promises to release security patches for two years.
Both phones are presented on Xiaomi’s global website (see links at the end), so it can be assumed They will also be sold on our market. The official recommended prices are currently unknown, but it can be assumed that they will start with the amounts About 2300 CZK.
How do you like the new Android Go phones?