Doesn’t work with Smart’s LTE Network
The highly anticipated budget-friendly Xiaomi Redmi 2 is scheduled for release this coming April 28. There’s definitely a lot of buzz about this device because it pretty much gives you everything you need in a smartphone for just Php5,999. This includes a fantastic fully laminated display, an above average camera, reasonably powerful internals, and LTE connectivity (PLUS DUAL SIM!).
However, it’s not for everyone. To be specific, it’s not for primary Smart subscribers because the RedMi 2 only supports the 1800 LTE band which is the one used by Globe. They don’t support the band used by Smart. We confirmed this ourselves with the review unit that we have. No matter what we do or try we’re just stuck at 2G, 3G, and HSPA+. Never LTE. Sad.
From Smart’s website:
Can’t find your device on the list? SMART LTE supports phones and devices that are LTE Band 1 2100/mhz. Please contact your phone’s manufacturer.
From GSM Arena’s spec sheet of the Redmi 2:
4G bands: LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
Xiaomi RedMi 2 specs
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor
- Adreno 306 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4.7-inch HD IPS display with OGS and AGC Dragontrail Glass protection, 1280 × 720 resolution
- 8GB of storage, expandable via micrOSD up to 64GB
- 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 2 megapixel front camera
- 3G, LTE
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, USB OTG
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- Li-Ion 2,200mAh battery
- 134 x 67.2 x 9.2mm
Our full review of the RedMi 2 should be up by the time it launches on the 28th so please do watch this site for more news and updates.