Following the success of the Xiaomi Phone 2, the Chinese phone maker and UI developer is launching two MI phones, the MI-2S and the MI-2A. The former uses the exact same design as the original Xiaomi Phone MI-2 and packs a more powerful chip, while the dual-core 2A has a slightly different design. Both of them are based on Android 4.1 and comes with the newest MIUI v5 user interface.
The 2S is a direct successor to the MI-2, and sports Qualcomm’s new SnapDragon 600 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 16GB model packs the same 8 Megapixel camera with F2.0 lens as the MI-2, and the 32GB model will get the new 13 Megapixel camera with F2.2 lens. Both models have a 4.3-inch 1280×720 IPS touchscreen display, a 2 Megapixel front-facing camera with 1080p video recording, dual microphone for noise cancellation.
The 2A, as mentioned above, has a slightly different design and is a little bigger in size with a 4.5-inch 720p HD IPS touchscreen. It is not as powerful as the 2S and serves as a budget version of the MI-2. Inside the phone, you can find a SnapDragon S4 Pro dual-core 1.7Ghz processor and 1GB of RAM, 8 Megapixel main camera, a 2 Megapixel front camera.
Both 2S and 2A support Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, GPS/AGPS/GLONASS connectivity. They work on quad-band WCDMA 3G and quad-band GSM/EDGE mobile networks. The MI-2S has a CDMA version for Chine Telecom that adds support for CDMA2000 800/1900MHz 3G network. The MI-2A, on the other hand, includes NFC support. The 2S is priced at RMB 1999 (US$323) for 16GB and RMB 2299 (US$371) for 32GB, and the 2A costs RMB 1499 (US$242). Xiaomi will also release the 2S in Hong Kong and Taiwan.