Last night Lenovo unveiled the A6000, which is the company’s most affordable LTE capable smartphone yet. While the device is almost identical to Xiaomi’s recently launched Redmi 2, the company it seems has another device up its sleeves, which is not only LTE capable, but much cheaper as well.
A yet-to-be-named Xiaomi smartphone recently passed the certification process at TENAA. The smartphone is priced 400 Yuan (Rs 4,070 approximately), which is much cheaper when compared to the Redmi 2’s 699 Yuan (Rs 7,100 approximately) price tag.
This isn’t the first time we are hearing about Xiaomi’s plans of launching a sub-Rs 5,000 LTE capable smartphone either. The first reports surfaced last year when Xiaomi invested in a company called Leadcore, which makes ultra-affordable chipsets. This forthcoming device seems to be the first smartphone to come out of the company after the investment.
According to the listing, the Xiaomi device spotted on TENAA features a 4.7-inch 720p display and is powered by a 1.6GHz Leadcore quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. Also included is 8GB internal storage, 8-megapixel rear camera, TD-LTE connectivity, and on the software front, it runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat wrapped under MIUI.
In essence, the smartphone looks to be a variant of the Redmi 2 that was launched in China last week. The difference however is that Xiaomi has replaced the 64-bit 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 quad-core chipset, with a 1.6GHz Leadcore quad-core chipset.
There is no word on when Xiaomi plans on launching the smartphone in China or other markets including India.