No Xiaomi Redmi Note, no problem! How about a $96 clone?


Even though the smartphones from Xiaomi’s Redmi series don’t usually have the most beautiful designs, makers in China still seem to be impressed enough to produce clones.

Say hello to the ‘Coolgen TM2’, a Xiaomi Redmi Note impostor, a blatant clone. We often see clones, but the TM2 is what some would call a perfect clone. Not only does the device have the exact look (and perhaps the feel as well) as the Redmi Note, it also comes with virtually the same specs sheet. It doesn’t end there; Coolgen apparently want to ‘kill’ the Redmi Note market, and are offering the phablet at a ridiculous 600 CNY or $96! That, when the original Redmi Note costs 799 CNY or $130. Talk about being in-the-face!

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If you aren’t aware of the Redmi Note specs sheet (which is identical to Coolgen TM2’s), here’s what it comes with – a 5.5-inch 720p display, a 1.4GHz octa-core MT6592m CPU (the original Redmi Note has a faster 1.7GHz variant, which this clone seems to lack, but who cares?), one gig of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel rear camera, a 5 mega-pixel front camera and lastly a 3200mAh battery. Given that the TM2 measures in at the same 154 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm, you should be able to use accessories meant for the Redmi Note with the this device.

Unlike the original thing, the TM2 runs on the LewaOS and not MIUI. But again, at just $96 this would hardly make much of a difference, one would feel; you win either way.

There’s a catch though, for international buyers. The TM2 comes with only TD-SCDMA yet, so make sure you double check before throwing your money at the retailer.

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16 Comments

  1. pa5t1s
    June 19, 2014

    Yep, seen dozen of them on AliExpress 🙂

  2. lollingtons
    June 19, 2014

    Bewarned guys, TD-SCDMA.

  3. pa5t1s
    June 19, 2014

    Yep, seen dozen of them on AliExpress 🙂

  4. Michael Strauss
    June 19, 2014

    Article needs an update: The genuine Xiaomi Note has two versions in China! 1.4 GHz/1GB RAM and 1.7GHz/2GB RAM. In the article it says there is only 1.7 model.

    • Kevin
      June 19, 2014

      this article was said the clone Xiaomi Note has been released

      • Michael Strauss
        June 20, 2014

        No, you misnderstood. I’m talking about this: “the original Redmi Note has a faster 1.7GHz variant, which this clone seems to lack, but who cares?”.

  5. Guest
    June 19, 2014

    Bewarned guys, TD-SCDMA.

  6. Michael Strauss
    June 19, 2014

    Article needs an update: The genuine Xiaomi Note has two versions in China! 1.4 GHz/1GB RAM and 1.7GHz/2GB RAM. In the article it says there is only 1.7 model.

    • mobilespart
      June 20, 2014

      this article was said the clone Xiaomi Note has been released

    • Michael Strauss
      June 21, 2014

      No, you misnderstood. I’m talking about this: “the original Redmi Note has a faster 1.7GHz variant, which this clone seems to lack, but who cares?”.

  7. iANDROID8.1
    June 20, 2014

    TD-SCDMA sucks :3

  8. iANDROID8.1
    June 20, 2014

    TD-SCDMA sucks :3

    • Andi Sykes
      June 20, 2014

      Agreed 🙁

  9. Evgeniy Lyutiy
    July 14, 2014

    where to get the firmware software for this fake?

  10. Evgeniy Lyutiy
    July 14, 2014

    where to get the firmware software for this fake?