Xiaomi’s Lei Jun has Tweeted that the next Xiaomi Redmi 2A will go on sale at just 499 Yuan with Chinese made Leadcore processor.
Xiaomi’s investment in Chinese SoC maker Leadcore has finally born fruit. Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun has announced on Weibo that the budget Xiaomi Redmi 2A will use the Leadcore LC1860 chipset in place of a Snapdragon 410 to help reduce the cost of the phone to only 499 Yuan.
All other components of the phone will remain unchanged with a 4.7-inch HD display, 2 mega-pixel front camera, and 8 mega-pixel rear. The current Redmi 2A comes in either 1GB RAM or 2GB RAM versions, but the amount of RAM hasn’t been announced for the new Leadcore model.
The Leadcore LC1860 chipset is the first Chinese designed and manufactured processor to power an Android smartphone. The chip in the Redmi 2A is actually the LC1860C, a quad-core model running at 1.5Ghz and a Mali-T628 MP2 GPU. There is also a more power LC1860 Hexacore chip that runs at 2Ghz, this could become the SoC in future Redmi phones.
The LC1860 also has LTE support. So far only Chinese versions of the phone will use Leadcore chips.