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Will Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 (& Prime) be Released in India?

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Will Redmi Note 2 & Note 2 Prime be Released in India? This is a question that I saw no one else asking in the webosphere after today’s release of the Redmi Note 2. Many have been speculating about the price of the device. But I have to ask Xiaomi officials that will this device be released in India? Why this question is being raised by me? Read on.

Xiaomi has gone under a lot of scrutinies at the end of last year with the licensing and copyright violation issues it had then. Their sales were completely banned in India for a short period of time. In case you forgot, Ericsson filed a copyright infringement on Xiaomi on Standard Essential Patents (SEP), that Xiaomi violated its 8 patents to AMR, EDGE and 3G. As a result of that, the company was banned from importing, selling and marketing its products in India.

As a user of Xiaomi, I was also worried at that time about the future of the company, also about its service and after sale support. But fortunately, the ban on Xiaomi was partially lifted with one condition. Which is, Xiaomi cannot sell devices with MediaTek SoC in India, but they can continue with other devices. Following that order, Xiaomi resumed the sales of all other devices other than Redmi Note. Redmi Note used MediaTek MT6592 SoC, and it was discontinued in India. Xiaomi had to send back 100K Redmi Note devices.

Now this is the point where all those things become a bit confusing, Will the new Redmi Note 2 be launched in India. The ban still holds for Xiaomi on MediaTek devices. And the Redmi Note 2 (& Prime) is using MediaTek Helio X10 SoC on both models. So, that means Xiaomi can’t sell Redmi Note 2 in India right?

I’m pretty sure it is the scenario, Xiaomi will not launch Redmi Note 2 (& Prime) in India, atleast with the model announced now (with Helio X10 SoC). But there’s still hope, Xiaomi can launch the device with a Qualcomm SoC, possible the Snapdragon 615 currently in its own Mi 4i. But if they choose to do that, it will be a bad choice right now. Because they already have a device with the same SoC on the market at the same price point. More over, the Snapdragon 615 doesn’t hold up to MediaTek Helio X10 in terms on raw power. Helio X10 is a flagship level SoC which is fighting the Snapdragon 810, literally! (look at HTC One M9+). So that would surely be a dissappointment for Indian Mi fans.

The other option is to make their stand clear on the Delhi high court and convince the court to allow them to sell this device. Well, I’m quite surprised why they didn’t think of their upcoming devices when the ban was made on MediaTek devices. They could have pleaded at that time for making the ban for only over the SoC in Redmi Note (MediaTek MT6592). They didn’t do that, that means the ban on still on for MediaTek devices and Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will not come to India.

I had a talk with one of the MIUI forums official admins, he said that this device is not coming to India and he’s getting one for himself imported from China. That itself kind of confirms that Redmi Note 2 will not be coming to India, with Helio X10 SoC.

What are your thoughts on this? Let’s discuss, comment below!

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182 Comments

  • I am from Pune and waiting for Redmi Note 2 Prime.

    Any chance will it be available soon else needs to check with other available option.

    Can you plz suggest available mobiles with same configuration.

  • hi this is sujit for west bengal ( siliguri ). i want to know that is it MediaTek Helio X10 processor more powerful then Snapdragon processor ? and can u tell me what is the meaning of 13 mp Samsung sensor 30 fps burst mode technology which is use in this phone. and what is ppi (pixel per inch )

    • MediaTek Helio X10 is MediaTek’s current SoC flagship. It is better than many of the Snapdragon processors including SD 801 and immensely powerful than SD615 (which is found in Yureka, Mi4i, etc), when comparing on the basis of true power.
      And 30 fps burst mode means that the burst mode in the phone can capture 30 images in a second.

  • Sir i want to purchase Redmi note 2 prime.
    when it is going to be launch in India ?
    Please any confirm Date and month of launch.

    • We don’t have an exact time or date for the Redmi Note 2 Prime. Also, they could release the phone with a different processor if MediaTek SoC can’t be used in India.

  • Approximately which month it willl be available in India? Can I hope that it will be available around the end of september or october? Please Inform me.

    • There are no time estimates available for it’s launch in India. Even the official news from Xiaomi has confirmed that it won’t be launched soon. Better look for alternatives if you’re in a hurry.

    • You won’t find a phone with same specifications as Redmi Note 2 in the budget range, the processor is even more powerful than Xiaomi’s own Mi4i. Also note that Redmi Note 2 is using the same processor as the one in HTC One M9+ (their flagship).

  • I want to buy k3 note as the releasing date of note 2 prime is delayed. But you suggested yureka plus or lenovo A7000, is there any fault in k3 note?

    • Lenovo K3 Note is very good in spec sheet, but real life usage is not at all good. It’s having issues with software and more over the SAR value of the phone is the highest in India at 1.590W/Kg, where as the limit for SAR in India is 1.6W/Kg.

  • Hyy abhijit
    If i buy redmi note 2 from chaina it works properly in India.
    I mean to say the 4g band of india support this? And the price??

    • We can’t include Redmi Note 2 to that list, because it’s not released yet.
      The next best phones would be Yureka Plus, Lenovo A7000 & Meizu M2 Note (although I’m not so sure about the after sales support from Meizu).

  • Can you suggest me a good brand phone with the specs of xiaomi note 2 prime in thi budget ? But it should have a 5in screen as I think 5.5in screen size is too big..

  • I am planing to buy a new smartphone under 15k so please suggest me which phone I should buy I have shortlisted 3 phones 1st Asus zenfone 2 , mi4i 32gb variant and yu yureka plus please suggested me I was waiting for redmi note 2 prime to be launched but as you said mi is not planning to launch it anytime soon so just let me know which is best in 3 of them.

  • I am planning to buy a new phone under 15k and I have shortlisted 3 phones Asus zenfone 2 mi4i and yureka plus so just suggest me which one I should buy n one of my friend suggested me not to buy Asus zenfone 2 he used it n he is not happy with it so what’s your opinion on it which one I should buy as redmi note 2 is not going to launch in India.

  • I think redmi note 2 and prime are best in price range. Can they come to india if xiaomi give patient money to sony ????? and i want to tell i used Lenovo k3, A7000 and meizu m2 note but im not satisfied with all three.

  • Some sites say that redmi note 2 prime has an ext sdcard for only the Chinese version n not the Indian version. What is the truth?
    Secondly how does the camera seem in low light conditions? What about the screen protection.
    Any other similar options for low light evening photography.

  • If i will buy redmi note 2 or redmi note 2 prime from china its good or bad you sugggest me what is better. i am fan of mi so i want to purchase redmi note 2 or redmi note 2 prime

  • hi Frnd is meizu m1 note better than k3 note or can you please tell me the availability date of redmi note 2prime in india i can also wait for it up to november

    • note 2 prime device is best but I think lots of people wants to in this phone external memory so provide external memory in xiaomi

  • FIRST OF ALL THANK U FOR SO SINCERLY REPLYING TO ALL UR VIEWERS QUESTION…DEAR I WANT TO BUY ASUS ZENFONE LASER 550 ….CAN YOU PLEASE GUIDE ME…SHOULD I GO FOR IT OR ELSE I BUY YUREKA PLUS…I NEED GOOD CAMERA AND SHARP PICTURE…THANKS

    • Well, Asus Zenfone 2 Laser is a good choice. But in my personal opinion, don’t go for Asus phones based on looks and specs. The build quality is not upto the mark as three of my friends are suffering now for buying Zenfone 5 (suggested by me though).

  • I want i good and durable smart phone under 10k…dont want too much specification but should be around 5 inch display and also a good life and quality…samsung grand 4g good or not

    • It’s good, but not the best. There are better smartphones in that price range.
      But you can definitely go for Moto G3, you won’t be disappointed!

  • Hi abhijit,
    I want to buy phone up to rs.15k.
    Which will be the better option ??
    Samsung Galaxy J7, yu yureka plus, zen phone 2,Meizu M2 ??
    Is the Meizu a trustable brand..??

    Plz do reply.

    Thanks I’m advance.

  • Hi want konw about launching date of redmi note 2 prime ….. Because some of the news websites says that the note 2 prime will be launch in next week with meditek…. It is true ??

    • It’s not that MediaTek processors or Helio X10 is banned in India, but Supreme court doesn’t permit Xiaomi to sell smartphones with MeidaTek processors.

  • I would love to buy to xiaomi redmi note 2 prime but can’t now
    shall I go for honor 4x ?
    or any other else like zenfone 2, k3 note, Moto G Mr. abhijith ?
    your suggestions !

  • hello abhijit can you say redmi note 2 prime support wi-fi direct and can support micro sd card or not and an another question why redmi is banded with mediatek processor where as HTC and other company can sell?

  • please also give the comparizon between redmi note 2 and redmi note 2 prime please notify me when you can get the release date of these.

  • sir… really i want to buy redmi note 2…but seems its not going to launch in india ….i am searching for other options… i don’t play usually in phone…i need good camera,web surfing.. good battery and also good processor at least for multitasking… recently alcatel has announced its latest one touch flash 2 mobile in asia….. what your view on this phone sir…. pls guide .

  • Hi,…
    can any one please provide proper and correct information about Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime
    when it will step in India ? I think most of the people want to know at least current updates regarding this mobile. As of now, no site is good to give updates . Mr. Abhijith i hope u only will.. and request to come up with correct release date of this Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime .

  • Hi, sir i want to ask u that is buying yureka plus is a good deal..? If yes then plz explain me a bit….coz i’ve read some pretty bad reviews about it

  • Hi,
    I am so much worrying delay and ban on MediaTek Helios 10 Processor in Redmi Note 2 Prime.
    After searching in Online, I have 2 options:

    1. Intex Aqua Trend — 9k to 10K – 4G

    2. Meizu M2 Note — 9K – 4G

    Only 1 SIM usable practically or No Expandable Memory of 128GB practically if 2nd SIM utilized

    Glitches in the Software/ Touch pad Interfaces.

    Suggest me which is the best phone

      • Hi,

        I seen an article in 91mobiles.com website and youthgiri.com website displays that Redmi Note 2 Prime will release phone on 30th Nov 2015 and sold by only Flipkart .

        I read an article that instead of Helios 10 , redmi company installing Snapdragon chip due to Ericsson software pirate issue.

        Is the above info true or false.

        I am waiting for your reply.

  • Hi
    ABHIJITH
    These is one of your friend , thanks for giving information to every one about their doubts .
    ONE OF THE NEWS PAPER TIMES OF INDIA ANNOUNCED THAT PRIME 2 NOTE IS RELEASING IN OCTOBER 1ST WEAK IS IT RIGHT.

  • Hi mr.abijit, when will asus Pegasus 2 plus x550 to be release in India. If it will be good one for price range below 15000

  • hi abhijith sir i have seen in pricedekho
    website that redmi note 2 will be released in October 21 sir please tell me is it true??

  • please suggest me a good smartphone with high PPI, fast processor with high hertz, high ram, good screenguard , good resolution and wide screen

  • Dear Sir,
    I want to buy Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime…
    Can You Please tell me about the Launching Information…
    or Launching is possible or not ?
    I am eagerly waiting for this Phone…
    Thanks,

  • hi abhijith can you just tell me how can i get redmi note prime from chine and how much will it cost me and i want all things regarding customs duties and procedure to order everything

    • Well, You can buy the phone from various Chinese global online retailers like merimobiles or gearbest (do a research and find out the best deal!), and you’ll probably have to pay shipping charges for the phone (varies from sellers). And most importantly, you might have to pay for customs duty for imported products, that varies from $20-50 I think for a smartphone.

  • My friend is going to china this month end. If he buys ‘redmi note prime’ phone from china, will it work in india?

  • xiaomi redmi note 2 is the best budget mobile and contain almost all sensors and gyroscope, more over its audio is very powerful, you can raise the low bass effects. Good battery backup.

    Ordinary mobile lack these features in india, more over majority are very costly. No other mobile would beat this budget range.

    People will go for this mobile if launched, thats why other mobile companys banned this product in india.

    Like abhijith said ou can buy this product from gearbest. Thats how i bought.

  • Hello Abhijit,

    Thanks for your prompt answers for everyone on the board here…!
    I Wanted to buy Redmi Note 2 Prime. But, now, I want to compare between ASUS ML 550, Mi4I or as you suggested Yureka Plus.
    Pls guide , which is better of 3 above? Thanks in advance…

  • Hello Abhijit,

    Please help me to choose amongst ASUS ML 550, Mi4I, redmi note 4g or Yureka Plus.
    Pls guide , which is better of 4 above, if i dont want to wait for redmi note 2 prime, which will be the first choice in all the probabilities….?
    Thanks…

    • Well, Mi 4i is the better of the lot, considering everything. But it’s a bit more expensive that the other three. But Mi 4i has got a great camera duo, awesome screen and good battery life! If you choose Mi 4i for these, you won’t go wrong spending that extra bit of money. 🙂

  • hi Abhijith
    plz tell me yureka plus is better or meizu m2 note …..
    because mi note 2 prime is not launched. ..and I can’t wait more …..that’s why…I ask this question. ..
    please reply me….

  • Could I Purchase Xiomi Redmi Note 2 Prime By Importing Chinese model from ebay.com at (Rs. 209$) they give Free Shipping But What could be the Import Duty and other taxes in India on Importing 209$ Phone (Please help me to know)

  • hey sir i m ready to wait for redmi note 2 prime bt if they launch it with snapdragon thn will it b a nice phone thn too nd do really its battery strains fast nd is it greater thn ny other phones under 10000 🙁

  • Hello,
    First of all, thank you for the detailed explanation as to why this product was not released in India. This was the first proper explanation I could find on the internet after a very tiresome search. And thank you for replying to all the queries posted in the comments section.
    I am thinking of purchasing this phone from China, but what I am worried about is, will it work with the Indian 3G bandwidth? As in will a phone from China be compatible in India?
    Thank you!

    • Well, importing from China is a tiresome task and there will be burden on customs duty, added to the price of the phone.
      And by the way, didn’t you hear about a new version of this Redmi Note 2 on the works specifically for India, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro? It will be coming with Snapdragon 808 (as per the leaks). Why don’t you wait for that then! 😀

  • thanks 4 the article…actually I really wanted to buy redmi note 2 prime but now am somewhat sure its not gonna launch in india with mediatek…
    Now am planning to buy mi5…could u tell me whether it will launch in india or not…also each sites says different specs …most anticipated thing is it will launch with snapdragon 820 processor…most powerful processor qualcomm ever made…is that true? I hope snapdragon 820 doesnt have heating issues as it is made by the 14nm finfet process which is used to make exynos 7420…I don’t trust snapdragon processors as I heard most of the processors suffers from heating problem …but hope they will rectify heating problem in 820 …so am hopefully waiting for mi5 with SD820…do u have any idea regarding its release date in india? also pls tell me its exact specification …

  • Hello abhijith,
    Is that true
    That 30 Nov is release date of redmi note 2 prime with snapdragon processor.
    Is that any prblm with this.
    If its not coming than suggest me a better smartphone under 15k.

  • Please suggest me for a smartphone to use officely work or more work what ever i expect as a smart phone.i want no hanging problem as well as any other problem in the phone so please suggest me a good phone in 5.5 inch screen

  • Hlw Abhijith Sir how r u…
    Sis plzzz give me a rite suggestion coz i m very much confused 🙁 Sir plzz tell me dat 30 Nov is releasing date of redmi note 2 prime in india???? coz i m waiting at ph very much & i want to purchase dat ph as soon as possible… Sir plzzz give a kind suggestion.

  • hi abhijith. I want smartphone under 12k or 15k. can u suggest me which is best under 12k n 15k. I want 2gb ram more than 2500 mah bat. & 16 GB internal storage.

  • Can u plz…. tell me about the release date of xiaomi redmi note 2 prime.. im waiting for this phone from last 2 months… im very much interested on this phone….

  • Hello…
    I have a Question,,
    I Want 5.5 hd Display with 2 gb rand 4G and 4G connectivity and a Good Front and Back camera with Good Processor.. Which mobile Should I buy???
    Pls help me.

    • Plenty of options are there for you, Take a look at Yureka Plus, Lenovo A7000 & Coolpad Note 3. If you’re going by specs and amount of features, Coolpad Note 3 will do.

      • Hii abhijith….i am a redmi fan..i am waiting note 2 prime from August ..bt the prblm u know..now my question is will redmi 3 launch in india???plzz ans me..i am waiting ..

  • Can u plz…. tell me about the release date of
    xiaomi redmi note 2 prime.. im waiting for this
    phone from last 3 months… im very much
    interested on this phone….!

  • Sis plzzz give me a rite suggestion coz i m very
    much confused Sir plzz tell me dat releasing date of redmi note 2 prime in india????
    coz i m waiting at ph very much & i want to
    purchase dat ph as soon as possible… Sir plzzz
    give a kind suggestion.

  • I want to ask the xiaomi authorised that
    When red mi note 2 prime will lounch in india?
    Plz Tell sir i am very excited to buy this mobile…

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