As part of its fifth birthday celebrations Xiaomi has announced a budget 4G phone. Here's everything we know about the Xiaomi Redmi 2A, including UK release date, price and specs. Also see: Best budget phones 2015 and best cheap 4G phones 2015.

Xiaomi Redmi 2A UK release date: When is the Xiaomi Redmi 2A coming out?

Xiaomi's Redmi 2A 4G budget phone was announced on 31 March in an event organised to celebrate Mi's fifth birthday. The Xiaomi Redmi 2A will be available in China from 8 April, although like all Xiaomi phones it won't officially be available to buy in the UK. You can get around that by buying from unofficial channels such as Amazon, eBay or sites such as Geekbuying, but before you do read up on our advice on buying grey-market tech.

Other products announced by Xiaomi on 31 March include a Xiaomi Mi Note Pink Edition, Mi TV 2 55in, Mi Smart Scale and a Mi Power Strip.

Xiaomi Redmi 2A UK price: How much will the Xiaomi Redmi 2A cost?

On launch day (8 April) the Redmi 2A will be available for just 499 yuan (£54 or $80). Thereafter the Xiaomi Redmi 2A costs 599 yuan, which directly translates to £65 or $96. Expect to pay a little more than this if you're going to ship it to the UK.

Xiaomi Redmi 2A specification: What to expect from the new Xiaomi Redmi

Despite its tiny price, the budget Xiaomi Redmi 2A has some relatively decent specs. As well as a 4.7in IPS HD (1280x720) display the Redmi 2A has a Leadcore L1860C quad-core Cortex A7 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (plus microSD support up to 32GB), 2- and 8Mp cameras, and a 2200mAh battery. Connectivity includes dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, GPS and 4G - also see: What is 4G? A complete guide to 4G.

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