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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel LCD display, a 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 MT6795 system chip, 2GB of RAM, and 32 gigs of internal storage. The Redmi Note 2 is runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop with the MIUI 7 user interface, and feature a 3060 mAh battery. In terms of camera, we are looking at a 13-megapixel main shooter with phase detection autofocus and a 5-megapixel front cam.

    GENERAL2G NetworkGSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
    3G NetworkHSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 TD-SCDMA
    Announced2015, August
    Form factorBar
    Dual SIMDual SIM
    Approx AvailabilityComing soon
    Sim Dual SIM
    SIZEDimensions152 x 76 x 8.3 mm
    Height152 mm
    Width76 mm
    Thickness8.3 mm
    Weight160 g
    DISPLAYDisplay Colors16M Colors
    Touchscreencapacitive touchscreen
    Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
    Display TechnologyIPS LCD
    Display Size5.5 inches
    AdditionalMIUI 7.0
    SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
    LoudspeakerYes
    3.5mm jackYes
    MEMORYPhonebookYes
    Call recordsYes
    Internal16 GB, 2 GB RAM - 2 GHz model 32 GB, 2 GB RAM - 2.2 GHz model
    Card slot-
    DATAGPRSYes
    EDGEYes
    3G SpeedHSPA
    WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot
    Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP, LE
    Infrared portYes
    USBmicroUSB v2.0
    4G SpeedLTE
    NFCYes
    CAMERAPrimary Camera13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
    FlashLED flash
    FeaturesGeo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
    Video1080p@30fps
    Secondary Camera5 MP, 720p
    FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v5.0 (Lollipop)
    MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
    BrowserHTML5
    RadioFM radio
    GamesYes
    ColorsWhite, blue, yellow, pink
    GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
    Java-
    CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
    Processor TypeOcta-core
    Additional FeaturesFast battery charging: 60% in 30 min (Quick Charge 2.0) - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic - MP4/H.264 player - MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player - Photo/video editor - Document viewer
    ChipsetMediatek MT6795
    GPUPowerVR G6200
    SensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
    BATTERYBattery TypeLi-Po 3060 mAh battery
    Stand-by TimeUp to 144 h (3G)
    Talk timeUp to 11 h 30 min (3G)
    MISCEmail ClientYes
    FCC ID-

Reviews


Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review By CanadaGSM

Introduction

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is one of the cheapest phablets you can get and that will most likely put it on your radar sooner or later. It may be a mere blip if you are the kind of person who consciously avoids the extremes. But bargain hunters will probably zoom in for a closer look. And they might actually have a point.

The original Redmi Note sold out in a flash back in 2014, followed by its LTE-enabled version, and the upgrade, Redmi Note 2, is wasting no time either finding a place among the record-breakers. And that is even before it was available in India, which is a traditional Xiaomi stronghold, alongside its home market of China of course.

Xiaomi is certainly eyeing Europe and the US too and, although the company is cautious about an actual timeframe, its been running a dedicated online store for accessories quite a while now.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

There are two distinct types of Notes in the Xiaomi portfolio and things can get a little confusing. The Mi series is the place to get a premium phablet while the Redmi Notes are the budget-friendly alternative. That said, the Redmi Note 2 is certainly cheap but the level of equipment is trying to match the midrange offerings by the established brands.

Key features

  • 5.5" IPS display of 1080p resolution; 401ppi
  • MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10 chipset; octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 (16GB model) or octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 (32GB model); PowerVR G6200 (Rogue) GPU; 2GB of RAM
  • 13MP main camera with LED flash, phase detection autofocus
  • 1080p video capture at 30fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera, 720p at 30fps video recording
  • MIUI v.7 based on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop or MIUI v.6 on Android 5.0.1 Lollipop (market dependent)
  • 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage; microSD expansion up to 32GB
  • 4G LTE Cat.4 (150Mbps);Dual SIM; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac; Bluetooth 4.0; microUSB 2.0 (OTG); GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and Beidou; FM radio
  • IR port
  • Dual-microphone active noise canceling
  • Competitive price
  • 3,060mAh removable battery, fast charging

Main disadvantages

  • No screen protection officially quoted
  • No MIUI 7 at launch
  • No NFC

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 upgrades its predecessor in areas where it matters. The Redmi Note 2 packs a higher-res 5.5" IPS display of Full-HD resolution (up from 720p) and is powered by a superior MediaTek Helio X10 chipset with an octa-core processor, Power VR graphics and 2GB of RAM. The main camera unit has been treated to phase detection autofocus, there is a brand new IR port and fast battery charging has been borrowed from the high-end Xiaomi Mi Notes.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

So, we are about to review a phone that reached best-seller status in China in record time. It would be insane to expect as big a splash in developed markets but value for money is a traditional Xiaomi weapon. Lets proceed to unboxing and see how well prepared the Redmi Note 2 is to make use of that.

Final words

We wish most of the sequels we are dealing with are like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. Simple and straightforward, yet absolutely credible. Not that the original posed a particular challenge. The Redmi Note was a simple package and the upgrade does not offer anything fancy either. Just higher screen resolution, more processing power, an IR port and fast battery charging.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

So, what is the fuss all about? How about this: the Redmi Note 2 is powered by the same chipset as a Sony Xperia M5 and has the same camera as an LG G3 (without the OIS but still), and yet its charging half price. At a sub-€200 pricepoint, its probably the cheapest phablet in the market. This is Xiaomi midrange offering mind you, the Mi Note series raising the bid with Snapdragon chipsets and a QHD screen (Mi Note Pro).

You will probably find a potential match in any of the established makers portfolios. That kind of value for money is what made the original Redmi Note so popular outside its home market and the successor seems to be doing the right thing as well. Of course, digging into the details will help you see how Xiaomi managed to fit in that ridiculous budget. No screen protection, no 2160p video recording and no special modes. Even the battery life squeezed out of otherwise reasonable capacity shows Xiaomi still has a thing or two to learn about optimization.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 key test findings

  • Build quality is very good, the matte finish is a welcome change.
  • The display is decent: it is not among the brightest we have seen, but offers deep blacks, very good viewing angles and contrast. The sunlight legibility however is only average.
  • Battery life is passable, let down by the standby performance.
  • Rich wireless and wired connectivity options.
  • MIUI 7 is a clean and light Android Lollipop launcher but with rich customization options.
  • The Helio X10 chipset is doing alright, even though a little behind other Helio X10 powered smartphones. The 2GB of RAM are sufficient.
  • Video player supports every common video codec and AC3 sound but has no subtitle support.
  • Audio quality is excellent with an external amplifier, but average with headphones plugged in
  • Camera photos are good, with slightly above average resolved detail and dynamic range.
  • The 1080p video samples are OK but not impressive.

The Lenovo K3 Note and the Meizu m1 note are absolutely identical and about as close to the Redmi Note 2 specs anyone can possibly get. Both offer 5.5" 1080p screens and use slightly inferior MediaTek chipsets with octa-core processors and 2GB RAM. Each has a 13MP main camera, 16GB of storage and solid battery capacity. Both the K3 Note and the m1 note are made of plastic and available in variety of colors on a bargain price. Oddly, the Meizu m1 note is about €30 more expensive than the Redmi Note 2, while the Lenovo K3 Note is €30 cheaper. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is the most powerful of the three though.

Lenovo K3 Note Meizu m1 note
Lenovo K3 Note • Meizu m1 note

We mentioned the Helio X10-powered Sony Xperia M5. It has a smaller footprint due to a smaller 5" display, but boasts a much better camera (21MP + 13MP) and there is the water and dust protection. The bad news is the Xperia M5 costs at least twice as much as the Redmi Note 2.

Sony Xperia M5 Sony Xperia M5 Dual
Sony Xperia M5 • Sony Xperia M5 Dual

The Meizu MX5 and the HTC One E9+ are both powered by Helio X10, but tick all the flagship checkboxes - premium design, either AMOLED or Quad HD screens, better imaging, overall higher attention to detail. Both cost a lot more of course.

Meizu MX5 HTC One E9+
Meizu MX5 • HTC One E9+

Perhaps the Xiaomi Mi 4i is closer to the Redmi Note 2 than any other handset. It costs a few bucks more, offers enough processing punch, a smaller 5" display if that is your thing, and a more capable camera. Its thinner and lighter, and will be getting the MIUI 7 update soon.

Xiaomi Mi 4i
Xiaomi Mi 4i

Its really simple with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. Probably one of the most affordable phablets to get - and by no means cheap in terms of design and hardware. Xiaomi sold millions of it in China and will probably match that in India too. Where we are, brand equity can still easily tip the scales the other way and Xiaomi knows it. For now, aggressive pricing is the only viable way to compete. But the Redmi Note 2 and the likes will keep on coming and getting harder to compete against.

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