Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is famous for being the cheapest phablet that is available in the market, and sooner or later, you would definitely think of buying it. You may remember that the Redmi Note went out in a flash in the year 2014. Similarly, the LTE upgrade, Redmi Note 2 is comfortable in finding record breaking place in the market.

Xiomi Redmi Note 2

Sooner in the future, Xiaomi is also eyeing to expand its market in Europe and the US, although the company is waiting for the correct time. However, the company is already running the online stores in these countries.

With the launch of cheap Redmi Note 2, Xiaomi has tried to compete with the established brands that are providing midrange phablets and trying to match their equipments.

Unboxing Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

Unboxing Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

There is nothing unique about the retail package of the Redmi Note 2. It is made up of the recycled paper, which is said to bear about 130 kg of weight for all that is worth. Once you open the retail package, you can find the device itself with a 2amp A/C adapter and one microUSB cable.

Design & Build Quality of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

This giant phablet from Xiaomi is 152 x 76 x 8.3mm in dimensions, making it 2mm shorter, 3mm narrower and 1mm thinner than its predecessor does. With a screen size of 5.5”, the Redmi Note 2 is around 25g lighter than the previous version.

The other important change that you get to see in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is that the glossy plastic, as compared to its predecessor, is replaced with the matte finish. The frond of the device is completely covered with a black piece of glace, regardless of the color of device. The Redmi Note 2 also has the red accent on its capacitive keys, a signature feature of the Redmi series.

If we look at the back of the device, the entire rear cover can be removed and is primarily made of matte plastic. You can find the design of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 resembles a lot to the Mi 4i and Redmi Note. However, the matte touch at the back definitely enhanced the looks and handling of the device.

Display of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

In the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, you get a Full HD IPS 5.5” display that gives you 401ppi for the pleasant and sharp imagery. However, the glass that you get on the screen does not seem to be scratch-resistant type. The brightness level is a little less on the display of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 when compared with the Mi 4i, while maintaining almost same contrast and colors.

You get the manual settings for color temperature. You can easily adjust between the normal, cool and warm colors. To get the higher color accuracy than normal just set your phone’s color to warm settings.

Display of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

When it comes to sunlight legibility, you may have a little disappointment, being it to be average. The screen glass is also reflective, so, to see what is going on your phone screen during the bright sunlight, you need to set the brightness level to highest, washing out all the colors.

Battery of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

One of the most important deciding factors, battery of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is a 3,060mAh strong enough to hold a solid unit with a 5.5” display. With the battery tests, we found that the battery of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has the endurance rating of 49 hours, which means if you use the device exactly for one hour each for calling, browsing the web and video playback, it may easily run for 2 days. However, if you add the second SIM, the endurance rating gets down 2 hours, making it 47 hours. So, you get 17 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of web browsing and 7 hours of video playback.

Software & UI of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

UI of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is the first smartphone that is officially running on MIUI 7 and has Android 5.0.2 Lollipop core inside it. Xiaomi has also refined their launcher and the performance of the device, instead of refreshing its UI. With these enhancements and induction of MIUI 7, the device has become 30% faster and 10% more energy efficient. Moreover, you also get a few new features that include baby album, new default themes, auto DND option and child mode.

Camera of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is fitted with a 13MP camera with a LED flash. As compared to its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has got a superb upgrade, featuring the hybrid autofocus system that utilizes the phase-detection for faster and more accurate focus.

camera of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

The interface of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is fairly simple, having three panes in its pocket. Out the three, the first one shows the viewfinder with a virtual shutter, front camera key and flash trigger. If you will slide to the top pane, you may find 12 filters along with the live previews. Sliding to the bottom pane, you will find some of the advanced modes, which include Panorama, timer, beautify, manual and Gradient. In the manual mode, you get the option to set white balance and ISO.

When it comes to the video recording, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 camcorder is capable of recording a video of up to 1080p@30fps. However, the bitrate is certainly poor at about 15 Mbps of the video recording.

Final Words

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Conclusion

If we look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, it is straightforward and simple, yet plausible. You will not find any fancy change in the Redmi Note 2 when compared to its predecessor, but still the higher screen resolution, burgeoned processing power, fast battery charging and IR port makes it a little different from its predecessor.

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