Xiaomi Redmi Note is the new entry in the market, mainly targeted at mid-range customers. The phone is an affordable dual-SIM device, powered by a decent hardware by MediaTek’s octa-core processor which retials for $160, AUS$170, Rs 12,999 or £95.
Don’t judge Xiamo Redmi Note from its price. It packed full of useful features, including a 5.5-inch IPS 720p display and a 13-megapixel camera. The only negative aspect of the phone, is it still runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Beans, but it covers the lack of latest OS by using a custom MIUI skin, which provides seamless user-experience.
Let’s dig down the different aspects of the phone.
The superior design quality makes this phone an advantage over the same-budgeted phones. Even if it is slightly hefty, it still does a great job in design department.
Xiaomi Redmi Note weights 7 ounces (199 grams) with screen size of 5.5-inch. There is lot of plastic around it, that provides grip over the phone.
Keeping the price in mind and the engineering done behind, Xiaomi Redmi features are quite plausible. The weight and size are compensated with the price it retails at.
The phone feels much like other phones in the market. The inevitable fingerprint smudges are easily hidden by the color of the phone, making it a good color choice. A completely removable cover is available only for China users.
Xiaomi Redmi is well built, robust with rounder corners, so that it sits nicely in the palm. This way, the phone can easily be modified into a gaming device by rotating it in landscape orientation, keeping the grip and feeling comfortable.
The phone sports a 13mp camera and a 28 mm wide-angle lens with LED flash. The front camera is 5 mp, which is perfect for selfies.
The note is powered by a 3,200 mAh battery and boats a powerful processor of MT6592 octa-core processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. Currently, the phone is available in two versions: a 1.4 GHz processor with only 1 GB RAM and a 1.7 GHz version coupled with 2 GB ram.
Only 8 GB of onboard storage is provided but the phone memory can be extended to 32 GB of space with the help of a microSD card slot.
The phone supports Wi-Fi, 3G connectivity and Bluetooth 4.0.
Software and Features
Xiaomi Redmi Note software is blessed with MIUI, but they are still using Android 4.2.2 and not the latest, Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Xiaomi Redmi Note includes themes and Lite mode, very similar to what Xiaomi Mi 3 has to offer. They have kept the Lite mode for visually impaired people or for those who are not too tech-savvy, so that they don’t have tough time handling the phone. The size of the display i.e. 5.5 –inch display, matches perfectly with the Lite mode.
MIUI is an amazing front-end User interface with the ability to quickly move apps from one screen to another by simply tapping and holding an app, then swiping it with other finger and change the current page, completing the whole transfer process. This feature is of course, very useful and intuitive at the same time, compared to other phones where you have to drag the app to the edge.
A camera is always an important part of the any phone. Xiaomi Redmi Note, despite of its price, delivers high quality camera. Though it lacks an optical image stabilizer, the rear 13-megapixel camera is at par, compared to other high-end phones.
The camera lacks backside-illuminated sensor, which hampers the capability of the camera to take photos in dark light. Xiaomi Redmi Note comes with panorama mode, slew of filters and HDR.
Xiaomi Redmi Note is a “true” eight-core processor unlike Samsung’s Exynos octa-core processor which uses a “4+4” configuration; it works in power saving mode and only uses the 8 cores when needed for heavy configuration. But, MediaTek MT6592 uses all eight cores at the same time.
Xiaomi Remi scored handsomely on Quadant test, ranking a score of 16,836, close to the flagship phones currently available. The scores of the current flagship phone range from 21,000 to 23,000 range.
The phone achieved 287.8MFLOPs over 0.89 seconds, pretty impressive.
A phone with amazing looks and hardware will fail, if it doesn’t have decent call quality. The sound during a call is crisp and clear, very similar to what Xiaomi Mi 3 offers. The speakers of the phone also offer sufficiently loud sounds.
Battery Life is also an important feature to ponder around. It is loaded with a removable 3,200 mAh battery which can easily last for a day. You can further configure the performance of the battery to maximize its life.
Xiaomi in their latest phablet Redmi Note has put value in the phone regardless at the price it is retaling. It’s big and performs way better than its rivals. The only let down is the absence of 4G.
For those who are looking for a good Android phablet without to pay a premium price, will be served well by the Xiaomi Redmi Note.