Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review, Budget Friendly Phablet

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A little while ago, in August, the Chinese from Xiaomi have released a phablet aimed at those of you who are in need of a capable package of features that includes a large screen, among others, and ships for a small price. Well, there you have it, through the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, a phablet that brings a 5.5 inches display, dual-SIM support, a Helio X10 chipset with an octa-core processor, a friendly interface based on Android Lollipop, a 13 MP primary camera and 5 MP secondary one, a 3,060 mAh battery and more. And that’s not it, as the most interesting thing is that all of these come for a price of about $200, making the Redmi Note 2 one of the cheapest phablets on the market. Want to know more about it? Follow the next review and find out more details.

Inside its retail box, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 comes accompanied by its charger and a microUSB cable. No headphones included – but you can’t really hold that against it, as we’re dealing with a budget phone, after all.

The Redmi Note 2 measures 152 x 76 x 8.3 mm and has a weight of 160 grams, being quite compact and light for a device that holds a 5.5 inches screen on board. Its build quality is more than decent for a device from its price bracket and it seems to be nicely put together. The back cover is made from plastic and has a soft, matte finish, which ensures a good hand grip and keeps away fingerprints and smudges. If this isn’t the first phablet you’re dealing with, you’ll have no issues when handling it.

One of the main selling points of the Redmi Note 2 is its screen. The phablet is packed with a 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401 ppi. The image quality is pretty sharp, with punchy colors, good contrast and wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is decent when the brightness is set at maximum parameters.

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At the software department, the Redmi Note 2 comes packed with Xiaomi’s proprietary user interface, MIUI 7, but only the version sold in China is currently coming with it. Outside, the handset ships with MIUI 6, but will be officially updated to the 7th version soon. The interface is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and has been heavily customized by Xiaomi.
The lockscreen holds only a clock and enables you to access the camera by swiping towards the right. Swiping up unlocks the device and takes you to the homescreen, which has support for widgets, folders, themes and effects and an unlimited number of panes. As there’s no App drawer on board, all of your applications are gathered and uninstalled directly from the homescreen.
The notification area consists in two tabs, the first one revealing your notifications and the other one, which is accessed by a left swipe, holds your quick toggles and a Settings key.
The interface is friendly and easy to use, not to mention that it runs nice and smooth. Which takes us to the main “culprit” for that, the hardware section.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is powered by a Mediatek MT6796 Helio X10 chipset, has 2GB of RAM and PowerVR G6200 GPU and comes in two flavors. The 16GB version is based on an octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 processor, while the 32GB model relies on a more powerful octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU. The device is a great performer and will handle tasks with ease, providing you with a pleasant user experience even when playing graphic-intensive 3D games.

At the photography department, the Redmi Note 2 comes equipped with a 13 megapixels camera with phase detection autofocus that captures stills with a maximum resolution of 4128 x 3096 pixels and is assisted by a LED flash in low light conditions. The pictures produced will please your eyes with their accurate looking colors, good contrast, decent dynamic range and a fair amount of detail.
The video camera is also a decent performer and will deliver satisfying 1080p videos @30 fps.
For taking selfies or just making video calls, there’s a front-facing 5 MP snapper on board.

Some other things that might be of interest to you are its connectivity features, the Redmi Note 2 features support for 4G LTE Cat. 4, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and LE, microUSB 2.0 with USB On-the-go and there’s also an infra-red port on board.
The handset features some very capable media players for audio and video playback and an FM Radio too.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is powered by a 3,060 mAh battery and will last for two days if you use it moderately.

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