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Xiaomi Redmi 2 Full Review: Cheap doesn’t mean bad

3. Storage, Performance & Battery


Let’s be honest here, that amount of storage is really pitifully small.

The Redmi has 8GB of on board storage. However, you only have less than 4.5GB of free storage out of the box. Let’s be honest here, that amount of storage is really pitifully small. Even though microSD card is supported to expand the storage, the applications cannot be installed on the external memory, at least not without rooting the phone. Since most users will not root their phones, they will face problem squeezing for space to fit in all their apps and content.

redmi2 storage


The Redmi 2 is equipped with a 64 bit Quad Core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU, the Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The chipset is of course not the most powerful one we have in the market but the typically the Snapdragon 400 series has been performing quite well in the low-end space. Thus, I had my expectation level set a little higher. However, the Redmi 2 has disappointed me.

The Redmi 2 is good enough to handle a single task given to it. However, the problem starts to surface when you are trying to do more on it.

The Redmi 2 can definitely handle all day-to-day tasks easily. Browsing the web, reading mails and checking on social media are not a problem for the phone. Even though the apps loading speed is a little slow, navigating through the user interface shows a little to no lag. Simple games like Temple Run 2 is not too taxing and graphics heavy games like Asphalt 8 can be played with negligible frame skips if the graphic setting is not set to the highest.

That being say, the Redmi 2 is good enough to handle a single task given to it. However, the problem starts to surface when you are trying to do more on it. Switching between apps without loading up the apps all over again is almost unseen before. Quite often you will see the launcher is being loaded when you hit the home button. Background tasks such as downloading apps from the Play Store will be killed if you are using other apps most of the time.


These signs indicate that the 1GB of RAM is really not enough and the RAM optimisation software is not doing a great job over here. So you are left with a phone that is not really responsive. Turning on Performance Mode and clearing the RAM regularly will ease the situation significantly but to me it is still not good enough. The insufficient amount of RAM is really letting this phone down.

There is an “enhanced” version of Redmi 2 with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage being introduced in China but it is not available here yet. I am surprised why Xiaomi did not make the “enhanced” only version since the improvement in hardware will solve two of the biggest problems the Redmi 2 is facing.

[Update] The Redmi 2 Enhanced with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage is now available officially in Malaysia. It is priced at RM459 while the price of the lower-end Redmi 2 is reduced to RM399. Given that the price difference is so small, we would highly recommend you to get the Redmi 2 Enhanced as it really solves the two major problems faced by the original Redmi 2, namely slow performance and limited storage.


The unexpectedly long battery life is one of the strong suit that the Redmi 2 has.

If you are a road warrior, you are looking at the right place. While the performance is not as strong as I wish, the battery life really surprises me.  The battery with a capacity of 2,200mAh is not really big by today’s standard. However, the phone can last me a whole day (almost 16 hours) with pretty heavy use. I managed to achieve 4.5 hours of screen-on time before the phone finally gives up. For moderate to light use, the phone can survive for two days easily. The unexpectedly long battery life is one of the strong suit that the Redmi 2 has.

redmi 2 battery

Turning on Performance Mode will reduce the screen-on time by around 20 mins. Since the phone is not responsive enough and the Performance Mode is not impacting the battery life, I would suggest you to opt it over the Balance Mode.

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  1. Hi. You actually can have the recent app with screenshot like. Just do the pinch gesture the recent apps. It should pop up the screenshot mode and minimize mode likewise.

  2. my brightness is not changing

  3. Hi, do you know that the proximity sensor often gives problem. The screen is off when receiving calls and making calls, thus unable to switch off after conversation.

  4. Hi Yan
    Bought a new redmi 2 yesterday. Only bad thing I am having is, the auto rotation feature.
    Even you switch off this feature, the screen goes tilted. And I don’t use auto rotation very often.
    Can you suggest any trick or app or something to force switch the rotation off?
    Its made like that…. :)

  5. Yan Daun
    Can You Suggest Me To Buy And i have 3 Doubts
    1 ) This Android phone
    2) This Phone Comes With ear phones And Connectivity Is Thier To Connect Head phones
    3) In This Phone Has Apps Menu

    • Hi Yan Duan here. Do you mean the Redmi 2? It’s running Android. It does not come with a pair of earphone but you can use any earphones you have as long as its using 3.5mm audio jack. The user interface has no apps menu.

  6. Hi Yan Duan, I have a few questions about this device:

    Have u experience any kind of lag on the phone/UI when running intensive task, such as heavy multitasking and switching between apps or running some heavy apps like Facebook? (Does this phone have RAM management problems?) About the camera, does the photos taken with this device on auto mode have a warm, yellowish ‘filter’ over it and do u think it is a problem or con? Because a lot of other reviewers say that this is the case. One last thing, how long does the device take to charge from like 0 or 10% to 100%? Because I heard that the Redmi 2 has Qualcomm quick charge 1.0. I just want to know the overall performance and experience with this device because I am planning to buy it. Thanks 😀 (Hope that was not TOO much to read 😉)

    • Hi Dylan, we didn’t have the device with us since the review period is over. What we can share is what we experienced during that time and it may or may not be accurate at this moment. The phone did have RAM management problem during our review. 1GB of RAM is not enough so that is why we highly recommend the enhanced version with 2GB of RAM. For the yellowish photos, unless you are comparing between different cameras, it is likely that you will not notice it. It was not a big problem, at least for me. Qualcomm QuickCharge 1.0 is actually not worth mentioning at all. We didn’t have the exact number for charging time but it is just normal. Not too slow but not fast either.

      Hope that helps!

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