After waiting for months, finally Xiaomi Malaysia is bringing their Redmi Note 2 to our shores. As the name suggested, it is the successor of the popular Redmi Note. It is priced at RM649, which is quite a fair price considering our weak currency exchange at this moment.
The Redmi series is known to be budget friendly and thus usually contain low to medium specifications. With the Redmi Note 2 however, Xiaomi is looking to boost its power by including MediaTek’s 64-bit Helio X10 MT6795 Octa-Core as the processor. This is the same processor which powers leading flagships such as the HTC One M9+. There are 2 versions of the RedMi Note 2 available back in China, the usual with 2.0GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage, while the enhanced version has a higher clocked 2.2GHz Octa-Core processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage with the cool name of Redmi Note 2 Prime. Sadly, the Prime version is not available here yet. A microSD card expansion slot is also available for those who use a lot of storage. It has a huge 3060mAh removable battery which supports quick charge.
The Redmi Note 2 phablet follows the similardesigns as its predecessor on its front and the matte back looks like the Mi 4i. So if you are familiar with Xiaomi’s design there’s not much changes here. It has dimensions of 152mm X 76mm X 8.25mm and is rather lightweight at 160g considering it is a phablet. This phablet features a 5.5 inch display with a 1080p resolution which is definitely high definition region. Its brightness is improved for darkness usage where the minimum brightness has been reduced 10x so that users will have better eyesight. This is great considering that many young people often play with their phones before going to bed.
The Redmi Note 2 will be running MIUI 7 on top of Android 5.0 Lollipop. MIUI 7 boasts improved power efficiency, and faster response in the OS while having extra kid mode and a new facial recognition feature in the photo app. Speaking of photos, Redmi Note 2 has a 13MP Samsung/OV back shooter with a 5MP Omnivision front shooter which seems to be standard for mid range phones.
As mentioned earlier the Redmi Note 2 is a dual-sim phablet which has two variants. The TDD-LTE+TD-SCDMA which is available in China only, and TDD-LTE + FDD-LTE which is basically the only choice we have. It even has an infrared (IR) blaster which can be used by TVs or air-conditioners. This is rather uncommon among such budget-friendly devices.
We complained that Xiaomi’s Mi Note is overpriced and we still hold the same opinion until today. However, the Redmi Note 2 is a totally different story. The Redmi Note 2 is definitely not a premium device. But like what we expected from Xiaomi, the low price does not mean that the phone is not great. It has a full HD display, a powerful processor and rare feature like the IR blaster. These are what you expected from higher-end devices and we are definitely happy to see the Redmi Note 2 carries all these features. Combine these with the price, I think that it is definitely a good deal.