Xiaomi Redmi Note review
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A short pictorial review of largest smartphone in Xiaomi's portfolio, the Redmi Note
2. 2Standard plasticky build…The Redmi Note is the largest smartphone offering in Xiaomi’s stableUsual rectangular design with plastic as building materialDual-tone finish of black in the front and white at the back is a nice touchThe Android navigation buttons are backlit and their red colour makes them uniqueThere’s considerable length of bezel around the displayDESIGN 3. 3… that could’ve been betterThe device weighs 199g, making it quite heavyMoreover, because of plastic build, it feels chunkyThe phablet is also quite thick, with its frame measuring 9.4mmThe glossy back panel is a fingerprint magnet and also makes it slipperyPrying the back cover open exposes the removable battery, two SIM slots and amicroSD card slotDESIGN 4. A large pitch to playThe Redmi Note’s pull factor is its display, which measures 5.5-inchesThe large display makes the device ideal for consuming multimedia contentas well as web browsing and reading eBooksThough the resolution is 720p, the display offers good viewing angles andvivid coloursSadly, there’s no protective layer on top of its displayDISPLAY 5. An all-rounder in software…Runs the dated Android4.2 JellyBeanThe customised MIUI v5skin is on top, which offerssimilar features to itssiblingsThe interface is completelyaltered, right from lockscreen to home screen aswell as iconsEven the default apps dona different lookThe Security suite offeringgranular control of thedevice’s various aspects,deserves a special mentionUSER INTERFACE 6. … that offers numerous customisation optionsThe interface putscomplete control in thehand of the userYou can change thedifferent long-presscommands for each ofthe navigation buttonsLock screen actionsperformed by thesebuttons can also beconfiguredThe colour of thenotification light canalso be changed fordifferent types ofnotificationsUSER INTERFACE 7. Superb camera credentials…Boasts a 13-megapixelprimary sensor with f/2.2aperture, supported by anLED flashMIUI’s custom camera app hasa number of features andmodes on offerThe app also comes with anumber of live filtersFor selfies, the smartphonecomes with a 5MP cameraThe rear shooter can recordvideos in 1080p resolution.The front snapper is able toshoot videos at 720p resolutionCAMERA 8. … that result in a good imaging experienceQuality-wise, the images displayample detail and reproduce goodcolours.However, once you start zoomingin, they start losing theirsharpness and there’s also colourspill over.HDR mode works well to brightenup the scene.Night shots are about averagewith subjects being captured well,but plenty of noise present.The front shooter is quite good fortaking selfies or making videocalls.Long shotClose upCAMERA 9. A compelling powerplayPowered by a MediaTek MT6592 SoC offering eight Cortex-A7 cores clocked at1.7GHz and a Mali-450MP4 GPUThe chipset is supported by 2GB RAM.Delivers smooth performance in all tasks.It played processor-intensive games like Asphalt Overdrive and Riptide GP2without breaking a sweat, although it heats up quickly.PERFORMANCE 10. Eight gigs of storage with room for expansionGets 8GB of onboardstorage.Users will be able toaccess about 5.6GB* forinstalling apps or savingpersonal content.It can be extended furtherby making use of amicroSD card of up to32GB.The smartphone alsosupports flash drives withthe USB OTG capability.PERFORMANCE*We’re using the Chinese version, the available storage canchange based on the preloaded content in the Indian device 11. Plays the long inningsPowered by a removable3,200mAh batteryLasts more than an entireworking day even withheavy usageWith light usage, you canexpect it to give you morethan a day and a halfworth’s backupThere are a number ofoptions to extend thebattery life furtherYou can also restrict theCPU speed in case youaren’t performingprocessing-intensive tasksPERFORMANCE 12. At a glance…5.5-inch display with a resolution of1,280 x 720 pixels, 267ppi1.7GHz octa-core processor2GB RAM8GB internal memory, expandableup to 32GB13-megapixel primary camera withLED flash, 5MP secondary cameraDual-SIM compatibility (3G supporton primary SIM slot only)Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS3,100mAh batteryAndroid 4.2 JellyBean with MIUI v5 13. Pros and consLarge screenMIUI is customisableDecent cameraPowerhouse internalsGood battery lifeChunky build qualityNo protective layer on top ofdisplayOlder build of Android 14. Pricing & verdict“The Redmi Note is yet to land in India, but if ourexperience with it is anything to go by, it looks likethat the device will score a hat-trick for Xiaomi inthe country. Sure, its build quality could have beenbetter, and there’s a notable competition in theform of Micromax Canvas Nitro and ASUS Zenfone5. But, if you’re looking for a phablet with thepromise of good performance and imagingcapabilities, the Redmi Note is a no brainer. A solidbattery life and intuitive MIUI are an added bonus.”Price:Rs 9,999(Expected)
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