Xiaomi is a popular Chinese mobile brand which is now slowly moving out of its home market to explore the gigantic global mobile market.
Xiaomi is certainly a known name in the Indian market, but the great price at which this Chinese company offers its quality handsets has made the brand a popular choice, especially for the budget to mid-ranged smartphone buyers in India.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is the Chinese company’s new flagship smartphone and is affordable in the international markets.
Moreover, it is expected to be launched in the Indian market with an even cheaper price tag, which should make it an attractive deal, especially when considering its various features.
Though it is an affordable smartphone, Xiaomi has not actually made much of compromises to offer such a good feature-rich smartphone with a low price tag.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is actually a pretty large phablet along with many good features that makes it a great affordable handset to go for.
Let us consider, the new Xiaomi Redmi Note to find out what the handset offers to its prospective buyers and why should one actually consider buying this smartphone. Here are the top 5 reasons to go for this phone:
1. Big screen size
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is certainly a great piece for all those who wish to flaunt around a huge mobile device. Apart from the large touchscreen, the Redmi Note also has quite some bezel around the display that makes it look even bigger. Thus, it is device for those who prefer a big mobile to showoff and does not have any problem to carry it around.
The Redmi Note comes packed with a 5.5 inch large IPS display with a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The display quality is quite nice with good color display and contrast; the mobile phone also offers good viewing angles as well.
2. Dual SIM capability & Octa-core processor
The Xiaomi Redmi Note is an affordable smartphone that comes with the convenience of dual SIM support. The mobile is powered by a MediaTek Octa-core processor which makes sure that this device runs pretty fast and does not get troublesome with irritable lags. The MediaTek Octa-core processor is clocked at the speed of 1.7GHz. In this aspect, the handset is offered in two different versions: the other uses the same chip but clocked at. The one with a speed of 1.7GHz which is powered with 2GB of RAM, and another lower version with clocked at 1.4GHz and features 1GB of RAM.
3. Powerful Camera
Xiaomi Redmi Note being an affordable phone also offers great cameras at its price point, which should be delight for the photography lovers who also generally like bigger screen sizes. The phablet packs in a good 13 megapixel primary camera lodged at the phone’s rear. The primary camera also comes with an LED flash for good quality pictures in low light conditions as well. The phone comes with a nice 5 megapixel secondary front camera ensures that you get good quality video chat sessions and also satisfactory selfies.
4. Good backup & storage
The Xiaomi Redmi Note draws its juice from a good 3,200mAh battery that ensures that the phone gets enough backup to go with full work and play sessions for an entire. This is good news for the game freaks and the video lovers, as the handset offers enough battery backup for a good deal of usage on the go without the need of being plugged in.
The handset also comes with averagely good internal storage space of 8GB considering its price point. On top of that Xiaomi has also offered the flexibility to increase the internal storage by providing a microSD card slot with which the memory can be expanded to up to 32GB.
5. Affordable price
One of the biggest USPs of the Xiaomi Redmi Note is definitely its very affordable price tag despite the good features and specs. Currently the handset is available in the Asian mobile markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, ranging from $154 to $159. The mobile is on its way to the Indian market as well, where it is expected to be priced under the 10k mark, which is very attractive, as the handset has the capabilities of a good mid-ranged smartphone.
So, these are the best features of the Xiaomi Redmi Note phablet that should lure in many takers for this handset. On the other hand, there are a few drawbacks in this phone, which can be very well overlooked considering its wider mass appeal and its low price point.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note runs on the dated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, and not the latest KitKat. However, the phone’s custom MIUI skin is a good one and helps in compensating for the OS.
Another downside of the Xiaomi Redmi Note is its rather bulky and uncomfortable design, though the phone looks good. The Note comes with a large screen and some unnecessary bezel that makes its huge all the more. Xiaomi has also used a lot of plastic which makes the phone pretty heavy as well.
Thus, it is rather a big, heavy and cumbersome phone to use on daily basis and single handed usage is almost impossible. This is further true, as the Xiaomi Redmi Note comes wrapped in glossy plastic chassis, which does not only feel pretty tacky but also make it hard to handle. The glossy plastic tends to make the phone slippery and oily which would make it prone to accidental falls.
However, there are also some good points about the overall design and built of the Xiaomi Redmi Note, as the phone comes with rounded edges that make it good to grip. It is also great to play games on. Xiaomi has also done a good job with the color choice of the device, which is white. Thus, the glossy plastic does not appear that tacky, and it also hides all the fingerprints and smudges which are inevitably attracted by the glossy plastic body.
Lastly, the Xiaomi Redmi Note does not support 4G connectivity, but has all the other connectivity options.