Review: Xiaomi RedMi Note – Clear Runner

Introduction to Xiaomi’s RedMi Note

Here we are. Finally I’m done with my hands-on review of the new Xiaomi RedMi Note that my friend borrowed to me for a few days. Just for everyone’s info, the RedMi Note is not available in the Malaysian market yet…not officially anyway. But some of us smartphone enthusiast managed to get our hands on this high potential mid-range contender.

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At first my friend was skeptical about the product because it is not officially launched here in Malaysia, and he was actually contemplating about buying it from the phone dealer. But when he saw the packaging on the RedMi, he is then convinced that it is genuine. True enough, it is (after we checked the IMEI and serial number from Xiaomi’s website).

Here’s the specification for Xiaomi RedMi Note:

  • CPU: MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core clocking at 1.7GHz Cortex A7
  • GPU: Mali-450MP4
  • Display: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1280 pixels, 5.5 inches
  • Camera: 13 Megapixel main camera, 5 Megapixel front camera
  • Memory: 8GB ROM/2GB RAM, MicroSD up to 32GB
  • OS: Custom MIUI OS built on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Network: 2G/3G/HSPA+ only.
  • Battery: 3200mAh

Pros

  • Large battery that can last the whole day
  • Octa-Core is stable and fast
  • Clear large screen with vibrant colours
  • Clean design, nice to hold
  • Good camera at 13 megapixel, auto focus is fast
  • Cheap. Nuff said.
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Cons

  • Built in space is only 8GB
  • No LTE
  • Back cover is fingerprint magnet
  • Still on Jelly Bean OS

Let’s unpack the box…

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The genuine Xiaomi 3D hologram sticker can be seen clearly at the back.

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Inside the box, all the standard stuffs such as the user manual, warranty card, USB wire/charger and a cute USB adapter that you can plug into the phone to connect a thumbdrive.

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Turn on the phone and you can see the clear and sharp 5.5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen at 720 x 1280 pixels. The display is so sharp that made my colleagues in the office wanting to buy this phone. Oh and one more thing, my boss really did went out and bought a RedMi Note after he saw this review phone. LOL!

Okay. Back of the phone.

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The camera is located right in the top center and the LED flash sits right below it. The “Mi” logo is in the same location at the bottom half. Everything looks clean at the back. The speaker is at the bottom left. It’s quite big so the sound that came out of it is pretty loud.

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When I first held the all plastic phone, it doesn’t feel like the usual plastic type phones. Just like the Gphone EVO, it feels solid without any loose end or creaking sounds when you press the edges. The volume rocker is on the right side with the power/standby button just below it. Opening the back cover is easy. Just use your nail (if it’s long enough) and pry open from the bottom of the phone where the mini USB port is. It uses the mini SIM, unlike some of the newer ones that uses micro SIM. Two SIM card slots can easily be seen and accessed but you have to remove the battery first. And the microSD card slot is right next to the 2 SIM slots.

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The soft touch buttons at the bottom of the front screen lid up with you operate the phone. It is set as nice reddish colour that is not too bright. I find it a little bit awkward when I use this phone because the back button is on the right side, as opposed to the left on my Xperia SP. I kept pressing the menu button when I want to go back. Small matter.

Overall, the feel of RedMi Note in my hand is good. The size may be big for the ladies but I’m sure size does not matter nowadays. Everyone, including the ladies, would feel that bigger is better. And please, keep your (dirty) mind straight for once.

Next: Performance >