Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look

The presentation of Chinese companies are usually held one after the other, but this time the company Xiaomi decided a little “let go forward” main competitors, Meizu, Huawei, Lenovo, and held its event later. However, the format of the presentation and the presentation of the product have been known for a long time – a new low-cost Cmartfon with a large screen (5.5 ”) in the line of budget-making «Redmi». So now Xiaomi has nearly completed the lineup: the flagship with a large-screen TV (Mi Note), state employees with a large-screen TV (Redmi Note 2), inexpensive smartphone Redmi 2 display less than 5 ”, and is expected to become final chord Xiaomi Mi5 presentation this fall. In the meantime, let’s talk about the new Redmi Note 2 – a very interesting device. as is usually the case with Xiaomi.

I will begin, as usual, with performance.

Specifications Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

  • Housing: plastic, glass
  • Operating system: Android 5.0, MIUI V7
  • Network: GSM / EDGE, UMTS / HSDPA, LTE, microSIM, nanoSIM, support for two SIM-cards
  • Screen: IPS LCD, diagonal 5.5 “, the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, 401 ppi
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio X10 (MT6795)
  • Processor: an eight, 2 GHz, Cortex-A53 (Redmi Note 2) / eight core, 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A53 (Redmi Note 2 Prime)
  • Graphics: PowerVR G6200
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Flash memory storage: 16 GB (Redmi Note 2) / 32 GB (Redmi Note 2 Prime)
  • Card Slot: No
  • Interfaces: Wi-Fi (ac / a / b / g / n) dual-band, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, microUSB slot for charging / synchronization, 3.5 mm headset
  • Main camera 13 megapixel with autofocus and flash, f / 2.2, 5 lenses, sensor Samsung, video recording in FullHD
  • The front facing camera 5 MP, f / 2.0, 1.4 micron pixel size
  • Navigation: GPS (support A-GPS), GLONASS, Beidou
  • Extras: accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor, the function of fast charging 60 percent charge for half an hour (Quick Charge 2.0)
  • Battery: 3060 mAh
  • Dimensions: 152 x 76 x 8.5 mm
  • Weight: 144 grams

Just deal with the supported frequencies and communication standards. There will be three versions of the smartphone, two with 16 GB of internal memory and one with 32 GB of memory (version Prime). Version 16 GB – Basic, enabled only TDD-LTE, it does not interest us, second, “advanced”, it supports more than a nice set of frequencies and standards: TDD-LTE (B38 / B39 / B40 / B41: 2555-2655MHz) and FDD-LTE (B1 / B3 / B7). The same set of frequencies supported by the version of 32 GB of internal memory, Prime.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look

The range of devices Redmi, or Redrice (it is also known by these names) – ultrabudgetary Xiaomi smartphone mainly for the local Chinese market. In China, in the segment of cheap devices is now unfolding is very sharp struggle, and take part in it already bukvano all more or less well-known manufacturers from large like Lenovo and Huawei to smaller, Xiaomi, Meizu, ZTE and so on. By “major,” I mean just out of the companies, in terms of sales Xiaomi already does not belong to small companies.

Until recently, the Xiaomi literally predominated in ultrabudgetary segment within China, but last year Meizu (through investment Alibaba), Lenovo, Huawei, one after another began to present their budget smartphones, and fresh announcement Xiaomi – is rather a response to the recent presentation of the competitors. And the answer, we must admit, very decent.

The most important component of the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, which will focus in progress – a platform Mediatek Helio X10. To help you understand what it means to voice two simple facts. Fact number one – a top Redmi Note 2 Prime will cost China 10 000 yuan (about 10 000).The fact that the second – the platform X10, for which he works, the performance is about on par with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, while not heated so much and more stable. Accordingly, the performance the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will be on par with the more expensive smartphones level Meizu MX5 and Huawei Honor 7, listing the flagships on Snapdragon 810, I think it makes no sense, as you should know them: HTC One M9, Sony Xperia Z3 + and some other models.

The device 2 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, depending on the version, memory card slot, unfortunately, no.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look

In terms of design and materials, Redmi Note 2 offers nothing new – it is already tested by the formula: high quality but inexpensive plastic, various bright body colors to choose from and a maximum design conciseness. Yeah, just, yeah, it looks cheap, but nothing to complain about, and to require the budget smartphone to some of the premium is just silly. About the color, there will be five: white, black, pink, blue and pink.

The size of the unit was typical for a model with a screen diagonal of 5.5 ”, comparable to the Meizu M2 note and slightly smaller predecessor, Redmi Note, judge for yourself:

  • Meizu M2 note(5.5 ”) – 150.9 x 75.2 x 8.7 mm and 149 grams
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2(5.5 ”) – 152 x 76 x 8.3 mm, 144/160 grams (two versions)
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note(5.5 ”) – 154 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm and 199 grams

The important point, the new Redmi Note 2 of the first model is easier if you use the first Note, you know that the device weighs as “brick” (200 grams) and it feels new smartphone is lighter by about 50 grams, the compact device is significantly.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is set IPS-screen with a diagonal of 5.5 ” and a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels. This is the second important difference from its predecessor (in addition to the platform), which was also used IPS-matrix with the same diagonal, but with a lower resolution, 1280×720 pixels. On the quality of the screen I do not presume to say, because have not seen the smart phone “live”, but I can assume that everything will be at a good level, except that the oleophobic coating could be worse than that of expensive smart phones; Xiaomi normally uses low-end models of Japanese Culture Dragontrail glass of Asahi Glass.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look

A little about the cameras. The module main camera with a resolution of 13 megapixel, f / 2.2, the lens 5, the sensor from Samsung (model not specified), phase detection autofocus, video recording at resolutions up to 1080p. The front facing camera 5 MP, with an increased pixel size (1.4 microns), f / 2.0, also writes video to 1080p. On a talk when I “‘ll get” smartphone sample for review.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look

Sample photo with the front camera

The smartphone two slots for microSIM-cards, one radio, about the various support LTE standard I said at the beginning of the material. In Redmi Note 2 has an IR port for use of the device as a remote control of various household appliances, including the company’s other products: television, set-top and so on.

Along with the new smartphone, the company announced the imminent release of the next version of the original shell MIUI, is now based on the Android 5.0 Lollipop. Upgrade to MIUI V7 for various smartphones will begin today the international launch is scheduled on August 19 and the new Redmi Note 2 will have this version of “out of the box.” Updated MIUI has changed little in appearance, there were fresh themes, improved font, as noted in the company optimize the shell and other improvements. Talking about all this in detail in a separate article will be inside or review Redmi Note 2.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look


Official prices for the new smart phones are as follows:

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note Feb. 16 GB (TDD-LTE) – 800 yuan
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note Feb. 16 GB (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE) – 900 yuan
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime 32GB (TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE) – 1,000 yuan

If you compare last year’s Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G with the new model, the difference is obvious, and Note 2 is better in everything, from the size, weight and shell version MIUI and finishing platform, TV and other parameters. That is, in the case of Xiaomi is not a situation which has developed with budget models Meizu, which this apparatus and past years as well, but have their pros and cons on the background of each other.Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 clearly and in all better than the first version, and if you decide to choose an inexpensive smart phone, pay attention to the Redmi Note 2 is necessary in the first place.

Against the background of all competitors, including Meizu M2 note, smartphone has one important advantage – a top-end platform Helio X10 from Mediatek. If you choose between Redmi Note 2 and M2 note, you need to look at what you need from a smartphone in the first place.Accordingly, the apparatus of the Xiaomi (Note 2) – is the highest performance and performance in games. The apparatus of Meizu (M2 note) – it is design, I’m talking about the version of gray, it looks more expensive than it actually is, as well as a hardware key below the screen, for some it is an important argument. Compare MIUI and Flyme consider meaningless, today these shells left from each other even further than before, and everyone likes to tend to one thing.

There is a question about the cost, because, as you probably know, Xiaomi products are rarely available for purchase in the first months of sales at the stated price. Given how interesting was the new Redmi Note 2 is expected to increase the hype for this smartphone and, as a consequence, the high prices at the start. Buy the unit officially in the first months of sales will be very difficult, it needs to register an account mi.com, enter bank card payment system of China and the Chinese address, and then wait for the next wave of ad sales and try to get into it (usually a few minutes, until Smartphone is available on the website to order). Therefore, for the majority it is the option of buying from dealers or through the Chinese online shopping also in online stores. In the second case, the price will be higher, but usually you can get the machine at once, or just for a couple days. In the first case the price is lower, but delivery takes from a week to a month or (if lucky) even longer.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. First Look updated: August 14, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis