Redmi Note 2

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The Apple of the East released Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 in August 2015. In a period of two weeks, Redmi Note 2 was one of the fastest selling phone, having sold 1.5 million units in China itself. The sleek phone, black on the front and back made from almost all plastic weighs 160g and a little over 8mm thick. Despite this, the phone still exudes its beautiful minimalist layout. The Redmi Note 2 has a large 5.5-inch display. The battery, dual micro SIM slots and MicroSD card bay can be assesible through removing the rear matte plastic cover. The design language keys can be likened to the Xiaomi Mi 4i, one of Xiaomi’s newer releases. The power button is the volume rocker on the right side. The headphone jack and microUSB port can be found on the top and bottom appropriately. The Android 5.0.2 with the incredible Xiaomi MIUI 7 skin over the top speaks of Redmi Note 2’s software.

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While it is not an immediate clone of Apple, the device operates fluently next to the infamous Samsung’s TouchWiz UI, even on the ever robust Galaxy S6. New features are regularly offered weekly through rolling updates leaving MIUI akin to one of the most dynamic and progressive Operating Systems in the market.

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It is possible to change themes or create your own with the Redmi Note 2, as well as deligate custom tones to email and text alerts. Users will have access to some pre-installations like the Mi Sound Enhancer and the Xiaomi Backup app which allows data, launcher layouts, settings and account information to be backed up. This can be done without root access. The 5.5-inch LCD Display has a hike in the resolution from 720p to Full HD following a higher pixel density of 401 ppi. Because some of the competition in this price range also feature 1080p screens, this is a compelling upgrade, and an important one. The display is stingingly sharp and viewing angles are pretty. Xiaomi offers a screen with advanced Panel Self Refresh (PSR) technology, pixel density of 403 PPI up to 450nit brightness and reflection reduced  as much as 75% due to a full GFF lamination working with AUO/Sharp. The device runs pretty smoothly, without much pauses and delay making it a reliable and enjoyable experience for the user.

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On the inside, Redmi Note 2 is fueled by the same hardware found in HTC’s One M9+ which is the Helio X10 Media Tek MT6795 64 -bit octa-core chipset packed with 2.2GHz. The device doesn’t disappoint the user at any HD video footage you could throw at it. Playing 3D video games makes it without hassle and interruption. The phone has 2GB of RAM as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S6 which is 3GB although this is not a big deal because of Xiami’s lower resolution screen. The additional 1GB makes no difference. There are 2 versions for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, which are either 16GB or 32GB versions with 4G LTE connectivitity on the two SIM slots. A nice addition is the IR blaster where you can expect to function and knowing with much joy that there is the option of third party apps that warrants support for other TVs when the in-built Mi Remote App may not be suitable for some televisions.

The phone’s 13 Megapixel camera, supplied by Samsung on the rear grabs any shots faster than its competition thanks to the phase detection auto-focus and LED flash. There is also a 5 MP front-facing unit to the device that works great for 720p video.  You will find many different camera modes available that gives control manually over adjustments in white balance and ISO. The phone comes with a 3060mAh battery that is user-removeable and gives you a 24 hour usage from a single charge with little fuss. If you are often away for long periods from chargeable space, there is the option of purchasing a spare for a swap out too. Overall, the Redmi Note 2 is has its highlights – a handsome appearance, vivid screen, nice camera and added bonuses such as a MicroSD slot and two SIM slots. What is most attractive is truly the price for the value of this all-around gadget.