The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is the successor to the ultra-affordable Redmi Note 4G, with improved features like a higher-resolution display, faster processor, and new and improved software.
The Redmi Note 2 has a 5.5-inch LCD display that has a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels (Full HD), which should result in sharper and clearer visuals compared to the Redmi Note 4G’s 720p display. Under the hood, an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 chipset clocked at 2.0 GHz takes care of the phone’s processing needs, with 2GB of RAM accompanying the CPU for fast app launch and multitasking. The inbuilt storage is only 16 GB, and Xiaomi is no longer offering an option for expansion via a microSD slot, though there is also a 32 GB storage model this time around.
The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and comes with Xiaomi’s MIUI 7 software interface. MIUI 7 takes after Apple’s iOS and offers a visually appealing and easy to use experience, but enables a lot more customization and personalization than is possible on the competition. Users can also take advantage of the inherent strengths of the Android operating system, including access to thousands of apps and to popular Google services like Maps, YouTube, Gmail and more.
The Redmi Note 2 sports a 13-megapixel primary camera for taking images and videos, with phase detection autofocus for quick focusing and an LED flash for photography in dark conditions. The front camera is a 5-megapixel sensor for taking selfies and making video calls. Images and videos taken by users can be shared via any of the connectivity options built into the device, including 4G LTE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC. A microUSB 2.0 port also enables transfer of content to a personal computer via a USB cable.
The battery on the Redmi Note 2 is rated at 3,060 mAh, which should be enough for long-lasting usage on a single charge. The phone also supports fast charging that lets the battery go from 0 to 60 percent in 30 minutes and should be therefore ensure that a user is never left wanting and can use the device without worrying about reaching for a charging point.