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Xioami Redmi Note 2 Offers an Excellent Software Experience in the Below $200 Segment

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The Redmi Note was first launched in the year 2014 and was a very affordable phone, with excellent specs and high-end features.

However, the Redmi Note 2 might have a tougher time in the market, as there are many other affordable phones in this price segment. The Note 2 does bring in some enhancements to the original though it cannot be said whether it will be able to face the competition. Let’s find out.

Design

The display screen is of 5.5 inches, and the design is similar to the Mi 4i from Xiaomi, with soft plastic rear and matte finish. The back cover is removable, and the battery, the microSD card and the dual SIM (micro) card slots can be easily accessed. It also comes with the IR blaster and the responsiveness of the phone is satisfactory.

Though the screen size is the same as its predecessor, the footprint is smaller, and it is slimmer as well as lighter, thereby being easier to handle. The grip is also better and more comfortable to use with a single hand.

Screen

The screen makes use of IPS LCD technology, and the resolution has been enhanced to a full HD, with a higher ppi of 401. The display is sharp, and the viewing angles are excellent.

Hardware Specs

Looking under the hood of the Redmi Note 2, we find the MediaTek, MT6795, Helio X10, octa-core processor. It clocks at a speed of 2 GHZ, or you can opt for the 2.2 GHz version as well. The graphics card for the device is PowerVR, G6200 GPU, and it has a RAM of 2 GB. All the concerns regarding the performance seen in its predecessor have been satisfactorily addressed in the Note 2, and it runs snappily. The MIUI 7 rollout should make things even better. It is capable of multi-tasking though there is a slight stutter in case of gaming.

Connectivity and Capacity

You can buy the 16 GB version or the 32 GB one. The higher end model offers 4G, LTE connectivity in both the SIM slots. All the regular connectivity options are available. As the phone is a Chinese model, the storage is expandable to a maximum of 32 GB with the use of a microSD card. However, this may not be so with the international version of the device.

Audio Experience

IR blaster is effective, but the Mi Remote that is builton the device may not offer compatibility with all TVs. You can access third party applications for supporting other televisions. This feature is unexpected in a phone falling in this price range. Even the back speaker is excellent and offers high volume. Overall, the audio experience is much better than many other devices of this price range, below $200.