Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Advanced (Prime) User Review


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This smartphone has been provided to us to review by GearBest.com. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime is a very popular phablet. With his phenomenal price of just $159,99 (32GB!) and with his specifications this is definitely a musthave!

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is launched in August 2015 and is one of the most sold phablets in China and India. Within just 12 hours they sold already 800,000 pieces and at the time of writing they have sold more than 12 million sales! There are just a few websites where you can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 for shipping to Europe or US. The reason why they sold so many phablets is because it’s a terrific deal. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is one of the cheapest phablets and certainly the best value with those specifications. It belong to the high-end phablets with a middle price range. With his hardware of MTK Helio X10 64Bit, 2.2 Ghz Octa Core, Android 5.0, 5.5 inch FHD Screen, 2GB RAM 32GB ROM, 5.0 +13 MP Cameras this Phone has everything.. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is an incredible,powerful and amazing phablet with a good value.

Upsides Downsides
  • Price
  • 5,5 inch 1080P Full HD
  • Dual Sim
  • Hardware
  • MIUI 7, big supporting community
  • Camera
  • External memory up to 32 GB
  • NO NFC
  • Long charging through Socket
  • Plastic backcover

Design and Display

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 features a large 5.5 inch display, and is more a phablet then a smartphone.
The front of the phone is one big screen, with three red action buttons, the multi-tasking, home and back Android functions. On the top of the front panel there is a camera and a small speaker grille. The back cover (available in multiple colors) is made from matte plastic, and can be unclipped to access the battery, micro SD card slot and the dual micro SIM slots. On the back panel there is a camera lens with a LED flash. Below you will find a bigger speaker grille and the MI logo.
Around the edges you will find on the right the volume and power buttons, on top a 3.5 mm headphone jack with an IR blaster. A charging socket and a small microphone could be found on the bottom edge. The Redmi Note 2 has a 5.5 inch IPS LCD panel, which make full HD resolution possible. With his pixel density of 401ppi you can’t see a pixel separately. It has excellent viewing angels, the contrast and the replication of colors could be better but for this price its fine.

Specifications, Hardware and Battery Life

The Redmi Note 2 comes with either 16GB or 32 GB versions. It Has a 4G LTE connectivity with a dual SIM slots. You can expendable up to 32GB with a micro SD card. The speaker on the back sounds great and could range a big volume. An IR blaster on the top of the edge can be used with an application to control all kind of different televisions an other IR devices.
The Xiaomi Redmi note has a 3060mAh battery and this could be removeable so, If the battery is down or you want a spare battery you can switch them easily. Depending how much you are using your smartphone/phablets with a fully charged battery you could watch movies about 7 hours, have a 3G call time of 6 hours and 30 minutes and be online for about 24 hours. If you are using your phone every minute you shouldn’t buy this phone since it wont last a whole day without charging. If you are using your phone just to call a few times, use whats app, play games and watch movies through Youtube, read some news and browse it should old this 1 day and you have to charge him while you are sleeping. Hopefully this is a software issue that will be fixed in the future update to prolonge the battery time.The speed of charging is a little disappointed since this would take almost 4 hours when you are using a socket. Charging with a Xiaomi Powerbank took me 2 hours for a full charge.

Dimensions: 152 x 76 x 83 mm
Weight: 170 g
CPU: MTK Helio X10
GPU: PowerVR G6200
RAM: 2 GB
Storage: 32 GB ROM
Memory cards: TF card up tp 32GB
Display: 5.5 inchFHD screen 400PPi
Battery: 3060 mAh, Li-Polymer
OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop (MIUI 6 or 7)
Camera: Front 5.0MP + Rear 13.0MP cameras
SIM card: Dual SIM dual standby, Micro-SIM, Micro-SIM / microSD
Wi-Fi:Yes
Bluetooth: 4.0
Positioning: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Fingerprint Recognition:Not supported
Network:  2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz; 3G: WCDMA 850/900/2100MHz; 4G: FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz
Sensors Gravity Sensor,Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor,Accelerometer,Gyroscope
USB Micro USB Slot
FM Radio: Yes
NFC: Not supported

Performance, Software and Camera

We received the Redmi Note 2 Prime with a CPU of 2.2 GHZ while the other basic model has a CPU clocket at 2.0 Ghz. The experience I have with this phone that al switching between applications, the MIUI system works very smoothly. Watching HD movies on the phablet and running 3D Games like Traffic Rider, Clash of Clans, Hayday and Score! Hero works fine.The Antutu Benchmark Redmi Note 2 score varies between 48354 and 52324, depending on which version I had installed. Online I read that someone had a Antutu Benchmark score of 55837, which is better then the Samsung Galaxy S5 HTC one M8, One Plus One, just below the HTC One M9.
The Geekbench 3 benchmarking tool gives the Redmi Note 2 a single score of 882 and a multi score of multi-core score of 4752.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note has an Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and is one of the first phones who is running on MIUI 7. The one we got from Gearbest where preinstalled with MIUI 7, many others are running on MIUI 6. With the MIUI 7 Xiaomi made the phone 30% faster and use less battery. It adds a child mode and an auto DND option.This software works very smoothly and is very comfortable to use.

MIUI is the most update operating system from Xiaomi, With over 150 million users there is a lot of supporting community, Custom Roms and frequently updated versions. ON http://en.miui.com/ you will find a lot of information, versions and answers. MIUI 7 offers five themes with you can switch is you would like. Those themes can also be download on the MI store. Xiaomi has a Mi Cloud but we didn’t signed up for this. The Child mode allows you to run only apps you are choosing. You will not be afraid that your child may delete some apps or data. It comes with pre installed MIUI 7, Playstore and Clean Master Tool. No other applications are pre installed!

This phablet has two cameras, a 13 MP Camera on the back and one 5 MP camera in the front. The back camera is just fine and you can make some nice pictures. It has an auto focus feature, and the sensor is a Samsung made one, so the image quality of those pictures are good. You can take a picture with 12 filters when you are sweeping to the left and if you are sweeping to the right you will find the camera modus like Panorama,Manual, Scene Modus,Timer. If you would like to make a video just click on the movie icon in the main camera screen. The white balance and ISO could change manual and there is also a face detection which you can switch on and off. If you will like to make some profi fotoshoots, you should buy another camera, otherwise this camera is good enough. Concerning about the video recording, the Xiaomi Redmi note 2 camcorder records with 1080p, it supports time lapsing videos and customizable snapping intervals. If you prefer slow motion they also included this in the many options. The Audio is capture at 128 Kbps with stereo channels. The quality of the videos is average, the colors are good and the framerate is going smoothly.

Below you will find different pics making with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime

Conclusion

If you are in search for an high end smartphone with a big screen, great hardware, active community for a middle range/budget price you have to buy this phone for sure. With the MIUI 7 on Android 5.0 Lollipop which is updated every week you will have the latest software and almost no bugs. The Redmi Note 2 Prime has a Dual Sim, an option for external memory up to 32 GB, with a decent camera and lot of sensors. The battery life is just fine for daily normal use, but you could always buy a spare one. The only con’s are there is no NFC so the payment could not be mobile with this phone and it takes a little bit longer then usual to charge the battery. I’m using this phone for three weeks now and there was no bug or lag. In one word “MUSTHAVE”.

How to buy, Exclusive Coupon

We recommend to buy the Redmi Note Prime 32 GB at Gearbest.com The price of this phablet is just $159,99 dollars, for a little bit more you can buy him directly from a EU of US Warehouse (Currently out of Stock)

Below you will find two coupons if you are interested in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 32 GB or the 16 GB Version
Coupons:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 32GB Coupon:32GBNOTE3G or MINOTE32G Price:202.99 dollars
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 16GB Coupon:16NOTEGRAY or 16GNOTE3 Price :167.99 dollars

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