In the month of January, the Chinese brand Xiaomi launched the Redmi 2 at the price of 6999 INR. This smartphone has been termed as the successor of the Redmi 1S that was launched in the year 2014. This features some really cool specifications that are generally not seen on a budget device.
Indian 4G capability on both the SIM cards is something needed to be mentioned in the intro only. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 can easily give a tough competition to the phones like Micromax Yu Yureka, Moto G (2014) and Huawei Honor 4X.
Build and Design
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 features some great aesthetics here. The candy bar design with a high quality material gives this phone a premium look. The size of this phone makes the handling and operating super easy. Considering the price point, thickness of 9.4 mm is really appreciable. The phone also feels much lighter in hand as it weighs only 133 grams.
Display: This phone has some bolster feature to showcase on the display front. You get 4.7 inch HD IPS screen with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. The optimal screen size gives this phone a high pixel density of 312 PPI. Although it is not a retina resolution, but the graphics appear sharp and crispy.
This phone is good choice for those being little cagy in the regular care of a gadget. If you are a busy man and or being careless handler then the AGC Dragon-trail glass protection will take care of all your worries. I would highly recommend this phone to family with two to three year old kids. In case, baby throws out phone, it will remain in working condition because of the display protection it renders.
CPU Performance and Specifications
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 features a 1.2 GHz processor with a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chip-set. However, as the smartphone does not run Android Lollipop, it cannot take advantage of the full power of a 64 bit chip-set. Available 1 GB RAM seems enough at this price point, but will give problem in multitasking. The internal storage of 8 GB can be expanded up to 32GB via micro SD card.
Camera: The smartphone has got an 8 MP rear shooter with a LED flash. Images shot with the rear camera pack great level of details. Surprisingly, this phone also offers 1080P video recording at 30 frames per seconds. The 2 MP front camera seems a bit lagging behind, but performs average in selfie shooting.
Battery: The Xiaomi Redmi 2 houses an average 2200 mAh capacity battery. The high resolution of the display and the processing unit will require more power in a day than this battery is capable of. But the customers might get relief with the charger that charges the battery by 30 per cent within 30 minutes.
Indian 4G Network Support and OTG Connectivity options
The Redmi 2 supports dual SIM and dual standby. One of the main selling points of this phone will be the 4G support that it offers to both SIMs. Users can enjoy 150mbps of speed if they live in a 4G network area.
In addition, the phone is supports USB OTG for seamless movie watching. The list of other connectivity options on the Xiaomi Redmi 2 includes GPS, Wi-Fi, micro USB and Bluetooth 4.0.
This phone boasts almost all the necessary sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor and compass.
User Interface: The Xiaomi Redmi 2 runs MIUI 6.0 out of the box, which is an Android KitKat based firmware. The interface is buttery smooth even though it is loaded bloatware.
- Dual SIM. Both the SIM support 4G networks
- HD IPS display with a pixel density of 312ppi
- Solid design
- Decent processing power
- USB OTG support
- 64bit Chip-set
- The fact that this smartphone doesn’t run on Android lollipop renders the advantage of 64bit chipset useless.
- Low capacity battery
Verdict: Indian LTE 4G connectivity that enables users to enjoy speeds up to 150 MBPS is the most important feature of this phone. The display is quite impressive and the high processing power can run any task you throw on this phone without any problem. However, the low battery capacity is something that should be kept in mind before buying this phone.
|Body||133 Grams Weight; 9.4mm Thickness|
|Feature||Dual SIM, Android OS|
|Display||4.7 inch, IPS LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass, 720×1280 Pixels|
|CPU||Snapdragon 410 Chipset, Quad Core, 1.2GHz; 1GB/2GB RAM; 8GB/16GB Internal Storage; Adreno 306|
|Camera||8MP, Full HD Recording; 2MP, HD Recording|
|Connectivity||3G, FM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB|