Xiaomi has launched another budget smartphone Redmi 2 in the Indian Market. It is the successor of the highly famous Redmi 1S which took the Indian Smartphone market by storm. Redmi 1S set a new benchmark for the affordable smartphones and with Redmi 2 company is trying to take it to the next level. So, is Redmi 2 a worth successor? And should you buy it? Read on to find out.
Recently we did the unboxing of Redmi 2, watch the video below to find out the contents of the Indian Retail Unit:
Retail Box Contents:
- Xiaomi Redmi 2
- USB charding adapter
- Micro USB to USB data cable
- Quick Start Guide & Warranty Information
Design & Build Quality
Xiaomi Redmi 2 does not have any extra ordinary design but the build quality is pretty good. The phone is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor Redmi 1S. The front of the device is dominated by a 4.7 inch HD display which is protected by Dragontrail Glass.
Above the display you have an earpiece and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. In the previous model there was a 1.6 megapixel camera, so the front camera has been upgraded.
Below the display you have red colored navigation keys – Menu, Home and Back. The keys work quite easily and we didn’t face any kind of problem with them. The keys don’t have any back light but spotting them is quite easy due to the red color.
The volume rocker and power/lock key are located on the right side of the device. These keys have a metallic finish which gives this device a kind of a premium look. The keys are easy to reach and offers a good tactile feedback. You don’t have any kind of ports or buttons on the left side of the device.
Moving to the back, Redmi 2 comes with a removable back cover and has a matte finish. We have a 8 megapixel camera along with LED flash and loud speaker on the back side.
Once you open the back cover, you will find a 2,200 mah battery, micro SD card slot and two SIM card slots. Both the SIM card slots supports 4G which is an added advantage for the users as they don’t need to swap the SIM cards in case they want to use 4G on the other SIM.
Overall, the phone looks bit similar to Redmi 1S but it is much lighter. It has great build quality and at this price point we cannot ask for more.
Redmi 2 comes with a 4.7 inch HD IPS display that is protected by a Dragontrail glass. The display quality is pretty good with great viewing angles. It is a 720p display and everything appears to be clear and crisp. The sun light readability is average but overall, it is a great display for the consumers.
Hardware & Performance
The phone is powered by a 1.2 Ghz quad core Snapdragon 410 processor along with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. It comes with 8 GB of internal storage which can be expanded by using a micro SD card of upto 32 GB storage.
The interface is quite smooth and we did not face any kind of lag while navigating through the interface or while launching or closing the applications. There was a very minor lag while switching the applications and we also faced a minor lag while running high end games like Asphalt 8 in high settings. On medium settings the we were able to play the game without any issues.
Talking about the connectivity features, it supports 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. The device an run almost all major Audio and video formats without any issues. The phone offers good call quality and has a decent loud speaker.
Redmi 2 Runs on MIUI 6 based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. It is much smoother than the MIUI 5 and offers a lot of new features. The new interface has a better design, animations and gestures. Users can easily customize the entire UI using themes, they can download themes and wall papers from the Theme store.
The phone supports guest mode which can be used to hide personal information, pictures etc while handing over the device to some one else. There is also a in-built app locker available which can be used to secure/lock certain apps.
Users can now use the in-built call recorder, cleaner, security app and data manager to record calls, clean RAM, mange security and restrict per app data usage respectively. The device supports floating notifications which does not take the entire display area when you are using the full screen applications like camera.
In case you want to experience a simple interface you can turn on the Lite mode which allows you to access only few options and apps. The interface in Lite mode is similar to Windows Phone with big tiles. Overall, MIUI6 is a great interface with tons of new features and customization.
Redmi 2 comes with an 8 megapixel back camera with LED flash. Here are some sample images which we have captured using the back camera:
The quality of captured images is pretty good and we can easily say that Redmi 2 has one of the best camera in this price segment. The camera can also be used to record 1080p videos.
Redmi 2 comes with a 2,200 mAh battery which provides a great battery backup. The phone easily lasts for an entire day with moderate usage. The phone has two power modes – Performance and balanced. The balanced mode allows you to save battery by reducing the performance of the device. The device also supports quick charging.
Redmi 2 is available in India exclusively on flipkart for Rs 6,999. At this price point it is one of the best affordable smartphone you can buy. It offers good build quality and great display. It is the only device in this price segment which offers dual mode 4G. The phone is definitely a bang for the buck and if you are looking forward to buy this device, go ahead you won’t be disappointed.
- Good build quality
- Great Display
- Better Camera
- Flash Sale model