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Xiaomi Redmi Note

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Imag­ine the 4.7-inch Redmi smart­phone in a 5.5-inch form fac­tor and you get the Redmi Note. And while plas­tic con­tin­ues to be the dom­i­nant ma­te­rial used in its con­struc­tion, it has a glossy rear un­like the reg­u­lar Redmi. Most of you should be fa­mil­iar by now that this de­sign at­tracts fin­ger­prints and smudges like bees to honey, and does not pro­vide as good a grip as one with a matte sur­face.

Also, one would think the use of plas­tic will keep the weight man­age­able, but the Redmi Note re­ally needs to go on a diet. Tip­ping the scales at 199g, the Redmi Note is as heavy or even heftier than phones with big­ger screens. In a class of de­vices that in­clude the HTC De­sire 816 and Huawei Honor 3X, the Redmi Note is con­sid­ered very bulky. That said, we have to cut Xiaomi some slack as the Redmi Note isn't meant to be a flag­ship or pre­mium de­vice that is thin and sleek.

Un­like the Redmi, the but­tons on the Redmi Note now come with back­light­ing. You can dis­able the back­light un­der the Set­tings menu or set the du­ra­tion (1, 2, 5 , 10, 20 sec­onds or al­ways) it re­mains on.

At the rear, one finds a 13-megapixel cam­era and its ac­com­pa­ny­ing LED flash. The rear cover can be re­moved although it will re­quire some ef­fort since there is no ded­i­cated slit to lever­age a fin­ger­nail in. Re­mov­ing the rear cover gives you ac­cess to two nor­mal-sized SIM card slots and a mi­croSD mem­ory card slot.

Both SIM card slots sup­port data con­nec­tiv­ity and du­al­standby, but its op­er­a­tion works just like the smaller Redmi; the slot on the left sup­ports up to 3G, while the right slot is rated for 2G. There is still no 4G LTE on the Redmi Note. Its mem­ory card slot can sup­port cards up to 32GB in ca­pac­ity, which will come

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