PHABLET FOR THE MASSES
Xiaomi Redmi Note
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