The Redmi Note con­tin­ues the tra­di­tion of best-in-class af­ford­abil­ity, but user ex­pe­ri­ence could be bet­ter.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - by Sid­neyWong

in handy as the Redmi Note has about 5.05gB of avail­able stor­age space out of the box.

With a screen size of 5.5-inches, the Redmi Note has an un­flat­ter­ing pixel den­sity of 267ppi. the 720p dis­play may seem un­der­whelm­ing or even un­ac­cept­able at first, but it would suf­fice for the av­er­age con­sumer. Con­sid­er­ing that the dis­play is gen­er­ally the more ex­pen­sive com­po­nent of a mo­bile de­vice, it is only log­i­cal that Xiaomi couldn't fit in a pre­mium dis­play and still keep the Redmi Note at its price point. More­over, a higher res­o­lu­tion dis­play will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on bat­tery life and we be­lieve most con­sumers will pre­fer a longer bat­tery mileage.

Be­ing in the same Redmi fam­ily, the Redmi Note cur­rently runs on MIuI V5 Os based on an­droid 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. the Redmi Note sold in Malaysia and sin­ga­pore is the en­hanced model fea­tur­ing a Me­di­atek Mt6592 oc­ta­core 1.7gHz pro­ces­sor and 2gB RaM.

Do 8 cores bring any im­prove­ment in the user ex­pe­ri­ence? un­for­tu­nately, it's still not a smooth as ex­pected. When run­ning as­phalt 8: air­borne on the Redmi Note and HtC De­sire 816, we found gam­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the Qual­comm snap­drag­onpow­ered De­sire to be a tad smoother than the Redmi Note.

the 13-megapixel rear cam­era has an aper­ture of f/2.2 and sports 28mm wide an­gle lens with a LED flash. as it doesn't em­ploy a back­side il­lu­mi­nated (BsI) sen­sor like the De­sire 816, the Redmi Note fares slightly worse in low light pho­tog­ra­phy test­ing. un­der nor­mal light­ing con­di­tions though, image qual­ity is gen­er­ally good.

Equipped with a 3,100mah bat­tery, the Redmi Note lasted about 7 hours and 28 min­utes in our bat­tery test, but again, our De­sire 816 with a smaller 2,600mah bat­tery, ac­tu­ally out­lasted the Redmi Note by 37 min­utes. un­der real world con­di­tions, we could use the de­vice for 25 hours be­fore the bat­tery level dropped to 13%. screen-on time was about close to 4.5 hours.

still at just RM509, it's re­ally easy to over­look these flaws. Its clos­est com­peti­tor, the De­sire 816 has an sRP of RM1,199. the Redmi Note is no doubt one of the most ir­re­sistible, value-for-money an­droid ph­ablets you can get to­day.

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS

Pro­ces­sor 1.7gHz MtK Mt6592 Oc­ta­core Pro­ces­sor // GPU aRM Mali-450 /

Mul­ti­me­dia au­dio Codec: mp3, midi, wav, aaC, amr / Video Codec: 3gp, mp4, // Con­nec­tiv­ity Mi­cro-usB 2.0, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11b/g/n, Blue­tooth 4.0, DLNa //

Mem­ory 2gB RaM, 8gB in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able with mi­crosD up to 32gB) //

Dual sIM Yes // Di­men­sions 154 x 78.7 x 9.44 mm // Weight 199g w/ bat­tery // Col­ors White // Bat­tery 3,200mah // War­ranty 1-year // Con­tact Xiaomi Malaysia // Tele­phone 1 800 281 182 //

URL www.mi.com/my

The Redmi Note is rather thick at 9.5mm.

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