DO­ING IT RIGHT

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Ev­i­dently, Xiaomi had to cut cor­ners to give the Redmi Note 2 core fea­tures of phones that are twice its ask­ing price, and cut cor­ners they did. How­ever, most fea­tures that are lack­ing on the Redmi Note 2 are su­per­fi­cial, won't be missed, and more than a fair trade for the RM649 price tag.

In­stead of a fancy metal outer body, the Redmi Note 2 has an in­ter­change­able back cover and re­mov­able bat­tery in­stead. It does this with­out feel­ing cheap in the hand, or adding un­nec­es­sary bulk. It also does not have any fancy speak­ers, but be­cause of the plas­tic back­ing, au­dio res­onates and sounds louder and clearer than the av­er­age phone.

We ad­mit that we oc­ca­sion­ally missed the NFC fea­ture, and that 2GB of mem­ory may not be suf­fi­cient for power users, but this is eas­ily reme­died by chang­ing some of our mo­bile us­age habits. The rear cam­era is not bad ei­ther. It is fast and ex­cel­lent for tak­ing pic­tures for shar­ing on so­cial me­dia, but they don't quite hold up on closer in­spec­tion, un­less you are plan­ning to do more than share pic­tures on Face­book or In­sta­gram, this should not be an is­sue.

A lit­tle known fea­ture that we ap­pre­ci­ate about the Redmi Note 2 is its abil­ity to uti­lize the 5GHz Wi-Fi fre­quency. A rare sight in a phone of its price class, the ca­pa­bil­ity lets users con­nect to a faster, less crowded fre­quency band.

Bat­tery life on the Redmi Note 2 is bet­ter than other phones that we have seen us­ing the same pro­ces­sor. It will last you the day and since it's re­place­able, you can al­ways have spares in hand, in case of emer­gen­cies.

Test the Redmi Note 2 with bench­marks we did, but we are a lit­tle bit weary of the re­sults as the phone is ‘aware' that it is be­ing tested. Nev­er­the­less, it scored 38,656 in AnTuTu 64-bit; 4,644 in Geek­bench 3 Mul­ti­core; and 23,208 in Quad­rant – and all on the bal­anced set­tings.

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