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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
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.