Xiaomi Redmi

The ul­ti­mate budget smart­phone?

HWM (Singapore) - - FEATURE - TEXT // SID­NEY WONG

The Xiaomi Redmi looks like the typ­i­cal An­droid smart­phone with a rec­tan­gu­lar de­sign and rounded cor­ners. Like the Mo­torola Moto G, the Redmi is built us­ing two dif­fer­ent plas­tic fin­ish­ing – glossy and matte. The glossy ma­te­rial is used for the edges of the phone while the matte fin­ish is ac­tu­ally on the re­mov­able back cover.

Re­mov­ing the back cover is fairly easy; there is a slit at the bot­tom right cor­ner of the de­vice that re­quires lit­tle ef­fort to pry open. Once re­moved, you will see three slots above a 2,000mAh bat­tery.

The first slot on the left is the mi­croSD mem­ory card slot that sup­ports mem­ory cards up to 32GB. The next two slots are nor­mal-sized SIM card slots. While both slots ac­cept SIM cards with data con­nec­tiv­ity, only the left slot sup­ports 3G mo­bile data while the right slot sup­ports 2G data con­nec­tiv­ity. This is de­signed for power ef­fi­ciency since it’s un­likely that any­one will re­quire both SIM cards with high-speed data con­cur­rently.

The dual-SIM Redmi sup­ports dual-standby, which means both SIM cards can re­ceive calls and mes­sages at the same time. Weigh­ing at 158g, the Redmi is heav­ier than most phones of its class; the 4.5inch Moto G weighs 143g while the 4.7-inch Nokia Lu­mia 625 weighs 159g. Depend­ing on how you see it, the Redmi can come across as be­ing solid or a lit­tle too dense for its size.

The Redmi has a 4.7-inch 720p dis­play that is quite splen­did. Col­ors are bright with im­ages and text ap­pears sharp.

The Redmi ships with MIUI V5 based on Google An­droid 4.2 Jelly Bean. There are cur­rently more than 200 fea­tures or func­tions in MIUI, and the list grows ac­cord­ing to user feed­back. If you like to per­son­al­ize the in­ter­face and con­trol ev­ery as­pect of the phone, MIUI will be a per­fect fit for you.

Run­ning un­der the hood though is a Me­di­aTek MT6589T quad-core 1.5GHz pro­ces­sor with 1GB RAM. User ex­pe­ri­ence is de­cid­edly aver­age as in­ter­face nav­i­ga­tion isn’t quite smooth.

An 8-megapixel rear cam­era, f/2.2 aper­ture and 28mm wide an­gle lens deliver sur­pris­ingly good im­age qual­ity with punchy col­ors and low noise lev­els.

The 2,000mAh bat­tery lasted slightly over 5 hours in our video test, which is con­sid­ered quite de­cent. Un­der typ­i­cal us­age con­di­tions, the Redmi could last 16 hours.

Con­sid­er­ing its re­tail price of just $169, per­for­mance and soft­ware ca­pa­bil­i­ties, the Redmi has no equal in its cat­e­gory.

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