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Xiaomi Redmi Note review

7.4/10 AVG.
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7.4/10
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note currently has an Informr score of 7.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 14 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
5.5"
Camera
13+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


UnleashThePhones

The phone is very well-built, it feels premium in the hand, and the notification light is one of the best ones I’ve seen in ages. Thing is though, you still have to make the decision that I quoted above: a slightly underpowered, future-proof phone vs a powerful phone that may not get all the u...

- Clinton Jeff, UnleashThePhones
Fone Arena

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is already available in the market for a price tag of INR 9,999. The phablet is undoubtedly one of the most affordable 4G LTE offerings out there. To be honest, we are quite surprised to know that Xiaomi hasn’t managed to make the most out of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 c...

- Sunil Jamboor Nagesh, Fone Arena
Notebookcheck

Yes, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G's performance is considerably weaker than the competing phablets. Yes, 8 GB of storage space is small, and a resolution of 1280x720 pixels isn't much for a big smartphone. But at a price of less than 200 Euros (~$227), you'll get more bang for your buck than you might e...

- Florian Wimmer, Notebookcheck
The Mobile Indian

The Redmi Note 4G's popularity is quite obvious; flash sales do conform the same as well. However, apart from the camera and battery, I do not find the Redmi Note extraordinary in any other department. True when it was launched in India, it had the charm owing to its 4G connectivity while decent sto...

- Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian
The Indian Express

So should I buy it? If you’re looking for a phablet with good battery life and future-proofing, then definitely. You might want to also take a look at the Micromax Yu Yureka before making your decision. But if 5.5 inches is too big for you, then there are better phones for Rs 10,000. If you wa...

- Mihir Patkar, The Indian Express


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Xiaomi released the Redmi Note on May 7, 2014.


Xiaomi backs up the Redmi Note with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


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Screen Size
5.5"

The Xiaomi Redmi Note's screen size is 5.5 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a MediaTek MT6592T Octa core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3200mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3200 mAh battery.

Redmi Note Specs

Overview
Release date May 7, 2014
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

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Processor MediaTek MT6592T Octa core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3200 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 32.3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.4 x 7.9 x 0.9 cm (6.1 x 3.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 199 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 267 pixels
Size 5.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Unknown
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key Unknown
Any Key Answer Unknown
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out HDMI
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, White balance, Scene mode, HDR, Scene mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Unknown
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Unknown
Timer Unknown
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


UnleashThePhones

Well-built, it feels premium in the hand

from UnleashThePhones

The phone is very well-built, it feels premium in the hand, and the notification light is one of the best ones I’ve seen in ages. Thing is though, you still have to make the decision that I quoted above: a slightly underpowered, future-proof phone vs a powerful phone that may not get all the updates you’d like.

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The phone is very well-built, it feels premium in the hand, and the notification light is one of the best ones I’ve seen in ages. Thing is though, you still have to make the decision that I quoted above: a slightly underpowered, future-proof phone vs a powerful phone that may not get all the updates you’d like.

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Fone Arena

Undoubtedly one of the most affordable 4G LTE offerings out there

from Fone Arena

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is already available in the market for a price tag of INR 9,999. The phablet is undoubtedly one of the most affordable 4G LTE offerings out there.

To be honest, we are quite surprised to know that Xiaomi hasn’t managed to make the most out of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. The performance is surely not on par with the original MediaTek model, but is it a trade-off for the additional radios on board? Well, we hope that’s not the case...

More

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is already available in the market for a price tag of INR 9,999. The phablet is undoubtedly one of the most affordable 4G LTE offerings out there.

To be honest, we are quite surprised to know that Xiaomi hasn’t managed to make the most out of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset. The performance is surely not on par with the original MediaTek model, but is it a trade-off for the additional radios on board? Well, we hope that’s not the case.

While the Redmi Note 4G may not be as solid as its 3G sibling, the device is clearly one of the best when you compare it with its competition. After all, it’s very hard to beat Xiaomi when it comes to pricing. 

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Notebookcheck

Some of the features are well-engineered

from Notebookcheck

Yes, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G's performance is considerably weaker than the competing phablets. Yes, 8 GB of storage space is small, and a resolution of 1280x720 pixels isn't much for a big smartphone. But at a price of less than 200 Euros (~$227), you'll get more bang for your buck than you might expect: A removable battery, a micro-SD slot, LTE speed and quick WLAN according to the 802.11 ac wireless standard, a stable case, a satisfactory display, good cameras and a respectable speaker. Xiaomi's lead in China isn't based exclusively on the fact that they're a home-grown company; they also manufacturer respectable products...

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Yes, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G's performance is considerably weaker than the competing phablets. Yes, 8 GB of storage space is small, and a resolution of 1280x720 pixels isn't much for a big smartphone. But at a price of less than 200 Euros (~$227), you'll get more bang for your buck than you might expect: A removable battery, a micro-SD slot, LTE speed and quick WLAN according to the 802.11 ac wireless standard, a stable case, a satisfactory display, good cameras and a respectable speaker. Xiaomi's lead in China isn't based exclusively on the fact that they're a home-grown company; they also manufacturer respectable products.

Interestingly, the Chinese company currently seems to consider sales in Europe and America utterly unimportant. The software is translated into German, but the speech assistant is only available in Chinese, the music streaming offers mostly Eastern artists, and Baidu is hardly the right search engine for customers in the West. Other oddities like the low quality power supply adapter, a non-functional search widget and potentially expensive warranty claims are also concerns to weigh in the balance. We deducted a percentage point from our overall rating for these issues.

If none of those things matter much to you, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G may be the smartphone for you. It's a solid phablet that offers some great features, with the added allure of the new and unknown. 

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The Mobile Indian

No more the frontrunner

from The Mobile Indian

The Redmi Note 4G's popularity is quite obvious; flash sales do conform the same as well. However, apart from the camera and battery, I do not find the Redmi Note extraordinary in any other department. True when it was launched in India, it had the charm owing to its 4G connectivity while decent...More

The Redmi Note 4G's popularity is quite obvious; flash sales do conform the same as well. However, apart from the camera and battery, I do not find the Redmi Note extraordinary in any other department. True when it was launched in India, it had the charm owing to its 4G connectivity while decent storage and performance added to its charm. But now in terms of performance, storage, connectivity, and display features, the Redmi Note 4G is like many other devices in its segment. In terms of design, there are infact much better devices in the market now. In a nutshell, get Redmi Note 4G if you can but if you are unlucky, don't be disheartened, the Yu Yureka and Lenovo A6000 are there which are even better than this in many other departments.

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The Indian Express

A phablet with good battery life and future-proofing

from The Indian Express

So should I buy it? If you’re looking for a phablet with good battery life and future-proofing, then definitely. You might want to also take a look at the Micromax Yu Yureka before making your decision. But if 5.5 inches is too big for you, then there are better phones for Rs 10,000. If you...More

So should I buy it? If you’re looking for a phablet with good battery life and future-proofing, then definitely. You might want to also take a look at the Micromax Yu Yureka before making your decision. But if 5.5 inches is too big for you, then there are better phones for Rs 10,000. If you want to buy a 4G phone, again, consider your options among the 4G smartphones in India. The Note 4G is great, but the large size might be a bit too much for some people.

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NDTV

The other brother

from NDTV

We like the Redmi Note 4G, but we have to say that we liked its predecessor a bit more. The price tag is still extremely reasonable, but to be honest 4G isn't widespread, affordable or compelling enough to make that Rs. 1,000 extra outlay worth it - not just yet, at least. This year should be very interesting in terms of 4G rollouts across the country, so if you have a long-term view in mind, there's no problem at all in picking up this phone. For most people though, the slight reduction in performance and the loss of dual-SIM functionality will not be worth the tradeoff. Anyway, as it stands right now, the original Redmi Note is not available any longer. Xiaomi continues to rely on weekly online flash sales, and the chances of being able to snag one are slim, leading to considerable frustration....

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We like the Redmi Note 4G, but we have to say that we liked its predecessor a bit more. The price tag is still extremely reasonable, but to be honest 4G isn't widespread, affordable or compelling enough to make that Rs. 1,000 extra outlay worth it - not just yet, at least. This year should be very interesting in terms of 4G rollouts across the country, so if you have a long-term view in mind, there's no problem at all in picking up this phone. For most people though, the slight reduction in performance and the loss of dual-SIM functionality will not be worth the tradeoff. Anyway, as it stands right now, the original Redmi Note is not available any longer. Xiaomi continues to rely on weekly online flash sales, and the chances of being able to snag one are slim, leading to considerable frustration.


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Digit

A phablet at a budget

from Digit

The budget segment was missing a phablet till now and the Redmi Note fills that gap. If you want a phablet within a below 10k budget, then go ahead and buy this, but don't expect it to be a premium device for a low price. The Redmi Note is strictly a value for money smartphone and one that was missing in the lower price range till now. There are other devices in and around this range (Zenfone 5, Canvas Nitro, Moto G- 2nd Gen), which provide similar performance and the Redmi Note isn't the runaway success that the Xiaomi Mi3 was...

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The budget segment was missing a phablet till now and the Redmi Note fills that gap. If you want a phablet within a below 10k budget, then go ahead and buy this, but don't expect it to be a premium device for a low price. The Redmi Note is strictly a value for money smartphone and one that was missing in the lower price range till now. There are other devices in and around this range (Zenfone 5, Canvas Nitro, Moto G- 2nd Gen), which provide similar performance and the Redmi Note isn't the runaway success that the Xiaomi Mi3 was.

Overall, the Redmi Note is a good device and one that offers value for money, but we have come to expect more from the Chinese startup.

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tech2

Great value for money but Android 4.2 OS is a letdown

from tech2

Xiaomi looks like it has another winner on its hands with the Redmi Note. For those of you who were waiting for a phablet with good specs at an affordable price point, it does not get more economical than t. Sure, there are some drawbacks on the Redmi Note, but at Rs 8,999 for the 3G variant, they aren’t major deal-breakers. (Xiaomi is also planning to come out with a 4G variant for Rs 9,999 which is exactly similar except for the fact that it houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has a quad-core processor....

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Xiaomi looks like it has another winner on its hands with the Redmi Note. For those of you who were waiting for a phablet with good specs at an affordable price point, it does not get more economical than t. Sure, there are some drawbacks on the Redmi Note, but at Rs 8,999 for the 3G variant, they aren’t major deal-breakers. (Xiaomi is also planning to come out with a 4G variant for Rs 9,999 which is exactly similar except for the fact that it houses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has a quad-core processor.)

Performance is quick and it has a good overall battery life. The camera is great for sharing images online, but not meant for those looking at getting good low light photographs. The Redmi Note suffers in that department. The Android 4.2.2 OS is a big chink in the armour. Not that it takes away from the performance or the other good aspects of the device, but I would have liked to see Xiaomi bundling the Redmi Note with a 4.4 update at least. 

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The Indian Express

Great device, but might not impress everyone

from The Indian Express

The Xiaomi Redmi Note offers great value for money, no doubt. However, be sure about the size and obviously Android 4.2.2 OS, before buying. If you want a large-screened smartphone then this is the only option under Rs 10,000.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note offers great value for money, no doubt. However, be sure about the size and obviously Android 4.2.2 OS, before buying. If you want a large-screened smartphone then this is the only option under Rs 10,000.

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GSMArena

Packs everything it needs to offer a solid user experience

The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a solid package but we would've expected nothing less from a phablet based on the credible Redmi 1S. Xiaomi's prices are hard to beat and that stands for the phablet as well. The bigger screen and octa-core processor have made it clearly more expensive than its smartphone counterpart, but if you count the upgraded cameras the markup isn't all that big...

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a solid package but we would've expected nothing less from a phablet based on the credible Redmi 1S. Xiaomi's prices are hard to beat and that stands for the phablet as well. The bigger screen and octa-core processor have made it clearly more expensive than its smartphone counterpart, but if you count the upgraded cameras the markup isn't all that big.

The Redmi Note comes with a big and reasonably good 720p display, an octa-core processor, quality imaging including a high-res selfie camera, dual-SIM capabilities and a robust 3,200 mAh battery, all for less than 200 euros. As always you need to factor in the shipping and complicated support, but even then the price is certainly tempting.

Xiaomi has consistently shown uncompromised performance and fewer hidden catches than most people may be wary of with Chinese makers. The Xiaomi Redmi Note is a cheaper but capable enough alternative to even already affordable phablets. It is among the cheapest devices in its class and yet it has so much to offer. 

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User Reviews


Sohel Rana

Best gaming mobile,no heating problem,..ect

value of money. nice locking, super battery charge,2GB ram ect.

I love this phone because its a tough rival for Galaxy Note 3 Neo.

This phone can be almost considered as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo except it doesn't have a super amoled display but the 720p display is clear and crisp and even at this size there's no pixelating at all. Might be a bit slippery with all the plastic casing and oval design but you can buy rubber back...More
This phone can be almost considered as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo except it doesn't have a super amoled display but the 720p display is clear and crisp and even at this size there's no pixelating at all. Might be a bit slippery with all the plastic casing and oval design but you can buy rubber back covers for redmi in their official site which sloves the problem of the phone being slippery. Less
1. Android not even 4.3 2. Its not even glass but plastic 3. its kinda heavy but not heavy as the iphone 4 4. im most annoyed about---- Xiaomi 3 is announced in 2013 and the xiaomi note is announced in 2014 and xiaomi 3 is much more thinner and android is 4.3 Also got snapdragon...why dont they put a...More
1. Android not even 4.3 2. Its not even glass but plastic 3. its kinda heavy but not heavy as the iphone 4 4. im most annoyed about---- Xiaomi 3 is announced in 2013 and the xiaomi note is announced in 2014 and xiaomi 3 is much more thinner and android is 4.3 Also got snapdragon...why dont they put al of dat in xiaomi note? they have to use old version like android 4.2 and screen not even glass but plastic but mi3 is not soo stupid. Less

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