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Xiaomi has done a phenomenal job in producing some fantastic smartphones. They have gained much popularity in the smartphone industry, and people have started trusting the brand now. The Xiaomi as a brand has grown globally and now people pre-order their smartphones in advance to get their hands first on the phone. Just like many other smartphone manufacturers, Xiaomi, has started launching next-gen phones for its hit smartphones. Adding to the list of its next-gen smartphones, Xiaomi, launched its “Xiaomi RedMi 2A” smartphone. The best part of the Xiaomi RedMi 2A is that it is priced less than its predecessor and offers decent specs. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life and if it has got the same zing as the rest of Xiaomi smartphones.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2A looks exactly same as the Xiaomi Redmi 2 smartphone. The phone has smooth front and back panel and has a rectangular design. Three soft touch capacitive buttons are also provided in the front of the phone. The phone has an amazing form factor, as its external dimensions are 134 (H) x 67.2 (W) x 9.4 (T) mm. The phone weighs around 133 g, which makes it quite light weight. The screen to body ratio of this phone is 67.6% which is within the range provided for budget segment smartphones. There are five colour variants available for this phone, i.e. Grey, Green, Pink, White and Yellow.
The display of the phone features 4.7-inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that provides a screen resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, which again roughly translates to 312 pixels-per-inch pixel density. The display is not protected by Scratch-resistant glass coating and attracts a lot of fingerprints. Overall for a budget segment smartphone, the display turns out to be impressive. The viewing angles are great and so is the colour reproduction. The display gets bright enough, and the screen looks lovely. The sunlight legibility is also decent.
The phone is powered by a 1.5 GHz Quad-core processor which is backed by a Lead core L1860C chipset. The processor can play light games and videos easily, however, we must give a heads up that the phone is not made for heavy multi-tasking. If you like playing heavy 3D graphic intensive games, like Asphalt 8 or play various heavy apps side by side, then this phone can lag or stutter at times. However, for general functions, the processor seems powerful enough to provide a seamless experience. The smartphone features an 8GB of internal memory, which could be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone runs on Android platform and works on Android OS, version 4.4 i.e. Kitkat with the help of Xiaomi MIUI UI 6.0. The smartphone is provided with a 1GB RAM that gives the users a smooth experience while navigating through various apps on the phone. The phone supports 4G/LTE networks and allows dual SIM compatibility.
The phone features an 8GB primary camera that is supported by autofocus and LED flashlight. The front camera comes with 2MP of the camera. The primary camera would also be backed by autofocus and LED flashlight. The additional features of the camera would include Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. HD Video recording can be done by the camera at frames like 1920x1080 @ 30 fps. We tested the camera and found that the images captured by the camera were decent and full of colours. However, there were few instances, where we had to retake few images to get desired results. Also, the images captured in a dim light turn out to decent but then again were not very impressive. However, for a budget segment smartphone, the camera is fantastic. The smartphone features loudspeaker that works great and 3.5mm audio jack.
The battery provided in the smartphone is a 2200mAh removable Li-Ion battery. In day to day life, the battery can work up to one and half days with moderate usage. The smartphone also backs the basic functions, such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Hotspot, Bluetooth version 4.0, A-GPS and microUSB v2.0. There are two sensors provided in the phone i.e. Accelerometer and Proximity.
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