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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime is one of the cheapest phablets which offers dual SIM 4G. The first Redmi Note was sold out in 2014, which was followed by its 4G enabled version, and after that came the upgraded Redmi Note 2, along with the Redmi Note 2 Prime, which supports 4G on both the SIM card slots. It was first released in China, then later hit the Indian markets. Xiaomi is eyeing to capture the Europe and the US smartphone market soon.
There are two distinct types of Notes in Xiaomi family, and it might get a little confusing for many users. The Mi series offers premium phablets, while the Notes from Redmi series are budget friendly alternatives. Redmi Note 2 Prime might be cheap, but the level of equipment Xiaomi has used to grab the attention of audiences of seems to have worked wonders. The Redmi Note 2 were launched in three variants, Redmi Note 2 3G, Redmi Note 2 4G, and Redmi Note 2 Prime. All the three handsets run on MIUI 7 and feature a 5.5 inch full HD display, but they have a lot of differences. Let us see in detail what Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime is offering.
The dimensions of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime are 152 x 76 x 8.3 mm, which signify that it is 2 mm short, 3 mm narrow and 1 mm thin than its predecessor. It is worth mentioning that both use the equally big 5.5 inch displays. The Redmi Note 2 Prime weighs 160 gm. The design of this phone looks very similar to Mi 4i.There are no shiny premium materials used, but the glossy plastic is gone, and the matte finish is used. The front is covered by a black piece of glass in all variants, and there is no special protecting glass on the display. The capacitive keys have the signature feature of Redmi series, the red accent. The back panel is made of matte plastic and is removable. The matter feature does help in handling and improves the look as well, along with making it safe from smudges and fingerprints. The controls are pretty standard. The earpiece is at the top, and capacitive keys are placed at the bottom. Beside the earpiece, there is the 5-megapixel snapper, along with the bunch of sensors. The left side is left blank, and on the right, there is a silver volume rocker and a power key. On the top, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack equipped with the secondary mic and the IR blaster. The miscroUSB port is placed at the bottom, along with the primary mic. A 13-megapixel primary camera with phase detection AF is placed on the back along with an LED flash. The loudspeaker grille is also there.
Redmi Note 2 Prime has a 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display, with 401 ppi pixel density. Xiaomi has not provided a scratch resistant covering over the display. The resolution of the screen is 1080 x 1920. The display seems good, but the sunlight legibility is just average. The screen glass is reflective, and to use the phone under bright sunlight, you will need the maximum brightness.
The Redmi Note 2 Prime is one of the first phones to be powered by the MediaTek MT6795 chipset, which is also known as Helio X10. The processor is an octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex A53, which is accompanied by PowerVR G6200 (Rogue) GPU and is backed by 2 GB of RAM. The Helio X10 is also used by HTC One E9+ and is becoming popular quickly. According to Geekbench 3, the multi-core performance of the processor of Redmi Note 2 Prime is doing great and is ahead of HTC one E9+. However, HTC runs on a lower 2 GHz speed. The display has also performed well in benchmark tests. The overall performance of this phone is great. It is one of the best performers in its class.
The Redmi Note 2 Prime runs on MIUI 7 which has tweaked Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. Xiaomi has refined their launcher and has focused on performance with MIUI 7, rather than refreshing the entire UI. There is 2GB of RAM which helps up the UI with its performance, and the internal memory is 32GB.
The primary camera on the back is a 13MP snapper with an LED flash, on the front, there is a 5MP selfie shooter. The camera is a good upgrade over its predecessor, along with a hybrid autofocus system which has helped and the picture quality is much better. The camera interface is rather simple with all the basic features. The camcorder though supports slow-mo at 720p, and it records normal videos at 1080p.
There is a 3060mAh battery under the back panel of Redmi Note 2 Prime, which works completely fine for a phone having a 5.5-inch display. According to tests, the phone scored 40h rating, which means you can at least count on the battery to run for one and half days, with an hour each of calling, browsing the web and video playback a day. If you use the second SIM as well, it deducts about 2 hours from the total endurance to 38 hours.
The Redmi Note 2 Prime supports dual-SIM LTE, which means you can use the 4G network on both the SIMs together. The remaining connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/nac support and Wi-Fi Direct. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and GLONASS, plus an FM radio. There is a microUSB 2.0 port, which supports USB on the go, meaning you can also connect pen drives, keyboards, and real USB hard drives to the phone. Option for wireless screen mirroring is also available via the Miracast protocol.
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