Xiaomi has finally launched the much awaited Xiaomi Redmi Note after showcasing it in March 2014. It must be noted that Redmi Note is the first Xiaomi phablet in India and comes in 2 variants- 3G and 4G.
I’m not a die-hard Xiaomi fan (at least not until now) but I have to state the fact the Redmi Note is not like other phablets that you’ll find in the segment of Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,000.
It packs a very decent hardware for its price including a 13 MP rear AF f/2.2 camera coupled with an LED flash for taking photos in low-light scenarios. The 5 MP front facing camera will make sure that you get a detailed and vibrant selfie.
Its internal memory is limited to 8 GB but supports micro SD card up to 32 GB for the 3G model and up to 64 GB for the 4G variant. It also packs a 3100 mAh Li-ion battery which should be capable enough to provide a day’s of battery backup on medium usage.
Both models of Redmi Note pack similar hardware like 5.5 inch HD IPS display, 2 GB RAM, and dual noise cancellation mic setup except the different chipsets.
The 4G single SIM variant costing Rs. 9,999 is based on a Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 chip having 4 CPU cores clocked at 1.6 GHz each and Adreno 305 GPU for taking care of graphics needs.
The 3G dual SIM model on the other hand comes at an asking price of Rs. 8,999 only and runs on a 1.7 GHz octa-core CPU chip (MT6592) from MediaTek. Intensive games and graphics are handled by Mali-450 GPU on this chip.
The 4G model also supports GLONASS, BeiDou, dual-channel 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi bands, and runs and Android KitKat v4.4 whereas the 3G model doesn’t and runs on a rather old Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
However, this is not much of an issue here as Xiaomi will be upgrading both these models to Android Lollipop 5.0 soon.
How do I book a Redmi Note?
Following its current practice of selling phones via flash sales, Xiaomi has arranged one flash sale on 02 December 2014 for Redmi Note 3G. And in order to be able to buy one phone on that day, you need to register yourself at flipkart on 25 November 2014 at 6 pm by visiting this link.
If you are interested in buying the 4G model of the Redmi Note then you will have wait till mid-December. The Redmi Note 4G will not only be available on flipkart but also on Airtel stores in 4G circles.[accordion]
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3G Specifications
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Specifications
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The wait is over, finally…
Like I mentioned above the Xiaomi Redmi Note is one hell of a phone at least at its current asking price. If you are planning to buy a cheap 4G phone or an affordable phablet with a good camera in near future, then Xiaomi Redmi Note is worth a look.