So Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note on Monday with a price tag of Rs 8,999. The device is already up for registration, and just like Xiaomi’s earlier smartphones, the Redmi Note too will be sold exclusively through flash sales on Flipkart on December 2. Xiaomi India Head Manu Jain said that the company will try to put up around 50,000 devices for the first flash sale, however, there is no official confirmation. We spent some time with the device at the launch event in Mumbai, and here are our first impressions of the phablet. Also Read - Mi Band X strapless smart band with 360-degree flexible display under works?Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Asus VivoBook 14, and more
While using the device indoors, the display was sharp and crisp and provided good enough vibrancy. Unfortunately we could not take the device outdoors to test its capabilities under direct sunlight, therefore opinions on that front stand reserved.
The phone rests in your palm nicely, but it does feel a bit bulky and heavy in your hands. If you prefer light weight phones, you might want to rethink your buying decisions on this one. The phone measures 9.5mm in thickness and weighs 199 grams to paint a picture of its beastliness.
Controls for volume and power are on the right, the edges of the phone are rounded and has tapered edges. The microUSB charging point is at the bottom and the 3.5mm audio jack sits on top. The speaker is located below at the back in the right corner.
In the little time we had with the device, the Redmi Note ran smoothly without any visible lags. The phone’s interface is simple and navigation was smooth and easy to understand. We could not do any benchmark tests on the device but the company claims it ranks in the top-five smartphones on AnTuTu benchmark scoring more than 27,000 points.
The phone is powered by a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM, which presumably is optimal. Xiaomi has also unveiled a 4G variant of the phablet, which boasts similar specifications, except that it is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor with Adreno 305 GPU.
On the photography front, the phablet features a 13-megapixel autofocus camera at the back with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfie lovers. After testing the camera in different lighting conditions and clicking pictures with and without flash, the results were satisfactory keeping in mind the affordable smartphone segment range that it was positioned in. Even when we clicked photos facing the light, the end result was decent. No major disappointments were spotted in the limited time. The wide-angle lens in the front gives more room for photo composition and mis-en-scene. We will however reserve our judgment on how good the cameras are for when we review the phablet.
The Redmi Note also features 8GB internal storage that can be further expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card (4G variant supports up to 64GB), and a 3,100mAh battery (support for fast-charging), which according to the company is good enough for 14 hours of 3G Internet usage and 775 hours on standby mode.
Overall, the Redmi Note does not disappoint in our brief interaction with it, however we still would like to reiterate that we reserve our full opinion for later. The device definitely offers a lot at a very affordable price tag. As mentioned above, the smartphone will go on sale on December 2. The 4G variant, on the other hand, will go on sale sometime in mid-December.