As large sized smartphones are gradually becoming a norm, the lines between a phablet and a phone are gradually diminishing. What was a phablet say a couple of years ago is a perfectly acceptable smartphone today. This is why when we checked out the RedMi Note for a review, we were not entirely sure whether to think it is a tablet or just another smartphone. Yet, given the 5.5 inch mammoth display, we felt it was best put in a category that housed some of the bigger phones or phablets.
Now that we have the justification of the title out of the way, let’s focus on the device itself. The Xiaomi RedMi Note was initially expected around the Diwali season in India, though there have been a few reports that the device could be delayed by a bit. We picked our review unit just to get the feel of the device and must stress that this is the unit from China and there is a fat possibility that things like in box content or the radios may slightly differ when it comes to India. What will remain the same is the physical hardware of the phone including the internals and the external design.
Talking about the internals, the device comes with a 5.5 inch display with a 720 P resolution, giving it a PPI of 267. However, surprisingly, the first thing you notice when you pick the phone is not the display but the hefty weight of the phone. At almost 200 grams, the RedMi Note feels like a heavy brick to hold. Unfortunately our unit has a loose back, so we are not sure if this is the case with all the devices or we are the unlucky ones. Though from our experience, the unit felt anything but premium due to the creeks in the back. The right flank of the device has the power unlock button which is largely metallic and the volume keys just above it. The bottom chin has the Micro USB port and the microphone. Left flank of the device is plain while you have the secondary microphone and 3.5 mm headset jack on the top. The rear of the device has the 13 MP camera with a single LED flash. The device is powered by a Mediatek MT6592 Octa Core Processor with 2 GB of RAM. The device is currently running Android 4.2.2 out of the box.
Here are the shots of the device for you to take a closer look at the phone and the device from the different sides.