My partner got me another Redmi Note from Singapore on the first batch launch. The handset selling for SGD 199 and RM 509, which is consider cheap with the specs it offered. Do mind that buying Xiaomi handset from other country can’t claim warranty in your local place as Xiaomi doesn’t offer international warranty, refer here: Xiaomi Products Warranty in Malaysia
Lucky for us, the Redmi Note launched in Malaysia and Singapore is enhanced version that comes with faster processing unit 8-Core MTK 6592 1.7GHz instead of 1.4GHz and 2GB RAM instead of 1GB.
As usual, the package included power adapter, 2 x Sim card adapter, a receipt, battery, USB cable and user manual.
In addition, if you buying Redmi Note other than official site, you can check whether real or replica at official site: 小米手机防伪查询 -> 使用IMEI码查询 -> key in IMEI and Serial Number at back of the package box.
Processor: MTK MT6592 8-core 1.7 GHz CPU
GPU: ARM Mali-450
OS: MIUI V5, based on Android 4.2.2
Sim: mini-Sim size, Dual-Sim (slot 1 support 3G, slot 2 support only 2G)
RAM: 2 GB, Storage: 8GB ROM, microSD expansion slot up to 32GB
Rear Camera: 13MP ƒ/2.2 28mm wide angle, 8 fps burst, 1 LED Flash, 1080p video record
Front Camera: 5MP with auto face detection
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0LE + Bluetooth 3.0HS, USB OTG, no NFC
Battery: 3100 mAh Li-polymer battery, removable
Body: Plastic, Size: 154 x 78.7 x 9.45mm, Weight: 199g, Color: Front black with white back cover
First impression, the phone is lighter and thinner than i expected. Compare with Redmi 1, Redmi Note weigh slight heavier with 199g and redmi 1 for 158g; Redmi note is thinner in depth with 9.45mm where Redmi 1 comes with 9.9mm. One hand operation is possible on larger hand of guys, girls might need two hand to operate task such as sliding down notification bar or tap on upper screen applications.
Redmi Note comes with minimal design, bezel : screen ratio is not excellent but acceptable. The glossy body feels more fragile, easily slipped and plasticky compare to the firmer Redmi 1.
Xiaomi should have used the matt-lik design cover used as Redmi 1 instead of glossy plastic cover on Redmi Note to improve grip. Moreover, the glossy back cover is a dust magnet and easily get oily as picture above.
Although the Redmi Note and Redmi 1 looks similar in overall, but there are numbers of changes can be spot on.
Once you done basic set up on MIUI, there will be plenty of updates/ syncing waiting for you, such as Xiaomi cloud, Google apps, Facebook and even the MIUI System software: MIUI JHDMIBE25.0 (Stable Build). Therefore, it is advise to start-up the fresh new handset by using Wi-Fi, else you will be consume lots of mobile network data.
The screen size, 8-core processor and 2GB RAM is a much better spec in every aspect, especially in gaming. Playing Clash of Clan is much more smoother and releasing large troops at one time is now without lag issue. One thing i discover, the mobile network signal is a little lower than Redmi 1 and HTC One X, but still acceptable.
All in all, consider of the price, up-to-date hardware and great MIUI system software, it is well worth standing by on Tuesday 12pm with crazily clicking refresh -> buy now on mi.com to get one of it. Note, to get better gaming experience, get a fast Micro SDCard and back cover with good grip.
*update: Got the phone a Matte back cover to avoid slipped incident and a tempered glass from Edmund for a good price. If you searching for Xiaomi’s 3rd party accessories, look for him at [WTS] Xiaomi Mi3 Redmi Note 1S Ultra Thin Cases, As Low as RM 10 !!!!
0.25mm 9H Xiaomi tempered glass applied, thanks to my partner with her good skill, now the phone look even better.
The limited 4GB ROM (internal storage) on Redmi 1 really frustrate me. The space is too small that i could easily fill it up with applications, moreover it will keep prompt up “insufficient storage space” when i try to update applications all at once.
With a external storage, 32GB SD card in the phone, i decided to move some of those applications over SD card to clear up some space. Steps as below,
ii) Root Your Phone with TWRP, refer: How to Root Redmi 1 (Singapore unit Firmware: JHBSGBD15.0)
iii) after root, install this application from Google Playstore: System app remover (ROOT)
iv) Launch System app remover and allow it to grant Super user Access. Select the applications from the list that you want to move over, suggest not to remove system applications and Google related applications, only remove those applications that is independent and rarely use.
Do you find it annoying by keep clicking on “Next” button to search for clan with better loots amount? There is a way to skip that with an add-on application called xxzhushou (叉叉助手), by key in a minimum amount of Gold / Elixir / Dark Elixir Loots, the add-on will keep on searching and stopped on clan that meet the target amount.
Do mind the match cost will still deduct from your own loot while doing searching. For example, by putting in great amount such as 300,000 for each Gold and Elixir, it may deduct lots of loot depend on how many times it skipped.
The application only comes with Chinese language, currently work on Rooted Android phone, tested and works good on Xiaomi Redmi, Samsung Galaxy S3, Samsung Galaxy S4, LG G Pro 2 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
To use the application,
Successfully rooted Redmi 1 Singapore unit with latest firmware JHBSGBD15.0 and gained Superuser access on June 2014. Installation guide is simple and clear with graphics on miui forum thread: “[Tools, Tips & Tutorials] How to install TWRP, ROOT and BACKUP your RedMi 1“, just follow steps written and all will be safely done.
For Singapore unit, download two files titled as below from the thread or download directly from dropbox link below,
*On my first failed attempt, i copied two files above into external SD card root, which is sdcard0 in ES File Explorer, appear as sdcard in recovery mode. Although installed TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project) successfully, but it brings me to stock recovery mode instead of TWRP after restart.
*On second success try, i copied into sdcard1 with ES File Explorer and it appear as sdcard2 in recovery mode. Installed exactly as instruction, include battery removed part, and got it all works.