Redmi: Introduction and Unboxing

Redmi is a ultra budget range smartphone manufactured by china company Xiaomi Inc., Xiaomi porudcts is popular in China (together with Hong Kong and Taiwan), with record of sold off 100,000 units of Xiaomi Mi 3 under two minutes. Similar case in Singapore, 5000 units of Redmi sold of in just 8 minutes 4 seconds. I’m lucky that my partner able to order one for me in the second batch of sale. It comes with ridiculously low price (around RM 437.73), but equipped with some best among its class’s specs, as below:

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Specification

Display: 4.7″ IPS HD 720p with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Processor: MTK MT6589T Quad-core 1.5GHz
GPU: Imagination PowerVR SGX544
OS: MIUI V5, based on Android 4.2
Sim: mini-Sim size, Dual-Sim (slot 1 support 3G, slot 2 support only 2G)
RAM: 1 GB, Storage: 4GB ROM, microSD expansion slot up to 32GB
Rear Camera: 8MP ƒ/2.2 28mm wide angle, 8 fps burst, 1 LED Flash, 1080p video record
Front Camera: 1.3MP with auto face detection
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0LE + Bluetooth 3.0HS, USB OTG, no NFC
Battery: 2000 mAh Li-polymer battery, removable
Body: Plastic, Size: 137 x 69 x 9.9mm, Weight: 158g, Color: Deep grey

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Let me share unboxing pictures and share some experience on using Redmi here. If you buying Redmi 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 as image above.

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With SGD 169, you get fee delivery (within Singapore), power adapter, USB cable, 2 Micro to Mini sim sleeves, quick start-up manual sheet and the phone itself. There are no earphone, no fancy stickers, discount coupons or whatever. All above are well packed inside their signature gift like wood colour package, very presentable.

There are also no proper printed user-guide on software based. An application pre-installed in ROM named “Readme” can be found on the left homepage which covers most of the necessary things you need to know.

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There is a gap hole at bottom of right side, which allow you to open back cover easily to access removable battery, Sim cards and microSD card.

Same screen size compare to 2012 HTC One X+, bezel on Redmi is more as image above. Both are solid build, just nice to hold and easy to control with one hand. Smoothness of system are on par but Redmi’s MIUI V5 operating system are making more sense, customizable and ease of use compare to “HTC Sense“. Heatness on Redmi is surprising low, battery life is acceptable while heavy use compare to burning battery drainer of HTC One X+ (Nvidia version of mine).

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First boot will takes minutes to get into operating interface as video below, no worry, after boot-up, everything will be smooth with nicely done instruction to guide you of what to do next.

Some of the test-out and using experience as below:

i) First boot: take longer time, system update will be require once settle into homescreen.

ii) MIUI: Thanks to MIUI developer team, OS is clean and responsive. It proved a budget phone can run silky smooth with well developed ROM, more customize settings available, very useful MIUI apps (ex: Security, Backup, Themes, Explorer) and without pre-installed crappy applications as Sony Xperia Arc, both HTC phones that i have (One X, One X+).

iii) MIUI services: ROM update in every 2 months. Total of free 10GB cloud storage will be available for new user, default 5GB from MI Cloud app and sign-in https://i.xiaomi.com to gain another 5GB.

iv) there are still numbers of chinese characters can be seen here and there without translated into english. ex: explorer, system update change log.

v) Bluetooh and Wifi: Yested Spotify music streaming to X-mini WE via bluetooth connection, works perfectly fine. Refer X-mini WE: Thumbsize Speaker Designed for Smartphones [Review]

vi) Audio: A little low volume right from the phone, acceptable. Plugged in HTC stock headphone, sounds pretty good with its own sound setting called “Mi Sound enhancer”. If your head phone got 3 buttons (ex: next, pause, previous), you can assign them at General settings -> Headphones -> Assign buttons. Equalizer available in General settings -> Sound -> Optimise audio quality

vii) Camera: Very well performed, refer Redmi: Photo and Video Samples

viii) Issue: The low signal issue makes me headache, a nice smartphone that can’t make stable phone call and lock in data connection consistently, not acceptable. Refer Redmi: Weak Phone Signal and Data Connection Issue

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