Redmi Note: Unbox and Brief Review

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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

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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.

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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.

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Specification

Display: 5.5″ IPS HD 720p with Glass-film-film (GFF) architecture
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Although the Redmi Note and Redmi 1 looks similar in overall, but there are numbers of changes can be spot on.

i) notification light placed on above which makes easier to discover when there is a notification
ii) all three button at bottom (menu, home and back) will now lighten up and design is slight different on home / back buttons.
iii) i find removing back cover is more difficult on Redmi Note without dedicated hole as Redmi 1
iv) speaker relocate to bottom side which may affect volume when you holding the phone on palm.

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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.

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*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 !!!!

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0.25mm 9H Xiaomi tempered glass applied, thanks to my partner with her good skill, now the phone look even better.

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