Xiaomi recently introduced the successor to the Redmi Note smartphone in China – the Redmi Note 2. The new Redmi Note 2 offers a few upgrades over its predecessor, but still is priced below Rs 10,000 to make it a budget 4G LTE phone. The phone utilizes a MediaTek SoC, and the company is barred from selling MediaTek processor powered phones in India. However, the brand is expected to release a Snapdragon processor powered variant of the Redmi Note 2 in India in the coming weeks.
Leaving the launch of the new Redmi Note 2 aside, let’s talk how the phone stands against the Redmi Note 4G available in India at the moment.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G: comparison of budget Android phablets from China
Design & Display
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and Redmi Note 2, both offer plastic bodies to keep their prices under the affordable range. The Redmi Note 4G measures 9.4mm around the waist and tips the scale at 185 grams, while the Redmi Note 2 is much slimmer at 8.2mm and weighs 160 grams. The Redmi Note 4G and Redmi Note 2, both offer 5.5-inch displays. The Redmi Note 4G offers an HD screen, while the Redmi Note 2 sports a full HD display so it offers better media viewing experience with a pixel density of 401ppi.
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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is powered by a 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 processor that offers octa-cores clocked at 2GHz, aided by 2GB of RAM. The Redmi Note 4G on the other hand utilises a quad-core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. For storage, the Redmi Note 4G offers 8GB of internal memory, while the Redmi Note 2 comes with 16GB of flash storage. Both phones have microSD card slots to expand the memory further. On the software front, the Redmi Note 4G runs Android KitKat-based MIUI custom ROM, while the Redmi Note 2 is the first to ship with MIUI 7 that is based on Android Lollipop.
In terms of imaging, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and its predecessor offer similar features. They offer 13-megapixel rear cameras with LED flash, and 5-megapixel front snappers. Both are capable of recording full HD quality videos at 30FPS, and offer HDR, Panorama, and Touch to Focus etc camera tweaks.
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Connectivity and Battery
In terms of connectivity, the Redmi Note 2 and Redmi Note 4G offer similar specs including 4G LTE support for Indian LTE bands, dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and A-GPS. The Redmi Note 4G is fuelled by a 3,100mAh battery, while its successor is being offered with a bit smaller 3,060mAh unit.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is one of the bestselling phones from the Chinese brand in India, available via major online stores, Airtel stores in select cities, and The Mobile Stores. The phone offers an HD display and decent camera specifications, along with a large battery. However, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 comes with much better software experience as it runs the MIUI 7 based on Lollipop, and offers better media viewing experience with its full HD display. Talking about the prices, the Redmi Note 4G is being offered for Rs 7,999, while the Redmi Note 2 is expected to be priced around Rs 8,999 in India.
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