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Redmi 2 Unboxing, First Impressions, AnTuTu

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Xiaomi’s Redmi 2 arrived on our doorstep last week. We unboxed it and took it out for a quick spin. And I think we can all agree the device is worth more than PHP5,999 selling price.

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What’s in the box?

As soon as you open the box, you will be greeted by the Redmi 2. Besides the unit, you get the usual contents: a data cable, the battery, and some documentation.

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I removed the plastic film on the screen before playing around with it. Don’t forget to remove the silver film covering the camera.

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First Impressions

The Redmi 2 has a rectangular shape with rounded edges. It feels good to hold and the build quality seems very solid. In my opinion, this is a good size for one handed operation, and so far, its comfortable to use.

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The back plate is made of a plastic material with a matte finish. The metallic logo produces a nice contrast. You could also see the camera, flash and speaker grill here.

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The device has a minimalist design with a nice clean look. Notice how the top black layer contrasts the white plastic body.

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The power and volume buttons are on the right side. It also has a metallic coating similar to the logo.

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You’ll find the 3.5mm audio jack at the top, and the micro USB port at the bottom.

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The 4.7 inch screen has a 1280 x 720 resolution and a respectable 312 pixels per inch. The text on screen looks crisp and colors look good. Default brightness looked a bit low for me, so I had to raise it to about 75%.

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One small caveat I found was that that the capacitive keys do not light up. It means you might fumble a bit in the dark looking for the keys. Here’s a closer look. Also, the LED notification light is underneath the home key (not pictured).

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The Redmi 2 runs MIUI 6.4.4 based on Android 4.4.4. So far, the device is generally smooth and responsive. It’s not lag free though, but its tolerable.

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Here’s the camera app. I like it’s simple layout.

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AnTuTu’ed

A quick run of AnTuTu showed a score of 20,125. Not bad for PHP5,999 phone. Remember, the score is just half the story. So far, the UI is smooth and responsive.

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It’s a Good Phone

Needless to say, our first impressions of the Redmi 2 is a positive one. The minimalist design gives it a nice clean look. The UI is smooth and responsive. The screen may not be that bright, but you can adjust it in settings. Overall, I’d say this is a good buy for PHP5,999.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 key specs:

  • 4.7 inch HD screen (1280 x 720, 312 PPI), protected by AGC Dragontrail glass
  • 1.2GHz Quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 410
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage (expandable to 32GB)
  • 4G dual SIM and dual standby capability
  • 8MP BSI f/2.2 rear camera
  • 2MP BSI front camera with 720p video recording
  • 2200mAh battery
  • MIUI 6 based on Android 4.4.4

The Redmi 2 is now available in Lazada.

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