Speaking of the Redmi Notes, it may be worth mentioning where the plain non-Note Redmis sit in the companys lineup - ultra-affordable compacts might be a pretty concise yet accurate summary
And when you hear ultra-affordable you are thinking a low-end Mediatek chipset, low-res display and a plastic build, probably. None of those applies. Instead, you are getting an efficient 14nm Snapdragon 625 chipset and a FullHD 5-inch display inside a premium metal body. All this for the equivalent of $130!
If you have read any of our previous Redmi reviews you d be familiar with the 4 Prime shortcomings - apparently Xiaomi has done its research and figured that NFC and display glass protection are not essential. The non-removable battery has been a thing since the first of the Redmi Threes, but we are sort of fans of the 4,100mAh power-pack, sealed as it may be. We would also issue a minor complaint on the Android version all while acknowledging that Marshmallow is reasonably okay for a phone in this price bracket.
There is the caveat that the price is such in China, and with Xiaomi not exactly having a global distribution network, you may run into additional costs to get your hands on one of these Redmis. Then there is the matter of warranty, or lack thereof.
While those are legitimate concerns, it is more important just how good of a phone Xiaomi managed to make on such a tight budget. That is why we are here, and we are kicking off with the usual hardware overview on the next page.
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