UPDATE: We have contacted Xiaomi and they confirm the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 does have a Micro SD card with support for 32GB cards. Battery size is 3060mAh and the lowest screen brightness is 1cd/m². It seems there were a few errors when a few of the images were translated.
The Xioami Redmi Note 2 was unveiled today and what a surprising phone it has turned out to be! To follow on from our launch coverage today, here are some real photos of Xiaomi’s latest (and greatest?).
Take one look at the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and the phone is unmistakably a Xiaomi phone. With a 5.5-inch display the screen real estate is the same as the original Xiaomi Redmi Note, but now the physical footprint of 152 x 76 x 8.25mm the phone is smaller making for a more comfortable device, and the resolution has been bumped up to FHD 1920 x 1080.
The display has the same sunlight mode as the Xiaomi Mi4i for better viewing in direct sunlight and at the opposite end of the spectrum the screen can be dimmed to as low as
0.5cd/m² 1cd/m² making the Redmi Note 2 a perfect companion for bedtime reading.
Above the display is 5 mega-pixel Omnivision sensor and as usual all the usual MIUI beauty features are available to soften your skin and edit the photos as you like.
The rear camera is a little more special. The sensor itself is a Samsung CMOS 13 mega-pixel shooter with F2.2 aperture, those specs are the norm for phones of this price these days, but what really stands out is the inclusion of PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) for fast focussing speeds of only 0.1 seconds. A 5 element lens stack helps to keep images distoration free and colours looking as natural as possible.
Also on the outside of the Redmi Note 2 is an infrared remote control. Xiaomi have also included the feature on their flagship Mi Note, and with it you can control your TV or other IR controlled devices.
Under the hood the hardware keeps on taking turns for the good. Xiaomi have opted for the powerful Mediatek Helio X10 chipset in the Redmi Note 2 running at 2.0Ghz in the base models and a faster 2.2Ghz in the top of the range Redmi Note. Helping the chipset out is 2GB RAM and there are 16GB and 32GB internal memory options plus space for a micro SD card (Update: this has been confirmed via email) if you need more space.
Dual SIM LTE is also part of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 appeal, just be sure to order the correct version of the phone for your carriers networks. The base 799 Yuan model only supports TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA, the 899 Yuan model FDD-LTE and TD-LTE, while the 999 Yuan Redmi Note 2 has the faster chip and more memory plus FDD-LTE and TD-LTE support.
On the battery front the 8.25mm phone has a 3060mAh battery that IS removable, plus quick-charge 2.0 is implemented also.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 photos
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will be available in green, blue, yellow, white and pink from 16th August in China. International buyers will need to wait for Xiaomi to launch the Redmi Note 2 outside of the mainland or alternatively wait for resellers to get stock of the phones.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 now listed on shop.gizchina.com, availability soon.