Xiaomi Redmi Notes 2 Prime, the review of GizChina.it

Xiaomi Redmi Notes 2 Prime

Probably the most awaited in its range and the most purchased of the last weeks; today we talk about Xiaomi Redmi Notes 2 Prime, the version slightly "increased" compared to that of which there we talked a few weeks ago.

A slightly higher clock in the CPU and an entire memory equal to twice the standard version; but do the differences really feel in everyday use? Find out in the review below!

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime is available on TopResellerStore.it with shipping from Italy and 24 months warranty and Italian assistance. On the store it will be possible to receive a discount (on all the products in the catalog) through the voucher "GIZCHINA"

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - The full review of GizChina.it

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Sales package

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The sales package of the "Prime" version is identical to the standard. Classic boxed box also for the new variant of the Xiaomi mid-range smartphone; on the front there is only the logo "Mi" while on the back there are the classic words and specifications of the device, obviously in Chinese.

Il contents of the package it is instead the following:

  • smartphones;
  • high quality USB-micro USB cable, especially in very robust connectors;
  • wall charger with 2A output, with Chinese plug (included European plug adapter);
  • Instruction manuals and guarantee.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Design and materials

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No news under construction, materials used and design of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime.

White and removable back cover, with side buttons with metallic paint: excellent combination and above all beautiful to behold. The general construction is made of plastic, with an opaque varnish for the cover, which however does not hold the imprints too much.

The display is from 5.5 inches, while the dimensions of 152 x 76 x 8.25 mm for a total weight of 160 grams. The Redmi Note 2, therefore, is certainly not a "featherweight", but it is still well balanced and, therefore, is always comfortable during everyday use.

La disposal of keys and the connectors on the device is as follows.

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On the top, starting from the left, we have the 3.5mm headphone jack, the second noise reduction microphone and the infrared port to use the smartphone as a remote control. Xiaomi-redmi-Note-Prime-2-4

At the bottom there are the Micro USB connector and the main microphone.

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The left side of the smartphone is completely clean and free of buttons and / or inputs.

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The right side, on the other hand, has the rocker arm for adjusting the volume and the power button, lock and turn off.

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Turning to the back, we have above the camera from 13 mega-pixel flanked to the LED flash.

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Below, then, the "MI" logo under which the main speaker was inserted.

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At the bottom, but at the front of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime, as in the basic version, we have the three touch buttons that are slightly backlit in red. The backlighting is insufficient.

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Finally, in the front upper part there is the front chamber, the earpiece and the proximity sensors and for the automatic regulation of the brightness.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Display

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ll display present on Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, as the word "Note" clearly suggests, is wide: 5.5 inches with resolution FullHD 1920 x 1080 pixels on a matrix panel IPS LCD to 401 PPI.

Excellent brightness, even in outdoor environments, the display is fully usable. Very good colors and their calibration. For the most fussy users, in MIUI there is the possibility, in the Display section of the settings, to change the temperature of the colors, from hot to cold, as well as the type of contrast for the colors themselves.

The automatic brightness sensor is very fast, even if it is set to a slightly low value; good, however, the viewing angles of the screen.

Also in this respect, therefore, it is not possible to highlight differences between the two versions of the device, which present themselves with the same characteristics.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Internal Memory

One of the main differences that distinguishes the Redmi Note 2 Prime compared to the "base" is the internal storage.

Lo Xiaomi Redmi Notes 2 Prime presents itself on the market with 32GB of internal memory (unlike, therefore, the 16GB of the other version) and with the relative possibility of expansion through Micro SD, a welcome news on a smartphone company. In practice we have 27,78GB of memory available to the user, which is perfectly usable both for the installation of applications and for the storage of photographs or videos.

Le Micro SD are supported up to 64GB. As usual, the OTG function is also present.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Hardware and performance

Lo Xiaomi Note 2 Redmire Prime is still one of the few Xiaomi home devices to mount a Mediatek processor, but this time it does so with a lot of "style"; under the shell, in fact, we find a Helio X10 Octa-Core (to be clear, it is a MT6795 octacore clocked at 2.2GHz) that is able to guarantee very good performances.

The RAM memory is from 2GB and the storage, as already anticipated, is from 32GB. The differences with the standard version, therefore, in addition to internal storage, concern the processor clock, which switches from 2.0GHz to 2.2GHz in the Prime version and the GPU to 700 MHz instead of 550 MHz. The GPU is a PowerVR G6200 that manages to ensure good performance even in the gaming sector, not overheating in the most prolonged gaming sessions.

In the screens below, instead, you find the usual benchmark results performed on Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime and, as you can see, are worthy of a smartphone even high end.

Xiaomi Redmi Notes 2 Prime - Antutu Benchmark

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Audio

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Single speaker which is placed at the back of the device; the audio output is good, both in terms of volume and overall sound quality. What is not particularly surprising is equalization.

The highest frequencies are the "favorite" in this speaker, while the lower frequencies are able to hear with more difficulty. Problem circumventable in the Music Player with some equalizer (over the various settings present and modifiable through the smartphone software itself), but not in the whole system, where you will have to settle.

No news, therefore, not even for the quality of the audio that remains good as in the basic version.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Connectivity

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Equipped with a double SIM housing, the Xiaomi Note 2 Redmire it is compatible with two Micro-type cards. The first housing is also compatible with LTE networks, though the 20 band is missing (the 800 MHz frequency) that allows the 4G operation of operators like Tim and Wind in the most difficult areas reached by the signal.

In any case, the reception is higher than the average of the devices sold at the same price and also the operation and management of the dual SIM is good.

In fact, in the dedicated menu, you can choose which card to use as default in each area or select the thing from time to time (in-call, for text messages, etc.). The reception compartment does not differ from the standard version of the device.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Camera

As in the previous version, even in this "first" the camera we liked a lot and came out head up from our photo tests.

Let's start with the analysis of the rear camera, which is a sensor from 13 mega-pixels equipped with single LED flash. Overall, the camera offers a good photographic quality and, following, you can observe yourself our shots.

In the daytime the captured photographs are of great quality, but at night and with light coming from the flash the results tend to worsen; the details are not very defined and the images are slightly pasty.

Similar speech regarding the yield of the frontal chamber: 5 mega-pixels available and excellent results, with more than good photos in the daytime, while the result is poor with little light. The wide-angle lens is not very wide, so some group selfie might be complicated (not that it is a tragedy, but it is only a note).

Video recording takes place in FullHD and you can also record videos in both Slow Motion and Timelapse.

Below you will find the gallery of photographs taken with Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - FullHD video recording test

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Battery

Battery pack from 3060 mAh supplied, removable and therefore replaceable in case of need; autonomy is certainly not a strong piece, even if with the various updates it is gradually improving.

Always using it on the 3G and 4G network, the battery guarantees approx 11-12 hours of use and just under 2 hours and a half hours of active screen considering the use of Facebook (which consumes a lot), Whatsapp, Gmail and Browser.

With the Wi-Fi network for a good part of the day, the final result of about 20% is improved; an increase not considerable, but still enough to make the autonomy sufficient for the majority of users.

The battery, therefore, slightly loses points with this Prime version, which given the slightly higher clock, must deal with a slightly more energivorous processor.

Xiami Redmi Note 2 Prime - Software

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and MIUI in 7 version: excellent performance that the smartphone can get in all conditions; the system is fluid and the interface is very pleasant.

The launcher graphics are highly customizable; through the themes section, very well supplied, you can download and install other interfaces to make your device more personal.

There are still some minor bugs of youth for the system (for example, in the telephone dialer, even if you have saved a phone number in memory, after calling it, it will be unknown.) This bug has not been corrected to date. present both in the ROM of the standard version of the device and in that of Prime).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Photo Gallery

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime - Final considerations

As we said in the review of the "base" version of the Xiaomi Redmi notes 2, even for this Prime the judgments are very similar; the performances are excellent and the quality / price ratio is best buy.

In the face of higher spending, your question will probably be the following: "Which of the two devices should you buy?". The answer is simple and obvious; if you have a slightly higher budget bet without a doubt to Prime because of the greater internal storage, but with a lower budget the basic version is excellent, also because the differences in the CPU and GPU clock are not noticed at all in the use daily.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Prime is available on TopResellerStore.it with shipping from Italy and 24 months warranty and Italian assistance. On the store it will be possible to receive a discount (on all the products in the catalog) through the voucher "GIZCHINA"