Introduction

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is helping the company cross into the 64-bit era. A catchy enough headline for a sequel that's not overly generous with the upgrades. On second thought, a new generation chipset (lower-midrange but still), a more recent OS and LTE are not a package to frown on. Especially considering that the upgrade costs the same - if not less - than the predecessor.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2 official pictures

The Redmi 1S was a huge success with reasonable specs at an unbelievable price. The stakes are high for the successor and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 isn't trying to fix what wasn't broke. It carries over the sober looks losing some body fat without sacrificing the screen real estate and resolution. LTE connectivity on top of the original dual-SIM capability is welcome too.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2 official pictures

The elegant MIUI has been further refined as well. Xiaomi have redesigned the launcher, but the logic and functionality are intact - in a bid perhaps to keep both newcomers and upgraders happy.

Key features

  • 4.7" IPS 720p capacitive touchscreen with 312ppi; Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat with MIUI v.6
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU; 1 GB of RAM (8GB model) or 2GB of RAM (16GB model); Adreno 306 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
  • 8MP camera with LED flash, 1080p video capture
  • 2MP front-facing camera; 720p video recording
  • 8GB or 16GB of built-in memory, expandable via a microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Cat. 4 LTE (150/50Mbps); Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou; microUSB, USB On-The-Go; FM radio
  • Dual SIM dual standby (two micro-SIM slots)
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated microphone
  • 2,200mAh battery

Main disadvantages

  • The 8GB version has 1GB of RAM
  • Limited availability
  • Shipping cross-continent may complicate service and warranty

Xiaomi unveiled an upgraded 16GB model with 2GB of RAM just a month after the official announcement of the Redmi 2. It is slightly more expensive, but heavy multitaskers will certainly find the premium is worth it. The very early adopters may have been disappointed by the fast hardware upgrade, but we'd better have it than not.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2 live pictures

As usual, availability is an issue - not so much finding a vendor but the potential complications about servicing and warranty. The upside is you're not paying over the odds for hardware - you would normally need to reach much deeper in your wallet to get a package like that.

With a price that's hard to beat and a realistic level of equipment, things are looking good so far for the Redmi 2. Find out what happens next right after the break!

We would like to thank XiaomiShop.com for providing this review unit.

Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes in a simple box made of recycled paper. The package contents are just as basic: you get a compact 1A charger and a microUSB cable. That's it.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

The retail package

If you order the Xiaomi Redmi 2 at XiaomiShop.com, you'll also get a flip leather case, a screen protector and a touch pen free of charge.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

XiaomiShop.com offers some complimentary accessories

Xiaomi Redmi 2 360-degree view

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has the same 4.7" HD display as its predecessor and a more powerful battery, which however didn't result in increased size and weight. The Redmi 2 is actually a tad more compact and lighter than the Redmi 1S. At 134 x 67.2 x 9.4mm, it weighs 133g, which is a good 25g lighter.

Design and build quality

The reduced weight aside, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 looks a lot like its Redmi 1S predecessor. The curved corners of the new model make it look even more compact.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 1S next to the Redmi 2

The red backlighting of the capacitive keys is a trademark accent of the Redmi lineup and it works pretty well here. The black front is actually a piece of Corning Gorilla Glass, while the removable battery cover is manufactured from high-quality matte plastic.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xaomi Redmi 2

The removable cover fits tightly but can be easily popped open, no squeaks when handling the phone. Holding and using the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is quite pleasant. The matte rear cover provides excellent grip, while the reduced body weight and curved sides help both the feel in hand and pocketability.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Handling the Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 boasts no special materials and premium finish, but is solidly built and looking quite durable.

Controls

The new Xiaomi Redmi 2 looks quite like its predecessor and the layout if controls is identical. It uses capacitive buttons beneath the display, with the familiar red backlight. Although the left key has the old Contextual Menu icon, it actually opens the task switcher. Upon a long press, it will show the advanced menu, if available. You can configure long press for all three keys, but the options available are just three: Contextual Menu, Task Switcher and Close App.

The secondary 2MP camera is next to the earpiece, along with the proximity and ambient-light sensors.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The 2MP front camera is above the screen • the red touch-sensitive keys - below the display

The left side of the _phone_ is completely bare. On the right, we find the silver-painted volume rocker and the power/lock key.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Exploring the left and right sides of the Xiaomi Redmi 2

The 3.5mm headphone jack is on top of the Xiaomi Redmi 2, while the microUSB port and the primary microphone are over at the bottom.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The audio jack is on top • the microUSB port - at the bottom

The 8MP camera lens is placed between the LED flash and the loudspeaker grille. The secondary microphone is also around.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

A peek at the back

The rear cover of the Redmi 2 is user-removable and lets you reach the 2,200mAh battery. Unfortunately, the two micro-SIM cards and the microSD card are confined by the battery, and therefore not hot-swappable.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The back panel is removable though none of the cards is hot-swappable

Display

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 features a 4.7" HD IPS display with a pixel density of 312ppi - those are identical specs to what the Xiaomi Redmi 1S has. Corning Gorilla Glass 2 provides a degree of protection against cracks and scratches.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The 4.7" IPS display Xiaomi Redmi 2 • compared to Redmi 1S

A closer look at the display matrix of the Xiaomi Redmi 2 reveals a standard RGB arrangement of an LCD panel's sub-pixels.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

The display on the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is bright enough at 100% with good contrast and colors. At 50% brightness the image quality stays the same. Unlike with the Redmi 1S, dropping the brightness slider doesn't reduce the brightness sharply.

Display test 50% brightness 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Xiaomi Redmi 1S 0.08 158 1437 0.45 615 1370
Xiaomi Redmi Note 0.3 305 1001 0.52 536 1016
Xiaomi Redmi 2 0.3 273 943 0.58 561 974
Samsung Galaxy A3 243 470
Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime 0.25 194 785 0.56 426 756
HTC Desire 510 0.17 204 1226 0.31 354 1159
Samsung Galaxy A5 191 398


The sunlight legibility is improved over the Redmi 1S but still rather mediocre.

Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView
    4.698
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    4.241
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
    4.033
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3.997
  • Apple iPhone 5
    3.997
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.895
  • Apple iPhone 6
    3.838
  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge
    3.799
  • Oppo R5
    3.678
  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom
    3.675
  • Nokia Lumia 930
    3.567
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3.565
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
    3.549
  • Nokia Lumia 735
    3.547
  • Alcatel Idol X+
    3.527
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    3.512
  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha
    3.509
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo
    3.487
  • YotaPhone 2
    3.453
  • Motorola RAZR MAXX
    3.42
  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III
    3.419
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active
    3.406
  • Nokia Lumia 925
    3.402
  • Gionee Elife S5.5
    3.386
  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4
    3.352
  • Samsung Omnia W
    3.301
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini
    3.174
  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S
    3.155
  • Samsung Ativ S
    3.129
  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini
    3.127
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom
    3.118
  • Nokia N9
    3.069
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    3.023
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    2.97
  • Samsung Galaxy Premier
    2.958
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2.95
  • HTC One S
    2.901
  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express
    2.861
  • BlackBerry Q10
    2.856
  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II
    2.832
  • HTC Desire Eye
    2.815
  • Gionee Elife S5.1
    2.812
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    2.801
  • BlackBerry Z30
    2.79
  • Meizu MX4 Pro
    2.765
  • Sony Xperia ZR
    2.672
  • Huawei Ascend P1
    2.655
  • Sony Xperia Z3
    2.618
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
    2.616
  • Sony Xperia T3
    2.609
  • BlackBerry Passport
    2.595
  • Nokia Lumia 900
    2.562
  • Motorola Moto G 4G
    2.546
  • HTC One Max
    2.537
  • Nokia Lumia 720
    2.512
  • HTC One
    2.504
  • Motorola Moto G
    2.477
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2.462
  • Xiaomi Mi 4
    2.424
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    2.422
  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro
    2.416
  • LG G Flex
    2.407
  • HTC Desire 820
    2.372
  • HTC One (M8)
    2.371
  • Meizu MX4
    2.366
  • Motorola RAZR i
    2.366
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2.352
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2.307
  • HTC One (M8) for Windows
    2.291
  • Oppo Find 7a
    2.279
  • Alcatel One Touch Hero
    2.272
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2.269
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    2.262
  • Nokia Asha 311
    2.25
  • Motorola Moto G (2014)
    2.233
  • LG Nexus 5
    2.228
  • Nokia Lumia 820
    2.193
  • HTC One (E8)
    2.185
  • Oppo N3
    2.181
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    2.17
  • HTC One X
    2.158
  • Nokia N8
    2.144
  • Nokia Lumia 620
    2.142
  • Nokia 515
    2.134
  • HTC Desire 500
    2.129
  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual
    2.12
  • Sony Xperia acro S
    2.119
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2.119
  • Nokia Lumia 1020
    2.103
  • Oppo Find 5
    2.088
  • Sony Xperia SL
    2.078
  • Nokia Lumia 630
    2.056
  • BlackBerry Z10
    2.051
  • Huawei Ascend Mate7
    2.024
  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active
    2.022
  • Apple iPhone 4
    2.016
  • HTC One mini
    2.003
  • Xiaomi Mi 3
    2.001
  • Huawei Ascend P7
    1.992
  • LG G2
    1.976
  • OnePlus One
    1.961
  • Oppo R819
    1.957
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray
    1.955
  • Lenovo Vibe X2
    1.952
  • Sony Xperia Z2
    1.944
  • Sony Xperia E3
    1.943
  • Nokia Lumia 1320
    1.941
  • HTC One mini 2
    1.94
  • Samsung Galaxy Camera
    1.938
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    1.935
  • Sony Xperia J
    1.932
  • Acer CloudMobile S500
    1.931
  • LG Nexus 4
    1.926
  • LG G Pro 2
    1.922
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    1.913
  • Nokia Asha 308
    1.911
  • HTC Butterfly 2
    1.905
  • Sony Xperia T
    1.894
  • Nokia Lumia 830
    1.887
  • HTC Desire X
    1.878
  • HTC Windows _phone_ 8X
    1.873
  • HTC Butterfly
    1.873
  • HTC Butterfly S
    1.867
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1.865
  • Huawei Ascend Mate
    1.845
  • LG G2 mini
    1.838
  • LG G3
    1.82
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
    1.813
  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim
    1.797
  • Sony Xperia V
    1.792
  • HTC Desire 816
    1.783
  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
    1.772
  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim
    1.769
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.763
  • Sony Xperia U
    1.758
  • Meizu MX3
    1.754
  • LG Optimus G
    1.753
  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
    1.74
  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact
    1.735
  • Sony Xperia SP
    1.733
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1.691
  • Oppo Find 7
    1.691
  • HTC One V
    1.685
  • BlackBerry Q5
    1.682
  • LG Optimus Vu
    1.68
  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9
    1.672
  • LG Optimus GJ
    1.666
  • LG Optimus 3D Max
    1.658
  • HTC Desire V
    1.646
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    1.632
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3
    1.622
  • Jolla Jolla
    1.605
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    1.578
  • Sony Xperia go
    1.577
  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160
    1.566
  • Samsung Galaxy Core
    1.563
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1.552
  • Motorola Moto E
    1.545
  • LG Optimus 3D
    1.542
  • Nokia Asha 302
    1.537
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime
    1.507
  • BlackBerry Curve 9320
    1.488
  • Sony Xperia M
    1.473
  • Oppo N1
    1.47
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    1.462
  • Nokia Lumia 610
    1.432
  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos
    1.4
  • Sony Xperia M2
    1.393
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
    1.393
  • Microsoft Lumia 535
    1.393
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2
    1.38
  • Sony Xperia E1
    1.372
  • Nokia Lumia 625
    1.371
  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355
    1.361
  • Sony Xperia L
    1.351
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
    1.35
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    1.35
  • HTC Desire 510
    1.34
  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua
    1.331
  • Sony Xperia miro
    1.324
  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand
    1.321
  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam
    1.315
  • HTC Desire C
    1.3
  • Nokia X
    1.291
  • Sony Xperia C
    1.283
  • Nokia Asha 503
    1.281
  • Nokia Asha 501
    1.27
  • LG Optimus L7
    1.269
  • Nokia Lumia 510
    1.268
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1.245
  • LG Optimus L9
    1.227
  • Meizu MX
    1.221
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1.22
  • Sony Xperia E
    1.215
  • Nokia XL
    1.204
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1.203
  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C
    1.198
  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket
    1.18
  • Nokia Asha 305
    1.178
  • Nokia Asha 306
    1.175
  • Sony Xperia neo L
    1.169
  • Sony Xperia tipo
    1.166
  • Nokia Lumia 520
    1.161
  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos
    1.148
  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2
    1.114

Xiaomi is allowing user control over color temperature and saturation. Unfortunately there is no Glove mode this time around.

Finally there is an option to prevent accidental unlocks of your screen, while the phone is in your pocket. If enabled, you won't be able to unlock the screen while something is covering the proximity sensor. This would take a toll on the battery though.

Battery life

Xiaomi has a 2,200mAh battery powering the Redmi 2, 10% more powerful than the Redmi 1S, and it is removable. We ran our battery test and the Xiaomi Redmi 2 scored an overall rating of 55 hours, which means you can count on two full days if you do an hour each of calling, web browsing and video playback daily. The Redmi 2 does slightly better than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S (51hrs) but overall it's rating is about average.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Check out our detailed Xiaomi Redmi 2 battery life test here.

Our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating.

Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

Connectivity

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes loaded with wireless connectivity features. We kick off with the Cat.4 LTE option (up to 150Mpbs down, 50Mbps up), and there is regular 2G and 3G connectivity, of course.

The Redmi 2 is a dual-SIM phone with dual standby. One of the cards can be connected to an LTE or 3G network, while the other will work on GSM.

Local connectivity includes Wi-Fi b/g/n and Wi-Fi Hotspot capabilities. There is no dual-band support, unfortunately. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE, but no ANT+ or NFC.

The Redmi 2 relies on a standard microUSB 2.0 port for charging and wired data connectivity.

What we do miss here is a wired TV-out option either via MHL or SlimPort. USB on-the-go and USB Hub are supported, which means you can use USB memory stick, mice and keyboards. You just have to purchase the USB OTG adapter separately (about $2).

Finally, there is also support for GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou, plus an FM radio with RDS.

User interface - MIUI v.6 runs on top of Android KitKat

Xiaomi Redmi 2 runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat skinned with company's latest MIUI v6 launcher. The MIUI ROMs have been around for a while and are fairly popular among the Android community. Xiaomi's customizations run very deep and replace everything including all Google services, but the good news is you can still get those from the Mi Market app. The models sold outside China come with the entire Google package pre-installed.

Xiaomi MIUI v6 completely overhauls the user interface, though it keeps the same layout and operational logic. Xiaomi has put a huge effort to make the UI flat and simplistic as possible and yet keep the entire functionality intact.

Before we dig into details, here's quick walkthrough of the MIUI v6 on video to get you started.

The lockscreen moves the clock widget over the top left and lose the centered circle with shortcuts. All you need to do is swipe upwards to unlock. If you want a quick access to the camera - just swipe from the right side.

The lockscreen widgets are no more, but you can always set protection such as PIN or password.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The MIUI v6 lockscreen

Beyond the lockscreen is the Android homescreen with four customizable shortcuts docked at the bottom by default, but you can dock up to five items. You can have any app there or even folders with multiple items if you will.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The MIUI homescreens • there is no app drawer

There is no app drawer - anything you install pops up on your homescreen, which can have unlimited panes. There're no shortcuts and the usual routine of removing icons (dragging them up to a recycle bin at the top of the screen) will uninstall the corresponding app. There is a pop-up for confirming the action though, so you can't accidentally uninstall apps.

Homescreen widgets are available, too - tap and hold on the homescreen, then choose Widgets. There are few options available, but of course, you can get even more from the Play Store.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Editing the homescreens • adding widgets

Homescreen effects are available and you can change themes, too. A theme will change your homescreen wallpaper, lockscreen style, system icons, system font and the sound profile (you can disable changing the sound profile from settings).

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Applying a new theme

The notification area has two semi-transparent tabs - the first one hosts all notifications, while the second one (swipe left to access) offers non-customizable quick toggles and a Settings shortcut. Unfortunately you can't bring the toggles page with two-finger swipe from the top as it is with other Android devices.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Notifications* Toggles

Xiaomi provides its own cloud service for content syncing between devices. Each Mi Cloud account is granted 5GB of free storage. You can use it to backup contacts, messages, your entire gallery, call log, notes, settings, voice recordings, Browser content (history, tabs, webapp data) and your music library. Sounds familiar? Yes, indeed! Xiaomi's sync and backup service shares lots of similarities with the Apple iCloud. There is even a free Cloud Messaging option that allows Xiaomi users to exchange messages over the internet connection instead of being billed for SMS.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Configuring Mi Cloud

Finally, if you signed in with your Mi Cloud account, you can opt for the Find device function - a handy feature in case you misplace your Xiaomi Redmi 2 or someone steals it.

There is no Google Now pre-installed. The Redmi 2 comes with basic Google package - Play Store plus Google sync of app data, contacts, and browser. You can, however, get every other Google app from the Play Store, including Google Now and Maps.

Performance

Xiaomi Redmi 2 is running on the Snapdragon 410 chip with a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53 processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB of RAM. There is a slightly more expensive Redmi 2 model with 2GB RAM and doubled internal storage, but that's yet to become officially available.

The Snapdragon 410 is the most affordable chipset from the new 64-bit generation Qualcomm offers. It should provide a slight performance boost over its 32-bit predecessor, the Snapdragon 400, but don't expect miracles.

GeekBench 3 explores the raw multi-core processor performance and it supports 64-bit architecture already. The Redmi 2 posted a respectable score for its class, absolutely on par with all the other Snapdragon 410 devices. It is obviously faster than the four Cortex-A7 cores within the Sony Xperia E3, but no match for eight of those as in the case with the Redmi Note phablet.

GeekBench 3

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    2435
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    1492
  • HTC Desire 510
    1471
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    1469
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1460
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    1460
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    1400
  • Sony Xperia E3
    1118

The compound AnTuTu 5 benchmark adds RAM and graphics to the equation and shows pretty much the same results as the GeekBench 3. All Snapdragon 410 devices are doing fine, the Redmi 2 even scores a hair better than the Galaxy A chaps. The octa-core Redmi Note scores noticeably better though, while the Snapdragon 400-running Sony Xperia E3 is behind the curve.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    32487
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    21581
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    21002
  • HTC Desire 510
    20756
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    20616
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    20024
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    19912
  • Sony Xperia E3
    18336

Next we ran the compound BaseMark OS II test, which in addition to CPU, GPU and RAM, tests also web and system performances. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 does great here beating all other devices but the Galaxy A5 and A3. We should note that the Galaxy A3 has an edge over the rest S410 devices as it runs on a lower-resolution qHD screen.

Basemark OS II

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    556
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    555
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    509
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    504
  • HTC Desire 510
    491
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    452
  • Sony Xperia E3
    417
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    394

BaseMark OS II also provides separate scores for the single and multi-core processor performance. Quite expectedly the octa-core Cortex-A7 in charge of Redmi Note is topping the charts, while the quad-core Cortex-A53 is doing as well as the others.

Basemark OS II (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    1701
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    1435
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    1420
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1414
  • HTC Desire 510
    1332
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    1217
  • Sony Xperia E3
    1171

Basemark OS II (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    12771
  • Sony Xperia E3
    5697
  • HTC Desire 510
    5484
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    5481
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    5313
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    4880
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    4875

We've tested the new Adreno 306 GPU before and it didn't show any improvement over the previous generation Adreno 305. It is weak on the offscreen T-Rex test, beaten by the Adreno 305, but shows equal performance when it comes to Open GL ES 3.0 Manhattan offscreen benchmark.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    9.8
  • Sony Xperia E3
    5.9
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    5.7
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    5.3
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    5.3
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    5.3
  • HTC Desire 510
    5.3
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    5.2

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    1.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    1.8
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    1.8
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    1.8
  • HTC Desire 510
    1.8
  • Sony Xperia E3
    1.7

Onscreen performance matters the most, of course, as these GPU were made to work best with HD or sub-HD screens. Xiaomi Redmi 2 and Galaxy A5 run on 720p resolution these tests, while the Xperia E3, Galaxy A3 and HTC Desire 510 feature sub-HD screen thus the better fps output.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia E3
    17.1
  • HTC Desire 510
    15.5
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    13.3
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    12.8
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    10.3
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    9.6
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    9.6

GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • HTC Desire 510
    8.3
  • Sony Xperia E3
    8.3
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    6.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    6.4
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    3.9
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    3.9

Unfortunately the Basemark X GPU test crashed every time we tried to run it.

Finally, let's check the web browsing performance. The Kraken benchmark is all about Java Script and the Redmi 2 is doing very good, while the compound BrowserMark 2.1 shows it is behind the curve. Of course, if you are unhappy with the default web browser, you can always switch to Chrome or other alternatives.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    12416
  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S
    12470
  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    13083
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    13694
  • HTC Desire 510
    14171
  • Sony Xperia E3
    16059
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    18323
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    18343

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy A5
    1171
  • Sony Xperia E3
    1044
  • HTC Desire 510
    832
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note
    588
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
    549
  • Samsung Galaxy A3
    465
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
    413

Snapdragon 410 chipset is doing OK in the Xiaomi Redmi 2, providing a proper experience for this price and hardware segment. Sure, some phones are better and the Snapdragon 400 older phones are on par or a hair behind, but at least the Redmi 2 offers better futureproofing with its 64-bit processor.

And for what's worth the MIUI 6 and the Android KitKat run blazing-fast and lag-free on the Xiaomi Redmi 2, as all of its system apps and popular heavy-duty office apps.

Contacts and telephony

The dialer and the phonebook share a single app although there are two shortcuts. The app has been updated with the new flat looks, but everything else is the same. The app uses a tabbed interface - recent with dialer on the first and the contact list on the second.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Phonebook

Contact info is displayed as a list of all available details. Custom ringtones can be selected for each contact and duplicate contacts can be merged into a single entry.

The dialer supports Smart dialing and works great - it's looking up both names and phone numbers so you always find what you need.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 supports voice call recording and it can do it automatically on each call if you like. You can also assign an answer gesture, pre-define quick responses upon reject, there is even support for internet calling.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Dialer • settings

There are even more call settings if you dig deeper into the menu - flip to mute the ringer, turn on/off the proximity sensor, lock automatically once slipped in a pocket, it can even mute calls from unknown numbers.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 scored a Very Good mark on our loudspeaker tests, meaning you'll hardly miss any calls and notifications. The loudspeaker sound quality seems great and Xiaomi has definitely improved its work since the Redmi 1S.

Speakerphone test Voice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Samsung Galaxy A5 57.9 60.7 66.6 Below Average
HTC Desire 510 63.9 61.7 66.6 Below Average
Sony Xperia E3 67.9 66.3 70.1 Average
Xiaomi Redmi 1S 66.9 65.9 71.7 Average
Samsung Galaxy A3 65.2 66.3 76 Average
Xiaomi Redmi Note 65.9 66.7 75.7 Good
Xiaomi Redmi 2 70.8 70.9 77.4 Very Good
Motorola Moto G 4G 77.1 76 83.3 Excellent


Messaging and email

The messaging department is pretty standard - there's a list of all bubble-styled conversations organized in threads, with New Message and Search keys at the bottom and a settings button next to it.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Messaging

Attaching multimedia to a message will automatically turn it into an MMS. You can add everything from photos, videos, audio to general files. There's even a full blown slide editor if you want to make full use of the MMS standard. The Attach location option is pretty nice too.

There is no Gmail app pre-installed, but you can opt for Gmail or Inbox, if you prefer, from the Play Store. There generic Maill app is capable of handling all kind of mail accounts, including Gmail, and it can handle multiple Exchange, POP or IMAP inboxes. You have access to the messages in the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Email

MIUI offers Google keyboard by default - it has always been pleasure to use and is one of the most preferred Android keyboards out there. On this screen the keys are comfortably large in both portrait and landscape mode. There is support for gesture typing, handwriting and voice input.

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Google keyboard

Image gallery

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes with a custom Gallery app with slightly updated flat looks compared to MIUI v5. It defaults to your camera roll with two shortcuts at the top that will take you to album view of your local images and album view of your cloud pictures. You can't change this view, nor can you customize the default folders.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Gallery

The available features when viewing a single image are pretty standard - share it, delete it, enter edit mode or just get more info.

The integrated editor offers various effects, frames, tools (crop, mirror, straighten, rotate, fisheye, doodle) plus light adjustments that let you bring out the shadows or the highlights.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Editing an image

Music player

The MIUI music player is a custom app with a well-laid out, easy to navigate interface. It features a two-page layout - the first one is cloud music, similar to Google Music service provided by Xiaomi. It has similar subscription plans.

The second page has your own local and cloud music.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Music Player

The player has cool effects, transitions and transparent elements, especially on the expandable Now Playing section.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2

Now Playing screen • Subscription plans for Xiaomi's music service

Xiaomi's Music app offers customizable equalizers with a few default presets already available for use. You can also try Xiaomi's MiSound enhancer, which comes into play when you use headphones, and especially, a Xiaomi-branded set.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Audio enhancements and equalizers

Finally, you can edit song info and you can also enable automatic song info download in case the ID3 tags are empty. Lyrics can be downloaded, too.

FM radio

The phone has an FM receiver and supports radio recording. There is a sleep timer as well.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

FM radio app

Video player

Xiaomi Redmi 2 does features a separate video app, but you can also use Explorer to find some videos the default app doesn't recognize (but are still playable).

The video player interface is very basic but there is rich video codec support. It managed to play everything we threw at it (including MKV and WMV files). The AC3 audio codec is supported too.

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Video player

Subtitles and pop-up play are not supported by the MIUI's video player.

Audio output is very good

When connected to an active external amplifier the Xiaomi Redmi 2 performance is pretty good and markedly better than any other Xiaomi phone we've tested in the past. The smartphone posted excellent scores all over the field and its volume levels were well above average.

Plugging in a pair of headphones causes a very minor increase in stereo crosstalk leaving the other readings unchanged. That's a pretty solid performance no matter how you look at it.

And here go the detailed results so you can check them out for yourselves.

Test Frequency response Noise level Dynamic range THD IMD + Noise Stereo crosstalk
Xiaomi Redmi 2 +0.06, -0.04 -94.8 95.9 0.026 0.016 -95.8
Xiaomi Redmi 2 (headphones attached) +0.04, -0.06 -94.0 91.0 0.039 0.053 -70.0
Xiaomi Redmi 1S +0.08, -0.02 -95.4 88.4 0.0045 0.028 -82.3
Xiaomi Redmi 1S (headphones attached) +0.03, -0.07 -95.3 88.2 0.0090 0.032 -52.8
Xiaomi Redmi Note +0.09, -1.23 -88.4 88.4 0.056 0.252 -85.2
Xiaomi Redmi Note (headphones attached) +0.83, -6.73 -84.0 86.7 0.196 2.354 -63.5
Oppo R819 +0.04, -0.09 -92.4 92.3 0.017 0.045 -87.9
Oppo R819 (headphones attached) +0.58, -0.13 -91.0 90.9 0.015 0.438 -48.7
Nokia Lumia 625 +0.13, -0.10 -90.3 90.3 0.013 0.355 -82.5
Nokia Lumia 625 (headphones attached) +0.24, -0.00 -90.2 90.2 0.014 0.460 -83.8

Xiaomi Redmi 2 frequency response

Xiaomi Redmi 2 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Decent 8MP camera

Xiaomi Redmi 2 features an 8MP camera, equipped with a LED flash. Its interface is fairly simple, though has changed a bit since MIUI v.5. Now you have three scrollable pages - the default one shows the viewfinder with a virtual shutter, flash trigger and front camera key. The top page has 12 filters with live preview, while the bottom has advances modes such as Panorama, HDR, Skin Tones, Manual.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Camera UI

The Manual Mode offers you settings for white balance and ISO manual settings. The Face Detection switch is within the additional settings.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

More camera settings

Our Xiaomi Redmi 2 unit came with a defective camera lens and was able to focus only at objects at about 2 meters distance or less. The camera resolves a decent amount of detail although and manages to keep the noise levels low. The smartphone's camera renders colors well - slightly oversaturated, but not too much to create an unrealistic effect.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2 camera samples

Panorama shots are available too - you can capture both landscape and portrait panoramic photos at about 180 degree. Shooting is easy but the stitching takes a while to complete. The end result is rather disappointing though - the landscape shots come in 2300x400px pixels while shooting in portrait mode results in the somewhat more usable (but again far from great) 2000x800px.

While the panoramic images are stitched well, the quality and resolution are below the competition.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 panorama samples in landscape and portrait modes

Photo comparison tool

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is more than capable of carrying its own weight in our Photo Comparison tool. You can see it puts up a good fight against the other snappers we've tested and comes on top even against some far pricier options.

Photo Compare Tool
Photo Compare Tool
Photo Compare Tool

Xiaomi Redmi 2 in our photo quality comparison tool

1080p video recording

Xiaomi Redmi 2 camcorder has the same UI as the still camera. It supports time-lapse videos with customizable snapping interval.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Camcorder UI

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 is capable or recording up to 1080p@30fps. The bitrate of the samples is 15 Mbps, audio is captured at 96 Kbps with 2 channels (stereo).

The detail levels in the 1080p videos are average Colors and contrast are good and the framerate consistent at 30fps. Don't forget our unit has problems with the focus at long distance objects. For better idea of the camcorder quality, check our Video Comparison Tool.

And here is a 1080p video we've uploaded on YouTube.

You can also download the 1080p untouched video sample taken straight off the Xiaomi Redmi 2.

Video quality comparison tool

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 enters our video comparison too. There are plenty of 1080p camcorders you can compare it with. It resolves average detail, while contrast and colors are good..

Video Compare Tool
Video Compare Tool
Video Compare Tool

Xiaomi Redmi 2 in our Video quality comparison tool

MIUI Browser

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes with the feature-rich MIUI Browser, now with new flatter looks. It does a great job browsing, syncing with your Google account, supports downloads, there is a night mode, too. It is as almost fast as Chrome, but does not support Find on Page.

On the positive side, it has a built-in Reading mode, which isn't available in Chrome. It enlarges the text font and strips away unneeded elements, leaving only the article you are reading in focus.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Mi Browser

Unfortunately, the MIUI Browser, even though updated, still had issues with some pages and our battery-test browsing script. That's why we suggest you install Chrome, at least as a backup, just in case you need to avoid crashes or you need to find something on a page. Plus it can sync with your Google account easily.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Reader mode

Other pre-installed apps

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 offers a great file managing app called Explorer, but there is no document viewer/editor pre-installed. There are plenty of free options in the Play Store (even ones made by Google), so this shouldn't pose a problem.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Explorer

The MIUI v6 also offers a Security app. It can scan your phone for malware, manage your blocklist, manage or restrict your data usage, configure battery behavior, clean some RAM, it can also manage the permissions of your installed apps.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Security app

The custom and now flat Calendar looks good, syncs with your accounts including Google, and offers Day and Month views.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Calendar

There are also the standard sound recorder, notes, flashlight, calculator, clock, and weather apps, among others, that are a given in any self-respecting Android package nowadays.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Voice recorder • Notes • Calculator • Weather

We really liked the new Compass app. It has very nice and clean interface, shows the directions and doubles as level. If you lift the phone up then you'll get a nice augmented reality view with real-time directions.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Compass app - compass, level, VR directions

If Google Maps isn't installed on your unit, you can get it for free from the Android Market. The app offers much of the same functionality as its web-based counterpart, although you will need a data connection to take full advantage of the navigation features. Street view mode with digital compass enabled is an especially neat thing that you should definitely check out if you haven't already.

Whatever else you may be missing, you'll find it in Google's Play Store.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Google Play Store

Final words

The big question when dealing with a sequel: is it worth the upgrade? The big question when Xiaomi is involved: are these guys running a charity?

We should all be used to it by now and this is not about Xiaomi's asking price for the Redmi 2 compared to similarly equipped phones. It's about how a new-generation 64-bit processor, LTE connectivity and an updated OS version cost exactly zero. That's' right, at certain shops the Redmi 1S and Redmi 2 cost the same. And we may as well be cool about it and don't count the bigger battery, a subtle re-design and a new MIUI version.

Anyway, if there's a place we wouldn't want to be, it's that of someone who just recently bought the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. That should pretty much answer the big question.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

For just about €130 you are getting a 4.7" IPS display of 720p resolution, a capable Snapdragon 410 chip with a 64-bit processor, a good enough 8MP camera with 1080p videos, LTE connectivity, dual SIM support and Android KitKat. Does it sound like an incredibly tempting package? No. But at that price, it's a steal.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 key test findings:

  • Build quality is very good
  • The display quality is decent, but the reflective screen glass means mediocre sunlight legibility
  • The battery life is decent (for a dual-SIM smartphone)
  • Dual-SIM connectivity, LTE on SIM 1, Wi-Fi n, FM radio
  • We rated the speaker loudness as Very Good
  • The simplified MIUI interface is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, has new flat looks, and offers rich customization options. You may need to download Google's default apps separately though
  • The performance (speed, multitasking) is reasonable for the price
  • The audio quality is very good
  • Camera takes very good photos and OK 1080p videos
  • The video player supports every audio and video codec

We've been seeing a lot of similarly equipped offers lately. The S410 is the new midrange favorite and affordable LTE is in high demand. The Redmi 2 is just another one hopping on the bandwagon. Its key advantage is the price. A similar package by a top-tier maker will cost double or more. The ones that come within its budget are clearly inferior in terms of specs.

Undoubtedly the biggest rival that the Redmi 2 faces is the Meizu m1. Costing about the same, the m1 offers a higher-res 13MP/5MP camera combo, faster 1.5GHz CPU and a slightly larger 5" screen. It is yet to come to the market though and by the time it starts to ship abroad, the Redmi 2 might have already received its 2GB RAM refresh.

Meizu m1

Meizu m1

The Samsung Galaxy Prime will give you a slightly bigger display and a better selfie camera, but a qHD LCD. The HTC Desire 510 has even lower FWVGA resolution. On the plus side, it offers fresh design, more speed (because of the screen lower resolution) and amazing battery life. It runs Android KitKat with Sense 5.5, but comes with less capable camera department.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime
HTC Desire 510

Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime • HTC Desire 510

Sony's affordable Xperia E3 is priced closely but is inferior in every key aspect: lower resolution display, previous generation Snapdragon 400 chip, no LTE on the dual-SIM model, half the storage at 4GB, and lower-res cameras. Good performance and battery life, plus deep integration with some core Sony services are the high points.

Sony Xperia E3
Sony Xperia E3 Dual

Sony Xperia E3 • Sony Xperia E3 Dual

No groundbreaking specs, no record-breaking performance, the Redmi 2 isn't a phone to top anyone's wish-list but one that will get the job done - and even over-deliver for the asking price. It's the kind of device that easily explains Xiaomi's growing popularity outside the traditional Asian markets. Definitely worth a try, especially if you can get a hand on the 16GB version with 2GB of RAM. Although it will certainly be more expensive, the big question to ask Xiaomi isn't how much it's going to cost - but when it will be available around here.

We would like to thank XiaomiShop.com for providing this review unit.

Unboxing the Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 comes in a simple box made of recycled paper. The package contents are just as basic: you get a compact 1A charger and a microUSB cable. That's it.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

The retail package

If you order the Xiaomi Redmi 2 at XiaomiShop.com, you'll also get a flip leather case, a screen protector and a touch pen free of charge.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

XiaomiShop.com offers some complimentary accessories

Xiaomi Redmi 2 360-degree view

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 has the same 4.7" HD display as its predecessor and a more powerful battery, which however didn't result in increased size and weight. The Redmi 2 is actually a tad more compact and lighter than the Redmi 1S. At 134 x 67.2 x 9.4mm, it weighs 133g, which is a good 25g lighter.

Design and build quality

The reduced weight aside, the Xiaomi Redmi 2 looks a lot like its Redmi 1S predecessor. The curved corners of the new model make it look even more compact.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 1S next to the Redmi 2

The red backlighting of the capacitive keys is a trademark accent of the Redmi lineup and it works pretty well here. The black front is actually a piece of Corning Gorilla Glass, while the removable battery cover is manufactured from high-quality matte plastic.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xaomi Redmi 2

The removable cover fits tightly but can be easily popped open, no squeaks when handling the phone. Holding and using the Xiaomi Redmi 2 is quite pleasant. The matte rear cover provides excellent grip, while the reduced body weight and curved sides help both the feel in hand and pocketability.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Handling the Xiaomi Redmi 2

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 boasts no special materials and premium finish, but is solidly built and looking quite durable.

Controls

The new Xiaomi Redmi 2 looks quite like its predecessor and the layout if controls is identical. It uses capacitive buttons beneath the display, with the familiar red backlight. Although the left key has the old Contextual Menu icon, it actually opens the task switcher. Upon a long press, it will show the advanced menu, if available. You can configure long press for all three keys, but the options available are just three: Contextual Menu, Task Switcher and Close App.

The secondary 2MP camera is next to the earpiece, along with the proximity and ambient-light sensors.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The 2MP front camera is above the screen • the red touch-sensitive keys - below the display

The left side of the phone is completely bare. On the right, we find the silver-painted volume rocker and the power/lock key.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

Exploring the left and right sides of the Xiaomi Redmi 2

The 3.5mm headphone jack is on top of the Xiaomi Redmi 2, while the microUSB port and the primary microphone are over at the bottom.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The audio jack is on top • the microUSB port - at the bottom

The 8MP camera lens is placed between the LED flash and the loudspeaker grille. The secondary microphone is also around.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2

A peek at the back

The rear cover of the Redmi 2 is user-removable and lets you reach the 2,200mAh battery. Unfortunately, the two micro-SIM cards and the microSD card are confined by the battery, and therefore not hot-swappable.

Xiaomi Redmi 2
Xiaomi Redmi 2

The back panel is removable though none of the cards is hot-swappable

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