Xiaomi has made quite a popular name in India by offering feature-loaded devices at budget prices under its Redmi series of smartphones in the past couple of years. After successfully selling several budget Redmi Note smartphones in India, which the brand imported from its facilities in China, the company has started manufacturing here too. The first smartphone from the Chinese vendor to be manufactured in India was the Redmi 2 Prime. The company has recently launched the Redmi Note Prime as the second smartphone to be manufactured in the country. It is a budget smartphone with quite a few features to talk about for its price range. If you are planning to buy the Redmi Note Prime, let’s discuss the features of the phone in detail, so you can decide if it fits your needs or not.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime: features of the budget 4G-equipped Android phablet
Similar to the previous Xiaomi Redmi Note series smartphones, the Redmi Note Prime also offers a cost-effective plastic design. The phone comes with a removable plastic back panel, volume rocker and power keys placed on the right side, and capacitive touch buttons for navigation. The phone has a slightly curved back for better gripping, measures 9.4mm around the waist and tips the scale at 185 grams. It is not the lightest or appealing device, but still looks pretty good for its budget price tag.
Display and OS
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is a phablet-grade smartphone that comes with a large 5.5-inch IPS display bearing a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. It doesn’t offer the brightest display out there, but sports a decent pixel density of 267 pixels per inch, which offers a decent media viewing experience on a large screen. On the software-front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime runs the dated Android 4.4 KitKat based MIUI 7 custom ROM, which offers several company-specific software tweaks. We expect the phone will be getting the latest Android version based MIUI ROM update in the coming months.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is fitted with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. The processor of the device is supported by 2GB LPDDR3 of RAM and an Adreno 306 GPU to handle the gaming performance. The storage need on the device are fulfilled by a generous 16-gigabytes of internal memory, which users can also further increase up to 32GB by inserting a microSD card.
For photography, the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is equipped with a 13-megapixel primary snapper on the back with f/2.2 aperture, 28mm lens, autofocus, an LED flash, HDR, face/smile detection, touch focus, and full HD video recording at 30fps. For selfies, the phone houses a 5-megapixel secondary shooter on the front with HD video recording capability.
Connectivity and battery
Since the Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is being manufactured in India, the phone comes with 4G support for the country’s all LTE networks – FDD-LTE band 3 and TDD-LTE band 40. The device’s other connectivity options include dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, FM Radio, micro-USB 2.0, USB on the go and A-GPS. The phone is fuelled by a beefy 3,100mAh battery. The company said that thanks to MIUI optimizations, the Note Prime will offer impressive battery performance yet in the Note series.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is one of the best budget Android smartphones from the company in India in the sub-Rs 10,000 range. The phone comes with a large high-definition display for decent media viewing experience, decent performance, generous internal memory, decent camera specs, a large battery, and most of the connectivity options available in the market. By manufacturing the Redmi Note Prime in India, the company has managed to price it at Rs 8,499, which has been later dropped to Rs 7,499. The phone is available on Amazon India and Mi.com only. So, if you are looking for budget offering with a phablet-grade display and decent specs, the Redmi Note Prime is among the best options available in the country.
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