Xiaomi Redmi Note review: The Best Affordable Phablet

Xiaomi Redmi Note review: The Best Affordable Phablet


3.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Battery backup
4 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
Value for Money


4.1 out of 5


  • Pros:

    Large display
    Solid built
    MIUI skin
    Mi Cloud integration

  • Cons:

    Dated Android
    Glossy rear panel
    Few in-box content

  • Conclusion:

    Xiaomi Redmi Note has all the impressive specifications which one demands from a decent smartphone under its price segment and its performance is also quite decent. These facts make it the best affordable phablet to date.


Xiaomi already captured a position under the world’s top five smartphone makers through selling its affordable smartphones in the global markets. This confirms that the company which started its business in China a few years back is all-set to compete with the market leaders but its presence in India is quite low compared to those leaders. To improve its position in the Indian market and to brighten its presence, it launched the Mi3 and Redmi 1S in the past. And now, it has been moved forward with its third smartphone in the country called the Redmi Note. We’ve got the Redmi Note as a testing unit at our labs since its launch in India last week, so here begins our in-depth review on the massive giant.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note

What’s in the Box

Xiaomi Redmi Note is the company’s mid-range smartphone which it targeted at the buyers who want a phablet for their daily use. Similar to the Mi3 and Redmi 1S, the box of the Redmi Note does not packed with a large number of content.

The retail box of the Redmi Note itself made of an eco-friendly material, and it has a quick start guide, USB data cable and an AC charger under the Redmi Note unit.

Xiaomi Redmi Note with in-box content

Xiaomi Redmi Note with in-box content

The number of in-box content that are available with the Redmi Note is not impressive and Xiaomi has even not offered a screen protector or a SIM card adapter as it started offering with its Redmi 1S in India. However, the quality of the content is quite fair and justifying the price tag of the Redmi Note.

Watch Xiaomi Redmi Note unboxing video:

Its Design

Xiaomi aimed to get into the world of phablets with its Redmi Note. This is the reason why the smartphone features a large-size display but the company used an entire plastic-made built to make its price as attractive as its display size.

The Redmi Note has a 5.5-inch display panel on the front which is protected by scratch-resistant glass. This glass panel does not come with Corning’s Gorilla Glass or Ashi’s Dragontrail branding but has fair enough protection layer on the top to resist minor scratches. There are three capacitive keys available below the display which are to be used for menu, home and back operations. These keys have red backlit and come with haptic feedback support. The top side above the display panel has an earpiece at the centre while a multicolor notification LED and secondary camera sensor are available on the left side of the earpiece and a couple of sensors – ambient light and proximity sensors – are available on its right.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note with massive display and touch-sensitive controls on front

Left side of the Redmi Note is completely bare with no control while its right side has a power/lock key and a volume rocker with a metal finish.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note with a volume rocker and power/lock key on right

The bottom side of the Redmi Note has a microUSB port and a primary microphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note with a microUSB port and primary microphone on bottom

The top side has a 3.5mm jack and a secondary microphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note with a 3.5mm jack and secondary microphone on top

Turning the Redmi Note towards back shows a plastic rear panel with a glossy finish which makes it a bit difficult to hold the smartphone with sweaty hands and the panel itself is quite prone to have fingerprints and smudges. There is a primary camera sensor, which has an LED flashlight, and a silver-finished Mi logo on the back side. Lastly, a loudspeaker grill is available below the logo, on the bottom left corner.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note with a glossy rear panel

The rear panel of the Redmi Note is easily removable and has a battery compartment. Additionally, there is a microSD card slot and two miniSIM card slots.

Xiaomi Redmi Note

Xiaomi Redmi Note with a removable battery, microSD card slot and two SIM card slots on rear

The overall design of the Redmi Note seems to be quite inspired by the company’s Redmi 1S and MiPad. The thick bezels on the either sides of the display panel are increasing the width of the Redmi Note but its usability is quite easy even with a single hand.

The Redmi Note weighs 199 grams and has 9.5mm thickness which are acceptable considering its large-size display.


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