Make in India is the buzzword these days, and smartphone makers are queuing up to contribute to it. However Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is the first Chinese manufacturer to do so. Here’s what we think about the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime.
So, what’s new in the enhanced Redmi 2? The new variant of Xiaomi’s low-end smartphone will now come with 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage, which is twice of what we have seen in the original device. The rest of the hardware remains the same.
It’s a mid-sized 4.7-inch phone, and to be honest it fits perfectly in the hand, and not many manufacturers are not doing it. There is nothing fancy like Fingerprint scanner
Despite the different name, the Prime looks just like the Redmi 2 and is also available in white and space grey colours. Xiaomi has kept up with the soft matte finish on the back panel, which helps with the grip. Despite the plastic body and slab-like appearance, the Redmi 2 Prime is a rather sophisticated looking phone and matches up well to the design and looks sturdy and feels really good in the hand.
The front is plain black either way, with the capacitive button labels printed in red adding a little personality. The status LED is in an unusual location right on the bottom, beneath the Home button.
The 11.9 cms (4.7) fully laminated display with its 178° IPS technology delivers quality 1280 x 720 resolution pictures and amazing color consistency from every angle
Anyone who hates big displays will like this device. The highlight of this small screen is that it is quite bright, which makes this very usable outdoors in bright sunlight. The sharpness is quite generous too, which makes it rather comfortable for reading emails and stuff off web pages. There is a layer of the Dragon Trail scratch resistant glass over the screen to protect it from scratches.
Performance and Battery Life
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime comes with a decent battery of 2,200 mAh – and in my opinion it performance quite ok with a small sized display. The more interesting thing is that the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime has fast charging – this is a feature that only premium smartphones have and well done by Xiaomi for including the fast charging in the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime.
The 2,000mAh battery seems much smaller but it can give a full day’s backup as a primary phone without any strain.
Performance wise the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is quite snappy and we had no complaints in day-to-day usage, other than the fact that some of the UI animations are sluggish and we felt like they were slowing us down. The effects of the extra RAM are more likely to be felt with real-world usage, though even when multitasking with both sides by side.
Talking of benchmarks, AnTuTu and Quadrant gave us scores of 20,811 and 10,908 respectively, both very slightly higher than the Redmi 2’s scores, while the graphics tests GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm gave us virtually identical results of 9.6fps and 5,310 points respectively. Games and videos ran without any problems, and we noticed only very slight warmth on the rear after long periods of use.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime comes with an 8-megapixel camera. It performs very well in good light conditions – the colour temperature and the textures on objects were very well produced. However, it isn’t as effective in low light, where some amount of fuzziness creeps in. The front camera also is very basic and good enough to click decent pics. All in all – Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime packs a decent camera for a budget phone – which is not good for low light image capturing.
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Xiaomi ships the Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime, running its MIUI 6 skin on top of Android 4.4.4, which is a bit of a disappointment. That isn’t to say we don’t like it at all. One big annoyance is that there are no quick settings in the notifications shade; you have to swipe a second time to the side, and even then many of the useful ones are buried in a long scrolling list.
And then there’s a Lite mode, which replaces the default UI with a much simpler one which has enormous tiles for basic functions – and not much else. Fleksy and Swiftkey are both preloaded, as are Facebook, WPS Office, and the usual glut of Google apps.
Overall the MIUI felt really good to use – with no to less lag while daily usage. We hope it supports the MIUI 7 update soon.
Final Verdict: A small upgrade from previous version and a decent phone for first-time users.
The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is one of the strongest contenders in its price band, offering 4G, an impressive camera, and solid performance. If you don’t mind trading specs for brand value, the Motorola Moto E – is still a great alternative. Micromax’s Yu Yuphoria, is also comparable in most respects, including the fact that you’ll have to deal with online flash sales for now.
You think you can get by with the specs of the older model, you can save a bit of money and still get a very polished product. On the other hand, if the extra money isn’t a deterrent, you’ll find the Redmi 2 Prime more suitable for heavier multitasking even a few years down the line.
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|Display||4.7 inch IPS LCD display|
|Processor||1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor|
|ROM||16GB (Expandable via MicroSD card)|
2MP front facing camera
8MP rear facing camera
|Operating System||MIUI on top of Android 4.4.4|