The newly unveiled today Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 sent shockwaves through the affordable phone ranks: after all, it's a $125 phone with MediaTek's top-end Helio X10 system chip inside, the same chip found in the $700 HTC One M9 Plus.
Phase detection auto focus in a super affordable phone
It's not just the processor that catches the eye in the Redmi Note 2, though. It's also got a 13-megapixel camera with ultra fast phase detection auto-focus, a feature previously reserved for flagship devices only. In fact, Xiaomi claims that its affordable phablet is able to lock focus within 0.1 seconds, while the current crop of flagships averages around 0.3 seconds.
In terms of pure specs, the 13-megapixel main camera on the Redmi Note 2 comes with a Samsung sensor and a 5-element f/2.2 lens, while up front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie shooter made by OmniVision.
How well does it perform in real-life, though? While it will take some time until we get to handle a real-life unit of the Redmi Note 2, the company has posted some official camera test sample images to show what it's capable of. Take a look at them right below, and let us know your thoughs.