Introduction


Xiaomi has quickly grown to become one of the world’s top five phone makers. However, its success is based solely on the Chinese market, with no Xiaomi devices that you can officially purchase in the United States or in Europe.

Luckily, third-party resellers make the task of getting a Xiaomi phone relatively easy, and for those who want to experiment with one, we review one of the company’s most affordable handsets: the Xiaomi Redmi 2.

A 4.7” phone with a 720p display, a Snapdragon 410 system chip, and an 8-megapixel camera, it takes the most pride in its software: Android 4.4 KitKat skinned with the rich and deep MIUI version 6.0. It’s also got a removable battery and expandable storage, rounding up this impressive package for a device that costs $130 off contract. Is it all as good as it sounds on paper? Let’s find out.

In the box:
  • Xiaomi Redmi 2
  • 1A - 5V wall charger
  • microUSB Cable
  • User manual

Design

The Redmi 2 is made out of matte plastic that feels nice to touch, and overall the phone is impressively lightweight.

The first thing that you notice when you hold the Redmi 2 in your hand is just how lightweight the phone is. Put it on a scale and it will tip the scales at just 4.72oz (134g). In terms of materials, it’s an all-plastic affair with a matte, polycarbonate finish and a variety of color options for the back cover, which also happens to be removable. Unfortunately, while this has its advantages in the form of easy access to the battery, SIM cards, and microSD card slot, in the case of the Redmi 2, it also translates to a body that does not feel tightly put together. Parts move and screak slightly when you hold the phone - it’s not a terrible issue by any means, but we also can’t say it contributes to solid build quality.

Right below the display, you have three small-ish, red capacitive buttons. The physical buttons are all on the right side: a power/lock key in the middle and a volume rocker above it, both clicky and comfortable to press. The speaker of the phone is located on its back, where there is also the main camera and a single LED flash.

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Dimensions

5.27 x 2.64 x 0.37 inches

133.9 x 67.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

4.72 oz (134 g)

Meizu m1 note

Meizu m1 note

Dimensions

5.93 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

150.7 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

Dimensions

5.12 x 2.58 x 0.27 inches

130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

3.89 oz (110 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Xiaomi Redmi 2

Dimensions

5.27 x 2.64 x 0.37 inches

133.9 x 67.1 x 9.4 mm

Weight

4.72 oz (134 g)

Meizu m1 note

Meizu m1 note

Dimensions

5.93 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches

150.7 x 75.2 x 8.9 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Samsung Galaxy A3

Samsung Galaxy A3

Dimensions

5.12 x 2.58 x 0.27 inches

130.1 x 65.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

3.89 oz (110 g)

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6

Dimensions

5.44 x 2.64 x 0.27 inches

138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.55 oz (129 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page




Display

The 4.7” 720 x 1280-pixel IPS LCD display is sharp enough to disallow nasty pixelizations, and it offers pleasing colors with some slight issues.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 features a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. This translates into a fairly decent pixel density of 312ppi - sharp enough not to notice much pixelization at regular viewing distances, but still, jagged pixel edges are noticeable when you look at the phone from up close.

In terms of colors, Xiaomi offers some customization options, and the default setting is not accurate at all - with overly cold, bluish colors. Luckily, when you go into Settings -> Additional Settings -> Display, you’d see that you can pick between Warm, Standard, and Cool for the color temperature, and Brilliant and Standard for saturations. Switch to the Warm color temp and Standard saturations, and you end with a very decent display in terms of color quality. We ran our display measurements in this mode, and they confirmed what our eyes saw: color temperature is still on the cold side at 7800K (6500K is the reference value), and gamma is consistently over the top at an average of 2.35, which results in colors that look noticeably darker and appear more contrasty. Color saturations, on the other hand, are just very slightly shifted towards the blue, but for all else, they are fairly well calibrated to fit inside the standard sRGB color space. It’s worth pointing out that the Redmi 2 has one of the best displays in its class of affordable devices where other screens often have serious color issues.

Outdoors, the display is not hard to read at all as it can reach a maximum brightness of the excellent 552 nits. Viewing angles are also very decent, with colors retaining a lot of their vibrancy even at an angle, but brightness does get noticeably reduced when you look at the phone from the side.

Right above the screen are a light sensor and a proximity sensor, so that the phone can automatically switch off its display when you’re in a call and automatically adjust its brightness. Those are features that come standard on higher-end phones, but some lower-end phones of the Redmi 2’s class still miss them.


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19 Comments

1. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I've Redmi 1s but camera is not that good, here is a nice camera improvement, images are good.

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Atleast this $100 phone defeats the iPhone 6 in some departments...

2. waddup121 unregistered

Redmi Lyfe. This is a great improvement for Xiaomi, pleased to see what's in store for future devices!

3. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Anyone know when the 16GB release? Never seen any of them at all.

13. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

The 2GB RAM/16GB storage it's been available for quite a while now on aliexpress and such web stores.

8. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

If this review is new, why didn't you test the 2 GB RAM version instead?

11. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Yes Redmi 2 pro with 2GB of memory is much better deal even if it cost $30 more. Just like it's bigger brother Redmi Note, having ample memory should allow for much smoother performance and better multi-tasking. Going from 1GB to 2GB is not just doubleing memory, but in practice more like 4-6X more usable memory (since with only 1GB, bulk is taken up by OS use, leaving only smaller fraction free for running applications).

12. joseanand

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

there are two versions of redmi 2 rom. 1. china rom 2. global rom for google play store and language issues. flash the global rom from miui forum >download section> redmi 2 > redmi 2 global (flashing guide is also given there)

14. sahil2007

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 08, 2015

heating problem and battery problem facing in my redmi 2

15. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Heating problem and battery issue is probably related. Normally, android phones are supposed to "deep sleep" when in standby mode. But rogue program or bug can keep running even in standby mode causing short battery / heating issues. You need to find out which programs/processes are holding wakelocks:http://www.phonearena.com/news/What-are-wakelocks-how-they-affect-the-battery-life-of-your-Android-device-and-how-to-Greenify-them_id58739

16. coldspring22

Posts: 349; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

17. cyberjet

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Hi, I Just purchased a Redmi 2 From Snapdeal.com in Apr, 2015 I Faced problem of heating in just the stand by mode after installing Whats App, MXPlayer etc., Phone generates heat at the back and auto swich off Due to the above problem i submits the mobile at the Janak Puri Dist,: JobSheet No. 915071100440 HCL Touch (West) Address: G-5 (II), Shop No.5/126 & 5/127, Janak Place, Distt. Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10:00-18:00 Service Center Phone Number: 011- 25615338 on 11/07/2015 and they return it on 24/07/2015 after replacing the bettery But it still have the same problem, due to that i visit the service center again on 25/07/2015 and explained the problem, They ask to re-submits the phone for 2 weeks. I am unable to re-submits it for 2 weeks again Please do the needfull

18. cyberjet

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Hi, I Just purchased a Redmi 2 From Snapdeal.com in Apr, 2015 I Faced problem of heating in just the stand by mode after installing Whats App, MXPlayer etc., Phone generates heat at the back and auto swich off Due to the above problem i submits the mobile at the Janak Puri Dist,: JobSheet No. 915071100440 HCL Touch (West) Address: G-5 (II), Shop No.5/126 & 5/127, Janak Place, Distt. Centre, Janakpuri, New Delhi Hours of Operation: Monday to Saturday, 10:00-18:00 Service Center Phone Number: 011- 25615338 on 11/07/2015 and they return it on 24/07/2015 after replacing the bettery But it still have the same problem, due to that i visit the service center again on 25/07/2015 and explained the problem, They ask to re-submits the phone for 2 weeks. I am unable to re-submits it for 2 weeks again Please do the needfull

19. Noonting

Posts: 135; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

What does "Screen refresh rate is low" mean? It flickers?

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Redmi 2
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh

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