Camera

An 8-megapixel camera that exceeds expectations for this super affordable class of devices, but still has its issues.

The Xiaomi Redmi 2 ships with an 8-megapixel main camera with single-LED flash and with an f/2.2 lens with 28mm focal distance (in 35mm equivalent terms).

At first sight, the camera app is very reminiscent to the one we’ve seen on iOS, with a very similar interface, and even the option to control the exposure in a manner similar to that on iOS. And while it copies its design approach and simplicity, it does have quite a few settings that you can manually tweak, including a manual shooting mode. Speaking of different modes, you can swipe left or right inside the app to bring up various filters, as well as access different modes like HDR and Panorama.

The actual Images on the Redmi 2 turn out very well: with lively colors and great dynamics. Colors tend to be overblown, much more vivid than they look in reality - some may like this effect, others might prefer more realistic tones. The overblown color situation is particularly noticeable when you capture macro images of colorful things - we took a few macro images of flowers and you can see that colors just look neon-like, way overblown, and while in other images the effect is not all that noticeable, it does more harm than good to the close-ups.


Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Xiaomi Redmi 2 3
5.5
517
439
Motorola Moto G (2014) 4
6.4
435
348
Motorola Moto E (2015) 3.11
6.11
No data
No data
Xiaomi Mi 4 2.8
4.3
799
742
Apple iPhone 6 1.9
2
619
432


Turning over to video, the Redmi 2 can record in up to 1080p at 30fps and a bit-rate of around 30Mbps. Having 1080p video on such an affordable phone is definitely an appreciated feature, and we’re happy to report that footage looks good: the handset manages to auto-focus fairly fast (it’s not the fastest, but not sluggish either), colors are good, and footage looks fine. The one issue we do have is with the microphone as there is no noise cancellation and wind noise creeps in, ruining a lot of the audio quality of a recording.



Multimedia

Media apps are simple and well done, but their extra features are reserved for Chinese users.

The media experience on the Redmi 2 is tailor-made for the Chinese market starting from the gallery app, and going to the music and video players.

The gallery, for instance, is a fairly straightforward affair, and it offers you the nice option to back up your images in the Xiaomi cloud. This is a nice option (we did notice some Chinese characters when registering and setting up the account, but nothing that would make registering impossible for those who don't speak Chinese), and the phone backs up your images effortlessly, but we did notice that trying to retrieve or just browse through those images was a bit slow.

We’ve already touched on the video player in the interface part, but let us quickly recap that it has no issues playing various formats and codecs of videos. It is also tightly integrated with an online streaming function that allows you to watch the latest Chinese soap operas and even full-on movies without paying a dime (again, possible copyright issues arise here).

The music player is a very straightforward affair with no fancy options: it shows you all your music arranged in alphabetical order, and you can also conveniently view songs by files and folders. The single speaker on the back blasts out tunes in a fairly loud and clean manner, and while it lacks any depth, we do like the sound quality.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Xiaomi Redmi 2 0.5
Motorola Moto G (2014) 0.41
Motorola Moto E (2015) 0.37
Apple iPhone 6 1.017
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Xiaomi Redmi 2 82
Motorola Moto G (2014) 74.2
Motorola Moto E (2015) 74.8
Apple iPhone 6 74.5
Xiaomi Mi 4 69


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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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