There is a reason why phablets, in their proper sense, stand apart from regular smartphones. Apparently, the biggest reason here being the entire size factor. And that size factor drives a lot of people each year to buy a handset with bigger displays. Hence entering the phablet arena.
However, phablets have been around for quite some time now. The first in line to actually have come around was from Samsung in the form of the first Note phablet. That model was the first of its kind and, as expected, became quite popular with a lot of people.
Fast forward to 2014, the smartphone market has since grown and evolved. We have seen the arrival of handsets at regular intervals in as cheap prices as possible. Handsets such as Moto E, Moto G and Redmi 1S have taken our attentions massively. But the phablet region, in terms of pricing, still remained somewhat untouched.
Chinese handset maker Xiaomi has made quite the name for itself. Starting off its Indian debut with the previously released Mi 3 handset, the company gained even more impetus in the industry with its wildly popular Redmi 1S handset. Now, the company has entered the phablet arena with the Redmi Note.
While we have already had a first look done for the phablet from Xiaomi, it would need more than that to actually find out what's inside it. We have been playing around with the device for quite some time now, and have managed to sketch out a full review for the phablet. Check it out.
Xiaomi Redmi Note Full Review: Form Factor and Operating System
To be perfectly honest, there's nothing beautiful about this phone, as far as looks are concerned. Let us tell you that it's easy to miss out on the handset if you have a host of options by its side. There's nothing in the aesthetic value of the phone that will attract the eyes.
That being said, if looks were the only determining factor in the evaluation of a smartphone, then it would have been easy to point out a host of handsets with the same looks issue. But it's the power we are concerned about. And in terms of that, the phablet packs a punch.
This latest offering from Xiaomi is quite different from the previously released Mi 3. In fact, the Redmi Note is more of a mascular version of the Redmi 1S, alongside its somewhat chunky design and plastic body wrap. The device hardly uses metal, and yet it still looks overwhelming and feels great.
The Redmi Note's design also makes the phablet ergonomically comfortable. This, for example, comes into play when you're making calls. One major worry with the Note's design is that the back is a fingerprint magnet.
The phablet is clad in glossy white plastic cover and feels the same as any other plastic phone on the market. you can also commend Xiaomi on the choice of color here as it helps to hide the numerous fingerprint smudges that normally accompany glossy surfaces.
The smartphone's back cover is removable, and you can swap it out for other designs if that's your preference. Similar to the Redmi 1S, the Redmi Note's power and volume buttons are situated on the right-hand side. On the handset's bottom edge is its microUSB port, while the top edge houses a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
On the back side of it, you'll find its 13MP camera alongside an LED Flash. Meanwhile, there's a 5MP front facing shooter above the display. Also, the Redmi Note's 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 screen offers brilliant color reproduction and crisp viewing angles compared to other smartphones in its class.
And as we say, even in broad day light, the screen offered rich and vibrant colors. Screen brightness also isn't an issue, although lowering the resolution might create a bit of problem for some.
As expected, like all Xiaomi handsets, the Note comes with MIUI, which is Xiaomi's take on the Android operating system. While the 4G variant of the handset comes with Android Kitkat OS (MIUI 6), the original Redmi Note runs on Android Jelly Bean.