Chinese smartphone company, Xiaomi has launched its new budget smartphone called Redmi Note Prime in India. The Redmi Note Prime is Xiaomi's new addition to its Note series which comprises big-display devices.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime newbie is essentially an enhanced version of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G, which was announced back in 2014 at a comparatively higher price. It is also a different version of the Note 2 Prime which was launched with MediaTek Helio chipset and Android Lollipop in October in China.
Here we give you details about 7 things that you must know about the just arrived Redmi Note Prime.
Old v/s new Note:
The Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is the next generation model of the previously launched Redmi Note 4G. This new budget smartphone mainly differentiate from the Note 4G on the basis of chipset, and storage space. You get Snapdragon 410 on the new Note Prime instead of the Snapdragon 400 used on Redmi Note 4G, a higher storage space of 16GB which can also be expanded using a microSD card. Also, the new handset is backed by a 3100mAh battery which is the same as Redmi Note 4G.
Design and display:
Going by the specs details and official images, the Note Prime seems to maintain the design elements that are typical to most Xiaomi smartphones. It dons a plastic body design that resembles the company's previously launched Note 4G smartphone. Its back panel looks removable to expose battery, and dual-SIM card and microSD card slots. The top panel is home to an audio jack and the bottom has a microUSB pin slot.
Speaking of the display, the phone features a 5.5-inch 720pixel display with IPS display with a HD (720x1280 pixels) resolution, which is the same as the Note 4G. It does not seem to have a glass protection on top of display. The lack of display protection makes the phone vulnerable to damages.
64-bit Processing with 16GB ROM
Redmi Note Prime is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit processor ticking at 1.2GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The phone also supports microSD card with up to 32GB of limit. Considering that this price range is highly competitive, this configuration seems fine, but fails to impress as we now have smartphones boasting a combination of octa-core chipset and higher RAM priced about the same.
In the camera department, the Redmi Note Prime sports a 13MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash, and a 5MP front-facing camera. The camera specs are same as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G.
Disappointment in software:
Most of the smartphones in this price range or at even lower price point come with Android 5.0 Lollipop, however the Redmi Note Prime is powered by the now dated Kitkat version of Android which is wrapped under MIUI 7. There is no information on whether the phone will be upgradable to the Lollipop version.
Assembled in India:
Made In India:
Xiaomi Redmi Note Prime is the second Mi phone to be manufactured in India, after the Redmi 2 Prime that was introduced back in August, 2015. The company's second ‘Made in India' smartphone, Redmi Note Prime also comes out of the production unit in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, in partnership with Foxconn Technology Group.
Price and availability:
The Redmi Note Prime is priced at Rs 8,499, and will be available exclusively online via Amazon.in and Mi.com. The phone will go on sale at 10:00AM on December 15.