The Redmi brand is Xiaomi’s low end range of phones, and honestly, it doesn’t look or feel that way. This phone is many things. It’s cheap, $160, metal body, it has a huge battery, and has really decent specs. But is this phone good? We’ve seen many other cell phones have great specs but fail to deliver in the user experience. Does Xiaomi fall into the same trap? Continue reading to find out.
|5.0″ 1280×720 IPS Display||Snapdragon 616 Quad Core 1.5GHz|
|2GB Ram, 16GB ROM||13P + 5MP Camera|
|Android 5.1 Lollipop||GSM 850/900/1800/1900|
|SIM, MicroSIM, MicroSD||WCDMA 850/900/2100|
|4100mAh Battery||FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600|
|SIM, MicroSIM, MicroSD||166g, 139.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm|
So this phone has great build quality. The body is metal, and it looks and feels much more expensive than $150.
This phone is so easy to hold in one hand, even with my small hands. It’s just a little bigger than the iPhone 6s, which is real impressive for a big battery phone. It’s 2mm thicker than the iPhone at 8.5mm, but you have to fit the battery somewhere right? However, the way Xiaomi rounded the corners makes the phone feel quite a bit thicker than it really is.
The bezels on this phone are actually quite big. So the metal around the screen isn’t huge, but there’s a black strip around the entire screen which makes the phone bigger than it has to be. You also have the capacitive buttons on the bottom, and the notification light below the home button. That in my opinion is a strange place to put the notification light, why not up top?
The MicroSIM and MicroSD card slot are on the left while the volume and power buttons are on the right. I don’t usually talk about the buttons anymore as on almost all phones they are solid and have good feedback, but on the Redmi, the feedback from the buttons are kind of weak.
Going back to the back of the REdmi, again it’s metal but really slippery. This metal also picks up smudges like crazy but the diamond pattern hides it pretty well. There are plastic strips on the top and bottom for the radio to improve the signal, more about that later. You find the camera flush against the back and the speaker grille at the bottom.