Xiaomi Redmi 2: Colour Mi Red

 
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Blanco

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Blanco

Redmi’s back, tell a friend. Supriya Joshi revisits the newer version of an old friend, the Xiaomi Redmi 2.

Budget phones make me happy, and none had made me happier than the Redmi 1S. So much so that after I reviewed the phone, I went out and bought it for myself. Its latest iteration has now arrived, presenting an all new challenge to fellow budget phones.

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

What’s New?
To answer the above question, not a whole lot. The Redmi 2 features an 8MP Omnivision sensor against the BSI sensor that was found in the 1S. Redmi 2 still has an 8MP rear camera, however, which is disappointing. The image quality remains class-leading, but so was the case with the 1S. The company has upgraded the front camera, which is now 2MP from the 1.6MP one in Redmi 1S. The camera features are exactly the same as the one in the Mi 4, like exposure control, a Manual Mode and 1080p video. The phone runs on a 2200mAh battery, and I did not face the overheating problem I did while testing the Redmi 1S.

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Day and Night
In daylight, the images are captured very well, with good colour reproduction and a decent amount of detail. The images shot in low light are disappointing and they turn out slightly fuzzy and dull. This was unexpected as I had faced no such issue with the low light quality of the 1S.

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Photograph/Supriya Joshi

Value for Money
The Redmi 2 is priced at Rs. 6999, a mere Rs. 1000 more than what the Redmi 1S was priced. Even though it seems like a refreshed version of the previous model, it is still undoubtedly one of the best phones you can buy at this price.

The Redmi 2 is quick and very responsive, with minimal shutter lag. Exposure: 1/20sec at f/2.2 (ISO 100). Photograph/Supriya Joshi

The Redmi 2 is quick and very responsive, with minimal shutter lag. Exposure: 1/20sec at f/2.2 (ISO 100). Photograph/Supriya Joshi

AT A GLANCE
SPECIFICATIONS 8MP, Android 4.4 KitKat, 4.7-inch display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (expandable up to 32GB), Rs. 6999
WHAT WE LIKE Good image quality, LTE support and highly affordable
WHAT WE DISLIKE Low light image quality
WHY BUY IT The Redmi 2 is still one of the best cameraphones of its price range. Plus, it
is readily available online, instead of periodic sales
FINAL RATINGS 84%
CAMERA FEATURES Manual mode, 8MP, 2MP front camera  12/15 
IMAGE QUALITY  Good quality images in bright light, poor low light performance  29/35
VIDEO QUALITY Full HD 1080p video  17/20
HANDLING  Comfortable to hold  12/15
SPEED & RESPONSIVENESS Quite responsive with no shutter lag  14/15

 

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