Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Xiaomi Redmi (小米○红米) Singapore Version

Xiaomi Redmi
小米○红米
S$169
The Redmi needs no introduction. It is the cheapest Android made by reputed China Android manufacturer, Xiaomi. The Redmi also made the buzz as the first phone to be sold in 6 minutes from launch on its official Singapore online store. The second release was also the same. I managed to score one on its third release which ended in 12 minutes. At this price for that specifications, there is no need to think, just click and buy! The rave also brought about an in flux of China domestic market version of Redmi called Hongmi (红米). However, the Hongmi does not come with local warranty and does not come Google services installed. Hence, users will have to installed Google Play, Gmail, Maps etc separately.
The Redmi runs a 1.5GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM, which is a decent Android phone for most people and at a ridiculously affordable price. This is actually not surprising since the device runs on the budget MediaTek processor which can also be found in budget devices from big players such as Sony and Samsung. Since Redmi does not support 4G/LTE, it could be another reason for its affordable price tag.
Nevertheless, the Redmi is a phone I would recommend to anyone who wants to jump on the smartphone bandwagon.

In Recycled Material
Redmi comes with an appropriate USB charger for your country as well as 2x micro SIM adaptors.
*Danboard came along for this shoot, because it thought that it found its relatives. Not included with Redmi.
The Redmi USB charger delivers standard 1A power to the device.
Contents of Redmi includes a battery pack and micro USB cable.

Getting Started
The Redmi takes a while to first boot into MIUI V5 over Android 4.2 Jellybean.

In Stunning Display
The Redmi utilizes a 4.7-inch 1280x720 resolution IPS display which is simply stunning compared to similar priced China-made phones.
Redmi comes with microSD card support up to 32GB and 2 SIM card slots for GSM and WCDMA.
Once again, note that Redmi supports up to 3G only and does not support 4G/LTE.

Size Comparison
iPod Touch 5 and Redmi
Galaxy Note II with Redmi

In the Hands
The Redmi is the perfect size for any hands and slips into the shirt pocket.

Sample Pictures
Here are samples coming directly from the Redmi 8MP rear camera. By default, the Redmi is set to Basic mode which defaults resolution at 6MP. Setting the camera to Advanced mode, allows selection of 8MP and a wide array of adjustments. The Redmi has an impressive camera that rivals my Note II. Interestingly, the Redmi is very good for Macro shots,  putting most smartphone cameras to shame.
All Redmi product shots are shot with Sony QX10 and uploaded without post-processing.
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More Sample Photos from Redmi