Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review - MT6795 Helio X10 Octa Core - 64 Bit Dualsim LTE - ColonelZap

Phone available here: Honorbuy.com

Review video:

Camera sample pictures:

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5.5" inch capacitive 10-Point Multi Touch Screen

Display 1080x1920 pixel resolution - Full HD Display, IPS, OGS, Sunlight Display Feature

MTK6795 64-Bit Octa-Core - aka Helio X10 - @ 2GHz

GPU: PowerVR Rogue G6200

Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with MiUi V7 on top

2GB RAM / 16GB of internal memory - TF-card support

Quadband, unlocked, 3G / UMTS / HSDPA+ / WCDMA / 4G LTE

4G: TD-LTE B38/39/40/41; FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7
3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100
2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900

Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS & BEIDOU, g-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, magnetic field sensor, gyroscope sensor, multi color notification LED, IR-blaster

OTG - USB on the go / Firmware updates over the air

Removable 3020mAh battery

Main camera: 13 MP output, PDAF (phase detection auto focus), LED flash, F2.2

Front camera: 5MP output, F2.0

Dual Sim - Dual Standby (two micro sim cards)
Weight: 160 g / 8,3 mm thick

GeekBench 3 Battery Test:

I did a geekbench 3 battery test but to be honest, I don't trust this test anymore, that is why I didn't mention it. MiUi 7 seems to be a lot more energy efficent than MiUi 6 but it won't show in THIS benchmark http://browser.primatelabs.com/battery3/102082 

Update: Second test, this time with "dim screen" OFF and a screen brightness of 50%:


Edit: Slow-Motion video recording IS working but only up to an HD resolution. MY BAD!! Sorry for that!


  1. Replies
    1. Hi :-) I think it runs very well, I'm showing NOVA 3 at the very end of the video :D

  2. Hey, great review for the Redmi Note 2! It's really hard to find an english review for this phone. I checked all your pictures taken with the Note 2 and they look very satisfying. Can you please make more pictures in low light environment and record a video in full hd mode?

  3. Thanks for the review, very extensive. I have a question regarding the dual SIMs. In your video we see that one SIM is quad band but we dont see what the other SIM is capable of. Many dual sim phones only have 2G on one SIM and the 3G/4G is only on the other SIM. As I travel a fair bit I am looking for a Dual SIM phone that has 3G/4G capabilities on both SIMs. It does not need to be simultaneous (ie Dual SIM active) Dual Sim Standby is fine, but having to swap the SIMs from one slot to another every time I leave my home country is a pain I would like to avoid. So in short, is each SIM slot 3G/4G capable? Many Thanks m.

    1. Hi :-) Like "always", both sim slots can be used for 2G/3G/4G but only ONE at a time! If sim slot one is set to 3G/4G, sim slot two is 2G ONLY. If you switch slot two to 3G/4G, slot one will be 2G only. So, you won't have to swap simcards but one ONE slot will have 3G/4G capability while the other slot will be 2G only.

    2. Thanks for your detailed reply, very helpful.

    3. If you are using the phone for a 4g hot spot will you still receive texts from both Sims? Phone calls?

    4. I haven't noticed any heat problems so far.

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  5. Can you post more macro shots from the 13MP Camera..

  6. Thanks for posting this review. You can get this phone in Nigeria at a cheaper rate from Nigeria No 1 online Chinese smart phone shop.
    Order @ http://www.kulimart.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-2

    1. Because Nigeria has zero scammers and generally is the world's most trusted country.

  7. Hello can you tell me if your version has also the Italian language. Thank for your kindly reply.

    1. Hi :-) The firmware I have on my phone RIGHT NOW only supports English and Chinese. I have founds a multilanguage firmware for this phone, yet. It's still too new for custom firmwares, I guess.

  8. Hello can you tell me if your version has also the Italian language. Thank for your kindly reply.

  9. Thank you very much for the review! Your photos are excellent - I was wondering if you took these on automatic settings or made some manual adjustments?

    1. Hi and thank you so much :-) I took these pictures on automatic, no manual adjustments have been made.

  10. Hi! Thank you for the review! Pretty much covers everything I need to know before buying the phone. I assume that the LED flash is not dual tone since it was not mentioned anywhere on the video yea? Is is bright? Thank you again! -Nisan, all the way from the Philippines

    1. Hi :-) No, it's NOT a dual tone LED and I think it's pretty bright (for a cell phone LED flash) :-)

  11. Is there any overheating problems except when is charging ?

  12. Hi and thanks for the reviews!,

    I'd like to ask you how this phone compares with the Jiayu S3?
    I'm most interested in battery, camera and GPS.


  13. Hi and thanks for your great review,

    only this questions leftover: what kind of bluetooth profiles are supported and does it support MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link)

    thanks in advance

  14. Hi, thank you for your review.
    When you say the phone has only 2 languages, I assume that the menus and things can be set to only one of this 2 languages. But can we type or display other languages such as for phone book directory (name, address... etc.)?

    1. Hi :-)

      Yes, only the system languages are Chinese and English RIGHT NOW(!!!) and on the firmware I have on the phone. I am certain it's only a question of time before international / multi-language firmwares are available.

  15. hi,
    does redmi note 2 support smart wake like DoubleTap to make screen on?
    Thnks for your answer and review...

    1. Hi :-) No, it doesn't. At least not the firmware that I have running on the phone right now.

  16. hi

    would mind telling me about the sound quality in recorded videos. also how is the sound quality when a pair of headphones are connected ?

  17. Hi Colonel Zap,

    Thanks for you review!

    I am using Telekom in Germany, could you comment on 4G LTE reception?

    I see it supports FDD-LTE B1/B3/B7 and according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks_in_Europe Telekom has a B3/B7/B20 network.

    Is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 useable without support for LTE B20 in daily life?

  18. Hi Colonel Zap,

    Thanks for your great review!
    How is the quality of front camera? Can i use it in Bangladesh 3g Network buying it from China market?
    Waiting for ur Reply?

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  20. Dear Colonel Zap,

    was there any chinese bloatware on the original Firmware? Was it even completely with chinese language? Where is your actual Firmware from? And how to install it? ... so many questions, I know... many thanks for anwering

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