This one was long due. Xiaomi has finally launched the Redmi Note smartphone in India at Rs.8,999 (~$147). The phone will go on sale on Flipkart on December 2nd, through the usual ‘Flash Sale’. And interested people can register for the flash sale starting 6pm tomorrow (November 25th). The phone was announced back in July this year, but wasn’t launched till now, thanks to Xiaomi’s unique policy of selling just one of their smartphone models at a time.
Xiaomi will also be launching the 4G version of Redmi Note in India with support for both LTE bands in India for Rs.9,999 (~$163). Back in July when they announced the phone, it was meant to be 3G only. But since then, the 4G model was launched in China, and now, Xiaomi has tweaked it to support the Indian LTE bands (1800MHz and 2300MHz) as well.
Along with the Redmi 1S, the Redmi Note has had a great success in other Asian countries where it’s being sold – including China, Malaysia, Singapore and more recently, Indonesia. The phone (non-4G version) comes with a 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 oct-core processor and 2GB of RAM. The 5.5-inch screen has a IPS LCD display at 720p (HD) resolution. The phone design is similar to the Redmi 1S, but considerably bigger thanks to a 5.5-inch screen. Below are some other specifications.
Redmi Note Quick Specs
- 1.7GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor
- 5.5-inch 720p IPS display
- 2GB RAM
- ARM Mali-450 GPU
- 8GB internal storage
- 13MP rear camera, 5MP front (selfie) camera
- 3100mAh battery
- GPS, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n, BT 4.0LE
- Android 4.3 with MIUI skin
- Dual-SIM with dual standby
The 4G version of Redmi Note will be sold on Flipkart as well as some Airtel Stores offline. It will be Single SIM and runs on 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 instead of Mediatek. This will not be available for purchase on Dec 2nd and you’d need to wait for a few weeks if you are keen t purchase it. In case you are wondering if you have to pickup the 3G or 4G version of Redmi Note, you should know that, technically, the octa-core Mediatek processor on the 3G version is considered to be superior to the quad-core Snapdragon on the 4G variant. Also, the 4G variant will be single SIM only, but will support dual-LTE bands.
At 5.5-inches, the Redmi Note falls into the mid-range phablet category, and competes against the likes of Asus Zenfone 5, Moto G, Sony Xperia T2 Ultra, Micromax Canvas Doodle 3 and others.