Chinese electronics major Xiaomi is expanding its smartphone portfolio to bring more options to consumers. The recent launch of Redmi Note 2 has raised a lot of anticipation among consumers for its impressive specs and affordable price.
Though the handset has not been released in India, it has received a favourable response in its home country. Similarly, the company's Mi 4i has managed to bring stiff competition to the budget smartphone space. Here's a comparison of Redmi Note 2 and Xiaomi Mi 4i to see which one offers better value at a budget price.
Xiaomi Mi 4i features a five-inch Full HD display with Sharp JDI OGS lamination, Sunlight Display technology and 441ppi. Redmi Note 2, boasts a 5.5-inch Full HD display with 401ppi and offers non-strain readability in low-light with minimised screen brightness.
Redmi Note 2 is powered by the all-new 4-bit class 2Ghz MediaTek (MT6795) Helio X10 octa-core processor. On the other hand, Mi 4i has a 2nd Generation 1.65GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Series Octa-core chipset. Clearly, Redmi Note 2 offers better performance compared to Mi 4i on paper.
However, Xiaomi cannot release Redmi Note 2 with MediaTek chipset in India due to copyright restrictions imposed by Ericsson. Either the company must use a different chipset or reserve the handset's availability to international markets.
RAM and Storage
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Mi 4i have similar RAM and storage options. The Redmi Note 2 packs a 2GB RAM and comes in 16GB or 32GB models, same as that of Mi 4i. Both phones lack microSD card slots for further storage expansion.
Redmi Note 2 and Mi 4i have similar camera sensors. While Redmi Note 2 is powered by a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, Mi 4i offers the same 13MP snapper with dual-LED flash. On the front side, both phones pack 5MP camera sensors.
The battery in Redmi Note 2 is slightly smaller than Mi 4i. The bigger handset features a 3,060mAh unit, which offers a talk time of up to 11 hours and 30 minutes on 3G. However, Xiaomi Mi 4i users can get up to 35 hours of talk time on 3G networks between charges, thanks to the 3,120mAh Li-Ion battery.
Price and Availability
Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 2 in China for CN¥799 (£79, $125, RS 8,136) for the 16GB model. The 32GB model sells for RMB 999 (around $157/€140/ Rs 10,120). The international availability and pricing of Redmi Note 2 is unknown as of now.
Xiaomi Mi 4i costs Rs 12,999 for the 16GB model and Rs 14,999 for the 32GB variant in India.