Hands-on: Xiaomi Redmi 2 unboxing and review, easy to love and to hold

Xiaomi Redmi 2 is something you can easily fall in love with at first sight, and might as well hold on to it for as long as it last. Right now, we have the Redmi 2 and we’ll be demystifying its seductiveness behind those clever design and inside those packed specs. And here we start to unbox.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Hands-on Review

The boxing style is unorthodox, meaning not the usual gleaming packages, but stayed with just as simple and as environmental it can be. Two paper brown compact carton boxes that secures the Redmi 2 and the charger. The MI logo is on top right, with a maroon label citing Redmi 2’s specification description, NTC approval and other standard certifications at the back.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 box
Xiaomi Redmi 2 box back

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Full Specification Description Sheet
Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 Quad-core 1.2GHz
Adreno 306 GPU
4.7-inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution (312ppi) display
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
8MP BSI Camera with 1080p HD video recording, LED Flash
2MP BSI Front Camera with 720p HD video recording
MIUI V6 (based on Android 4.4)
Dual SIM (Micro SIM) / Dual Standby
1GB LPDDR3 RAM
8GB eMMC
Supports external memory MicroSD card up to 32GB
Network: FDD-LTE (B3/7/8), WCDMA (B1/8), GSM (B3/8)
GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Bluetooth 4.0, WLAN (802.11b/g/n)
Dual microphone noise-cancellation
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
FM Radio
USB2.0 OTG
Full HD 1080p hardware decoder
Gyroscope, Accelorometer, Digital compass, Light sensors, Proximity sensor
2200mAh Lithium-ion Polymer Battery
134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm
133 g

Opening both boxes reveals the contents including a removable 2200mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery, a USB to micro USB cable, charger and the Redmi 2. There are no earphones included.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 unboxed
Xiaomi Redmi 2 unboxed inside

Design built and display

The Redmi 2 is comfortable to hold. It has a smooth feel without being slippery, and it’s also not too thin that you won’t feel like it’ll chop off your fingers. Of course we’re kidding, but it makes sense that when a phone is too thin, sometimes you feel those edges pressed against your finger joints. But if you have smaller hands then you might say it’s a bit bulkier than you thought with a 9.4 mm thick profile.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 hands-on
Xiaomi Redmi 2 side view

Beholding the Redmi 2 won’t glare much fancy, but its exuding simplicity with those red markings on the bottom display makes it rather seducing. Actually, they’re just the capacitive buttons still used up with Android Kitkat installed units, and will transition to owning a place inside the display when on a Lollipop OS installed models. You can note that the markings are not backlit, with which you can expect it to be completely dissolved in black in a dark environment. Oppositely placed those red buttons were the front-facing 2MP camera and the earpiece on top of the display.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 capacitive buttons

The dark liquid silver gray back panel also adds strong character to its design. However, it’s still made of plastic that envelopes the whole back and runs through the sides, which leaves no metal band around that some phone makers care to add for added premium feel. The Corning Gorilla glass display is tightly knit also with a plastic assembly, which allows to placehold the ports running around the phone’s sides.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 back glare
Xiaomi Redmi 2 back angle

On top holds the 3.5mm audio jack and at the bottom places the microUSB slot with a mic pinhole just adjacent to it. On the right side can be found the metallic volume rocker just above its power/sleep button. On the backside will be found the square-ish cased rear 8MP camera, which also protrudes a bit on the middle of the LED flash and speaker grill. Another mic pinhole is placed above the camera, which helps on noise cancellation.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 top view
Xiaomi Redmi 2 bottom view
Xiaomi Redmi 2 side buttons
Xiaomi Redmi 2 rear camera

Powering up the Redmi 2 easily reveals the soft skinned home panel with shades of autumn of Xiaomi’s own MIUI 6 on top of Kitkat. The default brightness level comes halfway the controls, and it’s flashy enough to show-off those great colors. Though, getting it on 75% or max makes a way more alive display experience. We’ll get more on the UI and controls next.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 display on

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