Xiaomi devices offer extensive features at the budget-friendly prices. With the success of other series from Xiaomi, they are also launching Note Series, which feature a 5.5-inch display. We will compare two Notes from Xiaomi in this post: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
Design and Display:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is a metallic device which has the dimensions of 152 (H) x 76 (W) x 8.2 (T) mm and comes with a 5.5-inch display. It is lighter than Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and weighs 160 grams only. Talking about colour, it will be available in four beautiful colours – white, black, yellow, blue and pink.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 also has a metallic body which has the dimensions of 151 (H) x 76 (W) x 8.3 (T) mm. It also comes with a 5.5-inch display and weighs 175 grams. It will be available in three colours; gold, gray, and silver.
Display panels of both the devices are of 5.5 inches with Full High Definition (FHD) display. They both have the resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and come with the same pixel density of 401 PPI. They both have IPS LCD display type.
The controls are pretty much standard in both the devices. There is no branding on the front side. Above the display lies the 5MP front camera in both the devices. Below the display lies the three capacitive keys with back key on the right. On the right side lie the volume buttons and power key for both the devices.
In Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, there is nothing on the left side of the phone. The back is removable so the SIM tray is located on the back side. The top of the phone houses Infrared (IR) blaster. The bottom of the phone has microUSB port which supports fast charging. There is no fingerprint sensor on this device. The back of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is removable, and so is the battery. There is Mi logo at the back and a 13MP rear camera with LED flash below it.
In Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, there is a hybrid SIM tray on the left side. The bottom of the phone has a USB TYPE C port. The back of the device sports a 13MP rear camera with dual colour LED flash below it. This device also comes with a fingerprint sensor which lies below the LED flash.
Both the devices derive their power from 2 GB RAM. The performance of both the devices is good. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 uses MediaTek Snapdragon MT6795T chipset and runs on the Octa core, 2 GHz, Cortex A53 processor. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 uses MediaTek MT6797 chipset and runs on the Deca Core 2.1 GHz processor. More cores mean more multi-tasking. Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 uses PowerVR G6200 for graphics whereas Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 uses Mali-T880 MP4 for graphics
None of the devices run on the latest Android Nougat (7.0) Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 runs on older Android Lollipop (5.0) with its own UI MIUI v7 on top while Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs on Android Marshmallow (6.0) with MIUI v8 on top. Xiaomi Redmi Note comes with dual space.
Camera and Storage:
Both have similar rear camera configurations with 13MP primary camera and an aperture of 2.0 F. They both support phase detection autofocus, and both lack optical image stabilization (OIS). They have the image resolution of 4128 x 3096 Pixels. Images in both the devices are enhanced by usual Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Touch to Focus, Continuous Shooting and HDR mode. In Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, there is normal LED flash at the back whereas in Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 there is a dual-colour LED flash at the back. Both the devices take the videos at 1920×1080 @ 30 fps. They both have 5 MP front selfie camera with no flash.
Storage wise Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is disappointing as it has only 32GB and 64GB internal storage only. The internal memory of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is 16 GB, but it is expandable up to 128 GB. Please keep one thing in mind while buying this phone that the memory card slot is a hybrid one. If you are using two SIMS in your phone, then you cannot expand the 16 GB internal memory.
Battery and Connectivity:
Battery wise Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 clearly wins the race with a 4100mAH battery. On the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has a 3060mAH battery with fast charging which is missing in Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Also, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has a removable battery.
Both are dual SIM devices with Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 supporting 4G in only one SIM and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 supporting 4G in both slots. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 also comes with VOLTE and uses microUSB type C port. They both lack NFC.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is ahead of Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is all the aspects. With fingerprint sensor, better battery, improved camera Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 wins the race.