Usually at DPReview Connect we like to focus on the high-end offerings of mobile device manufacturers. However, sometimes we come across mid-range devices that due to their specification and price point make excellent alternatives to the top-end models for budget-minded mobile photographers. The 3rd generation Motorola Moto G that was launched two weeks ago is a good example. Now, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has launched another new device that combines a very attractive price point with more than respectable technical specifications. 

At approximately $129 for its unlocked base model with 16GB of storage the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 comes with a MediaTek Helio x10 system chip which is also used in HTC's top-end model One M9+, an $800 device. Other specs include a large 5.5-inch 1080p Full-HD display and a 13MP main camera with on-chip phase detection.

For approximately $155 you can bag yourself the Redmi Note 2 Prime which ups the processor speed from 2.0 to 2.2 GHz and doubles the on-board storage to 32GB. For volume shooters this might be the better option as the Note 2 does not come with a MicroSD-slot. The battery is removable though.

The Xiaomi does not offer the 16 or 21MP sensor resolutions that are common on the current generation of high-end devices nor does it have an optical image stabilization system. However, given its price point it offers an awful lot of mobile device for the money, making it look like a decent option for mobile photographers who prefer larger screens and are operating on a tight budget. The Redmi Note 2 comes in pink, yellow, blue, white, and brown and will be available in China from August 16. There has been no word on international availability yet. 

Key Specifications:

  • 13MP sensor
  • Dual-LED flash
  • 1080p video
  • 5MP front camera
  • 5.5-inch 1080p LCD display 
  • Mediatek MT6795 Octa-Core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 3020mAh (removable)