Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 is the phablet that won’t break your piggy bank

Priced at S$229, it’s also packed with all sorts of high-tech smarts

There was a time when people said that a phablet is too expensive for them. Xiaomi changed that perception when it launched the Xiaomi Redmi Note last year.

This year, it's done it again with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

The affordable phablet, which was revealed in China just a few months back, is finally making its way to retail stores here. Armed with a 5.5in full HD screen, this phone also sports 2GB of RAM and its imaging prowess manifests as a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front shooter.

Deep within, the Redmi Note 2 is powered by a 64-bit processor that’s all the rage right now. And it’s an octa-core Mediatek Helio X10 2GHz processor to boot, so that’s enough horsepower to run all the games you can throw at it.

And that 3060mAh battery. If it's anything like its predecessor, it's going to keep you occupied for at least a day. Other bells and whistles Xiaomi added to the Redmi Note 2 includes a infrared remote sensor and a dual-SIM that's compatible with 4G networks.

Xiaomi’s pretty MIUI takes centrestage here, and it’ll be MIUI 7 pre-loaded on the phablet.

The phablet will be available from Xiaomi’s online store from 11 November, priced at S$229. Word of advice, like every smartphone Xiaomi sells, it’s likely that it’ll be grabbed off the virtual shelves within mere seconds or minutes. So keep your web browsers ready, your finger on the mouse button and prepare to make a mad rush for the phablet when it’s available.