Xiaomi is holding a launch event next week and it’s going to be a big one. Held at Beijing’s National Convention Centre, they are opening ticket sales at 199 CNY. It has been said that Xiaomi will be unveiling its new Redmi Note 4 and yet another all new product.
After increasing the price of its power banks, here comes another wave of price increase for Xiaomi. When GST starts to kick in on 1st April, Xiaomi Malaysia will be increasing the price of its Redmi Note 4G from RM589 to RM625.
Surprisingly only the Redmi Note 4G will be affected and there’s no price change for its new Redmi 2 that’s being sold at RM449. The same goes for its rest of its products including power banks, head phones, Mi Band, Mi Pad and other accessories, which have retained the same price tag, for now.
If you’re planning to get the Redmi Note 4G, you can order it now at the current price before 11:59PM on 31st March 2015.
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UPDATE: Redmi Note has been sold out on Lazada.
Mi Malaysia is taking a break from its usual flash sales this week and if you’re planning to get a Redmi Note, Lazada Malaysia is offering it today at 12PM. It carries the same price tag of RM509 and they offer more payment channels including online bank transfers and even Cash on Delivery. For those residing within the Klang Valley, Lazada offers a 48 hour delivery promise, while the rest of Peninsular Malaysia can expect to receive it within 72 hours. These are authorised units with warranty supported by Mi Malaysia.
To recap on the specs, the Redmi Note is quite a bargain phablet with its 5.5″ HD 720p display and it runs on 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM. Keeping the dual-SIM device ticking is a large 3,200mAh capacity battery. You can compare the Redmi Note with other Xiaomi models over here.
You can get additional RM50 off by using the “CYBERLAZ50” promo code on the payment page while checking out. This makes the Redmi Note even more affordable at RM459 after discount.
If you’re interested, head over to Lazada’s Redmi Note product page. Take note that the sale starts at 12PM today.
The affordable 5.5″ Redmi Note phablet is now available for contract bundling with MaxisOne Plan. Retailing at RM509, the Redmi Note is offered for free with 24 months contract of MaxisOne Plan which costs RM128/month. For those who wish to commit less, you can opt for MaxisOne Plan Lite at RM78/month where the phone is offered at RM99.
As usual, the contract period is 24 months and you would need to pay 4 months worth of subscription fees as advance payment during sign up. However if you are porting in to Maxis from another telco, the advance payment will be waived.
By default, the MaxisOne Plan Lite and MaxisOne Plan comes with 1GB and 2GB of mobile internet data respectively. For the MaxisOne Plan, you can get additional 1GB wtih an extra RM10 rebate, which cost RM20, instead of the usual RM30/GB rate.
Redmi Note has a 5.5″ HD 720p display and runs on a MediaTek1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. It also has a 13MP main camera and a front facing 5MP camera. Being a phablet device, the Redmi Note is generously juiced up with a 3,200mAh capacity battery.
For more information, visit Maxis’s Redmi Note page.
If you want to get a Redmi Note on contract with lower monthly commitments, Celcom is now bundling it with their Celcom First One Plan. Retailing at RM509, the 5.5″ Redmi Note can be yours from as low as RM38. On Celcom First One Plan, you’ll get 3GB of data at RM68/month while the 5GB would costs RM88/month. Also included is 60 minutes of voice calls and 60 SMS as well.
The bundled pricing are as follows:
Celcom First One Plan (3GB) – RM188
Celcom First One Plan (5GB) – RM38
At time of sign up, Celcom is requiring RM400 and RM600 as advance payment for the 3GB and 5GB plan respectively. The advance payment will be rebated back to your bill across 10 months. The Redmi Note is tied with 24 months contract duration.
To recap on the spes, the Redmi Note gets a 5.5″ HD 720p display and it runs on a 1.7GHz Octa-Core processor with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. It also has a 13MP main camera and a front facing 5MP camera. Being a phablet device, the Redmi Note is generously juiced up with a 3,200mAh capacity battery.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Redmi Note page.
The 5.5″ Redmi Note is now available on contract with DiGi’s Smart Plans. Retailing at RM509, it is offered for free if you sign up with 24 months contract of Smart Plan 108 which comes with 5GB of data.
The full Redmi Note bundled pricing are as follows:
DG SmartPlan 78 (24 months) – RM169
DG SmartPlan 108 (24 months) – RM0
During sign up, DiGi is asking for 1 month subscription fee and an upfront payment of RM360 (Smart Plan 78) or RM528 (Smart Plan 108). If you have been an active DiGi postpaid subscriber for the last 12 months, they will waive the advance payment for you. In addition, DiGi is also offering extra RM30 rebate that’s reflected on the 2nd month bill.
To recap on the specs, the Redmi Note is Xiaomi’s affordable phablet with a 5.5″ HD 720p screen, an Octa-Core 1.7GHz processor with 2GB RAM, 8GB of on-board storage and a large 3,200mAh capacity battery. It also gets a 13MP camera that shoots Full HD videos and a front facing 5MP camera. You can compare the specs of the Redmi Note versus other Xiaomi smart phone models in our comparison post.
For more info, head over to DiGi’s Redmi Note page.
The added advantage of the Redmi series over its Mi 3 and Mi 4 is having a microSD slot which allows you to expand your storage beyond its current 8GB capacity. Unfortunately the expansion slot is quite pointless as the native camera app won’t save to SD and there’s no option to move apps to SD storage as well unless you are adventurous enough to root your device. So how would an average joe use the expansion storage then?
Now Xiaomi has released an update for the Redmi Note where it lets you select SD card storage for the Camera, Gallery, Video and Music apps. The only thing though, it isn’t pushed through an OTA (Over The Air) update and you would need to update your phone manually.
Following its earlier privacy breach allegation on its Redmi Note, security concerns surrounding Xiaomi’s cloud storage, Mi Cloud has cropped up once again. This time it was raised up by security firm F-Secure.
In their earlier clarification and response, Xiaomi says that they take user privacy very seriously and they do not send user data to external servers without permission. The only time this happens is if a user opts to backup their device to the cloud with their Mi Cloud service, which is similar to other cloud solutions including Apple’s iCloud. If a user do not wish to use Mi Cloud, they can disable it completely.
So is the privacy issue sorted out for good? Not completely according to F-Secure and they have conducted a test with a brand new Redmi 1S, which is the smaller brother of the Redmi Note. With just a SIM Card, WiFi connection and no account set up when the phone was switched on for the first time, they tried making a standard voice call. To their surprise, they have reported that the device has sent some information to Xiaomi servers which includes IMEI, telco name and phone number.
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Someone had purchased a unit from a seller on Mudah which claims to be an original unit. After using it for a while, he noticed something very strange and had discovered that he had been ripped off. Obviously not happy of being cheated, he had uploaded a video highlighting the key differences between a genuine Redmi Note versus the fake imitation copy to serve as warning to others.
Head after the break to find out how to check if a Redmi Note is fake.
UPDATE: Xiaomi will be releasing the TDD-LTE version on 12th August while the FDD-LTE version will be introduced later on 26th August in China. They have also updated that it is 10g lighter (189g) and it runs on Android 4.4 with MIUI version 5.
As teased yesterday, Xiaomi has introduced its new Redmi Note with 4G capability which promises to be faster and lighter than before. Now the covers are off and it looks and priced (999 Yuan) exactly the same as the current Redmi Note that’s currently sold in Malaysia at RM509.
The difference lies on the inside and instead of a Octa-Core 1.7GHz processor from MediaTek, the Redmi Note 4G runs on a Quad-Core 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 2GB of RAM. The processor on the Redmi Note 4G is a newer Qualcomm MSM8928 chipset with 4G LTE radios as compared to the Redmi 1S‘s Qualcomm MSM8228.
The on-board storage is the same at 8GB but since it runs on Qualcomm, the expandable microSD slot supports up to 64GB capacity. Strangely, the operating system is listed with an older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with MIUI Version 5.0. This could be a typo as an earlier leak has shown a unit with Android 4.4.2 KitKat running on-board. Another difference is that the Redmi Note 4G is a single SIM device, so if you need dual-SIM slots, you are better off with the current Redmi Note 3G model.