Xiaomi Redmi Note Review: Warning Note: Multimedia - Gallery, Players, FM Radio, Audio Quality

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Image gallery

The Xiaomi Redmi Note comes with a custom Gallery app. It defaults to your capturing camera roll with two shortcuts at the bottom that will hold you to album view of your local images and album view of your cloud pictures. You can't change this view, nor can you customize the default folders.


The available features when viewing a single image are pretty standard - set image as wallpaper/contact image, share it, delete it, enter edit mode or just acquire more info.

Viewing a single image • options

The integrated editor offers various effects, frames, tools (crop, mirror, straighten, rotate, fisheye, doodle) plus light adjustments that let you bring out the shadows or the highlights.

Editing an image

Music player

The MIUI music player is a custom app with a well-laid out, easy to navigate interface. It has a huge visualization classy screen doubling as a Now Playing windows. Below you acquire four non-customizable tabs - All Songs, Artists, and Playlists.

Music Player

The player has cool 3D effects, transitions and transparent elements, especially on the expandable Now Playing section.

Now Playing screen

Xiaomi's Music app offers customizable equalizers with a few default presets already available for use. You can also try Xiaomi's MiSound enhancer, which comes into play when you utilize headphones, and especially, a Xiaomi-branded set.

Audio enhancements and equalizers

Finally, you can edit song info and you can also enable automatic song info download in case the ID3 tags are empty. Lyrics can be downloaded, too.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio

The phone has an Frequency Modulation (FM) receiver and supports radio recording. There is a sleep timer as well.

Frequency Modulation (FM) radio app

Video player

Xiaomi Redmi Note does not feature a separate video app. Instead you have to browser your files via the image gallery or the file explorer app. We recommdiscontinue using the latter (Explorer), becautilize the Gallery doesn't recognize MKV and WMV files.

The video player interface is very basic interface but there is rich video codec support. It managed to play everything we threw at it (including MKV and WMV files). The AC3 audio codec is supported too.

Video player

Subtitles and pop-up play are not supported by the MIUI's video player.

Audio output disappoints

Audio output is the one area of modern day smartphones that Xiaomi is yet to master. Even the company’s Mi 3 and Mi 4 flagship didn’t do particularly well here, so it’s hardly surprising that the Redmi Note is downcorrect disappointing performer when used as a portable music player.

When connected to an active external amplifier the Redmi Note performance is passable at best – it posted a few very fine scores (signal-to-noise, dynamic range and stereo crosstalk), but its intermodulation distortion was above average and the frequency response wasn’t particularly good. On the positive side, volume levels were well above average.

Plugging in a pair of headphones causes a moderate increase in stereo crosstalk, but that’s one of the best things that could be assumed about the Redmi Note here. Intermodulation distortion went through the roof, while frequency response went all over the place. Volume levels plummeted as well, adding up to a disappointing overall performance.

And here go the detailed results so you can check them out for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Xiaomi Redmi Note+0.09, -1.23-88.488.40.056


Xiaomi Redmi Note (headphones attached)+0.83, -6.73-


Xiaomi Redmi 1S+0.08, -0.02-95.488.40.0045


Xiaomi Redmi 1S (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.07-95.388.20.0090


Oppo R819+0.04, -0.09-92.492.30.017


Oppo R819(headphones attached)+0.58, -0.13-


Nokia Lumia 625+0.13, -0.10-90.390.30.013


Nokia Lumia 625 (headphones attached)+0.24, -0.00-


Xiaomi Redmi Note frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.



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