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Meet Xiaomi's Redmi Note, a sub-$160 5.5-inch phablet (pictures)

This low-cost Android phone from China has all the right moves. Will it do well despite its plastic build? We check it out.

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Aloysius Low

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note is the company's latest low-cost phablet, available in Asia for around $160/£100/AU$170.

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It's powered by an octa-core processor.

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It's a chunky plastic device, weighing a hefty 7 ounces (199 grams).

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The white plastic doesn't show up fingerprints, but it does get a bit sweaty.

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The rear cover is removable.

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The 13-megapixel camera isn't top-notch, especially in low light, but it's perfectly fine. There's a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The phone has dual-SIM support as well as a 3,200mAh removable battery.

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Xiaomi's MIUI interface is easy to use, but sits on top of the ageing Android Jelly Bean software.

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While the LG G3 and the Redmi Note have the same screen size, the G3 is noticeably smaller. It is, of course, three times more expensive.

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