Xiaomi’s latest smartphone, the Redmi Note 2, is the kind of phone you’re looking for when you need a big screen and features at a low cost, even if its specs aren’t all that exciting. As the last new phone the Chinese smartphone maker is selling outside of China for the rest of the year, this is the budget large screen phone to try especially if you’ve never heard of Xiaomi before.

The phone retails for a mere $150, which converts to around £100 or AU$210, though if you’re getting one from third-party online retailers, expect to pay a slight premium. It’s a pretty decent phone, especially if you’re looking for a cheap device you can take overseas, and it works well for this thanks to its dual-SIM capabilities.

Where can I get this phone?

Xiaomi sells the phone in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. There’s no word on whether it will ever be sold in the US, UK or Australia, but based on Xiaomi’s pattern, likely not. The company is making inroads in India and Brazil, so if we were to see it land anywhere else, I’d put my money on one of those countries.

The Good Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 2 may be cheap, but it packs in good performance with a reliable camera and expandable storage.

The Bad The phone is pretty much limited to countries in Asia for now, and there’s no indication it will head westward anytime soon. Camera color accuracy is a problem indoors and battery life is good, but not great.

The Bottom Line The Redmi Note 2 is yet another Xiaomi smartphone that delivers good performance at a low price — but those outside Asia however will have a hard time getting one.

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