Xiaomi is creating a storm in the Indian market. With claims that it makes one mobile phone per second in India, it has once again stirred attention. Although mainly a Chinese company, its business is booming in the Indian market. In fact, its latest release Xiaomi Redmi 4A is manufactured in India said the company.
Will this affect the number of units sold? Last year Redmi Note 4 already sold a million units. Once again they are back with another handset that costs Rs. 5,999. Will the performance and features live up to the mark?
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Design and Display
The design is sleek and just like the regular Xiaomi phones. You can find a closer resemblance with Mi 4. But now you have a metal body instead of plastic. It is available in three colors – Gold, Rose Gold, and Dark Grey. The look and feel of the phone are minimalistic, but it is standout among the Rs. 6000 range phones. The device weighs light. But it does not have a fingerprint sensor which is understandable at this price.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Hardware and Performance
It comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. The 64-bit quad-core processor works well with the 2GB RAM to give you a smooth experience. Also, it comes with 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 128 GB via microSD. It must be mentioned that the workable RAM is only 1GB and memory 8.3GB.
You can run games like Asphalt 8 – which we weren’t expecting. However, it does lag at times. The prominent gamers might not be satisfied with the gaming experience. On the good side, it does not heat up or app crash.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Software and UI
Xiaomi is famous for updating all of its software at once. This phone comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. We’re not sure if the Nougat update will be available soon. Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 interface is pretty smooth. Talk is that Xiaomi will come up with new updates to its software. The SMS will sync with IRCTC to show the tickets related updates in a much more intuitive way. Xiaomi’s software is decent, but it has scope for improvement in Android department.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Camera and Battery
The 13MP rear camera comes with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. There is no phase detection or autofocus as we earlier saw in Redmi 3S. The focusing lags slightly, but the shutter speed is on point. The pictures looked pretty good compared to 3S so we gave it the benefit of the doubt. The front camera is the same and doesn’t seem to have gone through any updates. In proper lighting, the front camera takes good pictures. But the rear camera does not come up to the mark.
Redmi 4A comes with an impressive 4100 mAh battery. With light and moderate usage, it can last for two days quite easily. With a 4G VoLTE SIM, the battery backup is pretty extensive too. The company claims that if kept on standby it can run for seven days. We tested it on PC Mark; it scored a good 9. We were impressed with its battery.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Final Verdict
As you can see, there are a few highs and lows which are expected given the price range. So this is a well-assembled phone for the one who is looking for specifics. If you want a long running phone for basic usages, then go for it. You may not find another phone with this many features in this price range. But if you want to look for the same features with upgraded experience, you have to enlarge your budget.