Xiaomi has slowly captured the Indian market with its value for money products. Last year we saw the advent of Note 3 which was a great mid-range phone. But the phone is now about a year old, and fans of Xiaomi already need an update. Just when the users were looking towards the flagship for more, they have come forward with Redmi Note 4.
But does Redmi Note 4 have enough to compete with strong brands like Moto G4 Plus and Nokia 8? Let’s find out!
Appearance and display
Last year Redmi Note 3 was overall a good phone, but it was criticized for its bland design. This year Xiaomi seems to have done a little more work on it (but not too much). Hence the design is not the best in the market, but it is certainly better than its predecessor.
The pure metal body has slightly tapered edges for better grip. The 2.5D glasses have round edges in the front. This entire thing is within dimensions of 151x76x8.3 mm only and weighs 165 grams. You can barely feel anything when you hold it.
The phone features a reading mode too which you can auto start and end. When you place it under sunlight, the screen is still pretty legible. For the contrast, again the power is to the user. You can either shift it to automatic mode or select it manually. We found that automatic mode gave better contrasts on its 441 ppi display.
The fingerprint sensor is at the back of the phone right below the LED flash point. Although it has a 5.5-inch screen, it doesn’t feel magnanimous while carrying because of the slim fit grip.
Hardware and Specifications
We know that Redmi Note 4 launched abroad with a different chipset than in India. In India, it is available with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. In China, it’s found with MediaTek Helio X20 SoC chipset. Currently, you get this phone only in 3 variants –
• 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM at Rs. 12,999
• 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM at Rs. 10,999
• 2GB RAM + 32GB ROM at Rs. 9,999
Given that the apps are becoming more complex and bigger, it is a smart move to have its ROM enhanced. Also, they
come with an expandable memory option (up to 128GB). The dual SIM phones will also have 4G LTE support.
Talking about hardware, Note 3 had 650 SoC while Redmi Note 4 runs on 625 SoC. It may seem like a downgrade, but the new phone has 8 Cortex A53 cores. This feature was absent in Note 3. This brings us to the performance factor.
Initially, Redmi Note 4 takes a minute to set up, but after running a few apps on it, we found that it works smoothly. The high-end 4GB RAM variant gives the smoothest running experience. Especially while playing games, the phone tends to stay cool for the longest time and does not get heated up quickly.
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It is good for media playback, and it supports high-resolution videos as well – thanks to the IPS display. The phone will immediately upgrade to Android 7.0 Noughat upon its release. All of this is backed by MIUI 8 and makes it easier for users to browse through apps.
The front camera is 5MP and supports 720p video recording. The rear camera with its 13-megapixel shooting allows full-HD recording. The macro shots taken appear to be good. Overall the camera isn’t superb, but it works great in both low and high lighting setting. We can see that Redmi Note 4 has better camera upgrades. Xiaomi has heard Last year’s complaints of users.
The front camera allows excellent video capture but what makes it stand out is the ability to shoot the videos at 4K. It’s a great feature for a mid-range phone. But this is just about where the great features end. Beyond this, the camera usage is pretty basic.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a battery capacity of 4100 mAh which is neither large nor too less. Almost all new smartphones of this range are coming with the same battery capacity. The battery will go for about a day and a half with one single charging for the regular day to day usage. It includes the usual data connection usage.
For a battery of this capacity, this one works pretty well. Compared to Lenovo P2’s rapid charging feature this could seem like a downgrade. However, you have to consider the price. A pretty good battery feature at this range is reasonable enough.
Final Verdict: Redmi Note 4
There is no doubt that Redmi Note 4 is going to give tough competition to others in its price range. Overall we can see that this phone has its heart in the right place – the performance is razor sharp. With a modest camera and a workable battery, we would say this is one of the best budget phones that hit the market. Once again, Xiaomi walks out with its popularity intact.