It’s 2017 and Xiaomi is back with their Low-End Killer Smartphone Redmi Note 4. Last year they rocked with their best sellers Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3S / 3S Prime. The Redmi Note 4 is the successor to Redmi Note 3. For this device, they have kept the overall device structure similar to the Note 3, but did some amazing upgrades under the hood, to make this device perform better.
Xiaomi has more or less become popular in India due to their budget offerings. In fact, their Redmi Series did garner huge sales last year.
Their only major difference from most of the other devices is their very own customized ROM MIUI. They discarded the Stock Android look and developed their own UI, which is by far the most different than Stock. I mean to say, there are very fewer similarities of MIUI to the stock ROM. So, people who love the rich stock UI, Xiaomi is going to disappoint you.
But, this gives Xiaomi a major advantage over the rest. It allows them to take care of every nook and corner of their software. This, in turn, results in a very optimized software experience and ensures full utilization of the hardware inside. They pack in the essential needs of every person and eliminates the need for many 3rd party apps.
So, leaving the MIUI, the hardware used by them is similar to every other manufacturer. Can the Redmi Note 4 perform better than the other the other budget devices? Let’s find out the features of this phone.
Redmi Note 4 Features:
The Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5-inch display, with 2.5D Curved Glass and slimmer, tapered edges that will give you a premium feel when you hold the phone with your hands. It is coming with 3 color variants: Gold, Dark Grey and Black. A new color variant Blue was launched later on.
Inside the smartphone is the Snapdragon 625, the 14nm FinFet processor, that gives the best in class battery life. To couple with that, Xiaomi packed in a 4100mah battery within it, that, with MIUI’s customizations, can last you for 2 days straight. This is just amazing. The processor is octa core.
There is a fingerprint sensor at the back, like all other latest Xiaomi Devices. Also, like all other Xiaomi devices, there is a IR Blaster present in it.
It consists of 3 variants, 2GB RAM with 32GB Storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB Storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB Storage.
The rear camera is a 13MP Shooter having f2.0 aperture. The camera uses the CMOS Sensor, that, Xiaomi claims will eliminate noise from the picture. They say you can take good pics even with low light using this camera. Above that, it comes with Phase Detection Autofocus which can focus in 0.1s. The front camera is 5MP.
The phone supports Dual 4G VoLTE Nano Sims. It has a hybrid sim slot, which means one sim can be swapped to fit in a micro sd card. The expandable memory is 128GB, which is pretty decent.
On the software front, it runs on Android Nougat. But they are on their custom Rom MIUI 9.
Redmi Note 4 Full Phone Specifications:
Announced: January 2017
Current Status: Available
Release Date: 23rd January 2017
Dimension: 151 x 76 x 8.5 mm (5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 in)
Build: Metallic Unibody, 2.5D Curved
No of Supported Sim: 2
Colors: Gray, Gold, Black
Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Screen Size: 5.5inch
Screen To Body Ratio: 72.7%
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
Screen Density: 0
Chipset Details: Snapdragon 625
CPU: 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
CPU Cores: Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 506
Rear Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0
Secondary Rear Camera: 0
Rear Camera Features: Phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Front Camera: 5 MP, f/2.0
Secondary Front Camera: 0
Front Camera Features:
Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G Bands: GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Bands: LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300)
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 4.1, A2DP, LE
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB: microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Android Version: 6.0 Marshmallow
Redmi Note 4 Honest Opinions:
The Snapdragon 625 is by far the most battery efficient SoC developed by Qualcomm. And MIUI is generally a lot battery efficient Android ROM, than the other ones. These two things coupled with a 4100mah battery is a huge plus point for this device.
Even on heavy usage, you can’t drain the battery life in a day. On a regular usage you will last 2 days with ease.
The charging time on this phone is a bit higher due to the fact that it does not support any fast charging. But it is worth it.
The camera is above average, but I can’t say it is very good. You can find better cameras in Moto G5 Plus or the Honor 6x, which even sports a dual camera. But, looking at the overall aspect, this device price is quite justified.
The 2GB Ram variant costs Rs9999, the 3GB Ram variant costs Rs10999, and the 4GB Ram variant costs Rs12999. The pricing seems very justified and competitive for low-end devices.
According to me, Xiaomi just killed the market for 2017.
Hands down. This is the best budget smartphone you can avail in 2017. I have always compared this smartphone to others in 2017 to measure the features, and I also recommended many of my friends to buy it. In short, the processor + battery combination is best in class. The camera is more than average, but don't expect too good shots. The storage and ram is enough. Its an overall killer.
- Snapdragon 625 + 4000mah battery + Miui Rom gives the best battery life
- 4GB + 64GB Variant Availability
- Camera could have been better. Xiaomi launches products many months ago in China. They could have included better cameras.
Redmi Note 4 Alternative Smartphones:
When it comes to finding Alternative, two things are mainly looked upon. Number 1 is the price point, Number 2 is the specifications.
On the specifications, the camera of Redmi Note 4 isn’t the best ones in the low-end range smartphones.
You can find a better camera on the following two devices.
On the battery aspect, there is one smartphone that has even bigger battery than the Redmi Note 4, which is the Lenovo P2.
But if you aren’t leaning on just one good aspect, overall the Note 4 isn’t a bad choice after all.
So, that’s all about the Redmi Note 4. No doubt Xiaomi is setting milestones with their products. I don’t have any problem with their device releases, I just want them to release their products at the same time they release them in China, which is 6-10 months before India.
They are actually much ahead of the market. They need to bring out their productions much earlier.
Anyways, thanks for reading this post about the Redmi Note 4. I hope you have got a clear idea about the device and you can choose your device with ease.
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