The company’s statement can prove to be true, because the Redmi 2 (and Redmi 2 Prime) that came in 2015 and the Redmi 3S (Redmi 3S Prime) that came in 2016 were also successful phones. These smartphones have consistently featured in our list of best smartphones under Rs 10,000.
2017 has been a successful year for Xiaomi, with the company claiming to have sold over 1 million units of the Redmi Note 4 within 15 days of its launch. The Chinese company is expected to maintain this growth with the new Redmi 4A. This phone has features like VoLTE and 13 megapixel rear camera. Will the new Redmi 4A be able to write a new success story for the company? Let us know in the review.
xiaomi redmi 4a design
When you take Xiaomi Redmi 4A in your hands for the first time, you will feel that it is made of metal body. While its body is made of polycarbonate. There is a separate segment on the rear panel at the top and antenna bands at the bottom like the metal bodied Redmi model.
The new smartphone also has a similar design to the previous Redmi phone. And customers in this price segment will not be disappointed. With a 5-inch screen, the Redmi 4A is a compact phone and is easy to use with one hand. The volume rocker and power button are on the right while the hybrid SIM slot is on the left. There is a charging point at the bottom and 3.5mm radio jack and infrared ammeter on the top.
When viewed from the rear, the phone once again looks like the Redmi 3S. On the rear is the Mi branding and speaker grille, which are similar to the Redmi 3S. The Redmi 4A doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor and it’s not surprising that this isn’t the case with this price tag.
The phone does have slightly curved edges, though we would have preferred the overall shape of the Redmi 3S as in our experience it is more curved and fits better in the hand. The edges of the Redmi 4A are just slightly curved. However, the rear panel of the phone comes with a matte finish and its grip remains good.
Weighing in at 132 grams, the Redmi 4A smartphone is lighter than the Redmi 3S at 144 grams. At its launch in India, Xiaomi announced that the Redmi 4A is the ‘lightest Redmi ever’. It is worth noting that both the models come with a thickness of 8.5 mm. Redmi 4A comes in Dark Grey, Gold and Rose Gold color variants. We got a dark gray unit for review.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a charger, Micro-USB cable, warranty card, user guide and a SIM ejector tool. Unlike other Xiaomi products, the Redmi 4A will not come with the headset in the retail box, which may disappoint some users. The retail box comes with the tag ‘Made in India’. At the launch event, the company said that 95 percent of Xiaomi phones are now made in India.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Specification and Software
Redmi 4A has a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and 296 ppi pixel density. The display is fine and the color reproduction is also good. We did not face any problem in using the phone in sunlight. Text and photos look sharp while videos look good. The Redmi 4A comes with a reading mode that improves colors for the eyes and the color temperature can also be adjusted by going to the Settings app.
The smartphone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz. Adreno 308 is integrated for graphics. It has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB inbuilt storage which can be expanded up to 128 GB via microSD card. This handset has a non-removable battery of 3120 mAh. The company has claimed standby time of up to seven days. Apart from 4G VoLTE, the Redmi 4S smartphone comes with features like Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS and GLONASS.
With the hybrid SIM slot, users can use a micro SIM and a nano SIM or a microSD card at the same time. On using two SIM cards, the first slot supports 4G calls and data, while the second SIM will get 2G network support. Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor and Ambient light sensor are present in the phone.
Redmi 4A runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 8. The company emphasized during the launch that many features have been specially designed in the phone keeping in mind the Indian users. MIUI supports 13 Indic languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese and Bengali.
Talking about the software, the phone has many features seen in the previous Redmi phones. These also include the Dual App feature that allows users to sign in to the same app on the device with two different accounts (eg WhatsApp, Facebook). Second Space allows users to keep business and personal data separate in one phone. The second space feature also allows users to sign in with two different Google accounts.
In the Redmi 4A, users can scroll and take screenshots, for example, you can even save a web page that doesn’t fit the screen. Apart from this, there are some other MIUI features like child mode for locking apps, quick ball button for quick shortcuts and one-handed mode for shrinking the screen on one corner.
The dialer app in MIUI 8 has also been improved and it shows caller ID by default. It’s also important to mention the Mi Cover app, which lets you transfer data to another Mi phone. The phone has a theme app that lets you use a large collection of wallpapers, ringtones and fonts. The phone includes several apps such as Scanner, Mi Community and Mi Pix. The Redmi 4A comes pre-installed with apps like Facebook, Amazon Kindle, WPS Office, MakeMyTrip and Flipkart.
During the launch in India, Xiaomi also previewed the redesigned messaging app that will make IRCTC train tickets appear differently on the screen. That is, when you receive a confirmation message from IRCTC, Xiaomi MIUI 8 will recognize it and show it as a real ticket.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Camera Performance
Redmi 4A has a 13-megapixel rear camera with 5-element lens and aperture F / 2.2. It has LED flash and also has modes like HDR, Panorama, Burst Mode and Face Recognition. Apart from this, there are also many real-time filters. The phone has a 5 megapixel front camera with aperture F / 2.2. The phone has the option of recording 1080 pixels and 720 pixels at 30 frames per second.
Good pictures come from the main camera of the phone and colors are also great in good light. Photos taken in daylight come with better detailing. We were able to focus on the object easily, but we noticed that the camera struggled to take close-up shots. There was a lot of noise in some of the pictures we took with the Redmi 4A.
The rear camera of Xiaomi Redmi 4A does not work well in artificial light. And noise is seen in the pictures. Photos taken in low light come with good detailing, although they look scattered. Selfies coming from the front camera come with sharpness and detailing that can be shared on social platforms. The quality is a bit poor in low light. The phone can record video of 1080 pixels and the quality is also good. The camera app is easy to use and we liked accessing the modes with a single tap.
xiaomi redmi 4a performance
The overall performance of the Redmi 4A impressed us. There was no problem while multitasking and we could easily switch between multiple apps. We enjoyed streaming videos and watching movies on the Redmi 4A. But we have to admit that getting used to using big phones, the 5-inch screen seems small.
Playing games on the Redmi 4A was also a good experience and we played games like Asphalt 8 and Dead Effect 2 with ease. Initially, the game hangs while launching the game because there were already many apps running in the background. During our review, we noticed that there is only about 900 MB of free memory available at all times and we think it could have been better to have more RAM.
Redmi 4A has 16 GB of storage, out of which 10 GB is available for the user. And that means relying on expandable storage. Many appliances such as TVs and set-top boxes can be controlled at home and office with the infrared ammeter given in the Redmi 4A.
The sound coming from the handset’s loudspeaker is good for a small room. And at this price one cannot expect more sound than this. The unit doesn’t come with earphones, so we tested the audio quality with our earphones, which was excellent. In the Settings app, Xiaomi has given many audio options.
There are many popular audio formats in this phone like HEVC and MPEG4. Apart from these, there are also PCM, AAC/EAAC+, MP3, Flac and WAV.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A supports VoLTE and we did not have any problem with the network even in places with weak signals. Call quality was excellent. We did not notice any overheating issue during our review.
The Redmi 4A scored respectable in benchmark tests. The phone packs a 3120mAh battery, which lasted for 12 hours and 35 minutes in our video loop test. During normal usage, the Redmi 4A proved to be a powerhouse and lasted a full day. It is worth noting that this happened without using the power saver mode.
We used the power saver mode when the Redmi 4A battery was left at 20 percent. And after that we got up to 8 hours of battery life. Fast charging support is not available in the phone and it is not an issue for those who buy a smartphone at this price.
The new Redmi 4A has definitely set new benchmarks in this price segment. And it is expected that it will prove to be a very popular phone. With Rs 5,999, the Redmi 4A comes with many handy features like VoLTE. Camera performance is excellent and the polycarbonate body, 3120 mAh battery and software are also satisfactory.
It will be interesting to see how the Redmi 4A smartphone performs against the Redmi 3S priced at Rs 6,999. By paying Rs 1,000 more, users can get a metal body, better Snapdragon 430 processor and more battery power if they buy the Redmi 3S.
It seems that the Redmi 4A smartphone has been made for the first time smartphone users. And for such a user, it can be a great option.