Xiaomi’s Redmi range of smartphones has been very important. The good thing is that it has also got customers in the Indian market. The company claims that the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3S (Redmi 3S Prime) were the top selling devices on Flipkart and Amazon sale last year. Especially Redmi Note 3 has achieved tremendous success in the Indian market. According to the company, in just 6 months, more than 23 lakhs in India alone redmi note 3 Handsets were sold. However, the age of this phone has become almost a year. Now the company has introduced its successor in the market.
The company launched the Redmi Note 4 smartphone on January 19. Like the old variant, it comes with a metal body and excellent specifications. Redmi Note 4 was first launched in China in August last year. It comes with MediaTek’s Deca Core processor. At the same time, there is a Qualcomm chipset in the India variant. The price of Redmi Note 4 has been kept in the budget segment and it will compete with most of the popular handsets in the market. Will Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 once again prove to be a reliable product for the company? Will the success of the Redmi series with this device be put to a halt? Let us know through review.
xiaomi redmi note 4 design
In the Redmi Note 4, you will get a glimpse of the Redmi Note 3, especially in terms of design. The front panel is very similar to the old phone. You will get 2.5D curved edge glass on the front which gives a premium look to the phone. This phone with full-metal body gives a feeling of being sturdy. At the same time, compared to Redmi Note 3, the back part is less slippery in the hands.
The back of the Redmi Note 4 is a little different. This will remind you of the company’s premium handset Xiaomi Mi 5 (Review). Very thin antenna bands run from top to bottom. The setup of the rear camera, dual tone LED flash and fingerprint scanner is the same as that of the Redmi Note 3. However, this time Xiaomi has placed the speaker grill in the lower part of the phone. At the bottom there is a USB port for charging and data transfer. At the top, you will find an infrared emitter with a 3.5mm audio jack. The power and volume buttons are on the right side and are easy to reach with fingers.
The 8.3mm thickness Redmi Note 4 is thinner than the old variant. But the weight is 1 gram more. We did not face any problem in using the Redmi Note 4 with one hand. The curved edges fit easily in the palm. There was no problem in using it for a long time. Talking about the design, Redmi Note 4 is the best looking Redmi smartphone ever. In China, it was made available in Dark Gray and Gold colors. But in India, gray has been replaced by matte black color. This color is exclusive for the Indian market. Let us tell you that we were given a gold variant to review.
The 5.5-inch full-HD IPS display has a resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. Its density is 401 pixels per inch. The full-HD resolution makes text and images look very sharp. You will get punchy colors from the screen. Viewing angles are good. And even in sunlight, there is no problem in reading on the screen. Due to the screen size, the Redmi Note 4 is very suitable for watching videos or movies. You will be able to manage the color temperature by going to the settings. Due to the reading mode, it is convenient to read anything in the smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specifications and Features
2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor has been used in Xiaomi Redmi Note. Adreno 506 GPU is integrated for graphics. Xiaomi is selling its three variants in India – 2 GB RAM / 32 GB storage, 3 GB RAM / 32 GB storage and 4 GB RAM / 64 GB storage. The company gave us the top end variant for review.
The handset has a hybrid SIM slot, meaning you have to choose between a second SIM or a microSD card. The company said that both the SIM slots support 3G and 4G networks. The company seems to have taken the complaint about the Redmi Note 3’s limited 32GB microSD card support capacity seriously. This phone supports microSD card up to 128 GB.
The phone packs a 4100 mAh battery which is only slightly bigger than the 4050 mAh battery of the Redmi Note 3. It has a 13 megapixel camera equipped with f / 2.0 aperture, phase detection auto focus. A 5 megapixel camera has been given on the front panel. There is support for Voice over LTE with 4G, you will be satisfied with the call quality.
Redmi Note 4 will run on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Xiaomi has added many new features. One of these is Now on Tap, which is one of the most important features of Android Marshmallow. You can activate Google’s Now on Tap by long-pressing the Home button inside any app. The MIUI 8 in the Redmi Note 4 is very light and looks more polished than the old version.
MIUI 8 now comes with a new Gallery app that automatically stores photos from the device on the Mi Cloud. Users will get 5 GB of free cloud storage upon signing up for the account. The Quick Ball feature is also present in the Redmi Note 4.
Keeping privacy in mind, Xiaomi has provided Dual Apps and Second Space feature. Scrolling screenshots is another important feature of this software. With its help, users can take a screenshot of the entire web page. Xiaomi has also worked on the dialer app. It is lighter and easier to use than before.
Xiaomi has given one-hand mode in the handset. Which shrinks the display to one edge of the screen. You will be able to choose from 3.5, 4 and 4.5 inch screen sizes. Many apps are already installed in Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. Sadly you can’t remove them. We believe that Xiaomi should reduce the number of pre-installed apps.
xiaomi redmi note 4 performance
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 did any job with ease. We did not complain about the octa-core processor. Games like Asphalt 9 and Dead Trigger 2 with more powerful graphics were fun to play on this handset. We used the Redmi Note 4 for several weeks and never needed a more powerful processor. Multitasking was easy in Redmi Note 4. Apps launched without any delay.
The Redmi Note 4 is excellent for media playback and credit goes to the IPS display. It supports videos with 4K resolution. There was a decent sound from the speaker in the lower part. Xiaomi did not give us any earphones with the review unit. In such a situation, we checked its audio quality with our personal earphones and we were satisfied with it. The benchmark test gave us the results we expected. But let us tell you that the Redmi Note 3 (Review) gave much better results in these tests.
Modes like Beautify, Panorama and Manual will be available in the camera app. In Scene mode, the user will get options like Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night, Beach and Flower. You can also use the filter while taking the picture which is nice. The camera can record videos up to 1080 pixels resolution and their quality is quite good. Selfies taken from Redmi Note 4 came with good color and detail. However, there is a big difference in the quality of photos taken in daylight and low light.
The 13-megapixel rear camera took good landscape shots. This happened in every circumstance. Macros shots were also good. The colors were accurate and there was no shortage of detail. With the help of PDAF feature, the camera focuses faster. There is no dearth of detail even in low light shots, but you will be able to see the graininess when you zoom in on them. The Redmi Note 4 also took decent pictures of moving objects.
This time Xiaomi has focused on improving the camera quality in the Redmi Note 4. Remember that there were a lot of complaints about camera quality in last year’s model. Good thing there has been an improvement. However, we were expecting better performance in low light.
The 4100 mAh battery lasted 15 hours and 10 minutes in the video loop test. This is great for a battery of this capacity. The battery of the phone lasted for two days in normal use. About 30 hours of excessive use. The connectivity capability of the handset is really commendable in weak mobile or Wi-Fi networks. We were not given the retail box of the handset for review. That’s why we will not say anything on the time taken for charging the phone’s battery. However, it lacks support for quick charging which would have been a welcome feature in the price range.
Redmi Note 4 is a great package. But there are drawbacks like hybrid SIM slot, lack of quick charging support and too many preloaded apps. We believe that the Redmi Note 4 will give a strong challenge to the smartphones in its segment or the slightly more expensive range. This phone is the champion in terms of design, battery life and performance. For users who want a phone with a big display and good battery life in a budget, Redmi Note 4 is a good option.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has been launched in three variants. The price starts at Rs 9,999 (2GB RAM + 32GB storage). The Redmi Note 4 will certainly appeal to those customers who want a good performance handset at an affordable price. By the way, the review is based on the expensive variants and looking at the difference in the prices of all three variants, we would say that if possible ignore the cheapest variant. The variant with 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage will be available for Rs 10,999, that is, only Rs 1,000 expensive. The variant reviewed by us will be available in the market for Rs 12,999.