Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review – What’s the real difference?

By / May 31, 2017 0

Now you are reciting a Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review is the xiaomi’s newest model in the mid-Rs. 10,000 segment. Unlike premium smartphones like Mi, budget phones seem to produce shorter life cycles, and the Redmi series is the perfect symbol here.
In Last Year back in August the Xiaomi Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S prime have been launched in India, and the company claims that both are the highest selling phones in the online mainstream, after having sold four million units in just nine months. Notwithstanding, the all-new Xiaomi Redmi 4 will soon take on the hot Redmi 3S & Redmi 3S Prime).

Xiaomi has as of now seen a chain of successes with its Redmi range, with most models finding a place in our periodical lists of the best budget phones. This new Xiaomi Redmi 4 will not only have to win over the competition, but also live up to its predecessor in a many of ways, and it surely appears like an improvement when it comes to specs and designation. Let’s find out whether the phone is worth your money and time in our Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review:

redmi 4 front capacitive button

Xiaomi Redmi 4 design

Xiaomi Redmi 4 offers a metallic back more polished and make this handset look more premium than its predecessor. Whereas this phone is quite a slippery and you might feel a juggling experience couple of times while shooting photos. Though, the phone gives an attractive back with a glossy finish.
As there is not much change has seen to the primary Redmi formula. Similar to the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch screen. Although, This new model is somewhat thicker at 8.65mm and bulkier at 150 grams. Collectively the increase in thickness or its weight doesn’t affect much for the Redmi 4 as the phone is still very usable with just one hand, and to be more precise it clasps better in hand than the most ongoing Smartphones.

As there is not much change has seen to the primary Redmi formula. Similar to the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch screen. Although, This new model is somewhat thicker at 8.65mm and bulkier at 150 grams. Collectively the increase in thickness or its weight doesn’t affect much for the Redmi 4 as the phone is still very usable with just one hand, and to be more precise it clasps better in hand than the most ongoing Smartphones.
We faced no difficulty moving to the Redmi’s 4 fingerprint sensor at any time. There is one Mi logo on the rear, but there’s also a text ” Designed by Xiaomi/ Assembled in India” remark embossed in mini letters. We admired the attention detail, such as a protective ring encompassing the lens of the camera.

On the right, there is a Power and volume buttons and which are easily approachable while using a phone with just one hand. On the bottom, we see a Micro-USB port for charging, and data transfer pin on the bottom, with grills on either side, but one of them is a speaker. The audio socket of 3.5mm and an Infrared emitter can be observed on the top.

Navigation buttons of Redmi 4’s are located right below the screen though they aren’t backlit, which implies finding them in the dark is tough. The notification LED is right below the Home button and is bright enough to alert users about incoming notifications. On the right below the Home button, we can see the notification LED and which is bright sufficiently to alert users regarding incoming notifications.

Alike other Redmi smartphones, the current Redmi 4 also has a hybrid dual-SIM tray, which allows you to use 2 cards whether you can select both the sim cards or insert one MicroSD card with any single sim of your choice. This handset will be available in two color variants Champagne Gold and Matte Black.

Inside the retail box, you get the standard manuals, a data cable, charger, and a sim ejector tool with the handset itself.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 specifications and software

Xiaomi Redmi 4 highlights a 5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved-edge glass with a resolution of 720×1280. That appears to be the first time that Xiaomi is practicing 2.5D glass on a Redmi smartphone valued below INR. 10,000. It packs in a Non-removable 4100mAh battery of the same capacity as the Redmi 3S’s battery has, and is being promoted as one of this phone’s highlights. The phone is clocked at 1.4GHz and powered by octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor. There are three exceptions of the Redmi 4: 2GB/16GB of RAM and storage; one with 3GB/32GB of RAM and storage; and finally 4GB/64GB of RAM and storage. To be more clear we are currently reviewing 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage’s handset. The Redmi 4 supports up to 128 GB of expandable memory with the help of a microSD card.

It is backed by a 13 MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash and a PDAF along with a 5-MP selfie shooter with f/2.2 aperture. The new Redmi 4 will support 4G and VoLTE together with extra connectivity options. Only the first sim card when used in a sim tool will allow 4G calls and data while the secondary card helps you with 2G calls only.

redmi 4 back review

The phone runs on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), including Xiaomi’s MIUI 8.2 skin. This is a stable model which is equal to what we saw on the Redmi Note 4 & Redmi 4A. This indicates that the Redmi 4 has a bunch of software features that we have already witnessed, including Dual Apps, which lets you build a second instance of any app and supports Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Instagram, and more. The Quick Ball feature allows users specify shortcuts for features. One-handed mode shortens the display to one edge of the screen so that everything’s simpler to reach. The phone also offers a scrolling screenshot feature to take you a screenshot of a whole Web page. Child-Mode lets you lock the apps anytime, and Second Space forms a separate profile to aid users to manage the business and personal information on the same Phone.

This version of MIUI got improved than previous versions that become cleaner and more polished.

In keeping with former Redmi phones, the Redmi 4 also carries lots of preinstalled apps such as Music, Mi Community, Mi Picks, News, Notes, Security, Weather, and Recorder. The Themes app lets users pick themes of choice along with ringtones, wallpapers, and fonts from a store. Preinstalled Dedicated Mi Store App on the device through which users can buy Xiaomi products & accessories. We assume that the MIUI interface could become lighter with the removal of a couple of this bloatware, But totally they can’t be deleted, neither they cover up the valuable storage space on the device. We also get a couple of preinstalled third-party apps including Amazon, Flipkart PhonePe Wallet, SwiftKey, and Facebook.

Up to 5GB of Mi Cloud storage, users can use for free only when they sign in with a Mi account, That is additional to the 15GB of free cloud storage Just like the Google offers with every Gmail sign-in.

One of major shortcoming of Redmi 4 is that it does not run Android 7.0 Nougat, nor did it support Google Assistant. After pressing the HOME button for a while, the Now on Tap feature for context-based searches is triggered. Xiaomi says that the Redmi 4 will receive an update to Nougat soon, and we might get Google Assistant before Nougat. But there is no time-period from the companies side.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 camera

The 13-MP back camera is smart quick at focusing So the credit goes to the phase-detection autofocus feature. There is also a face recognition feature on the camera app that can come in handy compared to the Redmi 3S prime, Compared to the Redmi 3S Prime, we have noticed that Redmi 4’s autofocus was a bit faster. We received Detailed and sharp Camera samples with colors which were vibrant and fairly popped. For the most parts, the Landscapes had accurate colors as well as reasonable detail.
Little dampness was there in a Macro or close-up shots when seeing full-size on a desktop monitor, though HDR mode can help to some space.

 

Redmi 4 sample pics

While turning HDR mode on made image capturing and processing. And this is one of our major complaints with the Redmi 4. While When the HDR is on, To get a good shot, users need to be steady for a few seconds else, photos coming out looking lousy.

The primary camera has a tendency to capture low-light pictures when there is no direct light source. When some sample camera shots were taken in the dark had too much motion blur and were poorly recognizable. At night, the device had managed to capture good images only when we were close to the external source such as a streetlamp.

The camera app of Redmi 4 is minimalistic and easy to use, It’s occupying small sections of the screen including controls for multiple settings and features. The HDR mode is just an inch away, as are the live filters. The phone can manage to record video at 720p and 1080p, and the videos appeared decent overall.

Selfies on the Redmi 4 can be a matter of concern if you want a fair one, again because image processing is delayed. We ended up with a quirk of blurred selfies just because we wanted to take one fast. Other than this problem, the sample images which we took in a decent light thrown a good amount of detail and accurate color tone. In low light, we struggled a lot, and faces came out staring too grainy.

Overall, the Xiaomi Redmi 4’s cameras are unquestionably an improvement over those of the Redmi 3S Prime, regarding focusing and results. There are few faults like poor low-light shots and slow processing in HDR mode, which we believe can be improved with updates.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 performance

Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a decent General performance; it managed to handle most tasks well. Sometimes MIUI interface felt bit sluggish, whatsoever, this doesn’t affect performance within apps as when playing games, i.e., Cut the Rope 2 and Asphalt 8. We felt not significant downgrades during the entire review period. We also not found any remarkable overheating.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a decent General performance; it managed to handle most tasks well. Sometimes MIUI interface felt bit sluggish, whatsoever, this doesn’t affect performance within apps as when playing games, i.e., Cut the Rope 2 and Asphalt 8. We felt not significant downgrades during the entire review period. We also not found any remarkable overheating.
Our review has 3GB unit RAM, and we get about 1.2GB free at given time, which means 2GB RAM variant of this device might strive with multi-tasking on their units. Notwithstanding roughly 1GB of free memory on our unit. We didn’t have to encounter with any lag or slowdowns, still, then, we would recommend opting for the 4GB variant of RAM if you can afford little more expenses.

We found a decent Voice call quality, and the phone supports VoLTE. The device has no headphone, to be honest, so we checked the sound quality using our portable earphones, and were quite fascinated. There are various option to tweak music with the Mi Sound Enhancer feature that phone has while using earphones. The Device Redmi 4 was also able to execute our variety of test videos with ease.

redmi_4_front_game

The display (5-inch) is bright, and text appears sharp and vivid. The screen is crisp with proper viewing angles. But, this isn’t the best HD display we’ve seen on a Redmi phone. Colour reproduction is satisfactory, however, in our opinion, the Redmi 3S was quite better. The screen was appealing to read and usable under direct sunlight. Games and Movies look decent on the 5-inch display, although some might fancy a bigger screen.
The device has a Reading mode that reduces background glare.
Colors and saturation on the device can be controlled manually with the help of settings apps.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a score of 43,677 in ANTuTu and 22,996 in Quadrant. After running in 3DMAark Ice Storm Extreme and GFXBench, it set a score of 5,890 points and 25fps individually. These numbers are on a level with those of other devices powered by the chip Snapdragon 430 processor.

The Redmi 4 endured for 14 hours and 20 minutes in our HD video loop test, which is interesting. We can somewhat credit the battery loop test performance to the low-impact HD screen resolution. Battery runs over a day with regular use. The device also has power saving modes to help juice up more life out of each charge. Though it doesn’t support fast charging adapter but Xiaomi’s Jai Mani told us that it comes with fast charging.
As optional accessory Redmi 4 can sell a fast charging adapter this, we can expect from Xiaomi soon or later; else we can buy it from retailer store.

 

Verdict
In the past, Mi Redmi models have set the standard for other devices in the corresponding price segment and also showed just how much a budget smartphone can be capable of. The All-new Redmi 4 holds the same listing. The Redmi range succeeds to beat all the right bases when it comes to battery life, performance, and design. Camera quality is one of the shortcomings that this phone lacks in, but then again we can’t expect to get better than this at these prices

We can assume that the Xiaomi Redmi 4 will take on both the models of the Redmi 3S (&Redmi 3S Prime) over time, and will become the company’s main offering in the under-Rs. 10,000 space. It is coming in 3 variants ranging from RAM to Storage with different prices. Rs. 6,999 for 2GB/32 RAM and storage; and Rs. 8,999 for 3GB/32GB Ram and storage; and Rs. 10,999 for 4GB/64GB Ram and storage. To consider, We have reviewed the middle version which had roughly 1.2GB of memory free at any time, as we have already preferred people to go for the slightly more expensive one if they can afford. The Redmi 4 tops up against the Lenovo K6 Power, Galaxy J2 (2016), and Oppo A37, but its biggest rival might be Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note 4 for the features like a SoC, larger screen, and an enhanced kit of cameras.

One significant factor that lasts from the start of the Xiaomi’s models is the Unavailability of the phones depite being listed on the large merchant website Flipkart and its own Mi online store. Previous mobiles Redmi 4A and Redmi Note 4 have been very laborious to find in stocks on many sites and including its official one.

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Xiaomi redmi 4
Pros
Decent battery life
Robust performance
Affordable
Handy phone
Cons
Average camera
Small screen
Unavailability in markets
8.4

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