Xiaomi Redmi 4A with (3GB RAM, 32 GB Storage) is recently launched in India available for Rs. 6,999. Despite, the mad rush I was able to buy the phone from Flipkart on 31st August. It got delivered the next day. Thanks, Flipkart !!
I have already tested the Xiaomi Redmi 4A (16 GB, 2 GB RAM) couple of months back when it was launched in India. Now, we have the 3 GB RAM version of Xiaomi Redmi 4A with us. While most of the things are same on the Xiaomi Redmi 4A versions what is increased is Ram and storage capacity.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is available in 2 colors, a Gold with a white front pane,l and a dark grey with a black front panel. I have the black and grey Redmi 4A with me for this review.
Whats Inside the Box
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a simple packaging in a white box, at the side of the box, Redmi 4A is written. Also, the front has a white cover with just 4A mentioned. inside the box, there is a normal charger (with 5V and 1A) and a data charging cable. Nevertheless, there is no more parafarnelia inside the box, not even a standard earphone.
Let’s have a closer look at the device.
Design and Display
For starters, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a more rectangular look in comparison to the more curved design on the older Xiaomi Redmi 3s prime. In fact, it looks boxy and comes with a poly-plastic build. There is a metallic paint job but the material used for the construction is poly-plastic.
Also, it is apparently step-down in terms of build quality in comparison to more expensive members of its family, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 or the Note 4. The phone comes with an uncluttered front side and has 3 capacitative non-lit touch keys. At the top side, is the selfie camera along with the speaker grill. And at the bottom resides a microphone and the micro-usb port.
Furthermore, the sim-card tray rests on the left side that can carry either Dual sims or 1 sim with the micro-sd card.
Also, the right side has a volume rocker and the power button. The rear 13 Megapixel camera and 2 visible Antenna lines reside at the back.
Notably, we have a chrome finish MI logo at the back. Lastly, there is a speaker grill beneath the logo. Nevertheless, it does not has a speaker at the bottom.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a 5.0 Inch screen with HD resolution (1280*720) pixels with 283 PPI. The display is not very sharp at least to my eyes which are tuned to looking at a Quad HD display.
The sides of the display also have a dark black bezel that makes the display feel smaller. Also, the brightness of the outdoor conditions is not too high and you may have to stare a bit harder at the screen to read the text messages in the broad daylight.
User Experience and OS
Let’s talk about the software experience. The mobile comes with the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and even has the MIUI version 8.2.9. The MIUI is familiar and comes with several themes to customize the looks. Noticeably, the MIUI has a Chinese architecture feel to the design of icons and UI if you observe more closely.
However, the MIUI performance is decent and there is no lag or bugs in our limiting testing. The phone works smoothly while surfing the web or going through the Facebook or instagram Feed. Having said that, open more tabs in chrome or you have some apps open in the background you will find it showing signs of lag and stutter.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Features
Let’s move ahead and discuss some of the top software features. There are some pre-installed apps like Notes, calendar, Mi Store, Amazon, News and swift key keyboard.
Moreover, the touchscreen experience is good and responsive, unlike some of the cheap budget phones that take some time to respond. Also, it impresses me with features like double tap on the display to wake up the device.
Additionally, there is also MI Remote and an infra-red sensor in this pocket-friendly device that you can use with TV and other appliances.
One annoying thing is the presence of Dual Apps for the same function. There is a Google App for email and photos and another version of same apps by MIUI. So you have two different Apps to do the same task.
Distinguishing Features You Will Love
Reading Mode – You can turn the reading mode on for night time reading that makes the whole display more eye friendly by blocking the harmful blue light. Also, you can schedule it, so it starts and stops automatically, and you can even specify which apps use the reading mode.
Change Font Size – You can also change the text size very easily in the display settings.
Second Space and Dual Apps – There is also a second space option which is unique to the MIUI ROM. It allows you to create a secondary partition space on your phone. In fact, the Dual App allows you to use Dual apps like Facebook and WhatsApp.
Lite Mode – If you are an old grand ma, you can also enable a lite mode on the Xiaomi phone. It makes the UI very simple with less confusing options.
Quick Ball – You can jump in the additional settings to enable a Quick Ball it is similar to the iOS. The Quick Ball is a small transparent circle that appears on the screen and has 5 shortcuts to help you do things faster. You can take a screen shot, or lock your device, or even see which apps are open.
Ram and Storage
Furthermore, the mobile comes with 32 GB of internal storage expandable upto 128 GB using the micro-sd card. Additionally, we have 3 GB of ram. I observed that around 1.3 to 1.5 GB is used by the smartphone and rest stays free.
Also, approximately 23 GB of storage is available for users while rest is used by the OS and pre-installed Apps.
Gaming and Benchmarks
I played games like the Spiderman Marvel on the smartphone that works without any glitches. Also, I tried my hands on the Asphalt 8 Airborne the smartphone by default picks up the medium graphics settings.
At the medium settings, there are no issues. There is occasional slowness or frame drops but the game works smoothly for the most part. Turning the graphics setting to high and there is more lag and slowness. Keep it in medium settings for better gameplay.
In terms of gaming, if we can run the Asphalt 8 on the device easily then safe to conclude we can run most modern games without any difficulty.
Benchmark Scores for Xiaomi Redmi 4A (3GB RAM, 32 GB Storage)
Antutu Benchmark Score – 36400
Geekbench Mark Score:
- Single Core Test – 653
- Multi-Core Test – 1749
The Quad-Core processor really struggles when it comes to the multi-core test. Comparatively, if you check the scores for Snapdragon 430 it offers 2850 multi-core score that is much faster. Although for the price point, the Snapdragon 425 is a great processor.
I did not observe any heating issues with the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. One of the main reason for this phone to stay cool is its plastic build that doesn’t get hot easily.
For photography, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a 13 Megapixel rear camera with LED Flash. The rear camera can click passable images in the day light conditions.
The landscape shots lack details and even color accuracy suffers. Although the camera can click decent macro and close shots. Here are some of the shots taken on the Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
Outdoor Shots from Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
Macro and Close shots from Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
The camera App comes with some effects that you can use to bring some variety to your photos. There are photo modes like Color Pop, Rustic and ICY to change the temperature and hue for images.
Furthermore, the UI for the Camera APP is very simple and you can switch to the video recording by just 1 click. You can even try out different modes like scenes, night, panorama, Auto and beautify.
Also, the front camera performance is decent at least outdoors. However, there is some softness and the background gets overexposed. I was not expecting much from it, but the camera can click selfies that are sharable on the social media.
In conclusion, the camera performance is satisfactory, considering the price range.
Battery Life and Charging Time
Aforementioned, it comes with 3120 mAH capacity battery that is sufficient to last all day. Even at the end of the day with medium usage, It showed about 35% battery remaining. So, there is no need for a second charge.
Sadly, the Redmi 4A doesn’t come with Fast Charging support and it takes a long time to charge from 0-100%. I charged it from 0 to 70% and it took 1 hour and 40 minutes, and for a full charge it takes close to 2.5 hours.
Calls, Speaker and Sound
The call clarity is decent and there are no issue in making 4G calls using the Reliance JIO sim. However, the speaker at the back is mediocre, it is not very loud. Nevertheless, you can listen to songs or videos from it without any issues.
Also, the data connectivity works as intended with both the WIFI as well with the 4G data.
Major Pros for Xiaomi Redmi 4a
- Decent Performance.
- Good Battery Life.
- 3 GB RAM, 32 GB internal Storage.
- User experience is fine.
- Value for money, low price.
Major Cons for Xiaomi Redmi 4a
- The display is not very bright.
- Charges very slowly.
- Avg, build quality.
- The camera is Average.
Concluding Thoughts Xiaomi Redmi 4A (3GB RAM, 32 GB storage)
Xiaomi Redmi 4A (3GB RAM, 32 GB Storage) is impressive in terms of performance and has a large storage. Also, it works all day without the need for charging and even user experience is good for the price tag.
On the other hand, the build quality is average and shows signs of cost-cutting. Also, the camera is satisfactory considering the price and the display is usable indoors but is not very bright for outdoor legibility.
In conclusion, it is a small compact phone with 5-inch screen size which offers decent experience if you wish to surf the internet, spend time on Facebook, WhatsApp and play some casual games. Xiaomi has done a lot of basic things right with the Redmi 4A.
Should you buy the Xiaomi Redmi 4A, Yes you can if more storage is a requirement. Also, if you need slightly better design and build can opt for Redmi 4 that has a faster processor and much better battery life.
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