Xiaomi Redmi 4A with (3GB RAM, 32 GB Storage) is recently launched in India priced at Rs. 6,999. We were able to buy the smartphone from Flipkart on 31st August and it got delivered next day.
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 colours – Gold with a white front panel and Dark Grey with a black front panel. We have the black and grey Redmi 4A with us 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 while the front has a white cover with just 4A mentioned. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a normal charger with 5V and 1A current and a data charging cable. There are no frills inside the box, not even a standard earphone.
Key Specs For Xiaomi Redmi 4A (3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage)
- Display: 5.0-inch HD Display with 1280*720 pixels, 283 PPi.
- Processor: Quad-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz.
- Chipset: Quad Core Snapdragon 425.
- GPU: Adreno 308
- OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0 and MIUI 8.0.
- RAM: 3 GB RAM.
- Internal Storage: 32 GB, expandable up to 128 GB through an SD card.
- Connectivity – Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and 4G VOLTE Dual sim connectivity.
- Camera: 13 MP rear camera with LED Flash & 5 MP Front Selfie camera.
- Battery Capacity: 3120 mAH battery
- Fingerprint Scanner – No.
- Weight – 131 grams
- Thickness – 8.4 mm
- Price: Rs. 6999 or $100.
- Available – Flipkart.
- Launch Date – 31/Aug/2017.
Let’s Have a closer look at the device and also
Design and Display
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a more rectangular look compared to a more curved design on the Xiaomi Redmi 3s prime. The smartphone looks boxy and comes with a poly-plastic build. It has a metallic paint job but the material used for the construction is poly-plastic.
It is clearly a low grade in terms build when we compare it to more expensive members of its family the Xiaomi Redmi 4 or the Note 4. The phone comes with an uncluttered front side which has 3 capacitative non lit touch keys. At the top side is the front selfie camera along with the speaker grill.
At the bottom resides a microphone and the micro-usb port.
The sim-card tray rests on the left side which can carry either Dual sims or 1 sim with the micro-sd card.
The right side has a volume rocker and the power button. At the back on the top left side, we have the rear 13 Megapixel camera and there are 2 visible Antenna lines. There is MI written at the back which has a chrome finish. There is also a speaker grill at the back as there is no speaker at the bottom of the device.
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 daily.
The sides of the display also have a dark black bezel which makes the display looks smaller. Brightness in the outdoor conditions is also not too high and you may have to stare a bit hard on the screen to read the test messages in the broad daylight.
User Experience and OS
The smartphone comes with the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and also has the MIUI version 8.2.9. The MIUI is familiar and comes with several themes to customize the looks. There is always a Chinese architecture feel to the design if you closely check out the icons and UI on the phone.
The MIUI performance is decent and there is no lag or bugs we observed in the limiting testing. The phone works smoothly while surfing the web or going through the Facebook or instagram Feed.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Features
Though if you open more tabs in chrome or you have some apps open in the back ground you will find it showing signs of lag and stutter. There are some pre-installed apps like Notes, calendar, Mi Store, Amazon, News and swift key keyboard.
Moreover, the touch screen experience is good and it is responsive, unlike some of the cheap budget phones which take some time to respond the Redmi 4A has a good experience. It also comes with features like double tap on the display to wake up the device, which is cool.
Additionally, there is also MI Remote and an infra-red sensor in this pocket-friendly device which you can use with TV and other appliances if you are into it. Due to the presence of Google Apps, there are some apps which are common in MIUI and native Android like mail and photos. So you have two different Apps to do the same task.
Reading Mode – You can turn the reading mode on for night time reading which makes the whole display more eye friendly by blocking the harmful blue light. You can schedule it also so it enables and disables automatically, and you can also 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. 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 to make the UI very simple with less confusing options.
Quick Ball – You can jump in the additional settings to enable a Quick Ball which also not unique to MIUI ROM, in fact, has used it on the iPhone. The Quick Ball is a small transparent circle which appears on the screen and has 5 shortcuts to help you do things faster like taking a screen shot or locking your device or see which apps are open.
Ram and Storage
The smartphone comes with 32 GB of internal storage which can be further expanded to 128 GB using the micro-sd card. The smartphone comes with 3 GB of ram out of which we mostly observed around 1.3 to 1.5 GB is used by the smartphone and rest stays free.
There is around 23 GB of storage which is available for users while rest is used by the OS and pre-installed Apps.
Gaming and Benchmarks
We played games like the Spiderman Marvel on the smartphone which worked without any glitches. We played the Asphalt 8 Airborne on the Xiaomi Redmi 4A and the smartphone by default picks up the medium graphics settings.
At the medium settings, there are no issues, but there are no real issues in terms of gameplay. There is occasional slowness or frame drops but the game works smoothly for the most part. We turned the graphics setting to high and there was more lag and slowness in the Asphalt 8.
In terms of gaming, if we can run the Asphalt 8 on the device easily you can run most modern games on the smartphone 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 multi-core test. Comparatively, if you check the scores for Snapdragon 430 it offers 2850 multi-core score which is much faster. Though 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 which doesn’t get hot easily.
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 colour accuracy also suffers, though 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 of the effects which you can use to bring some variety to your photos. There are some photo modes like Color Pop, Rustic and ICY to change the temperature and hue for images.
The UI for the Camera APP is very simple and you can switch to the video recording by just 1 click and also try out different modes like scenes, night, panorama, Auto and beautify.
The front camera performance is also decent at least out doors, though there is some softness and the background also gets over exposed. I was not expecting much from it, the camera can click selfies which can be shared on the social media.
Overall the camera performance is satisfactory, considering the price range of the smartphone.
Battery Life and Charging Time
As mentioned above the smartphone comes with 3120 mAH capacity battery which is sufficient to last all day. Even at the end of the day with medium usage, we were able to sail through the day without a need for a second charge.
The Redmi 4A doesn’t come with Fast Charging support and it takes a long time to charge from 0-100%. We 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 was no issue in making 4G calls using the Reliance JIO sim with the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. Also, the speaker at the back is mediocre, it is not very loud. Though you can easily listen to songs or videos from it without any issues.
The data connectivity also 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 large storage. It also works all day without the need for charging and user experience is good for the price tag.
Additionally, On the other hand, the build quality is average and shows signs of cost cutting. The camera is okay considering the price and display
The camera is okay considering the price and display is usable indoors but is not very bright for outdoor legibility.
Moreover, 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 which has a faster processor and much better battery life.