Xiaomi today has launched the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in India starting at Rs. 9999. The smartphone will be available for purchase from Flipkart and Mi.com. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 ( 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage) will go on sale First time on 3rd Feb 2017. The sale starts at 12:00 PM (noon). The 2 GB version is yet not listed on Flipkart, but will be available on Mi.com
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes in 3 variants in India :
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – 2 GB Ram , 32 GB storage Price Rs. 9,999.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – 3 GB Ram , 32 GB storage Price Rs. 10,999.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – 4 GB Ram , 64 GB storage Price Rs. 12,999.
Xiaomi has announced 3 models as stated above, but have listed only 2 models both on Flipkart as well as Mi.com, it is likely the Rs. 9999 model may become available for purchase at a later date.
The smartphone will come in 3 colors deep black, Grey and Gold color.
Launch and Sale – The first sale is going to happen on 23rd January 2017 on Flipkart and Mi.com, there is no registration required, it will end till the stock last. I wrote an article last week and we were bang on target about the price and processor for Redmi Note 4.
Update – 24 Jan -2017 – Xiaomi has sold 2,50,000 redmi note 4 smartphones in the first sale on 23rd January 2017 from both Flipkart and Mi.com. Manu Jain, Mi India head shared that the response for the Redmi Note 4 is phenomenal as was for the Redmi Note 3. Redmi Note 3 crossed 26,00,000 sales volume in 2016, was a top selling smartphone in India.
The next sale for the Redmi Note 4 is scheduled for 30th Jan 2017 on Flipkart.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the successor to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, which was the top selling Xiaomi smartphone in India last year. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a metallic build and a more robust design and construction.
Design – The smartphone comes with a perfect symmetrical build as depicted in the image below. The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5 Inch Display with 2.5 D curve glass on top. The display has 72% NTSC color gamut and 1000:1 contrast ratio.
The smartphone comes with a rear finger print scanner below the camera module.
Camera – There is a 13 megapixel rear camera which comes with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF and Dual Led flash. There is a 5 mega pixel front selfie camera with 85 degree wide angle to click selfies.
Performance – The Redmi Note 4 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor rather than the Helio X20 processor used in the Chinese version. The Snapdragon 625 processor is highly energy efficient Octa-Core, 64 Bit, 14 Nm process based SOC clocked at 2.0 GHz.
The processor is comparatively weaker when we compare to the SD 650 in last years Redmi Note 3 or the Helio X 20 used in Chinese Redmi Note 4 variant.
- Snapdragon 625 – 61350
- Snapdragon 650 – 78500
- Helio X20 – 85600
That is clearly a performance downgrade even Vs the last years Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. But there are upsides of the SD 625, we tested it for many days while doing the review of for the Asus Zenfone 3. Processor is great for gaming along with the Adreno 506 GPU, played all the games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5 with ease. The processor runs much cooler and could be a good option for FHD gaming.
Battery Life – The other major upside is that Xiaomi shared that the smartphone offers 25% more battery life compared to the Redmi Note 3. The Redmi Note 4 comes with 4100 mAH battery capacity which is same as Redmi Note 3 but the battery life gain is due to the efficient processor. The battery will easily last more than a day with moderate to high usage.
But yes we can’t ignore the performance downgrade , would have loved a Snapdragon 652.
Connectivity OS and Other Features – The smartphone comes with Dual Sim support and storage can be expanded up to 128 GB. The second sim slot is a hybrid, can use either memory card or second sim. There is 4G VOLTE as well as 3G and 2G data connectivity support.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has 8.35 mm thickness and it weighs 175 grams. The smartphone doesn’t come with the USB Type C port but has a micro USB port for connectivity.
Xiaomi has also teased a Android Nougat update. But the smartphone ships with the Android Marshmallow 6.0 running along with the MiUi 8.0. It is likely that Nougat may come with the MiUi 9, whenever it gets released. There is a recent news that the Redmi Note 3 will also get the Android Nougat update.
Overall the Redmi Note 4 looks like a great option with aggressive price, incredible battery life and a better 2.5D curve glass display. I would have loved it for a more powerful processor, but still it is a very good smartphone for the price.
Compare Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3 – Which is Better?
Lets first do a specs comparison between both the smartphones than we will look into some of the Pros and Cons for each of the device.
|Specifications||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3|
|Front Camera||5 Mega-pixel, with flash||Same|
|Rear Camera||13 MP, Auto focus, Flash||16 MP, Auto focus, Flash|
|Screen Size||5.5 Inch 2.5D Glass||No 2.5 D glass|
|Display Resolution||Full HD (1920*1080).||Same|
|Processor Model||Snapdragon 625||Snapdragon 650|
|Processor Specs||Octa Core Clocked @ 2.0 Ghz||Hexa Clocked @ 1.8 Ghz|
|GPU||Adreno 506||Adreno 510|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 128 GB||Same|
|RAM Size (GB)||2 / 3 / 4 GB||2 GB or 3 GB|
|Internal Storage (GB)||32 / 64 GB||16 /32 GB|
|OS||Android Marshmallow 6.0||Same|
|Connectivity||3G, WIFI, 4G LTE , VOLTE||Same|
|Fingerprint Scanner||Yes at the back||Yes at the back|
|Battery capacity||4100 mAH||Same|
|Thickness||8.4 mm||8.7 mm|
|Weight||165 grams||164 grams|
|Color||Gold and Silver||Gold and Silver|
|Launch Date India||Jan-17||Apr-16|
|Launch Price (Rs)||Rs. 9999, 10,999, 12999||Rs 9999, 11,999|
Pros Redmi Note 4
- Better Camera – Redmi Note 4 has a better camera, don’t look at the Mega pixel count the rear 13 Mega pixel camera is great on the device and even the front camera is improved by Xiaomi in the Redmi Note 4. We tested it during the launch event and was impressed by the advancement.
- Better Display – Though both the devices come with Full HD display and 5.5 Inch screen, the Redmi Note 4 Display has 2.5 D curve glass which makes it superlative.
- More Battery Life – The Redmi Note 4 Comes with the SD 625 processor, which offers upto 25% more battery life compared to the Redmi Note 3.
- Higher RAM and Storage Option – If you go for the top model can get the 4 GB RAM and the 64 GB of internal storage.
- Better Design – Looks more like the Xiaomi Mi Max, a much better look compared to the Redmi Note 3.
Pros for Redmi Note 3
- Performance – Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and Adreno 510 offers superior performance in terms of Antutu score as is evident from the above table. Though in day to day usage and gaming you won’t find much difference, though on paper the Redmi Note 3 is 20% faster.
Overall the Redmi Note 4 Pros easily outweighs the Cons and it is much better choice compared to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. We would recommend to go with the Redmi Note 4 between these two devices.
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