Xiaomi, to begin with, had a great 2016 (well, in India, at least). And, all the success can pretty much be attributed to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. After all, the company had sold over 2.6 million units of the Note 3 in India which, not to mention, yielded them a USD 1 billion revenue.
Now, that’s something, isn’t it?
In case you’re wondering how the company managed to sell the Note 3 units in such high numbers, here’s the answer to that question. And it is pretty simple and straight-forward, as it always has been with Xiaomi. Yes, it’s all about pricing the device precisely, for what it’s worth. Not more, not less.
But what if the company plans to launch the next iteration of such highly successful smartphone, particularly when the bar has been set so high already? Well, that’s precisely the case with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 which was launched in India last month.
Priced at Rs. 12,999 for the high-end model, the smartphone comes as an upgrade over its predecessor and poses some serious threat to budget smartphones (at least, on paper).
But, will it manage to impress us and continue the Note 3’s legacy? We are about to find out in our review.
Design and Display
Although the Redmi Note 3 garnered numerous accolades from both the critics and users alike, a good number of people complained about the run-of-the-mill design. It seems like Xiaomi has been paying attention to the complaints, after all. It has made a few subtle changes in the design segment which make the Note 4 vastly different from its predecessor (at least, in terms of the in-hand experience).
The chamfered edges at the back, for instance, make for better ergonomics. Also, the phone now dons an all-metal body (thereby getting rid of the plastic on the top and bottom) and at 174g is slightly on the heavier side. That said, thanks to the proper weight distribution, that extra weight didn’t trouble us.
Another change the Note 4 brings along is the placement of speaker. If you remember, the Note 3 had the speaker located at the back which kind of produced muffled sound while the phone is rested on a table. That’s not an issue anymore. The speaker grill is now located on the bottom with the micro USB port in between.
The 3.5mm headphone jack along with a microphone and an IR blaster is located on top. The volume rocker key and power button are placed within reach on the right while the hybrid-SIM slot rests on the left side. The camera module along with fingerprint scanner and the LED flash rest on the back at their usual places.
Most of the front of the device is dominated by the 5.5-inch Full HD display with a layer of 2.5D curved glass atop. At the bottom of the screen, you’ll find the hardware navigation buttons. These buttons are backlit so, you won’t face any issues while using it in dark lighting conditions.
Speaking about the display, in comparison to its predecessor, the Note 4 has a brighter display. In fact, the color accuracy is also far better comparatively. Sunlight legibility was also pretty decent except we had a few issues reading the text under bright light, that’s largely thanks to the reflective display.
All in all, the design of the Note 4 is not something we haven’t seen before. However, the metal body surely lends a premium touch to the device. About the display, well, it’s certainly among the best you can get on a smartphone for the asking price.
Xiaomi is (and has always been) quite famous for the kind of hardware it offers in its smartphones. And, the Redmi Note 4 is no exception.
Under-the-hood, the Redmi Note 4 has an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset along with Adreno 506GPU for graphics. At first, though it may seem like a downgrade from the Snapdragon 650 chipset on the Redmi Note 3. In fact, it is, if gaming is your only concern. However, on the whole, it is almost equally powerful. At least, we haven’t noticed any issues with the smartphone in our time with it (more about the performance in a minute).
The device has an ample 4 GB of RAM (also available in 2 GB and 3 GB variants) to offer smooth multitasking. Thankfully, Xiaomi has moved away from 16 GB storage and is now offering 32GB storage space (which is expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card) on the base variant as well. We reviewed the 64 GB variant, though.
A 4,100mAh battery provides the juice for the smartphone. On the connectivity front, the Note 4 offers support for 4G VoLTE. So, you shouldn’t face any issues using the Reliance Jio SIM. The smartphone also offers support for dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 USB OTG, GLONASS, GPS, and A-GPS among others.
As mentioned earlier, it has a fingerprint scanner at the back which responded quite quickly in our testing.
Overall, the Redmi Note 4 seems to be just the right kind of smartphone one would invest their money on. At least, on paper. But, how does it fare in the real world usage? Let’s find out.
Software and performance
The Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. Xiaomi had already launched the Nougat beta update. So, the smartphone should receive the latest software update anytime soon.
Anyways, coming back to the Redmi Note 4, the notification shade has been revamped. It now shows quick toggles and the incoming notifications at a single place. Also, there are a good number of new features (and customizability options). For example, Second Space — used to set up two profiles on the phone and Dual Apps — helps you to run multiple WhatsApp and Facebook accounts.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Antutu – 68430
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Geekbench Single Core – 838
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Geekbench Multi-Core – 2922
On the Antutu Benchmark, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 scored around 77,000, last time we tested it. The benchmark score for the Redmi Note 4 is slightly lower than the Snapdragon 650 powered Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
Regarding performance, the Redmi Note 4 is a powerhouse. In more than three weeks of our usage, we didn’t face any issues or lags no matter what task we threw at it. Also, multitasking was a breeze. The fingerprint scanner on the back was quick to recognizes our finger and unlock the screen. The call quality on the Redmi Note 4 was also pretty decent. We had no issues with
Overall, the smartphone is a stellar performer, for the hardware it packs.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review – Camera Sample Shots
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13 MP camera (f/2.0) with PDAF and a LED flash. At the front is a 5 MP camera with f/2.0 aperture to take care of selfies.
Before we start talking about the camera performance, let’s discuss the camera interface. To begin with, it has a simple interface and is very easy to use. As is the case with most of the smartphones these days, the Redmi Note 4’s camera comes with tons of filters. There’s also a beautification mode.
As per the camera’s performance, images shot in good lighting conditions proved to be very decent. However, the low-light imaging is still a hit and miss. You’ll have to put in some extra effort to get decent images. The selfie camera is also pretty decent.
The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4,100 mAh battery which is a slight upgrade from its predecessor. However, the shift from a Snapdragon 650 chipset to a highly power efficient Snapdragon 625 chipset leads to a huge improvement in battery life.
The phone will easily last a day on heavy usage (at least, it did for us). And things get even better if you are a normal user, you should be easily able to eek out a day and a half’s worth of battery life. That’s good news, isn’t it?
One downside of the Redmi Note 4’s battery, though is that it takes more than two hours to charge fully.
Compare Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
|Specifications||Xiaomi Redmi Note 4||Xiaomi Redmi Note 3|
|Front Camera||5 Mega-pixel, with flash||Same|
|Rear Camera||13 MP, Autofocus, 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, up to 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|
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has the following advantages over the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
- Better 2.5 Curve Glass Display
- Much Better and Premium Design
- Longer Battery life upto 25%
- Higher Ram and Storage Option ( 4 GB Ram and 64 GB Storage).
These are plenty of plus points to consider the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 as a great update to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
Conclusion and Summary – Should You Buy Redmi Note 4
- Stellar battery life.
- Impressive design.
- Top-notch performance (for its price, of course)
- Value For Money
- The camera could have been better.
- Available in Flash sale only.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a no-brainer if you are looking to gift yourselves a decent smartphone without burning a hole in your pocket. It has decent looks, great display, offers stellar performance and on top of that lasts really long. For, Rs. 12,999 (4 GB RAM variant), you just can’t go wrong with the Redmi Note 4.
And yeah, we would recommend you to take the 4 GB RAM model on any day, but if you can’t afford that much, the 3 GB variant is also pretty decent.
We recently in July 2017 did a review of the 3 GB RAM version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review – After 5 Months of Launch.
Summary & Rating – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
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