How does it feel out of the box?
Xiaomi has launched a Redmi Note 4A as the entry-level phone in India. The Redmi Note 4 comes with a polycarbonate finish. It has a solid build and feels light-weight when you hold it. It weighs just 131 grams, the device feels lighter than many other 5-inch smartphones in this range. The phones look similar to company’s other budget smartphones including Redmi 3s. The device has 8mm decent thickness, which is enough to fit in hand easily. On the back, the rear camera module is located on the top left of the device along with the single LED flash. On the bottom end of the back, you will find the Mi logo. The speaker grill moved towards the bottom of the device beside microUSB slot.
Unlike the back, the front bears a very minimalistic look. A 5-inch HD (1024×720 pixels) display sits in the middle and the three backlit touch capacitive buttons below it. Above the display, there is a speaker grill along with the front camera, ambient light, proximity sensors and the notification RGB LED.
HOW DOES IT PERFORM?
The Redmi Note 4A has a decent spec for a phone of its entry-level price. It is powered by a 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor with Adreno 308 GPU. The devices come with 2GB of RAM, which can handle most of the task and games with a breeze. With Adreno 308, the 3D games run very well and we didn’t notice any performance or major heating issues when playing games.
On the connectivity front, the device offers Hybrid Dual SIM, 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and a microUSB port. Despite the decent slim profile, the Redmi Note 4A packs in a 3,120 mAh battery, which gives some respectable backup. There is also an infrared blaster through which one can control various home appliances.
The device runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 on the top, the latest version of Xiaomi’s operating system. The MIUI is one of the popular user interfaces that offers a bunch of interesting features and customizations. You got features like Dual Apps, which lets you run two instances of the same apps. This means it allow you to run two WhatsApp or Twitter accounts on the same phone, which is not otherwise possible. However, it is worth mentioning that the Redmi Note 4A comes with too much of bloatware apps, which takes unwanted space, especially if you consider the 16GB storage. Thankfully, MIUI gives an option to delete it.
HOW IS THE CAMERA
The phone’s 13-megapixel BSI CMOS camera is quick and delivers clear and crisp shots in most conditions. In outdoor shots, colours look accurate and the image doesn’t lose its crispness while zooming or viewed on a bigger screen. Even in low-light shots, colours look good and the amount of blur is minimal. Overall, it is an impressive camera with plenty of filters and camera modes such as time lapse, beauty and mode. The 5-megapixel front camera takes decent selfies, mostly impresses with its clarity and colour reproduction. The images recognition function works fine and it also predicts the age of the person which is a nice addition. The low light performance of the smartphone is good but needs a little improvement on sensors.
The phone is good for first-time smartphone buyers. At this price, you wouldn’t expect anything else. The performance of the smartphone is good. The camera is also good and battery performance is satisfactory. Xiaomi is already ruling mid-range segment with Redmi 4 and now it has targeted entry-level segment with Redmi 4A. The only thing you might hate would be the availability of the device in the market.