A Worthy Competitor
How does it feel out of the box?
Once again Xiaomi took the Indian market by storm with the launch of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 on January 19. Xiaomi is selling three variants of the Redmi Note 4 in India: the base model has 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage for just Rs. 9,999, then there’s a variant with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage for Rs. 10,999, and the top model is the one with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, which is priced Rs. 12,999. We have received the top variant of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 for a review.
The Redmi Note 4 comes with a premium metal unibody finish. It has a solid build and feels good when you hold it. Compared to Redmi Note 3, both the device look exactly same, with slightly different curves and flat edges. Despite the flat edges, the corners don’t feel sharp in the hand. At 165g, the device feels lighter than many other 5.5-inch smartphones in this range. The phone adds a decent thickness to it. In my case, the slightly curved back and a texture make the device less slippery and comfortable to hold with one hand.
On the back, the rear camera module is located in the top center of the device, with the dual tone flash placed horizontally below it followed by the fingerprint scanner. On the bottom end of the back, you will find the Mi logo and an antenna strip. The speaker grill moved towards the bottom of the device beside microUSB slot.
Unlike the back, the front bears a very minimalistic look. A bigger 5.5-inch full HD (1920×1080 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. The Silver and the Gold color variants have the matching colored front which might be a distraction to you (atleast that distracts me), I would suggest opting for the Dark Grey color variant which has an all-black front.
How Does it Perform?
The Redmi Note 4 has an excellent spec for a phone of its price and screen size. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor and 4GB of RAM, the device was able to handle most of the task and games with a breeze. Daily tasks never show any hiccups, including multitasking. The overall performance felt close to a premium device and the processor, which is a 64-bit chip from Qualcomm proved to be quite good. There is no stutter in the UI anywhere, no frame drops, no jerking: it just works and continues working even with 40 apps installed. 3D games run very well too, we didn’t notice any performance or major heating issues when playing games such as Real Racing 3 and Modern Combat 4.
The device runs on MIUI 8, the latest version of Xiaomi’s operating system based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, although an update to Android 7.0 Nougat is currently in the works and available in beta version. There’s Dual Apps feature available, 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.
Call quality and network connectivity are flawless on the device and even the loudspeaker is pretty decent. It also supports all 4G networks in India. Despite the decent slim profile, the Redmi Note 4 packs in a 4,100 mAh battery, which can last a whole day on single charge.
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, colors look accurate and the image doesn’t lose its crispness while zooming or viewed on a bigger screen. Even in low-light shots, colors 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 color 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.
Priced: ₹ 12,999/-
The Redmi Note 4 offers a great specification and performance. It is a complete package that delivers best user experience and a large storage space of 64GB. In the price range of 13K, it is the best device you can go for.