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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review – The affordable high end smartphone

Xiaomi has always excelled with its product lineup. Providing high-end specifications at a comparatively low price its forte. The manufacturer boasts of an impressive portfolio with a device that suits every genre of the user.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Full Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the new addition to an already brimming product lineup. We present you a complete review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

The Design and Build

It carries forward the design language of the predecessor – the Redmi Note 3. There are not many differences between the two of them. The front is dominated by 2.5D curved glass, with the same capacitive navigation buttons.

The all-metal unibody design and the curved edge glass provide a premium look to the smartphone. However, on the rear, the phone appears more like Mi5 than the Redmi Note 3. You have access to a micro USB connector for charging and data transfer needs you may have. The device also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack for your music requirements. Some of us will be happy with it as you would not need to search for compatible headsets. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 also features an IR emitter.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The device also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack for your music requirements. Some of us will be happy with it as you would not need to search for compatible headsets. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 also features an IR emitter.

It is slimmer than the Note 3. Handling and ergonomics are quite comfortable, especially with the rounded edges. The plastic parts we had on Note 3 have been replaced with metal. It is evident that Xiaomi has turned more towards the design language of Mi series for its Note 4.

Display

The screen size reads 5.5 inches. You have 2.5D curved glass as we started before – giving it a premium look. The display has a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 and IPS screen. That would translate into a great pixel density of 401 ppi.

The display is best suited for videos and watching movies. You can adjust the color temperatures from the settings if you wish to. The phone comes with a Reading Mode to help you out with comfortable screen brightness for comfortable reading. The Blue light filter ensures easy reading at night.

The Insides and Performance

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor running at 2 GHz speed. The graphics are taken care of by an embedded Adreno 506 GPU. In terms of the memory, you will have three options to choose from – 2 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage, 3 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB internal storage.

The phone has expandable storage options. It looks like Xiaomi has noticed the feedback about its previous device as is evident from the upgraded expandable storage option to 128 GB. When it comes to performance, the device is capable of handling everything you throw at it. The eight cores on the processor are simply superb at handling the load you subject the

The eight cores on the processor are simply superb at handling the load you subject the phone too. High resource games like Asphalt 8 work seamlessly.

Coming to multitasking, the 3 and 4 GB variants work great. Though we have not used the 2 GB variant, we are doubtful whether it will function as efficient as the other two versions.

Cameras

The camera hardware remains similar to its predecessor. The rear camera on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 13 MP resolution, while the snapper on the front has a resolution of 5 MP. The rear camera has a f/2.0 aperture and dual tone flash.

The colors on the shots appear to be quite realistic. The HDR mode produces some awesome images. The camera app on the phone quite features rich. You have a good deal of modes to suit different moods you may have – some of them being Beautify, Panorama, and Manual.

There are many filter options like portrait, landscape, sports, night, night portrait, beach, snow, sunset, fireworks, backlight, and flowers.

The camera can record HD videos at 1080p. The video quality is quite impressive. The shots taken from the front camera are quite good enough. However, there are issues with low-light selfies. Even the macro shots come out quite good. The focus is up to the mark. The rear camera provides a good deal of low light shots. Even the moving shots come quite impressive.

Xiaomi has definitely worked on improving the camera functionality on its devices. We would want to see improved low light performance.

Software

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. The customization is provided with MiUI 8.0. There are many new features added on the software front. Android Marshmallow on its own has some advanced features. The Redmi Note 4 has added the Google Now On Tap feature in its full glory.

The customization is quite light and does not appear to be heavy on resources. It comes with some pretty animations that appear to be refreshing with respect to some mundane tasks you perform on the phone. The built-in Gallery app offers a sync feature with Mi Cloud. You get 5 GFB of Cloud storage for free. There are video editing features embedded within the Gallery app.

One of the exciting features we find on Redmi Note 4 is the Quick Ball. The hovering button that stays on all screens can be used to set up to five shortcuts. Xiaomi REdmi Note 4 also allows you use Dual Apps and Second Space.

The Dual Apps is a feature that would help you have two instances of a single app. This would be helpful when you have two accounts on a single app. You can stay live on both of them. Second Space is a feature for having two of your accounts separate for both business and personal accounts.

The Dual Apps is a feature that would help you have two instances of a single app. This would be helpful when you have two accounts on a single app. You can stay live on both of them. Second Space is a feature for having two of your accounts separate for both business and personal accounts.

There is a huge number of inbuilt apps. Some of them may not be very much needed. There is no way you can uninstall them.

Battery and other features

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a battery capacity of 4100 mAh. Tests have indicated that the battery offers a backup of over 15 hours in a video loop test. Under practical usage, you should ideally get a backup of around two days. The phone offers you a lot of connectivity options in the form of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, Miracast, GLONASS, and BeiDou. You will get 4G and VoLTE, but there is no NFC connectivity.

The phone offers you a lot of connectivity options in the form of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, Miracast, GLONASS, and BeiDou. You will get 4G and VoLTE, but there is no NFC connectivity.

The phone offers you a lot of connectivity options in the form of dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS/ A-GPS, Miracast, GLONASS, and BeiDou. You will get 4G and VoLTE, but there is no NFC connectivity.

In conclusion

Well, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is indeed a great device you can opt for. Excessive preloaded apps and hybrid SIM slots are some of the points that may dishearten some of us. It is a great choice when it comes to performance, battery backup and design. If you have Redmi Note 3, going for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 may not be

If you have Redmi Note 3, going for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 may not be huge upgrade. The phone is priced at Rs. 9999 to Rs. 12999 for the three variants, it is a great choice as an affordable handset.

Note : Chinese version will be comprised of Helio Processor, whereas indian version has Snapdragon processor.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs the same from its successor note 3 but with a much more improved battery. It's a bang for buck and available in 2 GB, 3 GB & 4 GB RAM Versions.
Design8.7
Display8.9
Camera8.1
Hardware9.6
Price9.6
Pro's
Battery
Performance
Decent Price
Con's
Hybrid SIM Slot
Lack of Quick Charging
9
Out of 10

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