Xiaomi RedMi Note 4 : Review

RedMi Note 4 Specifications :

  • 5.5″ full HD (1920×1080 pixel)   with 2.5D curved glass display upto 72% NTSC colour gamut and 1000:1 contrast ratio.
  • Powered by 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 14nm processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It is an octa core processor 【8× cortex A-53】.
  • 2GB / 3GB RAM | 32GB internal storage (eMMC 5.0) and 4GB RAM | 64 GB internal storage (eMMC 5.0), expandable upto 128 GB with micro SD card.
  • Runns on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8.0 user interface.
  • Hybrid Dual sim (micro + nano / SD card)
  • 13 Mp Rear camera with dual tone LED flash , PDAF , f/2.0 aperture.
  • 5Mp front camera , f/2.0 aperture , 85° wide angle lens.
  • Finger print sensor and Infrared sensor.
  • 4G VOLTE , Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth V4.1 , GPS + GLONASS.
  • 4100mAh battery

Design :

Xiaomi  continuous it’s design for RedMi Note 4 like previous smartphone Note 3. The new xiaomi RedMi Note 4 have full metal body design . The Xiaomi changes only hardware specifications in new Note 4 than Note 3, the design of these two smartphones are equal.  In hands it feels very smooth and looks premium .

On the front of the device have 5.5″ Full HD display with 2.5D curved glass around the edges. On upper of the display it have ear speaker , proximity sensor and ambient light sensor and below the display it have physical capacitive buttons are Home , Back and Menu with backlit.

The right side of the device have a  power button and volume rocker keys over it. These are made up of metal and gives more comfortable to use , easy to press. The left side of the device have Hybrid sim slot tray. The bottom of the device have USB Type-C port this is unexpected between the two speaker grills. On top of the device have a 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster for universal remote control through your phone.

The back of the device  too tapers towards the edges and wraps around the corners. The entire rear design is similar to HTC 10 Vibe smartphone. The soft metal touch feels great in hand ,very smoothness. The hand ruuns on rear from top to bottom we notices antenna lines. The back side of the devices comes with 13MP rear camera with PDAF ,f/2.0 aperture and finger print sensor are perfectly symmetrical and between them it have dual LED flash. 

The weight of the device is 165grams which is mostly equal compare to previous models. The dimensions of the device is minor changes are 151×76×8.35mm . In hands feels good and perfectly holding around the phone and we can use with in single hand.

Software :

The software in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is not much changed compare to previous models. The phone get the iphonesque dismissal of the app drawer and all apps , widgets are placed right there on the home screen itself.

Getting into the home screen requires a simple swipe from the lock screen it shows time , notifications and camera shortcut to get quickly camera app.

MIUI 8 is a very heavy custom skin and for those people who prefer stock android , it is going to need a lot of adjustment. That said there software niceties thrown around the interface. The phone also allows you to maintain the  multiple copies of apps. Similarly you can lock your apps using password. You would like customised via settings menu.

Performance :

The RedMi Note 4 is powered by 2.0GHz clock speed Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with Adreno 506 GPU. It is available in three variants 2GB/3GB RAM | 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM | 64 GB internal storage. The rank of processor is lower than compared to Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. It is an Octa core configuration with eight Cortex A-53 cores. Performance is good . Having used the hardware all the way fro beta testing firmware to retail ready release, we never face any software issue’s. The interface with the user is good and in 4GB RAM variant keep smooth moving around a couple months of usage. From the small apps to bigger games we never noticed any performance struck issues . The phone take some seconds of time than other devices to open/ loading of games. The heating is not problem now a days the get warm while play games and normal app usage aslo. The phone got warm at worst.

In the Geekbench Single Core benchmark, it gets score 833 points .

In the Geekbench Multi Core benchmark, the phone gets score 3000 points.

In the 3D Mark Ice Strom Unlimited benchmark, it should gets score 13836 points which placed it in the lower end of test bench.            The benchmark scoring of RedMi Note 4 is not great but the real world performance is different to this scoring. I would believe it gives great performance than Note 3.

Display :

The new Xiaomi RedMi Note 4 have 5.5″ full HD (1920×1080 pixel ) display . In that display we find IPS panel’s hasn’t  changed from RedMi Note 3. But perfectly fine packed like Note 3. The Xiaomi covers panel’s upto 72% of NTSC gamut and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is weight less and colours are looking brighter the hint was over saturation. MIUI is customizability so happy but it is possible to change the warmth of screen panel using a utility built into the phone. You can also adjust the contrast ratio which should further help to tweak the colour profile. The brightness levels are improved than previous and not ability to view the screen under direct sunlight condition and also no words hear about screen protection, it doesn’t have any glass protection .

Camera :

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is budget smartphone , so you need to adjustable and compromise with the hardware. The hardware also year to year to developed and getting constantly improvement’s including camera. Which one is weak in this phone.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 rear comes with 13Mp camera with PDAF (phase detection auto focus). In the camera software it does provide a manual mode it will adjust ISO and white balance automatically. We did strictly recommend is to put the automatic mode and grab the shots perfectly and Quickly. There are only two options  HDR mode and LED flash . It takes video recording upto 1080 pixel.   

You can get  this category devices , the camera quality is quite good as long as you have got good lighting. We will notice that in RedMi Note 4 camera is one step forward than Note 3. The images are over saturated and getting details well even in the  Shadow regions though noise does creep in quite a bit.

In the HDR mode the images are looks sharpness drastically. While certain shots might appear more visually appealing with the HDR.     The normal user also got more satisfaction from the performance of camera on Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Battery life | Connectivity  :

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with same connectivity features as most previously launched smartphones. 4G VOLTE , Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n , Bluetooth V4.1 LE and GPS – GLONASS are standard features.  Few manufacturers are provide a IR blaster to their devices in that Xiaomi is also there. You can use the IR blaster to control other electronic devices around you. It supports dual sim but the second slot is hybrid Sim means you can use secondary sim card / micro SD card. It supports USB OTG.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs with 4100mAh battery that gives 1.5day battery life to users. With regular  users involved in multiple emails syncing , social media sites , phone calls and much more it gives compulsory full day battery. So don’t need to worry about energy for device.

Conclusion :

The RedMi Note 4 is a fantastic device in its own right. The build quality is improved in all right places. The battery life and  performance are better even  the camera has got better. Where year to year hardware specifications improved and if you looking for low budget smartphones we recommend to you this device and small improvement’s are there than Note 3.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is  priced at 9,999 for 2GB RAM | 32GB internal storage and 10,999 for 3GB RAM | 32GB internal storage . While the 4GB RAM | 64GB internal storage variant comes with price tag 12,999. It will be exclusively available from flipkart on 23rd Jan 2017 at 12 Noon.