The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has big shoes to fill – its predecessor became India’s best selling phone on the internet and enjoys great popularity in China. It is available barely a split year because the Note 3 went on sale, but it is not a significant direct replacement – instead both will live side by side, using the Note 4 as like a more premium offering.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
The Redmi Note 4 commands a slightly higher price, but a few things elevate it coming from the mid-range status from the Redmi series. First, Xiaomi builds all these full metal bodies from an aluminum ingot, something Sony and HTC do for their flagships. And second, not long ago, the Helio X20 chipset was often designed to blur the mid-range / high-end line. Like a bonus, the High edition has generous 64GB of storage. The quotes are because even the highest model is below the €200 price point.
Aluminum unibody design
5.5 IPS display of 1080p resolution ; 401ppi
MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 chipset ; 2x Cortex-A72 + 4x Cortex-A53 + 4x Cortex-A53 ; Mali-T880 MP4 at 700MHz
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 (Global 8. 0. 7. 0 )
Standard edition : 2GB RAM with 16GB of storage ; High edition : 3GB RAM with 64GB storage ; microSD support, hybrid slot shared with 2nd SIM
13 megapixel rear camera, f / 2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-LED dual-tone flash ; 1080p @ 30fps video, 720p @ 120fps
5 megapixel front camera, f / 2.0 aperture ; 720p @ 30fps video
Dual SIM, LTE, Wi-Fi 802. 11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, IR, microUSB
Runs heavily skinned Marshmallow
Cannot have 2 SIMs and also a microSD card
No Quick charge 2.0 / 3.0 support, just 5V / 2A charging
Xiaomi’s portfolio is getting increasingly confusing lately, especially considering their regional availability varies plenty. Here is when the Redmi Note 4 compares towards the Note 3 – once we said, both will always exist side by side.
Versus the Redmi Note 3
Additional CPU cores and higher clock speed
High edition now has double the storage (64GB vs. 32GB)
Full metal body (higher quality, more elaborate process than before)
Lower res main camera (13MP vs. 16MP)
Heavier (175g vs. 164g)
More costly (both Standard and High prices are ~12% up from Note 3)
Addititionally there is exactly the same looking Redmi Pro to further complicate things. You can spend time with the three models as sub-divisions from the mid-range : Redmi Note 3 to start out, Redmi Note 4 to the golden middle and Redmi Pro
Versus the Redmi Pro
Same chipset to the (Note 4 High and Redmi Pro Standard)
Same screen size / resolution (but IPS LCD vs. AMOLED)
Same 13MP camera (but without having the 5MP secondary cam)
Less expensive (High edition is 30% lower than Pro’s 3GB /64GB model)
No USB Type-C, but Wi-Fi 802. 11ac connectivity
So do We‘ve a future bestseller on our hands? Taking a look at possibilities of disadvantages, there aren‘t any deal breakers. As an example, even LG as a significant manufacturer opted to remove the app drawer coming from the G5 and V20 (the very first phone to launch with Android 7.0), a style popularized by MIUI among others (a brand new theme and a brand new launcher may bring a 90% familiar experience, though).