One of the most valued smart-ups in the world, Xiaomi, has unveiled its latest smartphone in India. Dubbed the Redmi Note 4, the handset was unveiled in China back in August last year. Since the Redmi Note 3 has been the company’s best-selling handset in 2016, it is surprising that Xiaomi took over four months to roll out its successor in India.
The Redmi Note 4 adheres to its predecessor’s design language. You get a sleek metal unibody that feels more refined in the latest iteration. For instance, the Note 4 has a slightly curved 2.5D screen and chamfered edges on the sides. Xiaomi claims that it uses 30 step procedure to make the Redmi Note’s aluminium shell. Such process is generally reserved for premium handsets such as the HTC 10. The button placement is a standard Xiaomi affair. It has three capacitive navigation keys below the screen. The power button is placed on the right-hand side along with the volume rocker.
As opposed to the Chinese variant that runs MediaTek’s Helio X20 chipset, Xiaomi has gone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 SoC (System on Chip) in India. This is a welcome move since Qualcomm’s chips are generally more stable compared to their MediaTek counterparts. The phone has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. There’s also a 3 GB RAM variant with 64 GB onboard storage. The handset features a hybrid slot, which means that it can either be used for storage expansion or a secondary SIM.
In the photography department, you get a 13-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture. Strangely, this is a step-down from the Redmi Note 3’s 16-megapixel camera. The snapper uses phase detection autofocus. It is coupled with a dual-LED, dual-tone flash. At max settings, it can record Full HD video at 30 fps. For narcissist types, there’s a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a wide-angle lens.
Much like its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4’s fingerprint sensor is placed at the back. It comes with an IR blaster, which lets you use this phone as a universal remote. The phone houses a 4100 mAh battery. The handset runs on Android Marshmallow OS v6.0 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 on the top. Checkout the Xiaomi mobile price of this device and other smartphones from this brand on CompareRaja.
Pricing And Competition
Xiaomi has priced the Redmi Note 4 with 2 GB RAM at Rs 9,999. The top version, with 3 GB RAM, will set you back for Rs 10,999.
At this price point, it faces the heat from Lenovo’s K6 Power. Lenovo’s latest low-cost metal unibody handset costs Rs 10,000. It sports a Full HD 5-inch IPS screen. Powering it is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chip. The phone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage. In the photography department, you get a 13-megapixel camera. Other features include a Fingerprint sensor, Single-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.1, A-GPS and a microUSB v2.0. It comes with Android Marshmallow v6.0 out of the box.
The result of collaboration between Coolpad and Le Eco, the Coolpad Cool 1 smartphone also poses a threat to the Xiaomi Note 4. Pegged at Rs 14,000, the phone features a 13-megapixel dual camera setup, which is mostly seen at the higher price point. It is a 5.5 inch Full HD display. It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652 CPU with 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel shooter. The Coolpad Cool 1 runs Android v6.0 Marshmallow.