Xiaomi today launched the Redmi 3S successor, Xiaomi Redmi 4 in India for a starting price of Rs. 6,999. The smartphone comes in two colour variants – Black and Gold, and in three RAM & storage combinations – 2GB RAM + 16GB storage, 3GB + 32GB, and 4GB + 64GB. Accordingly the pricing varies, so you get 2GB Redmi 4 for Rs. 6,999, 3GB RAM variant for Rs. 8,999, and 4GB variant for Rs. 10,999. All variants come backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor coupled with Adreno 505 GPU.
Upfront, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 features same 5-inch 720p HD display like the Redmi 4A, but with 2.5D curved glass protection. We recently reviewed the Redmi 4A and that’s a perfect budget Android smartphone in our opinion.
With Redmi 4, Xiaomi has gone a step ahead and this in particular gets better build quality than Redmi 4A for sure. The slightly curved glass display upfront gives the phone a premium look. It carries the complete metal uni-body design from Redmi 3S, but Xiaomi says that the edges are little sharply curved, hence the thickness is now 8.5mm. The phone does fit nicely in hands and we don’t think you would have issue holding or using the device with one hand.
The Redmi 4 boats of 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF (phase detection autofocus) for faster focusing. It supports full-HD (1080P) video recording as well. The front has a 5-megapixel f/2.0 camera sensor. The camera might just be the strong point of the Redmi 4 in our opinion. We couldn’t test the camera thoroughly in our brief time with the device, so we would like reserve our final verdict for full review, but having said that it did appear quite promising. The focus worked fast and image clicking time was negligible. Also, the images looked sharp on phone’s display atleast.
The one extra thing that you’ll get in Redmi 4 over Redmi 3S is the fingerprint sensor in all variants. Previously, Redmi 3S (at Rs. 6,999) didn’t have the fingerprint sensor, but the 3S Prime (at Rs. 8,999) had it.
The Redmi 4 runs on Android 6.0.1 with MIUI 8 out-of-the-box, but interstingly Xiaomi has the Android 7.0 Nougat preview build available for the device, which users will need to download and install by themselves for now. During the presentation company said that the preview build might have bugs and hence once they resolve all the issues then only it will ship the final stable update.
The Redmi 4 supports 4G LTE and VoLTE for dual-SIM cards out-of-the-box. The slot is hybrid (Nano+Nano-SIM/ microSD), so you can use the 2nd SIM slot for storage expansion via microSD card (up to 128GB). The handset is backed by same 4100mAh battery as the Redmi 3S, which company claims ‘can power through up to two days of regular usage.’
While some would still like to buy Redmi 4A because of the budget constraints, but for those who can stretch their budget to extra Rs. 1,000 then we would suggest you to take a look at the Redmi 4A 2GB variant. Our first impression of the phone is that it has matured from Redmi 3S and seems like another promising device from Xiaomi. We’ll have a complete review out soon, so do wait for that too.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 will be sold exclusively via Amazon and Mi.com. The first flash sale is for 2GB and 3GB RAM variant Redmi 4 phones on May 23 at 12pm. The 4GB + 64GB variant will be launched at Rs. 10,999 by June end. Bangalore consumers can also buy Redmi 4 from Xiaomi’s exclusive Mi Home in India situated at Phoenix Market City, Bangalore starting May 20. They can also pre-book a unit in advance from Mi.com between May 16 and May 19 by paying a Rs. 1,000 pre-booking amount and then pick it up later from Mi Home on May 20.
Check Redmi 4A Gold colour image gallery below: