Xiaomi today launched its most affordable Android smartphone in India the Redmi 4A at a price of Rs. 5,999. The smartphone was first launched in China in November last year, where it retails for 499 Yuan (roughly Rs. 5000). The company says that Redmi 4A for India will be a ‘Made in India’ device.
The under 6K segment doesn’t really have quality devices and it infact never had until Xiaomi launched the Redmi 1S in 2014, which later followed by Make in India smartphone Redmi 2 Prime. Since then the segment has been heavily dominated by this popular Chinese company. The company hosted an event in New Delhi to introduce Redmi 4A and this phone again is similarly priced as the Redmi 1S at Rs. 5,999.
At this price the Redmi 4A is surely the best in the segment when you look at the specifications. The phone boats of a 5-inch 720p display which is worth your money, but unfortunately misses a fingerprint sensor. We got a chance to use the Redmi 4A at the launch event for a brief period of time and following is our first impressions of the device and checkout a close look of the device in our short video below.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A design is more on the lines of Xiaomi’s Mi 4i design but in a more compact form factor because of its smaller 5-inch display. It uses polycarbonate (premium quality pastic) for the body. It is nice to hold and is quite lightweight.
It features a dual hybrid SIM tray slot on the left edge of the device, which can either take in a microSD card and one SIM card or two SIM cards at a time. It supports 4G VoLTE on both slots so your Jio SIM cards will work without a problem. The 16GB internal storage can be expanded with a help of microSD card (up to 128GB). It is backed by a 3120mAh battery which uses Micro-USB port for charging.
The top of your Redmi 4A includes an IR sensor, just like the Redmi Note 3, along with 3.5mm headphone jack. The IR sensor with a Remote control app converts your phone into a universal remote control, which means you can control your TV (any brand), AC or other electronics appliances that need a remote control from your Redmi 4A.
The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 2GB of RAM, which no one else is offering in this price segment. We found the phone’s performance to be quite satisfactory and company claims that it can do heavy gaming without a problem, but we will only be able to confirm this in our final review.
The rear camera on Redmi 4A is a 13-megapixel shooter and there is a 5-megapixel front facing camera for selfies and video calling. We can’t really comment on the camera quality as of now because we could only use the device for a very short period of time, but for our few clicks with the device we found it to be decent for the price, although it takes some to focus on subject, but you can’t really ask a quality camera at price price point.
Overall, the phone seems quite decent for Rs. 5,999, however getting one for you might be little difficult because it will be made available via flash sale model on Amazon and company’s own Mi.com. The first flash sale is scheduled for March 23rd 12 noon on both e-commerce platforms. Xiaomi during the event said that consumers will be able to pre-order the phone from Mi.com, which essentially means that even if the phone is not in stock, the company will still accept the order from you and it will be delivered whenever it comes back in stock again.
In first flash sale on March 23rd, Xiaomi will only sell two colour variants (Dark Grey, Gold) and the third Rose Gold will come later on April 6th.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Image Gallery