Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Affordable Tech with Excellent Results

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

1. Introduction

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Gold by evisionshop

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Gold by evisionshop

1.1  Key Features

Body Aluminum unibody design, 2.5D front glass
Operating System MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (Global
Display 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD | 2.5D curved glass | 401ppi
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | Eight Cortex A53 cores at 2.0GHz | 14nm
GPU Adreno 506 | 650MHz
Internal Storage 32GB/64GB | expandable up to 128GB via microSD
Rear Camera 13MP with LED flash | f/2.0 lens | PDAF | 1080p @30fps, 720p @ 120fps video recording
Front Camera 5MP | f/2.0 lens | 1080p @ 30fps, 720p video recording
Battery 4100mAh
Dimensions 151 x 76 x 8.3mm
Weight 175g
Misc Fingerprint sensor
Connectivity Dual SIM, LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, IR, microUSB, FM radio


1.2 Advantages

  • Good design and build quality
  • Impressive battery life
  • Exceptional performance
  • Good, bright display


1.3 Disadvantages

  • Launches with Android Marshmallow, which is not the most recent version
  • Non-removable battery
  • Hybrid Dual SIM/ microSD slot limits options
  • No Quick charge 2.0/3.0 support, just 5V/2A charging
  • Average camera quality
  • Slow fingerprint authentication


2. Design

Even though we see the plastic strips and the uneven paintjob on the Redmi Note4, the metal on the back is great. The Redmi Note4 boasts an all-metal chassis, with a 2.5D curved-edge glass. On the backside, there are antenna lines running from the top to bottom, which improves the signal reception.

The Redmi Note4 is slimmer than its predecessor, at 8.3mm, however, it is slightly heavier in contrast. Regardless, the weight is distributed evenly, and one should not feel any discomfort using the phone even after extended usage.

The phone handling presents an enjoying experience. The device sits comfortably on the palm and one-handed operation of the phone does not pose a problem.

3. Display

The Redmi Note4 boasts a 5.5” Full HD IPS display – the 1080 x 1920 resolution with a pixel density of 401ppi. It sports of a 2.5D curved glass up front that feels good to use.

Redmi Note4 shows off a brighter display with improved black levels, higher maximum brightness and better color accuracy comparatively to its predecessor, thereby improving sunlight legibility. With razor sharp images and text, the colors are quite vivid leaving the user with a feeling of excitement as they browse the phone. However, the display is slightly reflective, though the viewing angles are superb.

There’s also an Increased contrast mode, which enables photos to look better without affecting color accuracy.

Redmi Note 4 also provides the utility of making it easier to read at night, by providing users with a blue light filter in the Reading Mode.


4. Performance

Being affordable yet packing a punch, The Redmi Note 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor which is clocked at 2 GHz, accompanies by an Adreno 506 GPU. The Redmi Note 4 may come with 2, 3, or even 4 Gigabytes of RAM, depending on which storage option you get. A model with at least 3GB of RAM is highly suggested, to be able to multi-task effectively.

Whilst using the phone, there is no presence of lag switching between applications and multi-tasking. The 2GB RAM variant may prove to be difficult for an advanced user but would suffice for a casual user.

Redmi Note4 provides seamless multi-tasking performance, as it can handle graphic-intensive games easily.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4100mAh non-removable battery. The intense software optimization, coupled with the large battery capacity enables the phone to provide the best of both worlds: long duration battery along with increased performance. However, due to lack of support for fast charging, it’s quite a pain to charge the phone to its capacity.


5. Hardware

The Redmi Note 4 comes with dual SIM tray, which enables its users to use either two SIMs or one Nano-SIM and one microSD card. You might want to consider purchasing the 64GB variant if you want to use two SIMs.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 provides a microUSB port for charging.

The fingerprint scanner on the Redmi Note 4 is placed on the back underneath the 13MP camera. The always on feature allows you to unlock the phone directly from sleep.

There is also a secondary mic for in-call noise cancellation and stereo audio capturing.


6. Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 with its 13MP back camera comes with an f/2.0 aperture and phase detection. However, it seems to be a step back from its predecessor, which had a 16MP back camera with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection. Both the phones have dual-tone flash, dual-LED, autofocus and can record a crisp with to 1080p resolution.

The front camera tops up at 5MP with f/2.0 aperture, along with a video recording resolution of 1080p.

The camera user interface (UI) looks clutter-free and easy to use. It provides scenes, color effect preview and automatic leveling of photos.

The beautify mode helps in adjusting the effects to your age (detected automatically), the manual mode is used to control ISO and White Balance only, the HDR mode helps to take in more details and the Panorama mode assists in stitching pictures to form a larger image (1800px tall).

Pictures from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 do have detail in them, but some of it is ruined by noise. Closeup shots are much better compared to landscapes. Unlike some of its predecessors, Redmi Note 4 doesn’t have any focus issues. The quick focus is perfect for taking fine shots of moving subjects. Low-light captures are still lacking with the Redmi Note 4. Zooming in on those captures, reveals a lot of graininess.

Video can be recorded at 30fps (1080p) or 120fps slo-mo (720p). Videos provide more detail and lesser noise than the pictures, but lack in contrast.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Gold by evisionshop

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Gold by evisionshop

7. Software

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs on the MIUI 8 Operating System which is based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow .

MIUI 8 is one of the popular Android customizations. On the Redmi Note 4, MIUI 8 is very smooth and the user experience is highly enjoyable. The most important features of the MIUI 8 are Dual Apps and Second Space. Dual Apps allows users of the MIUI 8 to create 2 instances of the same application, allowing people to use two Facebook/Twitter/WhatsApp accounts on the same phone. Second Space allows users to differentiate personal and business information on the same phone by letting you have two different workspaces on your device, each with its own set of apps, customizations, and gallery, etc. Boost your productivity by having two phones within one device.

Other features of MIUI 8 are an improved dialer app, one-handed mode, Quick Ball feature (that lets you access shortcuts with ease) and themes (can download and install any time to change your wallpapers, lock screen style, system icons, font, and sounds).

8. Conclusion

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was largely successful, and it looks like we have another winner. The Redmi Note 4 is far from perfect, but it’s a great all-rounder. It’s better than its predecessor as it fixes most of its flaws and presents a great value-for-money.

The Redmi Note 4 provides excellent performance with costing efficiency. With a good design, tremendous battery life, the smooth MIUI experience, good overall camera, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is definitely a contender for the top spot among its price range.

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