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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review

Xiaomi has a great success in its redmi series. As claimed by them redimi 3s (and 3s prime) launched last year in august is said to be the highest selling smartphones online.

Xiaomi Redimi 4 the new device which was launched last month got very much attention, due to the fact it was offering such perfection at such bargain price. The phone feels very premium and much heavier than Redmi 4A but less than Redmi Note4. The phone is available in 3 variants

2Gb RAM and 16Gb storage , 3Gb RAM and 32Gb storage and 4Gb RAM and 64Gb storage.

DESIGN

The design of the device was great at such a bargain price.There has not been much change to the basic Redmi formula. Much like the Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 features a 5-inch screen. The new model, however, is slightly thicker at 8.65mm and heavier at 150 grams. The Redmi 3S measured 8.5mm and weighed at 144 grams. Overall the increase in thickness or weight doesn’t change much for the Redmi 4 as the phone is still quite usable with just one hand, and in fact fits better in the hand than the outgoing model.

The power and volume buttons are on the right, and are easily accessible when using the phone with just one hand. There is a Micro-USB port for charging and data transfers on the bottom, with grilles on either side, though only one of them is actually a speaker. The 3.5mm audio socket and an Infrared emitter is on the top.

Redmi 4’s navigation buttons are placed right below the screen but they aren’t backlit, which means locating them in the dark is tough.The notification LED is right below the Home button and is bright enough to alert users about incoming notifications. Much like other Redmi smartphones, the new Redmi 4 also has a hybrid dual-SIM tray, which means that you will have to decide whether to use two SIM cards or one SIM along with a microSD card. The Redmi 4 will be available in Champagne Gold and Matte Black.

CAMERA

The 13-megapixel rear camera is quick at focusing with autofocus. The camera app also has a face recognition feature that can come in handy. Compared to the Redmi 3S Prime, we found that autofocus on the Redmi 4 was a bit quicker. Camera samples were detailed and sharp, with colours that were vibrant and truly popped. Landscapes had accurate colours for the most part as well as reasonable detail. Macro or close-up shots had a slight haze when seen full-size on a desktop monitor, though the HDR mode helped to some extent.

The rear camera has a tendency to capture a lot of noise when there is no direct light source. Some camera sample shots taken in the dark were very poorly defined and had too much motion blur. At night, the Redmi 4 managed to take good photos only when we were close to the subject under a light source.

Selfies on the Redmi 4 can be an issue if you want a candid one, again because image processing is slow. We ended up with a slew of blurred selfies just because we wanted to take one quickly. Other than this issue, our sample photos taken in good light had a good amount of detail and decent colour tone. In low light, we had a tough time, and faces came out looking too grainy.

There are few issues like poor low-light shots and slow processing in HDR mode, which we hope can be fixed – or at least improved upon – with updates.

PERFORMANCE

General performance of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is decent, and the device handled most tasks well. The MIUI interface at times felt sluggish.There was also no noticeable overheating. Sometimes while swiping through photos in gallery a little faster the phone gets hanged up and we got a message that unfortunately, gallery has stopped working.

Voice call quality was decent, and the phone supports VoLTE. The phone doesn’t ship with a headset, so we checked the sound quality using our own earphones, and were quite impressed. You get several options to tweak music with the Mi Sound Enhancer feature when using earphones. I tried mi capsule and JBL earphones with it which works fine and delivered great sound.

The 5-inch IPS display is bright and text appears sharp. The screen is crisp with decent viewing angles. However, this isn’t the best HD display we’ve seen on a Redmi phone. Colour reproduction is decent. The screen was readable and usable under direct sunlight. Movies and games look good on the 5-inch display, though some might prefer a bigger screen. There’s a Reading mode on the device that reduces background glare. Users can manually control colours and saturation on the device through the Settings app.

VERDICT

 Xiaomi’s Redmi models have set the standard for other phones in the same price segment, and have also showed just how much a budget smartphone can be capable of. The same holds true for the all-new Redmi 4. The phones works good have good design, battery department is good and the set of cameras are ok. The phone is greater than redmi 4A but is not that as compared to redmi note4 which offers a better SoC, a bigger screen, and an improved set of cameras. The phone is great at this price. However, due to flash sales, people will have to wait to get their hands on the device.

 

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