In 2014, Xiaomi marked it’s Indian arrival with the release of the Redmi 1s entry level smartphone. That was an instant Blockbuster among the masses and popularised the concept of Flash sales. Eversince, almost every redmi series smartphone lived up to that benchmark and followed the legacy of it’s predecessor. The Redmi 4 is currently rocking the market followed by the success of it’s predecessor the Redmi 3s.
Come let’s see the in-depth comparison of the Redmi 3s (prime) and the Redmi 4.
The Redmi 4 resembles the Redmi note 4 whereas the Redmi 3s reminds the Redmi note 3 when it comes to design. That said both the phones are well- built with a complete metal finish and tappered edges. What makes the Redmi 4 stand-out is that 2.5d curved glass on top of the display as it makes the phone more premium to hold and adds to the comfortability. It is also considerable the speaker in the Redmi 4 is bottom firing unlike the rear firing speaker in the 3s .Apart from that, everything else is same including the placement of fingerprint scanner, front camera and even the IR blaster.
Both the phones feature a 5.0″ 720p IPS LCD panel which has pixel density of 293ppi. The displays are exactly similar and it’s very hard to find a difference among the two. Both the displays are vibrant and fruitful to eyes for their price point and we have nothing to complain about them.
Both the phones feature a 13 megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture on redmi 4 and it is f/2.0 on redmi 3s. Interms of real life performance, it is obvious that the Redmi 4 has an edge interms of depth of field with better bokeh capabilities and even the low lightshots have come out to be decent. The secondary camera is no different as both feature a 5 megapixel shooter and even they perform in a similar way. So it’s a tie interms of camera performance as we couldn’t separate the winner here.
Specs and performance:
Under the hood, the Redmi 3s has an Octa-Core Snapdragon 430 (28nm) processor clocked at 1.4GHz and the Redmi 4 features an Octa-Core Snapdragon 435(28nm) processor clocked at 1.4GHz with both featuring Adreno 505 GPU underneath. Technically, the sd435 is a revamped version of the sd430 with a faster LTE modem. But when it comes to practicality, they’re strikingly similar in day-to-day performance while the Redmi 4 has a slight edge over the former as it feels more polished.
They’re currently running on Android v6.0.1 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 atop and updation is round the corner with MIUI 9.
Both the phones packing in a 4100 mAh battery and needless to say to describe their battery backup. Most of the users would feel more than comfortable with such a battery backup as it lasts for 1-1.5 days on a regular usage. Even in intense scenario, you’re still bestowed with a one-day battery life.
But what isn’t good with these devices is the abysmal charging time. The 3s takes around 3 hours to get fully charged while the Redmi 4 takes a bit more than 3 hours to get filled. Overnight charging is strongly advised.
In a nutshell, the Redmi 4 is arguably the best device under 10k with a plethora of features it offers. That doesn’t mean it completely overshadows the Redmi 3s which is still a very good bid. To be honest, these devices have more similarities than differences and we don’t see any valid point on upgrading from your 3s prime. But if you’re a beginner, then we highly recommend you the Redmi 4 over other devices in this price point.
Note: We used the 3/32 variant of both the phones for this review.
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