The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has seen it’s India launch on may-mid this year, after the insanely successful Redmi 3s prime). Living up to the expectations it sold almost quarter a million units in it’s first flash sale. Let’s see if it is also living up to the expectations in terms of day to day performance and maintaining the legacy of it’s predecessor.
The device feels more premium now. It is covered with metal unibody (antenna bands on top and the bottom) design with a 2.5D curved glass, proximity sensor, earpiece and a 5mp secondary camera upfront. The back is equipped with a rear mounted fingerprint scanner and 13 megapixel primary camera with a single LED flash. The bottom is covered with micro USB, a speaker grill and the primary microphone whereas the top is equipped with an IR blaster, secondary microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Moving over to the display, it has a 5.0 inch 720p hd ips panel(294ppi) with a 71% screen to body ratio. Being frank, the display feels like a typical 720p panel with a good sunlight legibility and it is vibrant enough to appeal most of the users with the wide range of MIUI wallpapers.
A 13 megapixel primary camera takes care of the optics while the 5 megapixel front facing camera makes way for the selfies. The camera seems to be a marginal improvement over the redmi 3s prime but the difference is minute that it can be easily neglected. The colours appeared to be washed out in some shots whereas macro shots have a decent amount of bokeh in them. Like any budget smartphone , the low light performance turned out to be below par with considerable amount of noise pouring in.
The device runs on Android v6.0.1 with xiaomi’s custom MIUI 8.0 on top.That said, people who have already come across Xiaomi phones must be familiar with MIUI as its nothing new , though Xiaomi promises to release the MIUI 9.0 update for the device. On the hardware front, it is powered with Snapdragon 435 Octa-Core SOC coupled with Adreno 505 GPU. Though the SD435 is an entry level processor, it manages to run heavy games with minimal amount of jerks and heating(around 40°C). That said,Casual gaming and day to day tasks are snappier and fluid as they should be, thanks to the 720p display.
Xiaomi did murmur a lot about the battery life of the device and it seems to be no exaggeration. The device is fueled by a 4100mAh battery and this combined with a 720p display, it delivers than expected. In normal usage, this guy will last atleast for 1.5 – 2 days with ease and In extreme scenario a day’s battery life is guaranteed. The screen on time hovers around anywhere between 6-7 hours with 4G data ON all the time.
The Xiaomi redmi 4 is a stellar performer and pure value for money device for the price it comes. The device has it’s own cons like any other device, but we feel the device is so clever that it overshadows it’s cons with it’s pros and the price tag. The phone comes with 2/16, 3/32, 4/64 configuration for 6999,8999,10999 INR respectively. The one we reviewed has 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of internal storage and we personally feel it has more value for money than the other 2 variants as for 10999 one can buy redmi note 4 3/32 variant which has a comparatively better specs and a better processor.