The recently-launched Xiaomi Redmi 4 is the latest addition to the budget-friendly Range of amazing smartphones. The Redmi 3 series successor is equipped for slightly-improved performance with a more powerful processor, while also packing a humongous battery and a fingerprint sensor onboard. It is also available in Redmi 4 Prime (or Pro) and Redmi 4A variants.
Design and Display
Showing off similar metal body as its predecessor, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 features a unibody design which makes for snug handling. But it is both slightly thicker and heavier than the Redmi 3 at 8.9 millimetres and 156 kilograms respectively – you may not be able to tell the difference, though. It features similar 5-inch display with an HD resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels as its predecessor. The IPS touchscreen is covered with 2.5D glass, giving it a curvy touch. The phone will also be available in gold, silver and grey colour variants.
Camera and Storage
The Redmi 4 appears unchanged in the camera department, with a 13-megapixel rear unit married to a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper. But the primary shooter is of a different type despite similar resolution, according to GSMArena. Features include a 5-lens arrangement, phase-detection autofocus (PDAF) and dual LED flash. The selfie shooter has an f/2.2 aperture, same as the main camera. For storage, you get 16 GB onboard, expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card slot.
Performance and OS
The phone retains an octa-core processor under the hood. But this is a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU clocked at a faster speed of 1.4 GHz. The chip is backed by RAM of 2 GB and an Adreno 505 GPU for enjoyable graphics and gaming. A newer Android version 6.0 Marshmallow powers the device, compared to the version 5.1 Lollipop on the Redmi 3. The OS is overlaid with a newer MIUI 8 skin.
Juice will be supplied by the same 4,100mAh battery that came with the Redmi 3 series which also offers fast charging support. There is a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for added security. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 features hybrid dual-SIM card slots and supports super-fast 4G LTE connectivity. Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n are included among connectivity features.
Pricing and Availability
This smartphone is currently up for pre-order and is to start shipping from Monday Nov. 7. It is priced at 699 yuan, which converts to around N50,000 in Nigeria. Decent value, right?
Xiaomi Redmi 4 at a Glance
– Metal body
– 5″ HD display
– 13MP PDAF rear and 5MP front cameras
– 1.4GHz, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB expandable onboard storage
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 skin
– Dual SIM
– 4G LTE
– 4,100mAh battery
– Fingerprint scanner