The Redmi 4A is the most pocket-friendly among the affordable Redmi 4 series smartphones recently launched by Chinese phone maker Xiaomi. It offers a cheaper alternative to the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime by making concessions in terms of power and performance. The phone also loses the fingerprint scanner.
Design and Display
While coming in cheaper than the Xiaomi Redmi 4 and its Prime variant, the Redmi 4A boasts similar attractive look. It parades a metal body in gold or rose gold finish. The device comes in at 8.5mm thick and weighs about 132 grams – that is, both slimmer and lighter than the regular Redmi 4. It is also fitted with a 5-inch HD (720p) display for decent picture clarity.
Camera and Storage
Xiaomi equips the Redmi 4A with a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, which is nestled at an angle at the top rear. It features a 5-lens system and phase-detection autofocus, but has single LED flash. The selfie snapper has a resolution of 5 megapixels and an f/2.2 aperture. You get generous inbuilt storage of 16 GB for keeping your photos and other stuffs. A microSD card with a capacity up to 128 GB is also supported for storage expansion.
Performance and OS
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is set up to deliver less powerful performance compared to its more expensive brothers. It is kitted with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4 GHz. The Cortex-A53 CPU is paired with an Adreno 308 graphics solution and 2 GB of RAM. However, you get to enjoy Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 software, which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, here as well.
Buyers get a 3,120mAh battery on the Redmi 4A, compared to the colossal 4,100mAh batteries on the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime. Fast charging is also supported, though. The phone also loses the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. It features a hybrid dual-SIM slot, which could serve a SIM card or a microSD card. Connectivity features include 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
Pricing and Availability
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is friendly-priced at 499 yuan, whose equivalent should be somewhere in the region of N35,000 in Nigeria after conversion. Not bad for a metal-clad smartphone with Android 6.0 Marshmallow under the hood.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A at a Glance
– Metal body
– 5″ HD display
– 13MP PDAF rear and 5MP front cameras
– 1.4GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor
– 2GB RAM
– 16GB expandable onboard storage
– Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 skin
– Dual SIM
– 4G LTE
– 3,120mAh battery