Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review

Xiaomi has been around since 2010 and has only hit our market in the last two years. It brings a new flavour to an already over populated mobile market and with the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 range they are looking to have more impact. I was first introduced to…

The Crit

Value for Money - 92%
Quality - 85%
Look/Feel - 87%
Extra's/Features - 71%

84%

User Rating: 3.43 ( 2 votes)

Xiaomi has been around since 2010 and has only hit our market in the last two years. It brings a new flavour to an already over populated mobile market and with the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 range they are looking to have more impact.

I was first introduced to the Xiaomi brand with the Redmi 2 and even though I was really impressed with the phone it still felt like a mid-market phone. With the Redmi 4 range it feels more like a flagship phone with an amazing price.

The design of the Redmi 4 Note feels sturdy and is made of great quality, the phone responds a lot better and it felt more like my Mate 8. The phone comes with a Hybrid Dual SIM option. This means that you can either use a Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM together in dual stand-by mode or you can use a microSD card together with one Micro-SIM. The dual SIM functionality is always a great feature for a lot of people, it never bothered me personally but I can see the added benefit to it. For me, I do not want my processing power to be shared.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has a 4100mAh battery that competed very nicely against my Mate 8’s 4000 mAh. It also has better performance than the previous phones with its 14nm FinFET Snapdragon 625 processor. Depending what storage size you go for it will have RAM memory to go with it, 32GB will have 2/3GB RAM and 64GB option will have 4GB RAM.

The Redmi Note 4 has a 13MP Camera that uses a noise-eliminating CMOS sensor with backside illumination (BSI) and larger pixels to give you stunning images even in low light. It also comes with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) for 0.1s ultra-fast focusing, which is especially useful for shooting moving objects. There is also a 5MP front Camera.

There are a lot of other features the phone has that makes it a great option when you are looking for a phone like Fingerprint sensor, VoLTE Support, Infrared remote, MIUI8, 5.5” Full HD Screen but you can see the full specs below. One of the bestselling points will be the price point, on Takealot you can get the 32GB model for only R3299. That is an insane price point if you look at what you get.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 makes a great impact and breaches the gap between a flagship and affordable smartphone, definitely check it out!

Specifications

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCHAnnounced2017, January
StatusAvailable. Released 2017, January
BODYDimensions151 x 76 x 8.5 mm (5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 in)
Weight165 g (5.82 oz)
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAYTypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size5.5 inches (~72.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
– MIUI 8.0
PLATFORMOSAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPUOcta-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUAdreno 506
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal32 GB, 2/3 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERAPrimary13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, check quality
Features1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video1080p@30fps, 720p@120fps, check quality
Secondary5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p

Likes

  • Great Price
  • Narrows the gap between leading smartphone and affordability

Dislikes

  • GPS dropped a bit on my use
  • Phone can slow down when put through massive strain
SOUNDAlert typesVibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
– 24-bit/192kHz audio
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth4.1, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared portYes
RadioFM radio
USBmicroUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
MessagingSMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
BrowserHTML5
JavaNo
– XviD/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac player
– Photo/video editor
– Document viewer
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
MISCColorsGray, Gold, Black
PriceAbout 160 EUR

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