Redmi Note 4: All-metal Budget Smartphone, a Force to Reckon with

Nothing comes close to Redmi devices when it’s about packing features in a budget smartphones. Redmi Note 4 is an all-metal budget smartphone that’s ready to win the hearts of customers. It’s essentially a turbo-charged Redmi Note 3, pushing the envelope even further and aiming to be another winner for Xiaomi.

Redmi Note 4 comes in two variants i.e. a 2GB RAM/16GB internal variant and a 3GB RAM/64GB Internal storage model. This review focuses on the 3/64GB version, which offers better performance and storage than the former. Xiaomi has introduced many good-looking budget phones and Redmi Note 4 is no exception. All-metal design combined with powerful internals is a force to reckon with, not just in its home market, but at a global level. The 5.5-incher is packed with a powerful, power-efficient processor and a massive battery for outstanding performance and battery life.

Specifications

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Parts Specs
Network technology GSM/HSDPA/LTE/CDMA/EVDO (Market Dependent)
SIM Dual SIM (Micro-SIM/Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Weight and Dimensions 175 grams, (151 x 76 x 8.4)mm
Display 5.5-inch 1080×1920 pixels IPS LCD @401ppi
OS Android Marshmallow 6.0 (MIUI 8.0)
Chipset/CPU/GPU Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20, Deca-core 2.1 GHz, Mali-T880 MP4
Memory 3GB RAM/64GB Internal Storage, microSD up to 256 GB using SIM 2 Slot
Primary Camera 13MP, Dual-Led/tone flash, phase detection autofocus, f/2.0, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 5 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
Video Recording [email protected], [email protected]
Communications Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Infrared port, USB on-the-go
Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery Li-Po 4100 mAh battery (Non-removable)

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Features

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  • Powerful and power-efficient processor
  • Massive battery
  • All-metal contemporary design
  • Dual-SIM
  • Accurate fingerprint scanner and smart recognition
  • Gorgeous Full HD Display
  • High-speed camera

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Pros and Cons

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  • Exceptional value for the money
  • Elegant metal design and 2.5D display
  • Outstanding battery life
  • One phone for work and home
  • Expandable storage
  • Decent camera

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  • One-handed operation difficult with smaller hands
  • Limited availability
  • Battery is not user-replaceable
  • Vanilla Android fans may not like the MIUI custom interface
  • Micro-USB instead of newer USB Type-C

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Design

The luxurious, all-metal design offers superior quality and texture, while the slim profile makes the phone a pleasure to hold and use. The 2.5D curved glass makes the phone even more appealing and offers a wonderful handling experience. At 175grams, some may find the phone a bit on the heavier side, but considering the massive 4100mAh battery, one can live with the weight.

Performance

Packed with a high-end Deca-core MediaTek HelioX20 processor and 3GB RAM, Note 4 performs really well in daily usage. Whether you want to play graphic-intensive games or run a ton of apps at once, the phone won’t disappoint. The power-efficient processor can also help save up to 30% power for a better battery life without taking its toll on performance. Overall, Note 4 offers decent performance and allows you to multitask without breaking a sweat.

Display

The 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display is vivid and accurately represents colors @72% NTSC color gamut with great viewing angles and contrast. Considering the price of the phone, it comes with one of the best displays in its class, offering a crisp and consistent viewing experience. The large display works particularly well for watching movies, browsing the internet and playing games.

Battery Life

The massive 4100mAh battery is phone’s key feature and offers an outstanding battery life. The built-in power optimizations take the run-time even further and allow battery to last for long periods of time. MediaTek PumpExpress 2.0 quick charge lets you quickly juice the phone up when needed. A power-efficient processor, huge battery, built-in power optimizations and quick charge offers users exceptional battery life so you never have to run out of juice.

Camera

The camera works good when you quickly want to take some pictures and features and is focus is spot on and quick. Although the 13MP camera is not one of the best around, it manages to take some decent shots and supports a duel-led/tone flash for better snaps in dark. It captures a good amount of detail under good lighting conditions, while the front-facing camera works well for video chats, Skype and selfies.

Fingerprint scanner, smart recognition and OS

The back-fitted fingerprint scanner coupled with smart recognition software optimizations allows you to quickly unlock the device. It can also be used to protect private information and files on the phone and offers more convenience and security.

Just like Samsung’s Touchwiz and HTC’s Sense, Xiaomi’s MIUI Android interface is jam-packed with software features and UI tweaks for a better user experience. The Second Space feature allows you to configure two profiles in which you can keep separate apps, layouts etc. for a more personalized experience. The dual-app feature allows running two instances of one app e.g. WhatsApp, which is something fans of dual-sims have always craved. That’s not all about it as MIUI 8 on top of Android Marshmallow offers many other UI improvements, features and tweaks, which may take days or even weeks to be discovered.

Conclusion

Redmi Note 4 offers an exceptional value for the money and is jam packed with features that are hard to find in its price range. The all-metal design makes the device look like a premium gadget, while the powerful internals compliments the exterior. The 13MP camera may not be the best out there, but it’s more than adequate for most users who want a quick snapper without losing much in terms of quality. The massive battery, combined with the power-efficient processor, makes it a sweet deal for people who want a good performer and survivor in a single package.

How to buy

Redmi Note 4 3GB/64GB English/Chinese High-end version is available in Silver color at the following link. Please visit the page for more details about shipping and expected delivery dates.

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