"The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 carries forward the core elements of its predecessor, whilst in packing some interesting hardware improvements"
If you’re reading this, you’ve most probably heard about the news that Xiaomi has released the Redmi Note 4 smartphone in its home market of China. The brand also unveiled the Redmi Pro in China recently, and has now followed it up with the launch of the successor to one of the most popular smartphones from its portfolio, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review). The new smartphone carries forward the core elements of its predecessor, but also packs in more horsepower and an improved design.
But what exactly are these new improvements? And does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 does enough to carry forward the popularity of the Redmi Note 3? Let’s find out.
Although the Redmi Note 4 is a new smartphone, it is also quite similar to its predecessor. Both smartphones flaunt 5.5-inch full HD displays, 5MP front-facing cameras, and run the company’s own MIUI platform. At the back, both smartphones feature fingerprint scanners beneath the camera lens for improved security.
There’s not much to differentiate in terms of connectivity options as well, as both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi Note 3 support 4G LTE, VoLTE, hybrid dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and IR Blasters. MicroSD cards can be used to expand the storage by up to 128GB. As is the case with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the Redmi Note 4 also comes in multiple variants. In fact, the base variant of both smartphones feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
But that’s where the similarities end. The new smartphone also brings in a slew of improvements, which is what we’ll be focussing on now.
Yes, the Redmi Note 4 also sports a metal unibody design. The reason we didn’t include it in the similarities is because the new design is much more refined than the original. For instance, the plastic strips at the top and the bottom of the device have been replaced by metal as well. Other new additions like the 2.5D curved glass for the display, as well as chamfered edges, makes it an even more refreshing design. Not just this, the new smartphone is also slimmer than the Redmi Note 3 by 0.35mm, but on the flip side, it's also 11g heavier than its predecessor.
The next major difference comes in terms of the processor.
The Redmi Note 4 comes powered by a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 chipset clocked at 2.1GHz. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 3 that was released in China came powered by a MediaTek Helio X10 SoC, while the one that made its way to India swapped the MediaTek chip for a Snapdragon 650 one.
Another key difference is terms of the rear camera. While the Redmi Note 3 sports a 16MP CMOS sensor at the back, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection auto focus.
There has also been a slight bump in the battery capacity, which has now been increased to 4,100mAh, a small jump as compared to the 4,050mAh battery in the Redmi Note 3.
Lastly, Xiaomi has tried something different this time, as the higher variant of the new smartphone with 3GB RAM, now comes with 64GB of internal storage as opposed to 32GB in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.
So there you have it. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 definitely looks like an improved version of its predecessor. It’s worth noting that while the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was introduced in the Indian market back in March, we don’t have high hopes of the Redmi Note 4 being launched in the country anytime soon. That said, for all the interested folks in China, the smartphone will go on sale in the country starting August 26th in Silver, Gold and Dark Grey hues. The 2GB / 16GB variant has been priced at 8,990 Yuan (Rs 9,000), whereas the 3GB / 64GB model will set you back by 1,199 Yuan (~Rs 12,000). For comparison, the 2GB / 16GB variant of the Redmi Note 3 sells for Rs 9,999 in India, with the 3GB / 32GB variant costing Rs 11,999.
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