Battery Life: 8.5/10

Now the Redmi Note 3 offered an excellent battery life. Xiaomi has gone ahead and put the same 4,100mAh battery which featured on the Redmi 3s/3S Prime. Add to that Qualcomm’s new 14nm SoC architecture and what you get is even more battery life. Xiaomi claims that the the new handset sees a 25 percent improvement in the overall battery life and the claims are true. I didn’t feel the need to charge the handset the whole day and I was still left with 39 percent of charge. The usage included Wi-Fi tethering, a bit of gaming, replying to instant messages, checking mails and watching a few TV episodes.

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Even the battery benchmark test on PC Mark shows that the Redmi Note 4 is the one to go for if you are looking for long battery life. In terms of charging, you get Quick Charge 2.0, which we know isn’t the fastest. Charging from 0 to 100 takes about two hours.

Verdict and Price in India

Xiaomi has been always been spot on with the pricing and including the new variant was also a good decision. The 2GB+16GB variant is priced at Rs 9,999, 3GB+32GB for Rs 10,999 and 4GB+64GB for Rs 12,999. There are some good offerings in the market, but considering Xiaomi’s reputation, the Redmi Note 4 will be a hot seller.

In my opinion, the smartphone is a nice update. Agreed, it is difficult to bring massive upgrades in a short time and frankly you won’t notice a massive change, but the company has put an effort to curb the issues that were seen on the Redmi Note 3. The performance is pretty much the same but the design is slightly refined, the camera sees improvement and the battery life has been further improved. If you recently invested in the Redmi Note 3, then I think you shouldn’t upgrade to the new handset. If you are however planning to buy a new smartphone, this will keep you happy.

While I would definitely recommend this handset, other options like the LeEco Le 2 and Lenovo P2 are worth considering as they offer hardware and performance capabilities that are as good as the Redmi Note 4. The LeEco offers a more powerful Snapdragon 652 chipset for Rs 11,999 while the Lenovo P2 has an even larger 5,100mAh battery for Rs 16,999. You should consider these handsets before blindly considering the Redmi Note 4.

Publish date: January 23, 2017 1:02 pm| Modified date: January 30, 2017 9:27 am

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