Xiaomi was quite successful with the Redmi Note 3 in India. It became their best-selling smartphone with over 3 million units sold in India last year. Offering a balance of great design, excellent performance and most importantly a long lasting battery, the smartphone is still considered to be the best budget smartphone to go for. 

However, smartphones have a short life span. The budget segment today has quite a few new offerings that give serious competition to Xiaomi. Companies like Lenovo, LeEco, Honor have intriguing products that could be a threat to the Xiaomi. Enter Redmi Note 4. While the smartphone had already made its debut in China last year, the company took its time and launched a more attractive Snapdragon version of the smartphone in India last week at a similar price bracket.

The real question is, has the company managed to make the best budget smartphone even better? Read on for more. 

Build and Design: 7.5/10

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At first, the Redmi Note 4 doesn’t look very different from its predecessor, but looking closer, you start seeing minor changes. Instead of overhauling, Xiaomi has played safe and done some polishing over the existing design. You still get a metal back, only a bit more polished and more premium. The front is flat with a 2.5D curved glass finish and the back has slight curving closer to the edges, similar to the Mi 5. The gap for the antenna bands get some chrome treatment and the metal edges are now chamfered. 

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There are some other prominent changes like the speaker grille from the back is now moved to the bottom edge. There are some symmetrical design changes as well like the headphone jack and infrared sensor on the top, the front camera and light sensor flanked on either sides of the earpiece and the microUSB port sitting in the middle.

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These may not be big leaps in design but they do lend the new Note 4, a more premium look that is a far cry from the rounded, and unfinished body of its predecessor.

Features: 8/10

The company is known to set a benchmark when it comes to the specifications and it continues to do so with the Redmi Note 4. You get a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display on the front covered with curved protective glass. The smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor which sounds like a step down from the Snapdragon 650, but is said to be more power efficient. There are three memory variants on offer which include 2GB RAM with 32GB of storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB of storage. All the variants come with an option to expand the storage supporting microSD cards of upto 128GB. 

There is a new 13MP camera at the back with PDAF (phase detection auto focus) and a dual tone LED flash, while on the front there is a 5MP camera. Connectivity options include support for dual-SIM (hybrid SIM card slot), 4G with VoLTE, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS with GLONASS, infrared sensor and a microUSB port. Rounding it all off is a fingerprint scanner at the back and a 4,100mAh battery to provide the juice.

Display: 7.5/10

The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) IPS LCD display. While it sounds similar to last year’s model, Xiaomi says that it has improved colour calibration. The curved glass on top really brings in a premium feel, although the bezels still look similar with some trimming done on the top and bottom.

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Coming to the quality of the display, it offers 401ppi which makes it sharp and colours look great with a hint of a blue tone. You can adjust the contrast and colour tone by going into the display settings. Viewing angles are great and sunlight readability is good, but not the best out there.  You can also enable the reading mode which adds a blue light filter to reduce strain on your eyes. Overall, I didn’t have any complaints with display, it looks and feels good and is quite responsive which is what one needs in a budget smartphone.

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

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