The Redmi Note 4 thus has a lot to live up to and the company has gone all out to make sure it lives up to the hype.
The smartphone comes with a massive 4GB of RAM, the new Snapdragon 625 processor with 14nm FinFet technology and much improved battery life.
Design and Display
The Redmi Note 4 sports a premium metal body with slim tapered edges which are 5 mm at its thinnest point.
Xiaomi has made a concerted effort to make the Redmi Note 4 perfectly symmetrical. The smartphone is great to hold in the hand thanks to tapered edges around the back and the 2.5D curved glass on the front.
The left side of the device sports the hybrid SIM slot which allows you to either put two SIM cards or 1 microSD card and 1 SIM Slot. I personally find Hybrid SIM slots irritating and would have preferred an option to insert a microSD card along with two SIM cards.
The Redmi Note 4 comes with capacitive keys beneath the display which are very responsive and easy to use. The right edge has the power key and volume toggle and the top houses the IR blaster, secondary microphone and the 3.5mm headphone jack. Unlike some smartphones, the headphone jack is alive and well.
The speaker grille, primary microphone and the micro-USB slot are found on the bottom edge of the device. The redesigned bottom firing speakers deliver nice and crisp audio. Dual speakers are sorely missed though.
The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display – the 1080 x 1920 resolution translating to a pixel density of 401ppi. It boasts of a 2.5D curved glass up front that feels good to use.
Storage, RAM and Processor
The device comes with 16/32/64GB of internal storage which can be expanded with the help of a microSD card (up-to 128GB) . This is a marked improvement over the 32GB max storage found on the Redmi Note 3.
Powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (MSM8953) processor clocked at 2GHz and an integrated Adreno 506 GPU, the Redmi Note 4 comes in three RAM configurations – 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 runs Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, which comes with a host of updates.
The Redmi Note 4 has a 13MP camera with f/2.0 lens and PDAF. There’s a 5MP camera up front that also sports an f/2.0 lens. The camera app is easy to use and comes with a wealth of options, including filters, beautify effects, and a manual mode that lets you tweak the ISO, white balance, and exposure settings. You can also take tilt-shift photos, set a countdown timer, shoot panoramas, and select from various scenes.
The 4100mAh battery on the Redmi Note 4 is slightly larger than its predecessor, but the shift to 14nm has led to vastly increased battery life. The phone easily lasts a day on a full charge if you’re a heavy user, and more often than not, you’ll get a day and a half worth of usage out of the phone.
Much improved battery life
Design feels a little old
Rear camera struggles in low light
All in all, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a comprehensive update over its predecessor. It has a great display, much improved battery life, adequate performance and a decent display.