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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Video Review
Xiaomi has been doing great in the smartphone market by reaching a milestone of 1 Billion Dollars last year, and that was just in India which circles 3.6 Million units sold all over the country! The Redmi Note 4 could be the best of what Xiaomi can offer. It’s one of the best smartphones under its price range.
The first impression when I got the device was pretty unexpectable for a price range of this sort. On the design aspect, there isn’t much change. The device resembles the Note 3, but this time the curved dimensions make the smartphone more handy to use and less slippery. Unlike its predecessor, the Note 4 forge from a full metal chassis body which gives the user a premium holding experience.
The device also packs a 2.5D curved-edge glass across the front giving the phone a premium look and this time around the speaker grills are found at the bottom instead of being at the back. Even though there are two grills, one turns out to be a mono speaker and the other being a microphone. There are also some symmetrical design changes as well. Like the headphone jack and infrared sensor being placed on the top along with the front camera and the light sensor being flanked on either side of the earpiece.
Display ( Full-HD )
When it comes to specification, the company is known to set a benchmark, and it continues to do so with the all new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The device sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. It also boasts a 2.5D curved-edge glass. The reason that the new generation devices have been opting 2.5D glass is purely for an aesthetic feel. It is especially important on touchscreen devices to ensure that any surfaces that consumers are going to touch or swipe through should be smooth. Just that nobody wants to snag your finger on a sharp glass corner! Which will eventually turn out to be a pretty bad experience?
For a budget device, the display is really good. The text and images are pretty sharp, and the display emits some vivid colors. Overall I didn’t have any complaints with the display. It looks and feels good. The display is also quite responsive which is what one needs in a budget smartphone.
Performance – Snapdragon 625
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Processor which sounds like a step down from the Snapdragon 650, but it is said to be more power efficient. The device also comes in 3 different memory units (2GB of RAM + 32GB of storage; 3GB of RAM + 32GB storage; 4GB of RAM + 64GB of storage ) and the one on the image is a 64GB variant.
The device is also integrated with an Adreno 506 GPU which is pretty efficient to play any game available on the play store. Multi-tasking on the Redmi Note 4 is pretty smooth. Especially the top variant of the Redmi Note 4 was able to handle anything that I threw at it. This beast is one of the best performing smartphones in its category.
The battery is a major concern in most of the smartphones these days. As higher the performance, the more power it requires. This is pretty well handled with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It packs a 4100mAh powered battery(non-removable) which is pretty impressive. The device lasted a day long with some gaming, music and an hour of video playback. But one fact that hurts is that the device doesn’t support quick charging which is considered as an essential feature for a smartphone that holds a big battery.
This time around Xiaomi has worked a lot towards improving its camera quality. The 13-megapixel rear camera can take some pretty good shots both in well-lit as well as low-light conditions. When shooting close-ups of objects or macro shots, the color reproduction was quite good with plenty other details.
The focusing is fast which eventually helps in taking some decent shots at moving objects. If you are shooting in HDR mode, the processing of photos takes more time than usual. The dual LED Flash comes in handy during low light shots. The Camera app also tends to provide some super cool filter which provides further options for the manual mode allowing you tweak the ISO, white balance, and even the exposure settings.
Software ( MIUI 8 )
I was first introduced to MIUI way back in 2011. Since then I had been following this ROM, and I must say it has made a name for itself. The Redmi Note 4 runs the MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. The company is testing a Nougat preview of the MIUI, which has been promised to roll it out in another few months. At times, I feel the ROM be a lot bloated. But In-spite of being a stock lover, I must say that the MIUI is a blissful experience to use. On the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, the user experience is quite smooth and polished. Even the usual culprits like the transition animations work perfect, and that’s because of its well-optimized hardware architecture.
One of the highlights in MIUI 8 are the Dual Apps and Second Space Functionalities. The Dual Apps feature allows users to create two instances of any app(so for example, you can use two Facebook accounts on the same phone) and the Second Space feature allows users to separate personal and business information on the same device. The ROM also supports one-handed mode with the help of right or left gestures on the navigation bar. I’m not a fan of the MIUI ROM because of its unusual and aggressive memory management. I feel the ROM be bloated and thereby it tends to eat a lot of RAM. Other than that it’s a refreshing experience to use MIUI 8 on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.
If Budget is your first consideration, then Stay away from those big-hitters and pick up a great smartphone at a lower price. And trust me, you won’t be disappointed.