Xiaomi was much active last year when it launched a number of great devices in India. The Xiaomi Redmi Note was one of the devices that got a lot of appreciation from the smartphone lovers. But this phone also suffered from criticism from the reviewers as it did not feature 4G support. Xiaomi learned from its mistake and fixed it within just five months by launching the Redmi Note 4G in the month of August 2014.
I know that most of the smartphone enthusiasts are eagerly waiting for Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, but the manufacturer is still yet to launch it. However, if you have no time and want to buy a good device at good price then the Redmi Note 4G is still one of the best options for you. The good thing is that this smartphone got a huge big price drop about a month ago and is currently selling at a much affordable price of 7999 INR.
Design and Build Quality
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is really sturdy from outside. You will not find any kind of creeping or flexing even though the frame is made of plastic materials. The back panel wears a glossy finish and also attracts fingerprints. It is 9.4 mm thick, which means you will have a comfortable experience while holding this phone in the hand. The edges are highly curved and the speaker mesh is located at the back. Both the power button and volume rockers can be found on the right side.
This smartphone flaunts a 5.5 inch HD IPS display. The resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels results in a decent pixel density of 267 ppi. Colors do not get distorted even from steep angles, which take user experience to the next level. The display gets enough bright that you will be able to easily read text under the sun. Thanks to the GFF architecture of the display panel that makes graphics appears closer to the user.
The display of this smartphone is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. However, you will have to take care of the phone because Gorilla Glass is not the toughest thing in the world.
The optical experience that you will get on this phone is really of premium quality. There is a 13 MP shooter on the back and another 5 MP shooter on the front. The rear camera captures great details and is also capable of full HD video recording. Its BSI sensor captures more light and results in a better low light performance. However, you will not like the sharpness of the still images. The front camera is great for Selfies and comes with number unique features. You can also record 720p HD videos with it.
The camera app of this smartphone gives much control to the user. You will be able to control exposure, ISO and brightness of the shots. The interface of the camera app is much similar to that of iOS 8.
Performance (Benchmarks, Gaming and Daily Usage)
At the heart of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G sits a quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex A7 processor and is accompanied by a Qualcomm MSM8928 Snapdragon 400 chipset. Its 2 GB of RAM provides sufficient for seamlessly multitasking. The phone also features Adreno 305 GPU that handles all the graphics pretty smoothly. The 8 GB of on-board storage can be expanded up to 64 GB, but the bad thing is that app data is not movable.
The phone performs average in most of the benchmarking tests. In AnTuTU, the Redmi Note 4G gets a decent score of 21633. Quadrant Standard returns a score of 11588. In Nenamark 2 this smartphone gets a pretty impressive score of 57.8 fps. Again, these scores might seem less, but they are a lot better than any other smartphone in this price segment.
You will be able to run most of the games available on the Play Store on this smartphone. There will be no frame drops or force closes. In fact, this smartphone hardly gets heated up during long gaming sessions. As a daily driver this smartphone is a perfect device for you. You will not notice any lag or stutter during normal usage.
The only downside of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is that it is a single SIM smartphone. But buying it will not be a bad trade-off as you are getting 4G support, which allows you to enjoy internet speeds up to 150 Mbps. Other connectivity options on this phone are 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio and micro USB with OTG support.
Xiaomi has showed its big heart to the fans by putting all the necessary sensors on this smartphone. You will find all those sensors on this phone that you can think of having on an intermediate level smartphone like Gyroscope, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and E-Compass.
When this phone was launched, it used to come with MIUI v5 out of the box. This year Xiaomi rolled out the MIUI v6 for it, which brought number of great improvements. Although it is still based on Android 4.4 Kitkat, but the experience that you will get is unmatchable. It also comes with one Handed Mode that resizes the screen for single hand usage.
- Solid and attractive design.
- Quad-core 1.6 GHz processor with 2 GB of RAM.
- 13 primary and 5 MP secondary camera.
- F/2.2 aperture and 24mm wide angle lens.
- OTG support.
- 4G LTE.
- HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
- Long battery backup.
- 24 languages.
- Multicolor notification light.
- Theme engine.
- App data is not movable.
- Little heavy.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G is the best budget smartphone that you can buy right now. Its build quality and performance are unmatchable in this price segment.