Xiaomi Redmi 4

From ₹6,999, www.mi.com/in

T3 India - - PREVIEW -

Looks like a shrunk down Redmi Note 4.

Yeah and it ap­pears to be a con­scious move from Xiaomi to use sim­i­lar de­sign lan­guage. The more curved edges and metal fin­ish should also the­o­ret­i­cally pro­vide a bet­ter grip.

What all has changed in com­par­i­son to the pre­vi­ous Redmi 3S?

Cer­tain de­sign changes, a pro­nounced an­tenna, the use of a 2.5D curved glass on the dis­play and shift­ing the speaker grilles to the bot­tom even though only one houses a speaker.

Ah, so they are af­ter some de­sign sym­me­try. What has changed in the hard­ware?

Not much other than us­ing a 1.4GHz octa-core QualComm Snap­dragon 435 pro­ces­sor which is a very mi­nor up­grade over the 430 pow­er­ing the Redmi 3S. The rear cam­era has also been tweaked for quicker aut­o­fo­cus.

What a shame. I was think­ing of up­grad­ing.

True but the Redmi 4 is positioned more as a backup de­vice es­pe­cially since it can last upto 2 days with reg­u­lar us­age.

Is it still run­ning on MIUI 8 based on An­droid Marsh­mal­low?

Sadly cor­rect but the Nougat pre­view build is avail­able for those who feel a bit ad­ven­tur­ous. Xiaomi is still col­lect­ing feed­back on it and re­mov­ing bugs be­fore re­leas­ing it into the wild.

How many vari­ants are avail­able?

There are 3, start­ing at a price of `6,999 for 2GB RAM+16GB stor­age, `8,999 for 3GB RAM+32GB stor­age and `10,999 for 4GB RAM+64GB stor­age. We’d rec­om­mend ev­ery­one opt­ing for the 3GB and above mod­els for a smoother per­for­mance.

Atleast it’s now be­ing sold in Black.

Even bet­ter that it’s Matte Black un­like the fin­ger­print mag­net that is glossy ma­te­rial. Gold is still avail­able though

But then I’m never able to snag one be­cause of flash sales.

On this front atleast the newly opened Mi Home store in Ben­galuru will help some. You can go there to buy a de­vice that in­stant and if it’s out of stock then they’ll is­sue you an F-code on the spot for or­der­ing from the Mi.com web­site.

Huh? Mi Home?

The off­line model of the Mi.com web­site where you can check out all the cur­rent prod­uct range that Xiaomi has re­leased in In­dia.

With Sec­ond Space you can cre­ate a sep­a­rate pro­file un­locked by a dif­fer­ent fin­ger­print

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