Im­proved Per­fec­tion

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Be­ing a suc­ces­sor to In­dia's best sell­ing smart­phone (on­line) is tough. Redmi Note 4 was an­nounced by the com­pany in the sec­ond half of last year, but has been launched in In­dia only now, al­most a year af­ter the launch of the Redmi Note 3. It takes the per­fec­tion of Redmi Note 3 to a new level. Here is the de­tailed re­view:


Though it has sim­i­lar di­men­sions and weight, the Redmi Note 4 still is bet­ter in aes­thet­ics and de­sign. It weighs 165 gms, mea­sures 151x76x8.3 mm, and has a uni­body metal body, with a 2.5D glass with round edges at the front. The 5.5-inch dis­play with

1,920x1,080p res­o­lu­tion looks bright, of­fer­ing rich colours and crisp text. While the sun­light leg­i­bil­ity is good, it also has a read­ing mode. There are other modes for colour and con­trast – au­to­matic con­trast, in­creased con­trast, and stan­dard. Be­low the dis­play are the reg­u­lar An­droid keys – mul­ti­task­ing, home, and back. How­ever, the place­ment of the sen­sors, ear­piece and front cam­era above the dis­play are much more sym­met­ri­cal. The speaker grill from the rear has been moved to the bot­tom, with five drill holes on each side of the mi­cro USB charg­ing port (which has also been moved to the cen­tre now). Au­dio port and IR blaster are on the top, vol­ume con­trol and power key on the right, and SIM tray on the left. The rear mounts the cam­era mod­ule fol­lowed by the LED flash and fin­ger­print scan­ner which is quick and ac­cu­rate. It is more com­fort­able to hold than the Redmi Note 3.


The de­vice runs on MiUi8, built on An­droid Marsh­mal­low. All apps are neatly placed on the home screen. Apps such as cal­cu­la­tor, recorder, com­pass, scan­ner, etc, are placed un­der the tools folder. There is also a se­cu­rity app that in­cludes cleaner, data us­age, block list, virus, scan, and per­mis­sion. It also comes loaded with few other Mi apps such as Mi Store and Mi Live. My favourite one was Mi Re­mote which con­verts the phone into a uni­ver­sal re­mote for con­trol­ling the TV. All Google ser­vices are loaded in­clud­ing the Google Duo app. I could browse the web, stream videos on YouTube, and play games with­out any lag or heat­ing is­sues. Swip­ing down within the file ex­plorer opens the pass­word page to ac­cess hid­den files. Un­der Set­tings, there is also an op­tion to cre­ate a sec­ond space on the phone; ac­ti­vat­ing it quickly re­booted the phone and a switch icon ap­peared on the home screen.

Pro­ces­sor and stor­age:

Un­like the vari­ant launched abroad that has a Me­di­aTek chipset, the Redmi Note 4 in In­dia runs on Qual­comm Snap­dragon 625 pro­ces­sor. It will be avail­able in three vari­ants – 2 GB RAM with 32 GB stor­age, 3 GB RAM with 32 GB stor­age, and 4 GB RAM with 64 GB stor­age. Our re­view unit had 4 GB RAM with 64 GB in­ter­nal stor­age, of which only 51 GB was user ac­ces­si­ble. It also sup­ports ex­pand­able mem­ory of up to 128 GB, but through the hy­brid slot which can be ei­ther used as a sec­ondary SIM slot or mem­ory card slot.


The 16-MP cam­era on the Redmi Note 3 was su­perb. Xiaomi has added a 13-MP cam­era with a 77-de­gree wide-an­gle five-piece lens with f/2.0 aper­ture, and dual tone lens to the Redmi Note 4. The cam­era app is neat and of­fers a host of set­tings. It in­stantly locks fo­cus and is quick to cap­ture im­ages. The im­ages cap­tured had a fair amount of de­tail, and colours looked nat­u­ral. Im­ages cap­tured in HDR mode looked bet­ter. Redmi Note 4 does a pretty de­cent job in low-light too.


Its 4,100-mAh bat­tery worked for over a day and a half de­spite heavy us­age.

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