Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 – Complete Review


The Xiaomi parent company has again made its mark in the cell phone industry with the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Last year the Redmi note 3 and Redmi 3S made quite the splash, especially on the Online market and later with their performance to the users, so naturally, there is the anticipation of a similar performance from the Xiaomi Redmi note 4 as well!

As far as looks go, there isn’t a lot of innovation, to be honest, but that’s just maybe because the looks which are shadowed from the Redmi note 3 did particularly well in the market, and the company might be skeptical about changing it just yet.

So without wasting a lot of time, let’s get down to the review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Redmi Note 4 Overview

Redmi Note 4 Scratch, Bend, burn and water test

  • Display:- 151 x 76 x 8.5 mm
  • Size:- 5.5 Inches
  • Resolution:- 1080X1920 px.
  • Weight:- 165g.
  • Battery:- 4100 Non-Removable.
  • CPU: – Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Graphic: – Adreno 506
  • Camera:- 13megapixel.
  • Video Recording:- 1080p
  • Hybrid Dual-SIM. (Either Supports two SIM cards, or 1 SIM card and 1 Micro SD card!)
  • 32GB / 64GB Internal Memory.
  • RAM:- 4GB

Considering the above specifications, I’d say this device is here to stay no doubt! But let’s have a closer look at the features.

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Redmi Note 4 complete Specs

Starting with the display,  the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with the IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, the display technology that has become a “native” to most smartphones at this price range.

 

Its exact size can be calculated to be around 5.5 inches, with 72.7% screen to body ratio, which is great because any device with 5+ inches will be a good looking beauty.

 

As far as the chipset goes, it’s integrated with one of the best processors money can buy you at this price, the Snapdragon 625 Qualcomm MSM8953.

 

The CPU too clocks a speed of 2.0GHZ and is an octa-core, Cortex A-53 beast!

 

For the game lovers, the device brings with itself the Adreno 506 GPU which as we will get better acquainted with, in the gaming section.

 

Talking about the weight of the device, it’s just 165g so you won’t feel the gravity pull your hands down when you’re using the device.

 

The battery is as good as it gets, storing 41000 mAh power within itself enough to last more than 1.5 days with on an average, with fast charging support!

 

The camera tries to make an impression with its 13mp lenses in the rear and 5mp on the front. Although how good they actually are is being unveiled in the camera section.

 

Redmi Note 4 Design Review

Redmi Note 4 design review

As I already mentioned, there isn’t a lot to award the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 when it comes to design, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good just because it didn’t put its makeup on.

It does seem to have borrowed its partial looks from the Redmi Note 3, but that probably is only because that design received quite a bit of appreciation from the consumers, so why change something people already love?

And only the front part of the device seems borrowed, the rear part still packs some new angles and cuts which have more in common with the Xiaomi Mi 5 rather than the Redmi Note 3.

The front part of the device features those navigation buttons- Home / Multitasking and Back below the screen, the device features a full metallic body giving it a sturdy look and feel, and as far as slipperiness is concerned, they’ve definitely upgraded their anti-slip technology after the Redmi Note 3.

 

The addition of the 2.5D curved glass in addition to the 5.5 inches display is worth being mentioned here because the Redmi Note 4 owes quite a bit of its looks and screen performance to it.

 

The top-bar features the Front camera, the Sensor and the calling-speakers (earpiece), they’re arranged in a straight line, giving it somewhat of a neat and metro look.

 

The extreme bottom part seems inspired from the LeEco models, as the speaker grills have been moved down, just beside the USB port, and even the design looks similar.

What’s different is that the Redmi Note 4 actually has just one speaker, the dual-grills are probably just to maintain the look and proportion of the device.

Also, they decided not to go with the USB-C ports, the rising star in the industry, instead it still is mounted with the more common micro USB port.

The top-most edges contain the IR blaster as well as the audio port. Although it’s the most common positioning, the distancing still makes them look somewhat symmetrical and “better” than most other models.

As is the current tradition, the volume control buttons are mounted on the right edges along with the power button.

The SIM-card tray can be found on the left edges, just opposite to the power button. It’s only logical to place them there considering all the other edges are used up and were there much before the side-mounted SIM cards saw the light of day in the industry.

It supports two kinds of SIM cards, that’s the Micro as well as Nano SIMs. Although let me tell you that you can’t use dual-SIM cards at the same time if you’re going for external Micro SD cards.

 

Because the Micro SD card slot is the same as the SIM2 slot, so if you insert a Micro SD there, you can’t insert the other SIM.

But if you’re okay with the internal memory storage of 32GB / 64 GB, in that case, you might as well make use of the SIM slot 2 without hesitation.

 

And finally coming towards the rear design, the Camera, Flash and Fingerprint sensors (exactly in that order) are all placed in a straight line (again), adding to the premium look which was already there.

 

Considering the length of the device, the fingerprint sensors are well placed and are easy to reach if you’re holding the cell in your hands.

Screen Performance

Talking about the “design” isn’t really complete without including the screen performance over here, because apart from the physical looks, how the device looks when it’s lit does count as a “design” feature as well doesn’t it?

It features the IPS LCD Touchscreen with 16M colors to start with, offering 1080pX1920p (approx. 401 PPI pixel density) on the screen, and allowing multi-touch as well.

 

Although there aren’t any new “additions” as such, mostly improvisations to the previous Xiaomi models.

The device features a reading mode, which facilitates a slight change in the screen color, as it turns “blue” when the mode is on.

 

This helps you focus more on the content of the screen rather than the bright white light which normally keeps bounding off the screen.

Advanced settings allow the automatic scheduling of this mode, setting the color temperature manually and other app-specific options as well.

It features three different contrast modes as well:-

 

  • Automatic
  • Increased
  • Standard

 

Which can be adjusted to your needs. Although the automatic mode does just fine as long as you aren’t accustomed to a different kind of screen feedback.

The Color Accuracy can definitely be rated better than its predecessors, and the screen brightness comes upon the top as well.

Redmi Note 4 Scratch test, Bend test and Burn test

Redmi Note 4 Software Details

It’s the “heart and soul” of the devices, isn’t it? The software determines how your device would perform under digital-stress levels, usage time and other aspects as such.

 

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow is what’s responsible for the overall look and feel of the device for starters. Considering it’s one of the freshest operating systems from Android, it’s needless to mention that the apps and icons are as good as they can be.

 

Although it’s imperative I mention here that in a trial to be  ‘the one who doesn’t follow the crowd’, Xiaomi did mess up some of the very basic settings and boot-up options you didn’t want it to.

 

If it’s your first time with the device, you’re bound to spend more than a minute just setting it up. As it’s primarily based on the MIUI8 so you shouldn’t expect to find any apps restoration or other much needed “backup” plans as such with the device.

 

Also, the MIUI8 needs to work on its lock screen notifications, because I’m normally a Samsung j7 user and I’m accustomed to the lock-screen notifications, which seem to be absent in this device. You won’t get Facebook messenger or Whatsapp notifications in the lock screen mode and that’s not exactly ‘user-friendly’.

 

Redmi Note 4 latest MIUI8

 

Although not everything is a downside with the MIUI8, they did add the trendy Now on Tap feature, what this does is it can use your current screen content as “search terms”.

In short, it senses what you’re reading or viewing and searches in context to it on Google. It does feel like the 21st century already doesn’t it!

 

Also, the gallery app can auto-sync your images on the MiCloud! Which is a blessing from the MIUI8. Other updates including “video editing” as well can be found in the gallery.

 

One of the primary attractions to the device includes the Dual App feature. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 allows you running two different instances of the same application. There aren’t a lot of devices, under any price-range offering this at the moment.

 

Dual Profiles!  This again is another addition to the “dual” features from Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Just like we can have two different profiles on our computers, similarly, we get to have two different user profiles on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 as well!

 

The above two features do a great job when it comes to privacy and protection after all “security” was always a universal problem with cell phone devices, wasn’t it?

The Extended Screenshots too come in handy with the MIUI8 when you’ve got a long page to snap because that’s something you can’t do with a one-page screenshot.

Quick Ball: – Something that was first introduced in the Xiaomi Mi Max is still present in its successor. In case you aren’t familiar with the feature, it’s a kind of floating option that stays on your screens at all times.

 

It helps you access some of the primary functions of your cell phones using the ball-shortcut, the shortcuts are customizable; of course.

So as far as I’m concerned, the device makes up for its “hassled innovations” pretty well with the other features it introduced.

 

Even though the device currently is on Android 6.0.1, they’ve been reportedly testing Android Nougat, and hopefully will soon be launching it publicly on all the devices.

Redmi Note 4 Camera Review

Redmi Note 4 Camera Review

The Rear-camera constitutes a 13mp shot, so in simple English, I’d say that’s a good piece of capture device right there.

But if you’re more of a technical geek and are looking for advanced configurations, let me tell you it’s a camera featuring f/2.0 aperture.

It’s a 77-degree wide-angle camera featuring dual-tone flash and phase detection. 

 

But if I’ve got, to be honest, the pictures are only a 13mp quality when the lighting is adequate, in lower lightening conditions, the pictures aren’t worth boasting about.

But again, comparing it to the other 13mp rear-camera devices in the market, I’d say the Redmi Note 4 rear camera performs considerably better than most.

And if you’re patient enough, you might want to go with the HDR mode, which brings in a lot more details and color perfection, it’s just a tad bit slower compared to the general shots. (But the quality is absolutely worth the wait!)

 

The front camera features a 5mp shot, and it too is packed with the f/2.0 aperture. It’s not exactly the best selfie camera out there, but considering the price range, it’s pretty descent unless of course, you’re going to click your Miss India contest photos with it.

Redmi Note 4 Video Recording Quality

The camera does well with videos as well, offering you a 1080p recording at 30fps, and if you’re looking for a faster rate, you can go with its 720p @120fps selection as well!

 

Other advanced features include:-

  • Filters
  • Panorama
  • Geo-tagging
  • Focus by touch.
  • Face-detection etc.

Camera Conclusion

The camera is what you’d expect it to be, and it actually has been upgraded compared to its predecessor the Xiaomi Redmi note 3, both in terms of lens and software. So it’s definitely an edge you get.

Redmi Note 4 Gaming Review

Gaming! Apart from the Camera, this is what I love and buy a cell phone primarily for! Also, it does work pretty much as a “benchmark’ tool, although a very rough one but it gives me the idea how the cell would perform under app-stress.

Considering it comes in with the SnapDragon 625, a 4 GB RAM, and Adreno 506 in its arsenal,  there isn’t the need for me to spell this out that Gaming will definitely be satisfactory on the beast. Although “how” satisfactory is what I’ll explain below.

 

Well, in my preliminary test, I tested out couple racing games, Clash of Clans, the Walking Dead and Mortal Kombat.

The racing games were the lightest, while Mortal Combat being the heaviest in size, graphic intensity, and the most demanding one.

I picked up the “best” resolution for all the games, and even for games like the Mortal Kombat, which feature extremely high color contrast and pixel density, the device made me fall in love with it.

Even the frame-rate was at its best mostly, although I will be lying if I said it never dropped below the expected rate.

 

As far as my experience goes, the metallic body didn’t heat up exceptionally in the first 30 minutes of gaming, although around the later part it did start to feel warmer. (Which is only natural, considering the games and resolutions I was playing on!) 

Conclusion

For my final verdict, I can say that as far as you keep the other settings under control, aren’t using a lot of system resources and are dedicating all of it to Gaming, you should be able to pull off almost every game on the Play store at “best” or the “medium” optimization in the least!

Redmi Note 4 Battery Review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 battery review

The device boasts the silo of a 4100mAh battery. If you go back to its predecessor, the Redmi Note 3, it had the 4050mAh battery so clearly, the Note 4 has upgraded itself.

 

What changed? Well, the Redmi Note 4 reportedly shifted to the 14nm battery, to which it owes its increased battery life.

Most 4000+mAh batteries last easily for a day, and with proper use and optimization, you should be able to squeeze out a juicy one-day usage out of the device at full charge.

It’s a non-removable battery following in the footsteps of most of its contemporaries. Just for the purpose of this review, I actually played a video and left it on with the battery fully charged, it lasted well and good for a long 15 hours!

Which I’d say is enough to consume as many as 6-7 different movies, and considering the other 4000+mAh batteries in the market, this is one of the best I’ve ever crossed paths with.

The battery supports Fast charging, and the fastest charge it can consume is around 5v/2A and at that speed, it needs nearly 2 hours to charge completely from 0. Which still is impressive!

Redmi Note 4 Device Variants

The Devices comes in three variants:-

  • 2GB RAM 32 GB Storage.
  • 3GB RAM 32 GB Storage.
  • 4 GB RAM 64 GB storage.

Although on the 64GB storage, only 51GB is usable, the rest goes into handling the pre-installed apps and the operating system.

There’s only a price difference of 1000 between the first and second variant, for 1GB of extra RAM, I’d say a thousand extra rupee doesn’t matter.

And if you can afford it, there’s nothing better than being able to go with the 4GB variant, because it’s just a 2K extra device, but with clearly double the storage space. (This facilitates the use of the second SIM slot by you because 64 GB is more than enough in internal storage!)

Redmi Note 4 Overall Review

The Redmi Note 4 is definitely step-up from its predecessor, but you shouldn’t expect to find any new mind-boggling features with it.

It’s like you upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7, most of the features are the same, it’s just the quality that got better.

Not to mention that some features did get a definite boost altogether, the Camera for example, or the Battery life. Even the design is better but it’s still nothing “new”.

The MIUI8 can be frustrating at times, and it demands heavy resources to function, but on the bright side even with such heavy resource consumption, it allows you a smooth app and games experience.

The Camera is impressive, RAM does its job well, the Graphic with the Adreno is adorable, the fingerprint sensor is fast and the design looks premium.

So let me just sum up my experience over here.

Final Verdict about Redmi Note 4

Why I’d Pack it

  • Battery Life: -For a 4100 mAh battery, at this price range, I can’t expect anything more.
  • Dual Apps
  • Dual Screen
  • Smooth Gaming Experience.
  • Camera: – The 13mp camera was much better compared to other 13mp cameras in the market for the exact same price.
  • The display was exceptionally praise-worthy.
  • Charging:- 2 hours for 4100mAh is a pretty good bargain.
  • Price-Range! At this price range, it’s definitely worth packing.

 

Why I’d Trash it

 

  • MIUI8 needs improvements.
  • Settings were jumbled up, they could use a helping hand from the team as well.
  • Dual SIM support would be appreciated instead of Hybrid SIM+ MicroSD support.

 

So that was all folks. I just laid our my verdict. I won’t say this is the “best” cell phone on the planet, but I definitely can vouch for it being one of the best devices you can get your hands on, at this price-range!

In fact if you look closely, you’d notice that my “why I’d trash it” points aren’t exactly “flaws”, they’re just newer adaptations of technology, something we aren’t used to and maybe are skeptical about, but those points clearly shouldn’t be our yardstick to measure the device benchmark.

So should you grab it? In my opinion, yes. If you compare the device with the other models in the market at this price range, it’ll be hard to come up with a device with the same battery life, software, and RAM support!

Currently, it’s the best device, with the best configuration in the market at the price range unless a competitor pops out of the egg-shell, and seeing the craze for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, I say it still will be a bloody battle.

Do let me know your final decisions and verdicts in the comments!

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