Xiaomi Redmi 4 , the budget friendly entry level smartphone has been launched in India. None of the smartphones that have been launched this year meets the bar set up by this budget friendly entry level Redmi 4. For just INR 6,999 a user can get full metal built, powerful processor, good amount of RAM and storage with premium built quality.
If you were not happy with the Redmi 4A, due to its mediocre built quality, here we have a big brother at an affordable pricing. Basically, the device is offered in either 2 GB + 16 GB or 3 GB + 32 GB and 4 GB + 64 GB RAM and storage options, priced at INR 6,999, 8,999 and 10,999 for the 64 GB variant. The specs in here meets the general requirement as well.
Moving on actual tech specs, the device is powered by latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (Oct-core) SoC. On the front we have 720p HD IPS LCD screen measuring 5 inch edge to edge. The built quality on this device is pretty much similar to that of Redmi Note 4 in a compressed form. This device is one of the best looking and powerful device under INR 10,000 or $150. As an icing on the cake, the device offers 2.5D curved display with anti smudge coating. In terms of connectivity, the device offers 4G Lte with VoLte. One bothering thing is, the device still uses Hybrid SIM solution, so, if you want to use external SD, the device supports it but at a price of single SIM.
In terms of camera, theoretically the Redmi 4 is equipped with 13 MP rear facing camera paired with a flash and a 5 MP selfie camera. The main camera tops at 1080p video recording capability, whereas the front facing camera can only record 720p. If these sensors can perform like the one in Redmi Note 4, then there is nothing to complain in terms of camera also.
The more interesting part is its battery. Xiaomi continues to use their 4100 mAh Li-Ion (non user replaceable) battery here also. Though the chipset support fast charging, Xiaomi doesn’t allow it. For a device with 5 inch screen and 4100 mAh battery, this can run a marathon. In terms of operating system, the Redmi 4 runs on Android 6.0.1 topped of with MiUi 8.2 makes it slightly disappointing. However, this device will receive Nougat update in upcoming days.
In conclusion, Redmi 4 is for those who believe in the fact that, for a good smartphone we may not have to pay good amount of money. If you have your budget under 12K, go for it blindly. The device will be available from 23th May via Amazon.in and Mi India official portal, one should consider him/herself lucky to get his hands on first sale itself.