Xiaomi has finally launched their new mid-range Android phone, Redmi Note 4 in India on January 19, 2017. It is the successor to their best-selling phone of 2016 – the Redmi Note 3. Will the new Note live up to the hype and repeat the success story of it’s older sibling? Time has the exact answer to this question, however the road to success is more difficult this year due to tough competition. The mid-range segment in which Redmi Note 4 stands, is the most crowded one in the price-sensitive markets. With customers having plenty of phones to choose from, it is harder than ever to lure them. Coolpad Note 5, Coolpad Max A-8, InFocus Epic 1, Coolpad Cool 1, Nubia N1, LeEco Le2 and many more are already dominating the market right now. Thus it is very difficult for a new phone to carve a niche in this crowded place. Any way here is a quick look at the specs sheet of Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specifications
SoC – Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (Octacore, 2 GHz CPU, Adreno 506 GPU)
RAM – 2 /3 /4 GB
Memory – 32 GB + 64 GB (upto 128 GB memory card support)
Display – 5.5 inches, Full HD, 2.5D curved Glass display
Camera – 13 MP (BSI CMOS sensor), PDAF, Dual-LED flash
Front Camera – 5 MP
OS – Android 6.0.1 MM (MIUI 8.0)
Others – Dual SIM (4G + 4G) with VoLTE, Infrared, Finger print sensor, metallic body design, 4100mAh battery
Price – Rs. 9,999 ($147 approx.) for 2 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM
Rs.10,999 ($162 approx.) for 3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM
Rs.12,999 ($191 approx.) for 4 GB RAM + 64 GB ROM
Availability – Available online at Flipkart and Mi.com/in in India via flash sales (starting January 19, 2017)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3
Here is a comparison of the two generations of Redmi Note for your reference –
Conclusion – Xiaomi has not launched the Helio X20 version of Redmi Note 3 in India which is more powerful than the Snapdragon 625 variant. Also the camera (13 MP vs 16 MP in RN3) and processor (S625 vs more powerful S650 in RN3) are actually downgraded in RN 4. While price remains the same.
Should you upgrade to Redmi Note 4?
The answer is NO! In our opinion Indian variant Redmi Note 4 is not a worthy upgrade at all. If you are a Xiaomi fan then we would recommend buying Redmi Note 3 rather than Redmi Note 4. Although we know that Xiaomi will discontinue Redmi Note 3 sooner or later to sell the new Redmi Note 4. Nevertheless there are other better options available in this price range.