Xiaomi’s Redmi series has changed the expectations of what a budget phone should offer, at least in India. So it’s not surprising to see the company launch one Redmi phone after another this year. The Mi phones are coming, promises Xiaomi, but for now the mantra for success is Redmi, Redmi and some more Redmi. The latest is the Redmi 4 smartphone that marks the return of the budget series with a starting price of Rs 6,999 (2GB +16 GB). This time, however,
there’s a 4 GB RAM and
64 GB storage version as well.
Xiaomi has added dual speakers at the bottom, and there’s a micro-USB port at the bottom of the phone. There’s glass all over the front, along with the front camera on top.
Redmi 4 sports a metal unibody design, just like the Redmi Note 4. In fact, it is fair to call this a mini Redmi Note 4. It’s good to see Xiaomi introduce a matte black variant at this price point, however the phone is prone to picking up dust AND fingerprint smudges on the back.
The volume rockers and power button are on the right side, the SIM tray on the left side. It has antenna lines at the top and bottom on the rear of the phone. The camera lens is tucked away neatly in one corner with the LED flash placed before it. The fingerprint scanner is at the back.
Xiaomi has added dual speakers at the bottom, and there’s a micro-USB port at the bottom of the phone. There’s glass all over the front, along with the front camera on top. Yes, this one still has a 3.5mm headphone jack on top, but you will have to purchase the headphones separately.
Given the 5-inch form factor, this is compact and will fit in your jeans pocket. Also, you can easily use this smartphone with one hand.
Performance of the Redmi 4 is certainly above average when you compare it with other phones in a similar price bracket. Benchmarks scores might not be that high, but the 3GB RAM version we got can handle multitasking easily. If your major points of consumption are YouTube, Facebook, and the rest of the social media apps, this phone is more than enough. Side note: You can run games like Asphalt 8, etc., on this, but there is a noticeable lag at times.
Coming to the camera, Redmi 4 has 13MP rear camera, which manages to get some really nice shots when the light is proper. It is quick to focus, though HDR results take some time to process and the colours don’t look so bad. The low-light performance is not terrible, considering this is a budget phone. However, pictures do have noise on the edges, which is hard to miss.
Get the Redmi 4 if you’ve been on the lookout for a new budget smartphone. But if you want to pay more, the market has other options as well, including Redmi Note 4, Moto G5 Plus, and others. Its priced at 8999 for now.