Xiaomi's Redmi 4: An Honest Review

Over the years, Xiaomi's Redmi models have proven to be trendsetters for other phones in the same price rang. And it's no different for the Redmi 4, a successor to the Redmi 3S. In this Redmi 4 review, we shall be looking at the 16 GB variant that comes with 2GB of RAM. It goes without saying that the Redmi DNA is still quite prevalent in the Redmi 3S and Redmi 4, but the latter packs a decent amount of hardware as well as software upgrades compared to its predecessor.
When it comes to aesthetics, the Redmi 4 is all about attention to detail. It features a unibody metal construction with a curved 250 front glass as well as curved edges. The 5-inch display looks crisp and bright. Thanks to its size, it will fit quite well in your palms. The button placement, positioning of the fingerprint sensor and easy access to the power/lock key and volume rocker make single hand usage a breeze, to say the least.
Overall, the Redmi 4 looks elegant and polished. Its excellent build quality makes it an absolute pleasure to hold and the outer finish gives a very high-quality look and feel.
In addition to the eye candy on the outside, the interior is also loaded with great stuff. A bright 720p (HD) LCD display, hybrid card tray and back mounted fingerprint scanner.
The HD display looks fantastic. The text looks amazingly sharp and images vivid. You have the freedom to manually control colors and saturation through the settings app. The screen in usable and text readable under direct sunlight, which means you can read your messages and play games with ease even when you're outdoors. For those who like to catch up on their favorite books or read before tucking themselves in, there's a reading mode that reduces background glare. There are hardly any smartphones with such a good display in this price segment.
The Redmi 4 runs on a Oualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz. If you're unfamiliar with chipsets, this is a high-performance processor that will help you sail through social media apps, multitask and even enjoy some moderate gaming. We're talking about the kind of power you would find in high-end devices with much bigger price tags.
Apps will run seamlessly, multitasking is aided by 2GB memory and 16GB of internal storage and most new games will run without any hiccups.
Regarding call quality and signal reception, the Redmi 4 handles 4G networks quite well. Other connectivity options include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and micro USB.
Expect to be wowed by the sound quality. Plug in a set of earphones and you get the option to play around with the Mi Sound enhancer feature and tune the sound to your liking.
The 16GB storage is sufficient enough, coupled with an additional 5GB of free Mi Cloud storage when you sign in with a Mi account. Bear in mind that all of this is in addition to 15GB of Cloud storage from Google when you sign in with a Gmail account. However, you have the option to add more storage by inserting a MicroSD card in the hybrid slot.
The device is backed by a 4100mAh battery, which easily lasts more than a day on regular usage. Even with moderate to high usage, you can use the phone for an entire day before it runs out of juice.
The Redmi 4 runs under the Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS backed by the popular and latest MIUI 8 skin. If you're a fan of customizing your phone, MIUI comes with a bunch of additional features, themes, icon packs and apps. Unlike most skins running on top of Android, MIUI 8 offers a polished and cohesive user experience.
Even for the new owner, it's easy to get the hang of the MIUI interface. It's a fun interface packed with useful little features everywhere. For instance, you'll find a torch, FM radio, torch, compass, recorder and more There's also a security app that bundles several utilities for software optimization and maintenance.
In addition to software features such as Dual Apps that allow you to create a second instance of apps such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, the Redmi 4 boasts additional bonuses that make it stand out from the crowd. One-handed mode shrinks the display to a corner of the screen, making everything easier to reach. Child Mode allows you to lock apps. The Quick Ball feature lets you assign shortcuts for features. There's also a scrolling screenshot feature that enables you to take the screenshot of an entire webpage, and Second Space that allows you to create separate profiles to help you manage person and business data on the same device.
The Redmi 4 has a 5MP front-facing shooter for taking your favorite selfies and a 13MP rear camera. The camera app is very easy to use and features several shooting modes such as Manual, Panorama and Beauty mode for better selfies, just to mention a few.
The face detection autofocus feature makes it easy to focus. Live filters and HDR mode are just a tap away.
What's more, you can use the back-fingerprint scanner to take photos, especially in selfie mode.
The image quality is impressive, with very vibrant colors and sharpness. The pictures have great detail, especially with adequate lighting. Nonetheless, both front and rear cameras perform well in both indoor and outdoor conditions. The camera can also record videos in full HD.
Bottom Line
In terms of value for money, the Redmi 4 offers the best of both worlds, the right balance of performance and price. It is truly the benchmark of how much a budget smartphone can do. By managing to deliver when it comes to design, battery life, performance, camera quality, it really is a worthy purchase. If you're planning to get a high-performance device at an affordable cost, the Redmi 4 is for you. Thanks to the internet, you can get your hands on this technological gem from the comfort of your living room couch or as you sip hot coffee at your favorite cafe.

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