Fari, 23 Jan 2017i hv used both n they r great in durabilty shut ur eyes n buy it beleive me u ll love iti cannot say 4 years, but surely you gonna love it as long as it would be with you.
as technology gets on upgrading, you would love to have those as well.
I got the phone today morning from Flipkart. I sold my Redmi Note 3 a few weeks ago to buy the Redmi Note 4 (4GB RAM, 64 GB ROM) Gold Colour. I wanted the Dark Grey or Matte Black variant but couldn't get a hold of. Here's my short review-
1. Design and build quality is much better than Redmi Note 3. It feels good to hold. The top and bottom caps are again plastic like the Redmi Note 3. Personally I wished the top and bottom part would have been made of metal like the rest of the body. Loudspeaker position has changed from the back to the bottom and it's a nice upgrade from the Redmi Note 3 because the sound won't get muffled.
2. It has 5.5 inch Full HD IPS display and 2.5D Curved Glass. No mention of any screen protection so better use a screen guard. Display is very much same as Redmi Note 3 with accurate colors although a bit saturated. Visibility under sunlight is good but the panel is pretty reflective so under sunlight, the screen appears washed out. You can change the colour and contrast of the display and there's reading mode built-in. Overall, the display is nice. If you have used Redmi Note 3, you won't feel much difference in display quality.
3. On the 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM variant, around 2 GB RAM is free on the first boot and 56 GB internal memory free. You can also use a MicroSD card to expand the storage but since this phone has a Hybrid SIM slot, you can either use 2 SIMs at a time or 1 SIM and MicroSD card at a time so if you intend to use MicroSD Card you can't use 2 SIM Cards. OTG is supported and works well. Reading and writing speeds are good on the internal memory.
4. It has Snapdragon 625 Octa Core Processor which has 8 ARM Cortex A53 Cores with Adreno 506 GPU and is built on a modern 14nm power efficient processor. I got 61K on Antutu benchmark. Didn't experience any lag so far in normal apps but graphics intensive games take a bit to load. Good thing is the phone doesn't heat up much. Snapdragon 625 lacks behind the Snapdragon 650 Hexa Core processor built on an old 28nm process on the Redmi Note 3 which has 4 ARM Cortex A53 Cores and 2 Performance ARM Cortex A72 Cores in terms of pure performance. The Snapdragon 650 in Redmi Note 3 scores around 75K on Antutu whereas the Snapdragon 625 scores around 60K on Antutu benchmark.
5. If you have used the Redmi Note 3 or any Redmi phone, you would be familiar with the software. The phone is running MIUI 8 based on Android Marshmallow and will receive Nougat update soon. The UI is heavily customized with lots of features. MIUI is one reason I like Redmi phones as I like customizing every aspect of my phone, particularly settings.
6. The phone has usual sensors like accelerometer, proximity, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, compass, fingerprint sensor, infrared sensor. The fingerprint sensor is pretty accurate and fast, no problem at all. You can use the fingerprint sensor to click selfies and pictures, locking apps etc. It is an always on sensor, just place your finger and the phone will unlock. You can use the infrared sensor as a remote to control electronic appliances.
7. Camera is like a hit or miss affair in Redmi Note 4. If you remember, camera was the main weakness on Redmi Note 3 and story continues. There's 13MP Rear Camera with PDAF, F2.0 Aperture, Dual Tone LED Flash. Front camera is 5 MP. Pictures in daylight come out nice but lack clarity and detail. HDR Mode works quite okay. Low light pictures are not so good with the flash. There's Slow-Motion videos recording option but the recorded slow motion videos look like upscaled videos with apparent jagged lines. It can record upto Full HD Videos. Front camera is same like Redmi Note 3. Overall the camera is pretty average, it's same or worse than Redmi Note 3.
8. On the connectivity front the phone has 4G, 3G, 2G, VoLTE, Dual SIM (Hybrid SIM Slot), Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with GLONASS etc. Unfortunately Redmi Note 4 doesn't have as many 4G bands support as the Redmi Note 3 or maybe it has support for other bands but aren't activated intentionally by Xiaomi. Jio 4G and VoLTE works well, no issue. I have Airtel SIM as my second SIM but for some reasons, Airtel 4G doesn't work for me. If I select Prefer LTE Mode on the second SIM then it switches to 3G. I don't know if it's just me facing this issue. So anyone else having issue with Airtel 4G on the Redmi Note 4?
9. Sound quality through the loudspeaker is clear and loud. Nothing exceptional. In call sound is good but a little low I feel.
10. It has 4000 mAh non removable battery, same as its predecessor. Unfortunately fast charging isn't supported. It took me around 2 hours 40 minutes for full charge with the supplied charger. Battery life is very good on the Redmi Note 4, thanks to the Snapdragon 625 power efficient processor. As of writing this review, I've 70℅ battery left and the phone has been switched on since 3 hour 50 minutes so I got a SOT of almost 4 Hours at the expense of 30℅ battery.
Overall, I think Redmi Note 4 is a pretty much a downgrade from the Redmi Note 3 and I regret selling my Redmi Note 3 for it. I would say design is the only front which has seen an improvement and is a step up from the Redmi Note 3 design. So if you've Redmi Note 3, there's very little reason to upgrade. In the end, it's upto you to decide.
Anonymous, 23 Jan 2017Lenovo P2 offers AMOLED at 17k INR same processorDiscussion is if Xiaomi can give AMOLED and SD 625 at 12999/-???
Cheapest available is lenovo and latest costly piece is VIVO V5+.
Hence a phone with AMOLED and SD 625 can never be less than 17000/-, unless some corners are cut and quality standards diluted to achieve the mark.
Lokeshraiz, 23 Jan 2017Iam using S3 neo for the last 4 years its just that its Android os version is outdated and the... moreLokesh, I totally agree and understand to what you say.
Please understand one thing - every hardware has a life span and every software has a valid time limit.
With OS like Windows,iOS, BB the device life is better than android.plus these is are more efficient at working when compared to hardware requirements.
I have a Windows 8.1 phone from past two years running smoothly at 512 ram. And yes it's a sturdy build piece.i am surely going to use for 2 more years at least, if I wish to.
Hence, if you are wanting to have a handset for long term use, please consider a well synced package of hardware and software. A good research on your own in matter will help coz you know your requirements better than anyone else.
Anonymous, 23 Jan 2017Great idea. You should have suggested this to Samsung for their Note 7 phones.Yes and thank you for suggestion.
Note 7 exploded from inside then how external steel case will help? It is only to protect it from outer damages.
So think about it and reply with your name ( rather than anonymous) so that I can suggest your name for credits of such wonderful ideas.
Be sure Nokia, Samsung and Xiaomi give due credits for helpful suggestions from users.
lokeshraiz, 23 Jan 2017I want to buy this phone on the next sale on 30th January but the main thing concerning is the... moreYou should buy nokia1100.I have been using it since 2004 and it is still working properly.
Mario G, 23 Jan 2017Black color is one of good looking device so far compared to other 2 colors.Yes comparing with other two colours black is okay. But it looked good in the promo in black, when seeing in review videos it doesn't look good. Redmi should have a dark grey variant like Lenovo P2 for eg. Redmis grey is actually the silver variant with black front bezels. I was disappointed after purchasing 3s prime in grey. So wanted new black note. But I think I will pass Redmi for now.
Seriously?????? Man that is SO MUCH of a downgrade from the 650 in the RN3P.........
What a lame snapdragon variant of the phone, might as just stick to the Helios X20.
Fari, 23 Jan 2017i hv used both n they r great in durabilty shut ur eyes n buy it beleive me u ll love itThank you for your feedback
Will surely buy on next flash sale
Cant wait... 😁
I'm using it from November'16. It's good for the price, comparable to Samsung j7. Camera, music is ok enough. Phone has premium feel & look but a bit heavy which pains in night while you are on your bed holding the phone. Miui is much irritating, almost everything 3rd party programs even there is no genuine android keyboard. There is a huge lack of experiencing stock Android. Battery performance is poor though I've blocked all the bloatwares.
AnonD-637225, 23 Jan 2017I've read almost all the comments here, there & everywhere since the morning of the launch... moreI don't really about your baseless defense of the Redmi Note 4 and comparative pricing of similar devices. the fact is that it's a downgrade of the Redmi Note 3, it's never proper or makes any sense for a newer version of a device from the same line to be inferior to its predecessor. Redmi Note 4 should have come with SD 653 or 652 or the same SD 650 that was in the Redmi Note 3.
The big difference with Redmi Note 3 Pro is only design, 64gb+4gb, cpu, same camera f/2.0 but downgrade to 13mp in back.. This is upgrade or what ? What Xiaomi doing in 1 year bringing us only this thing ?
And too bad they release Note 3 Pro without 64gb+4gb last year eh
My dearest fact-writing enthusiasts.Truly heart,dare and guts need to publish and release facts merely for supporting people's justice rights.This RN4 SD almost from to to bottom in comparison with the ARB 4 with the Meditek is downgrade for unknown reasons!Who scientifically has proved that anything Made in China and by China is inferior to Western made products!!!?WiFi:incomplete in 2017,Bluetooth:downgrade to Bluetooth 4.2 of the previous RNA and even in qualities inferior to RN3 with SD!!!Only Xiaomi in selecting different RAM and internal memory has used the new smart Apple method tactics in costumer losses!!!?The rest anatomy of this RN4 is the job of the gsmArena,s unbiased complete writing moderators with ultra advanced lab or my dearest you yourself may compare to RN4 in comparison column to touch the facts plausibly!!I don't want to repeat plausible facts that Xiaomi besides Mi Max prime and RN3 with Snapdragan has not great jobs!!!Why Apple iPhones are loosing the markets for some known reasons and following them by Mi Mix and Mi Note2 is just following a loser!!!Of course rates of sales in the nowadays that people purchase wisely,smartly with open eyes,not faraway proves the victory of logic in science!!Hopefully Xiaomi gets lessons with experiences that had been done before and no needs to test and retest them,...Justice Rights heart is throbbing to write you rights on moral fact-writing criteria!My criticism never ever means destruction but just construction ++++!Omid12Omidvar,...
I've read almost all the comments here, there & everywhere since the morning of the launch day in India. Now here's my opinion.
Xiaomi made a huge mistake last year by launching the RN3 with SD 650 & pricing it at INR 12K for the 32 GB variant in a spec-obsessed & price sensitive market like India. This caused a chaos in the sub-10K price segment & a chain reaction of sorts. Since, due to this, a relatively unknown company like LeEco had to price their mid-range flagship, the Le 2, the same in order to mark their presence in India & grab people's attention (even if they were making a tiny loss on each handset sold, just like the Yu Yureka from 2 years ago), which they otherwise could've easily launched for around INR 15-18K. Now, because of the Le 2 being priced so low, they relatively had to price the Coolpad Cool 1 at a much more economical price of INR 14K, even though it being an okay upgrade over the Le 2 with it's dual camera set up, bigger battery, higher RAM & a 3.5 mm audio jack.
Now, solely due to this very reason, most people are comparing the RN4 with these 2 LeEco handsets & even the RN3, but not with the other similarly speced handsets which use the same chipset. For instance the Lenovo P2, which although has a much better Amoled display, an impressively higher capacity battery & a near-stock Android experience, but at the same time an equally disappointing camera & no IR blaster, & is priced at around INR 5-6K higher depending on the variant. Also the Moto Z Play, which has a Super Amoled display too, a fantastic camera, a fast charging & long lasting battery & of course a no nonsense, stock Android experience, but it's priced at more than double to the RN4 (when compared to the 3 GB, 32 GB variant). Even the Asus Zenfone 3, which has a gorgeous & slim design, gorilla glass protection on both sides, amazing camera features & USB Type-C connector (same as the Moto Z Play), but not so impressive battery life as compared to the others & again costs more than double to the RN4 (depending on the variant).
Instead, it would've been better if Xiaomi would've launched the RN3 with SD 617 (as done by many of the competitors like Coolpad Note 5, Moto G4 & G4 Plus, Nubia Z11 Mini to name a few, which're priced similar or even higher) & included a crappy 13 MP Samsung camera sensor in place of a similarly crappy 16 MP Samsung sensor (BTW, RN4 uses a supposedly better 13 MP Sony sensor, but the results say otherwise), a lower capacity 3000-3500 mAh battery (again, same as most of the competition) & possibly a 5.5" HD display with just a mediocre 720p resolution (remember the Coolpad Note 3S priced at INR 10K?).
Agreed, if this would've been the case, then RN3 wouldn't have broken so many records & proven to be the highest selling Xiaomi handset ever in India. But at least then the people would've considered the RN4 a legendary & phenomenal upgrade & fallen head over heels in love with it, making it an international sensation overnight. But unfortunately, that's not the fact as we Indians are obsessed about the numbers, spec-sheet & extra features (even if some of us don't even use most of them to their full potential anyway), rather than the real world & day-to-day experience.
Truth be told, Xiaomi spoiled us Indians with the RN3 & dug the grave for the RN4 with it's very own hands. To be fair, in a perfect scenario, as a next generation Redmi Note, the RN4 ideally should've at least had an upgraded chipset (possibly SD 652/653, as was being expected by most fans), apart from other minor upgrades. But as we know, life isn't always fair & perfect after all. So, my point is, those who like it, buy it, those who don't, stay away & stop trolling. Although, existing RN3 users, better avoid it.
Now, this is just my personal opinion. So haters, please keep your judgement & criticism to yourself. Thank you all!
The Flash sale did not even last for 1 minute, all the handsets were sold within few seconds. I want to buy this phone, kindly get me out an easier option:)
lokeshraiz, 23 Jan 2017I want to buy this phone on the next sale on 30th January but the main thing concerning is the... morei hv used both n they r great in durabilty shut ur eyes n buy it beleive me u ll love it