We have a unit of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 in the house. You may have already seen our photo gallery of this beautiful smartphone. Having spent a few days with the device, here are our first impressions. Note that the unit here is the Mediatek variant, not the Snapdragon variant. This model has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hands-on
In hand, it gives a very solid vibe. The all-metal body is beautiful and the 5.5-inch display means it doesn’t feel too large in the hand. The 2.5D curved display is beautiful too. And I am a fan of Xiaomi’s MIUI user interface.
The Redmi Note 4 runs Android 6 Marshmallow, though the company has announced an upcoming update to Android 7 Nougat.
There’s an infra-red port at the top that works with the built-in Mi Remote app to turn the phone into a remote controller. You will find a 3.5 mm audio port beside it.
Battery And Charging
There’s a beefy 4100 mAh battery and support for fast charging. I wish the quick charge technology was a more recent one. I say this because the bundled charger is rated 5V 2A and so delivers only Quick Charge 1.0 speeds. If I do get my hands on a higher rated charger, I will put it to the test.
Selfies Are Lit!
The selfie camera on the Redmi Note 4 is one of the finest around. It doesn’t default to that silly Beauty mode that some selfie cameras do these days and mess up the pictures. Plus, shutter time is very short. Here’s a sample:
The main camera at the rear produces very good pictures, as well. I come very close to calling it an impressive camera. I will publish sample photographs in a subsequent review post.
The fingerprint scanner is at the back of the phone, just below the camera lens. I have been able to lock the phone, lock apps, as well as take pictures with it. I do get the impression that the scanner isn’t as responsive as some others I have used. oftentimes, I have to press my finger on it a couple of times to get a response.
The Redmi Note 4 appears to run smooth well enough. There’s 3 GB of RAM and a deca-core Helio X20 chip clocked at 2.1 GHz running things in the background, so that shouldn’t be any surprise. A quick benchmark test threw up an Antutu score of 84,644. Which is quite good.
4G LTE Networks
Of course, the Redmi Note 4 is a 4G device. It supports Ntel, Etisalat, and MTN 4G LTE networks in Nigeria.
Our Interim Conclusions
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 looks like a great bargain. For the price, you get a solid smartphone with more features, power and performance than others that cost more. Every time I handle a Xiaomi smartphone, I do get the impression that should that brand invade Nigeria, it would be the smartphone brand to beat.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.