Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hands-on & first impressions

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

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I like that the Redmi Note 4 comes in a simple, compact sales box. Delightful.

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.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hands-on

The Redmi Note 4 runs Android 6 Marshmallow, though the company has announced an upcoming update to Android 7 Nougat.

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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:
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 selfie test

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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.

Fingerprint Scanner
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.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

6 thoughts on “Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 hands-on & first impressions

  • March 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Great Review. Been using a Redmi Note 4 barely a month after release last year 2016 Amazing handset with the excellent MIUI8 and performance.

  • March 6, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I’m having been Redmi note 3 poor compability with VoLTE features. App crashes frequently. Good for the price.
    Thanks .

  • March 7, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Mr Moe goodmorning I watched ur video review of infinix zero4plus so u saying this device is better than the infinix now or what.?

    • March 10, 2017 at 3:45 am

      I’m also interested in your thoughts on this comparison.

  • March 10, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I’d like to know where you bought it.
    Is a gray import? Or is there a Xiaomi outlet / dealer in Lagos?
    I totally agree that the brand should enter the Nigerian market.

    • March 10, 2017 at 7:58 am


      Xiaomi isn’t officially selling in Nigeria at the moment. You can only get it through grey importers.

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