Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review – The new Budget King?

by Karthik Iyer 56

4.2

This is Xiaomi's Budget King under 10,000 INR which you should be eyeing for! It has really good internals for the price and has an excellent battery life as well. The mediocre camera performance aside, the Redmi 4 is absolutely a steal for the price.

Design
Battery
Price
Camera
Performance

Pros

Beautiful Design
Excellent Battery Life
Good Performance

Cons

Skinned MIUI over stock Android
Mediocre Camera Performance

“Looking to buy a budget smartphone? Then hey, Xiaomi has got you covered”. How often have you encountered people telling you something like this? Yes, Xiaomi is pretty much the only name that comes to everyone’s mind when they hear someone talking about budget smartphones. Well, at least that’s the case in India. Gone are the days of feature phones and low entry level handsets, as Xiaomi has completely changed the face of the so-called ‘budget segment’ in the country. These devices are so popular that no one is even interested in buying the Android One smartphones from Spice, Micromax, etc. That’s the kind of popularity we are talking about here with Xiaomi.

A lot of this has to do with the company’s Redmi series of smartphones. We at PhoneRadar have already covered a handful of Redmi smartphones in the past and none of them have disappointed us when it comes to its price to performance factor. For the price of an entry to a mid-ranged device, what you are getting here essentially is a powerful and beautiful package inside out. Be it the Redmi 3s Prime, the Redmi 4A or any other Redmi smartphone for that matter, it is very difficult finding people complaining about missing out on something for the price which they are paying for it. Likewise, we set out to see how good the company’s newest offering, the Redmi 4 is.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is essentially going to take the crown from the Redmi 3s Prime as the new budget king in the market. Considering that, the Redmi 4 really has some huge shoes to fill in. No doubt that it has some really good internals that could potentially make it the best budget mid-ranger out there. But then as we all know, it is not always the specifications that matter right? It all comes down to how well the hardware, as well as the software, go together and what it is capable of doing. So we decided to give the Redmi 4 a shot and see how good is it after all.

Build Quality

Note – We tested the 3GB + 32GB varaint of the Redmi 4.

When you talk about the hardware of a phone, it is equally important to acknowledge the build quality as well from the outside, since that is essentially the first thing which you notice and feel while holding it for the first time. And now since Xiaomi also has a Mi Home shop in Bengaluru, people can actually feel the device before picking it up and this makes a whole lot of difference. Talking about the build quality, the Redmi 4 certainly feels more sturdy than the other Redmi smartphones. Comparing it with the last year’s Redmi 3s Prime, right out of the bag, you will notice the difference in the feel and this is because we have more metal on the Redmi 4. It feels more solid in the hand and that is always a good feeling while holding a smartphone. You want it to feel confident while holding it and get a good grip.

The device is almost identical to both Redmi 3s Prime and the Redmi 4A in terms of the dimensions. But when it comes to the design, undoubtedly the Redmi 4 takes away the cake here. Not only it looks more elegant than these two devices, but it is safe to say that it is one of the most premium looking budget smartphones out there. It is made of metal and it sits nicely in the hand as well. The buttons on the sides are nice and tactile. It is also quite compact, thanks to the rounded edges at the back. Anyone who can appreciate a good design, won’t be disappointed here as well.

Hardware Performance

And now talking about the internal specs of the smartphone, one won’t be disappointed here as either. First of all, on the front, we are presented with a beautiful display which measures 5” in size and it is an HD display. This means that it has a resolution of 1280 x 720. Although we would have loved to see a resolution bump from HD to FHD, but Redmi phones mostly only had an HD display and this is no exception, plus you can’t complain here, for this price. It is a still a decent display to look at. The display is covered by a 2.5D curved glass as well which again adds to the overall feel-good factor of the device. Internally, the smartphone packs some serious specs as well.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC which is clocked at 1.4 GHz. It has Adreno 505 for graphics processing and the package is coupled with 3GB of RAM. The 435 SoC is an upgrade from the last year’s 3s Prime but it is not something anyone would notice out of the box. However, it is still good at what it does. And as usual, we are not going to complicate this review by explaining a bunch of different benchmarks and instead we are simply leaving a couple of screenshots of the same for you to take a look at and judge all you want.

The smartphone comes with 32GB of internal storage and having the ability to expand it further via a microSD card upto 256GB through the hybrid slot is again a nice touch. With the day to day tasks and scenarios like gaming, video rendering, etc. the Adreno 505 GPU does a commendable job. We all know how good the Redmi 3s Prime was and this is no different from it. And given that it is still a mid-ranged GPU, you can certainly expect some hiccups here and there on those heavy gaming sessions that you are trying to pull off. The smartphone also support VoLTE out of the box and it will indeed work well with Jio 4G network. Call quality and cellular reception were pretty good for the most part and you should not worry about it if you are looking to buy this smartphone.

Battery

Xiaomi says that the Redmi 4 comes with 2 days of battery life. And it is somewhat believable since it is powered by a 4,100 mAh. Now, for a smartphone with HD display and Snapdragon 435 SoC, this is indeed a lot of battery capacity to work with. With our regular usage, we did manage to pull of the company’s claimed “2-days battery life”, however, when we pushed the smartphone to its limits with benchmarking, gaming, etc. we did manage to easily drain it completely well within a day. Hence, this only goes to say that the battery life of any given smartphone is definitely upto each and every individual’s usage. Having said that, if you are an average user, then you should be able to get 2-days worth of battery life out of it. And on the other hand, if the screen-on-time is what you are looking for, then you should be able to keep this thing awake for over 5 hours easily. Well, now that we have talked about everything that is good about this smartphone, let’s now talk about something that is not so appealing. (The battery life stats screenshots accidentally got deleted during our review period)

Camera

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has a 13MP rear facing shooter with a f/2.2 aperture. It has support for face-detection autofocus and has LED flash as well. On the front, we have a 5MP selfie shooter with the same aperture size. The photos which we shot outdoor in good lighting conditions were mediocre. Yes, it will indeed get the job done for you if all you want to do is click a decent looking picture and quickly post on your Instagram stories or any other social media platform. But if you are expecting anything out of the shell, then you have to look somewhere else for that. The dynamic range is below average and the images are mostly soft. You can take the help of HDR (which is very aggressive) to make the shots look a little bit better but other than that, the shots are going to look underexposed for the most part. In low-lighting conditions as well the camera is not going to shine much.

Coming to the videography part, it can record 1080p videos at 30FPS and the footage was just about okay. There is a lot of over sharpening happening here and again the dynamic range is pretty bad. On the other hand, if you are thinking if the front camera would do a better job, then you are again wrong. The images taken on the Redmi 4’s front facing camera looks washed out as well. In fact, if you compare it with the one taken on the 3S Prime, you would pick the images coming out of the 3s prime. Let’s hope that a software update can fix something here and save the selfie enthusiasts.

Software

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs on Android 6.0.1 out of the box with the company’s custom MIUI 8.0 on top of it. MIUI 8 feels exactly the same on this device as well. It is a heavily customized version of Android and it offers a bunch of customization options as well. But since this is Android which we are talking about here, we can quickly slap a third-party launcher and call it a day. Overall, the software feels nice and snappy, just like it is supposed to feel on a new smartphone. We have already covered about the MIUI 8 in detail a lot of time and you can quickly head over to our website and look up for more info on that.

Verdict

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by really powerful internals for this price and together with the MIUI 8, it allows for an exceptional battery life as well. The icing on the cake is, however, the price here. For 8,999 INR (for 3GB + 32GB config), we simply can’t help but forget all the negatives or the only negative which is the mediocre camera performance. With this pricing, you simply cannot go wrong with the Redmi 4. If you are in the market to buy a budget smartphone under 10,000 INR, then it is highly recommended that you consider this one on the top of your list. And with that said, this definitely gets a big thumbs up, but if you want to pick one up then you might want to be quick since these are not going to be sitting around for a long time on their website or on Amazon.

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.

  • Each time Xiaomi sets a record with these Redmi Phones, let’s see what number it gets this time..✌️

    • Best features, you have already mentioned in the Pros! 🤣

  • Vishal Giri

    yes the new budget king without a doubt and now has fingerprint scanner even on the base 2GB variant!!

  • Krunal G

    Yes, I think so. Its another great device with great price.!! 👏👏👌 another great device with great price.!! 👏👏👌
    Nice review.. Thanks a lot.

  • Abhijeet Kumkar Patil

    1st Xiaomi Phone to have Gorilla Glass
    😍

  • MANJIT SARMA

    I like Mi 4 in BLACK colour!

  • Akash Bhaskar

    battery & now mi has even used gorilla glass 😊😋

  • Fone Geek

    I like the price beacause budget is high priority in India

  • sachin Sharma

    bettery and processor

  • Krunal G

    1. Fingerprint Scanner
    2. 2.5D Glass with Gorilla Glass protection
    3. Battery
    4. Great value for money
    #Redmi4

  • Harsh Sanghavi

    Affordability… Main reason I want to win a Code to buy it

  • Avirup Das

    Great Value For money

  • Reyaz Ahmad

    My favourite feature of the Redmi 4 is its good design and extraordinary battery performance.

  • Monu Upadhyay

    The Matt Black colour is the best option for this phone!

  • Aman Nayyar

    Its build and processor are best in class

  • Vikas Kumar

    Its huge battery, the miui experience and now comes the gorilla glass.. Incredible

  • Varun Kesari

    Wow can’t believe SD435 at ₹6999(starting) hands down to xiaomi

  • Vipin Tiwari

    4,100mah
    Miui software which is user friendly(
    3 finger swipe for screenshot.
    Spam message on one folder with logo
    Cleaner
    Dual space
    App lock)

  • Kartik Pujari

    Want to gift My mother for its huge battery and small from factor

  • Kishin Ro

    My favorite features of this phone are the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC and the 4,100 mAh battery capacity.

  • Dheeraj Singh

    Another ultra bugdet flagship from xiaomi!

  • Nirav Joshi

    1.Build Quality & Fingerprint Scanner
    2. Sufficiant All Day Battery
    3. Miui 8

  • Saiprasad sunny

    my favorite one is battery with budget price we never get this on present market in other oems ,in this redmi 4 i loved the battery segment it lasts 2 days so my main reason is battery if i have this i can do lot of things on phone

  • Yaduvanshi Shivam

    Thanx to xiomi for making an phone that beast in small price love this phone

  • Tushar

    Well it has to be battery and the design department with fingerprint is an add on 🙂

  • Siddhesh Sharma

    Best this about this phone is the prince and fingerprint sensor on that price.
    I want to get this phone to gift it to my driver.

    • Congrats Siddhesh, You have Won a F-Code of the Redmi 4 Smartphone. We will send you code via email.

      • Siddhesh Sharma

        Waiting for your mail.😄
        Want to purchase this ASAP

  • raghavendra thadakamalla

    4100 Mah battery that is what something rare we can get in this budget.

  • ankit singh

    the price of this phone is very good and the things that they are providing that Is very good like fingerprints scanner

  • Shaik Fazal

    I like the design and build quality.

  • Yash Rathod

    jumping from quad to octa in just a 1k along with fingerprint and metal build, what else you would want on budget oriented device!

  • Techno_Vedant_

    it’s amazing to have a fingerprint sensor in such a budget phone.

  • Raghu9x

    The best thing about this phone is its processor, which is new and i heard its the best one for low budget smartphones. Love to get this little dragon in my hands.

  • couponvilla

    Light Weight Processor

    long battery Life

    Excellent design

    2.5 D Glass

    and Best of all MIUI

    And Extra Feature Compare to Redmi 3s is Finger Print Sensor in Budget Segment

  • Joseph Pattara

    Great Design
    Better Built Quality
    Beast in its Price Segment
    Up-to-date Software Update from Mi
    Long Lasting Battery Life
    Camera is decent.
    No negative for Redmi 4

    Just love this phone😍

  • Rekha Kumari

    Redmi 4 comes with 2 days of battery life.Since it is powered by a 4,100 mAh. Now, for a smartphone with HDdisplay and Snapdragon 435 SoC, this is indeed a lot of battery capacity to work with

  • Deepak Dhakad

    *5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD 2.5D curved glass display
    *1.4GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 435 processor with Adreno 505 GPU
    *Available in 2GB RAM with 16GB storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage versions and also expandable memory up to 128GB with microSD
    *MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
    *Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
    *13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture with LED Flash
    *5MP front-facing camera with f/2.2 aperture
    *Fingerprint sensor, IR Blaster
    *4G VoLTE
    *4100mAh battery

  • Aakash lakhera

    Best budget smartphone at this time good processer ,camera ,battery and design or build quality
    10/10

  • Roystein Fernandes

    FHD Display with a Finger-Print Sensor & and A Huge Battery at this price point is UNBELIEVABLE!!!! Thanks Xiaomi for makin a phone with flagship features at an affordable price point!!!

  • Suraj Kashyap

    2.5d glass with fhd display amd finger print sensor in this price range 👌👍👍

  • kuntal pal

    everything is fine except the flash sale

  • Hiren Jariwala

    it really budget king mobile 📱
    Your all desire satisfied with redmi 4
    Design
    Camera,
    look,
    RAM,
    ROM,
    PROCESSER
    ONE STOP SOLUTION OF YOUR DREAM FEATURES

  • Hardeep Ralh

    Best Budget Smartphone Under 7000 With Finger Print Sensor, 2.5D Glass And Snapdragon 435

  • Hiren Jariwala

    It’s Giant Battery 🔋 4100mah used 2 days in a single charge it is fabulous, fantastic
    like fast n furious

  • Dinesh Kumar P

    The availability of fingerprint scanner and the design stands out!

  • Nihar Jakhiya

    All in one Bugget phone

  • Shyam Somani

    the finger print scanner steal my heart 🙂

  • Subham Kumar Singha

    The design is ❤️

  • Tarun Singh

    Powerful processor at a great price💕!!

  • Shoubhik Sadhu

    Here at this provided price segment we cant really complain about the camera or screen resolution the tech specs that Xiaomi provides at a affordable price no other company can do this hatsoff Xiaomi…

  • vaibhav bansal

    Its a budget segment killer phone… Nice value for money phone.. the feature i like the most in mi phone is IR blaster.. i have used most mi phone mi3, mi4, mi4i, redmi4a, redmi note 4, redmi note 3 but not tested redmi 3s… I will definitely try to buy this in the first flash sale.. btw loves your work phone radar..

    • Congrats, You have Won a F-Code of the Redmi 4 Smartphone. We will send you code via email.

      • vaibhav bansal

        Sir when will you send the F CODE.. and the f code you send is for which model??

    • Krunal G

      Congratulations bro.👏😀

  • Akhil Shah

    The battery saver option is another feature in the phone that we can rely on to extend our phone’s usage