Tech: Hitting the home run

Aug 06, 2017, 11:04 IST | Kunal Gangar

If you want the best possible combo of hardware and feature packed software, Xiaomi Redmi 4 is for you

XIAOMI has had a great start to the year so far. Redmi Note 4 proved to be a worthy successor to the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 4A. Now the company is back with their new launch for the year – the Redmi 4 takes the helm from last year’s Redmi 3S range.

At first glance, the Redmi 4 looks like any other phone that Xiaomi has launched in the last few months but that’s not a bad thing. The phone looks and feels premium. The front has a 2.5D glass covering the display while the back Xiaomi Redmi 4sports a metal body. The in-hand feel is excellent, thanks to the compact size and a wider design. Redmi 4 features an HD display (720p) with a maximum brightness of 450nit and 1000:1 contrast ratio. We found the display to be legible in direct sunlight and just like other Xiaomi devices, offers colour adjustment options and options like Night mode and Reading mode.

In terms of performance, the Redmi 4 comes with Snapdragon 435 along with 2/3/4GBconfigurations. Our unit was a 3GB variant that performed well during our day-to-day usage with MIUI OS. The phone offers up to 16/32/64GB of internal storage, which again depends on the variant you buy but all units support expansion of memory through a microSD card slot (up to 128GB).

On the camera side, the phone comes with a 13MP at the back with f/2.0 aperture and PDAF support. We would say the camera is good enough and even comes with enhancements like HDR, real-time filters, Panorama and Burst modes. There’s a 5MP on the front and it comes with selfie-centric features like selfie countdown, beautify mode and more. Redmi 4 houses a large 4100mAh battery and in our use, we easily got up to 1.5 days of run time with two SIMs, data, music and videos. Other handy features include a fast fingerprint sensor and an infrared sensor that can be used as a remote control.

Xiaomi has a good track record of offering value-for-money devices and Redmi 4 is no different. The phone is a no-brainer if you’re tight on budget but want the best possible combo of hardware and feature packed software.

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PRICE: 2GB+16G: Rs 6,999, 3GB+32G: Rs 8,999, 4GB+64G: Rs 10,999

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