Xiaomi has launched their latest mid range smartphone, the Redmi Note 4 last week and it is the successor to the Redmi Note 3 which was launched last year in India becoming a run away success to the company having amazing sales. So the Redmi Note 4 had a lot of expectations from users and with the predecessor selling a massive 3.6 million units in India in 2016 the Redmi Note 4 has a lot running on it for Xiaomi. So let us look at how the Redmi Note 4 fares in comparison to the Redmi Note 3 and also see is it a good deal when compared to its predecessor.
Before we go into the differences or the improvements when compared to its predecessor let us look at the Similarities between the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4 – Both Redmi Note 4 and Note 3 have the same – Display size, Resolution, Front camera, Fingerprint sensor location and LTE support.
Now that we are done with the similarities let us look at the differences or the improvements between the Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3.
Processor – Smaller but powerful
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset which is said to be thinner at 14nm in comparison to the 28nm Snapdragon 650 chipset in the Redmi Note 3. The Redmi Note 4 SD 625 is clocked at 2GHz with Adreno 506 GPU which gives it more power and can handle all tasks much better than its predecessor. So do not go by the smaller number processor as the SD 625 14nm is more powerful and clocked higher as well.
Camera – Bigger pixels but lower MP:
Similar to the Processor do not get mislead by the lower MP count in the Redmi Note 4 which comes with a 13MP rear camera in comparison to the 16MP rear camera in the Redmi Note 3. The Redmi Note 4 camera comes with 1.12-micron pixels sensor with additional features like Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Backside Illuminated sensor which helps in better low light photography. The front camera is similar in both devices at 5MP.
So do not go by the MP count but look at the added features and the bigger pixels which help in better low light photography which was a problem mentioned by many Redmi Note 3 users.
RAM and Storage – Improved:
Redmi Note 4 comes in three variants based on RAM and Storage – 2GB RAM with 32GB storage, 3GB RAM with 32GB storage and 4GB RAM with 64GB storage which in comparison the the 2GB RAM with 16GB Storage and 3GB RAM with 32GB Storage is a big improvement in terms of Storage in the base variant which is doubled and the higher end variant with 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage is also a good addition to take on the competition which actively upgrading their devices.
Remdi Note 4 also comes with expansion up to 128GB using microSD card which is much higher when compared to the 32GB microSD card support in the Redmi Note 3.
Battery – Not massive but better optimized
The Redmi Note 4 comes with a 4100mAh battery which is not much of an upgrade from the 4050mAh battery in the Redmi Note 3. But as we have seen with the other features, the numbers are misleading as the company promises that the Redmi Note 4 will give 25% more battery life in comparison to the Redmi Note 3 (We have to test it out to confirm).
It can be due to the fact that the SD 625 Processor in less battery consuming and the fact that the Redmi Note 4 will be getting Android Nougat it will get much better battery life in comparison.
Android Nougat – Not out of the box but expected shortly:
The Redmi Note 4 does not come with Android Nougat out of the box but the company is expected to launch the Beta version of Android Nougat for the Redmi Note 4 shortly. It comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow based MIUI 8 out of the box.
Looking at these little but efficient upgrades the Redmi Note 4 which looks better and also has some upgrades in the internals is a decent upgrade from its predecessor. Xiaomi is playing safe by not going with a major make over but trying to give some minor but good upgrades without changing the price tag of the device. There is a higher variant as well for those who want power with the 4GB RAM + 64GB Storage option priced at Rs. 12,999.