“The Honor 4X and Redmi Note 4G go head to head. Which one will emerge as the winner?”
Last year, we witnessed the dawn of the new breed of smartphones, namely, the budget performance category. Over the last few months, that segment has expanded to include its bigger-screened brethren, the phablets. There are several worthy contenders in this range, and the ones that we’re examining closely today are the Honor 4X (review) and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G (review). Both devices feature large displays, meaty batteries and support for Indian 4G bands, and are priced within close range of each other. But which one should you pick? Find our in our spec showdown.
In terms of their physical attributes, the Honor 4X is the slimmer of the two. It measures 8.7mm around the waist, compared to the Redmi Note 4G’s chunkier 9.5mm. It’s also significantly lighter, weighting 165g as opposed to the Redmi Note 4G’s 185g. The Honor 4X features a textured back panel, while the Redmi Note 4G gets a glossy finish. Both back panels are removable.
Both smartphones feature identical displays, measuring 5.5-inches with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, resulting in a pixel density of 267ppi. The screens are sharp, with good viewing angles and colour reproduction. The only difference lies in the screen protection – while the Redmi Note 4G gets a layer of Gorilla Glass 3, the Honor 4X doesn’t.
Another area where the devices find common ground is in the camera department. Both phablets feature 13-megapixel cameras at the rear, supplemented by an LED flash. They also feature 5MP snappers in the front for selfies and video calls. The primary cameras can record videos in 1080p, and the camera apps on both smartphones come with the usual HDR, Panorama and Beauty modes.
The processing department is where the Honor 4X clearly stands out. It’s powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, consisting of four cores clocked at 1.2GHz. The Redmi Note 4G in comparison, uses the previous-gen quad-core Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 processor, but gets a higher clock speed of 1.6GHz. In terms of performance it can easily match the Honor 4X’s smoothness and consistency, but lacks the 64-bit capabilities of the Snapdragon 410 chip, which will make a difference when the Honor 4X gets an Android Lollipop update.
In the memory department, both devices get 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. They feature microSD card slots for expansion, but while the Honor 4X supports cards up to 32GB in size, the Redmi Note 4G lets you extend memory up to 64GB.
As far as the software is concerned, both smartphones run Android 4.4.4 KitKat as a base. The Honor 4X gets Huawei’s Emotion 3.0 UI on top, while the Redmi Note 4G features Xiaomi’s MIUI 6. Both user interfaces offer similar features, including a theme store, security suite, lite mode, and various customisation options.
As we mentioned earlier, the smartphones support both Indian LTE bands, i.e. Band 3 and Band 40. However, the Honor 4X has a clear edge over the Redmi Note 4G here since it features dual-SIM card slots, not to mention support for 4G on both SIMs. Other connectivity options are similar, with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG rounding off the list. It’s worth noting that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, which gives it a slight advantage.
The batteries on both devices are more or less identical, with the Honor 4X featuring a 3,000mAh battery, as opposed to the Redmi Note 4G’s marginally bigger 3,100mAh unit. They deliver impressive battery life, easily lasting through 24 hours with heavy usage.
When it comes to the all-important deciding factor, i.e. pricing, the Honor 4X gets the marginally higher price of Rs 10,499, compared to the Redmi Note 4G’s Rs 9,999. While the Honor 4x is available exclusively on Flipkart, the Redmi Note 4G can be purchased via various online retailers, as well as select physical outlets such as Airtel and The Mobile Store.
After analysing the specifications of the two smartphones, it’s obvious that both devices stand on more or less equal footing. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G gets minor improvements over the Honor 4X, such as Corning Gorilla Glass and dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, but if we were to analyse the core specs, the Honor 4X edges past with its newer Snapdragon 410 processor with 64-bit support and dual-SIM capabilities.