“The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 carries forward the core elements of its predecessor, whilst in packing some interesting hardware improvements”

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Chinese giant Xiaomi is kicking off the year 2017 with the launch of its latest smartphone in the sub-Rs 15k segment, the Redmi Note 4 (review). It follows up the success of one of the most popular smartphones in its portfolio along with the budget blockbuster of 2016, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (review). The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 carries forward the core elements of its predecessor, but also packs in more horsepower and an improved design. 

But what exactly are these new improvements? And does the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 does enough to carry forward the popularity of the Redmi Note 3? Let’s find out.

Similarities

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Although the Redmi Note 4 is a new smartphone, it is also quite similar to its predecessor. Both smartphones flaunt 5.5-inch full HD displays, 5MP front-facing cameras, and run the company’s MIUI platform. At the back, both smartphones feature fingerprint scanners beneath the camera lens for improved security.

There’s not much to differentiate in terms of connectivity options as well, as both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi Note 3 support 4G VoLTE, hybrid dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and IR Blasters. MicroSD cards can be used to expand the storage by up to 128GB. 

But that’s where the similarities end. The new smartphone also brings in a slew of improvements, which is what we’ll be focussing on now.

Differences

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Yes, the Redmi Note 4 also sports a metal unibody design. The reason we didn’t include it in the similarities is because the new design is much more refined than the original. For instance, the plastic strips at the top and the bottom of the device have been replaced by metal as well. Other new additions like the 2.5D curved glass for the display, as well as chamfered edges, makes it an even more refreshing design, which also offers an improved in-hand feel. Not just this, the new smartphone is also slimmer than the Redmi Note 3 by 0.35mm, but on the flip side, it’s also 11g heavier than its predecessor.

The next major difference comes in terms of the processor. The Redmi Note 4 comes powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset, which offers eight Cortex A-53 cores running at 2.0GHz. On the other hand, the Redmi Note 3 sports the Snapdragon 650 hexa-core processor. While the SoCs should be equally powerful, the SD625 gets an edge because of its power efficiency and its 14nm fabrication process. 

Another key difference is terms of the rear camera. While the Redmi Note 3 sports a 16MP CMOS sensor at the back, the Redmi Note 4 comes with a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture and phase detection autofocus. 

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There has also been a slight bump in the battery capacity, which has now been increased to 4,100mAh, a small jump as compared to the 4,050mAh battery in the Redmi Note 3. 

As is the case with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the Redmi Note 4 also comes in multiple variants, although it does go a step further. While the Redmi Note 3 is available in 2GB RAM / 16GB storage and 3GB RAM / 32GB memory configurations, its successor offers 32GB memory on board with the 2GB and 3GB RAM editions and 64GB in-built storage with the 4GB model.

Verdict

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So there you have it. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 definitely looks like an improved version of its predecessor. Making it a no non-sense choice over the Redmi Note 3 is the fact that the Chinese company has priced it attractively. While the base versions of both phones will set you back by Rs 9,999, the 3GB RAM of the Redmi Note 4 is priced Rs 1,000 lesser than its previous iteration. With a price tag of Rs 12,999, the 4-gigs model of the phablet ranks among the most affordable phones with such capacity of RAM.

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