Redmi Note 4
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The much awaited Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is going to be unveiled in January.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was the largest selling phone online ever in India. It has so far sold over 1.75 million units in India since it was introduced. That's over ₹1,700 crores worth of Redmi Note 3 phones sold!
Would the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 break its record? Let's analyse specifications wise how does Redmi Note 4 stack up.
Specifications of Redmi Note 4:
Specifications wise it is similar to Note 3 with a notable exception of a USB type-C cable and a slightly larger battery of 4100 mAh. There are 2 variants the phone has. The 2GB RAM + 16GB internal storage variant with an expected price of ₹9,999 on launch and the 3GB RAM + 64GB internal storage variant with an expected price of ₹12,999 on launch.
The Redmi Note 4 would have a metal unibody design and would have a fingerprint sensor at the back below the camera. It would be a 5.5 inch phone with a 1920x1080 Full HD display. It would have a hybrid SIM slot so users can insert 2 SIMs and use it as a dual SIM phone or use one for microSD card. The storage can be expanded to 128GB. The Redmi Note 4 would be having a 2.1GHz 10 Core Mediatek Helio x20 processor & a Mali T880 GPU. The phone would be running on MIUI 8 which is based on Android Marshmallow 6.0. The phone would come in three variants grey, silver and gold. The phone might get an update to Android Nougat (7.0) going forward when it gets released for MIUI. The fingerprint sensor can be used for payments just like Apple Pay but this functionality is more relevant in markets like China.
How can you get the phone?
Right now the phone has been launched in China. One thing you can do is probably order it from Chinese sites like Aliexpress if they are available on open sale sometime. But the probability of an open is low and even if you get hands on one it would have a lot of things in Chinese some of the features which are harder to customise to English or Hindi.
Redmi Note 3 was notoriously hard to get hands on because of flash sales. The smartest way to get these phones are to use the scripts or Chrome Extensions to buy them. You can find the script to buy Redmi Note 4 here
4. Ensure that you have the Chrome browser open and you are logged in into Mi.com with a good internet connection at least 5 minutes before the sale time
5. The extension should not be in the disabled state at that time. The Chrome extension would open a new tab of Redmi Note 4 product page where it would add the product into the cart when the sale starts.
6. Do not close that tab. In case you accidentally close it, open it by clicking here.
Reasons to buy the Redmi Note 4:
The phone comes in two variants in terms of RAM and storage: the base model comes with a 2GB RAM and 16GB storage capacity and the other variant with a 64GB storage capacity and 3GB RAM. Both these options come with an external memory card slot where you can increase storage capacity as per your need. Only thing to keep in mind is that the slot is a hybrid slot, i.e, the slot can either be used as a dual sim phone without the memory card option or single sim phone with a memory card.
Redmi Note 4's biggest highlight is its metal built. When you talk about the looks it's pretty much identical to its predecessor Redmi Note 3, but it comes with a full unibody metal built which definitely adds more value to the budget timeline for a more chic look and a fingerprint scanner for ease of use.
The phone features a 5.5 inch Full HD Display scoring a pixel density of 401 PPI, furthermore the addition of 2.5D arc glass protection adds to the durability which was somewhat an issue with its predecessor.
Battery has been taken care of with the powerful 4100mAh battery capacity. Redmi is definitely a relief from our major smartphone issue "Battery Drainage".
On the camera front Redmi Note 4 adorns a 13mp f/2.0 rear camera with dual tone LED Flash which is quite impressive.