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Will Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Be Crowned As The New King In The Middle Budget Price Bracket

Update Date: Oct 27, 2016 08:05 AM EDT
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Xiaomi is all set to replace the Redmi Note 3 already, which has been a moderate hit this year. Xiaomi aims to set the bar even higher with its Redmi Note 4. But does the new handset have enough flair for it to be crowned as the new king in the middle budget price bracket?

Xiaomi's phones, both the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi Note 4 exist together. However, potential buyers might see the Note 4 as a more premium upgrade because of its better specs. Things certainly look even better this time around with the Note 4.

Design

The design has been given a lot of attention and that has made this phone presentable with the likes of other beautiful handsets. Xiaomi now makes the Note 4 out of a single piece of aluminium, imparting a more sturdy and premium look and feel in the hands.

Xiaomi has made the phone more compact and has reduced its overall thickness, resulting in a slight increase in weight. The back is all metal with lines running horizontally in the top and the bottom. There also is the camera module and fingerprint housing set up vertically below each other. The phone comes with an Mi banding just like the Note 3.

The front is identical to the Note 3 with capacitive touch buttons and a good screen with thin bezels. The phone doesn't come with drop protection credentials like a gorilla glass, however the screen is ample strong to survive some drops.

Hardware

Xiaomi hasn't let up on the hardware department. For starters it is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset with a deca-core processor clocked at 2.1 Ghz. The phone is able graphically and has a Mali T880 GPU, making gameplay of latest games a breeze.

The phone comes in two RAM models. The 2GB RAM variant comes with a 16GB onboard storage, and the 3GB model comes with a 64GB onboard storage. The storage can be further increased to a massive 128GB through a microSD card, however for that a sim slot has to be sacrificed.

The phone comes in dual sim arrangement, with one micro sim and another nano sim. The nano sim slot doubles up as a microSD card slot. Both the sims are GSM.

The phone runs on Android Marshmallow out of the box on a heavily skinned MIUI 8.0. MIUI 8.0 brings certain changes to the UI and the phone still doesn't come with an app drawer.

The battery of the Note 4 is massive at 4100 mAh and promises more than a day of heavy usage.

The Note 4 comes with a big 13 megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture made for low light photo shooting. Phase Detection Autofocus and dual LED flash comes as standard on both the models. The selfie camera is a 5 megapixel shooter and dishes out great pictures.

Both the cameras capture ample detail and effects, however, the 13 megapixel primary shooter fails to impress when paired with the likes of Redmi Pro. Daylight imagery, however, is nothing short of brilliant.

The 5.5 inch IPS LCD has a resolution of 1080*1920 pixels with a pixel density of 401 ppi. It has good sunlight readability. The Note 4 comes with all the bells and whistles of the Note 3 and further improves upon it. This phone is nothing short of a beast in the medium budget price bracket.

Priced at 899 yuan for the base model and 1199 for the 3GB/64GB model, the phone is nothing short of a steal.

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