We study the next apparatus of the Chinese brand. Will it become the most popular shovel?
Instead of the preface
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 and Note 3 (Pro) are incredibly popular in Russia. Low price, balanced characteristics and good support played a major role in this.
Unfortunately, the third version of the 5.5-inch budget has received a fairly cheap design . Similarly, almost all the competitors produced in China look like: a piece of soap .
The fourth line got a stylish appearance in the “latest fashion” thanks to the new metal case without plastic inserts under the antennas. True, the manufacturer asks for decent money for this – in the stores available to the Russian consumer the cost of Redmi Note 4 is $ 200 . 50 more than the previous generation smartphone.
All aluminum and stylish (design)
As it was said above, the case of Redmi Note 4 is all-metal . The updated design went to the gadget for the benefit: now the smartphone is better in the hand and does not slip out.
By analogy with most of its smartphones, Redmi Note 4 the company equipped with touch keys. Unfortunately, the fingerprint reader is still placed on the back cover under the camera.
So Xiaomi clearly shares the budget and top segments: only the latter are equipped with a scanner on the frontal surface (and modern USB-C). Therefore, many (including myself) prefer Meizu – they and 100-dollar devices are equipped with a proprietary key with an integrated scanner.
Earlier, the speaker array was located in the bottom of the case, under the logo. At Xiaomi Note 4 she moved to the bottom end. Slouch, looking at the photo, it’s not worth: in fact, the speaker is only one, and behind the second row of holes is a microphone hiding.
At the top end fit the infrared port and headphone jack. Infrared interface allows you to control home appliances using a smartphone as a remote control. The left edge is used under the slot for two microSIM, instead of one of which you can install a memory card.
The huge black frames around the screen, inherited from the “older brothers”, Redmi Note 4 do not adorn at all. However, in use it is almost imperceptible – the screen is very good, and does not pay attention to such trifles.
The matrix used is IPS, of high quality. The screen resolution is 1920 × 1080, the pixel density is sufficient. Viewing angles correspond to modern requirements, colors are pleasant.
If you want to “vyrviglaznosti” AMOLED – you can use the color settings.
What was crammed in China
The processor in Redmi Note 4 was the ten-nuclear Helio X20 from Mediatek. Previously, Xiaomi used Snapdragon.
The transition was a forced measure: Mediatek has no restrictions on the frequency range. Therefore, Redmi Note 4 works in all frequencies of GSM, 3G and LTE . In addition, Helio’s performance is sufficient for running applications for the next couple of years.
Not bad, the new SoC (single-chip platform) also affected the autonomy. The processor can effectively disable unnecessary cores and reduce their frequency. It helps the battery at 4100 mAh. Thanks to this smartphone shows an excellent working time (for its class).
With enough active use, Redmi Note 4 will easily survive for 2 days . When watching video through LTE (with good reception), the battery will last for 8 hours.
The set of interfaces is very good: there is a new Note 4 and Bluetooth 4.2, and dual-band Wi-Fi. The navigation system works with GPS and GLONASS. Only microUSB is obsolete , but is its use so bad?
Android MIUI Shell: Pros and Cons
The Xiaomi operating system is one of the main subjects of the dispute between fans and hayters. In my opinion, MIUI is really a convenient and stylish clone of iOS . All the icons are located on the desktops, a bunch of settings for everything in the world, a cool “curtain”.
On the other hand, smartphones often come with Chinese firmware and a blocked bootloader. You need to register on the official website, get permission and only after that start flashing.
For this, the official application is used, everything is very simple and convenient. By the way, updates by air (OTA) arrive regardless of the version used – even for the Chinese version.
Initially, Note 4 was shipped with MIUI 7 based on Android 5.1. After connecting to Wi-Fi, the smartphone tries to upgrade to MIUI 8 on Android 6.0.
Changes in it a little, except that the new curtain catches your eye: now instead of two familiar pages, it occupies only the top part of the screen. The selection of the necessary icon is carried out by scrolling the quick launch strip. Other settings remained in place. The battery life and multimedia capabilities of the device have slightly improved.
Photo-video and sound
Xiaomi with a camera and sound is not very good . Redmi Note 4 was no exception.
Through a standard application, you can take excellent shots. If there is good lighting. Slightly saving the fine-tuning of shooting parameters – you can choose a special one, adjust the aperture, ISO, white balance and much more.
The front camera allows you to do selfie. Dot. This is not a letfimon. Fortunately, the images are much better than those of Redmi 3s.
There are no built-in hardware “improvements” for sound in Redmi Note 4. But there is a good equalizer with ready presets for most models of headphones.
Does someone read a block of characteristics? well, OK
• Screen: 5.5-inches, IPS LCD, resolution 1920 × 1080 pixels (FullHD), 401 ppi
• Platform: MediaTek Helio X20 (MT6797)
• Processor: 64-bit, 10 cores with a frequency of up to 2.1 GHz
• Graphics: Mali T880 MP4
• RAM: 2/3 GB
• Memory for data storage: 16/64 GB
• Memory card slot: microSD
• Main camera: 13 megapixels, f / 2.0, phase autofocus, dual LED flash
• Front camera: 5 megapixels, f / 2.0
• Wireless: GSM / EDGE, UMTS / HSDPA, LTE (nanoSIM, microSIM), Wi-Fi Dual-Band (a / b / g / n / ac), Bluetooth 4.2 (A2DP, LE), microUSB, mini-jack (3.5 mm), infrared port
• Ports: microUSB, mini-jack (3.5 mm), infrared
• Navigation: GPS (A-GPS), GLONASS
• Optional: fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, light sensor, proximity sensor
• Operating system: MIUI 8 based on Android 6.x
• Materials: metal, glass
• Battery: 4100 mAh
• Dimensions: 151 x 76 x 8.3 mm
• Weight: 175 gram
Results. Pays off 11 thousand?
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has every chance to become the most popular smartphone company. This is an excellent workhorse in a stylish metal case.
Oddly enough, real competition can only be made by younger 5-inch devices of the same Xiaomi: small smartphones are still more relevant.
An important factor will be the price – if the option Note 4 with 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB of memory is sold for $ 200 , then the new models should start from 110 dollars, that is, a maximum of 9,000 rubles .
To other manufacturers within 200 dollars there is nothing to offer to buyers. A real competitor could be Meizu M5 – but that’s another story …