- In the last year to please users of different markets Xiaomi produces a huge number of modifications of its smartphones. This succeeded and attacks those who like the iPhone SE.Xiaomi Redmi 4 – the flagship of compact smartphones with a diagonal of up to 5 inches in the new budget line. As we found in the previous review of Redmi Note 4 – very successful.
- Compact budget-funded Xiaomi is now represented by 3 models, differing from each other slightly more than completely:
Xiaomi Redmi 4 A Xiaomi Redmi 4 Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Display 5 inches, HD , IPS 5 inches, HD , IPS 5 inches, FullHD , IPS CPU Snapdragon 425 Snapdragon 430 Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Graphic accelerator Adreno 308 Adreno 506 Adreno 506 operating system MIUI (Android 6/7) Memory 2/16 GB, 2/32 GB 2/16 GB, 2/32 GB 3/32 GB Network Support 2 (microSIM + nanoSIM): GSM 900/1800 / 1900MHz; WCDMA 850/900/2100; TD-LTE, FDD-LTE Band 1800,2100, 2600 Memory cards microSD up to 128GB (instead of 1 from SIM) Interfaces W i -F i , Bluetooth 4.1, GPS ;
m MicroUSB ( OTG ), 3.5-mm, IR transmitter
Camera Front 5Mp, rear 13Mp, single-color flash Front 5Mp, rear 13Mp, two-color flash Front 5Mp, rear 13Mp, two-color flash Fingerprint reader No there is there is The size 141.3 × 69.6 × 8.9mm 141.3 × 69.6 × 8.9mm 141.3 × 69.6 × 8.9mm Material Plastic Metal Metal Battery 4100mAh 4100mAh Price 103 dollars (with a Redmi4AGB coupon) $ 130 $ 160 (with a Redmi4GBS coupon)
We began to study the series, based on the most advanced modification with a FullHD-screen.
Outside: design and usability
Smartphones are divided into 4 categories: iPhone clones, Samsung clones, curpichi and Chinese pieces of soap. A successful design outside these categories is rare enough – the last generation of Redmi belonged to remnants.
But the fourth series looks very nice. Transitions between plastic and metal are invisible, the corners are ergonomically sharpened. Color transitions are still present. But just like Redmi Note 4 (which borrowed the design), the compact looks stylish.
The Redmi 4 certainly has plastic inserts, but they are flush with the back cover. Everything is extremely neat, aesthetic. The speaker grilles are transferred to the bottom end, like the iPhone and its fashionable clones.
Assembly monolithic, buttons and tray for SIM-cards do not hang out. The progress of buttons is moderately hard, pleasant.
In the hand, the smartphone sits very nicely. The metal case is almost always cool. All controls are within reach – both for the large male hand and for the miniature female.
The fingerprint reader falls under the index finger instinctively. Do not drag on – take the smartphone in your hand and immediately unlock the imprint.
The IR transmitter in the upper end is a great thing! Without problems, we managed to connect the smartphone with all the appliances in the house. Using Redmi 4 as a single remote control is much more convenient and logical than complete devices.
Among the external shortcomings are touch buttons. Xiaomi promised a budget employee with a frontal key. On the other hand, the scanner on the front panel is less convenient than in the Redmi 4, so this drawback depends on personal preferences.
I like the mechanical key more, but after 3 days of using the novelty the desire to control one button did not appear – the controls are convenient, logical and thoughtful.
Screen: FullHD the whole head
The Redmi 4 has an excellent 5-inch IPS screen with FullHD resolution. Bright, juicy – at first sight can be confused with AMOLED (especially if you use the system settings for the color temperature of the screen).
Panel without edges – now the screen is executed with fashionable rounded edges on technology 2.5D. It is less practical, but very convenient and beautiful. And dirt does not accumulate.
However, you can drop the phone, or hit the corner – in this case you have to say goodbye to the screen, and tempered glass of an unknown brand, used in Redmi 4, will not save. However, does the iPhone stop it?
There is a quality oleophobic coating that protects the smartphone from fingerprints on the screen. More precisely – they can be washed without problems.
At the extreme viewing angles, a slight inversion of colors is observed – but if you look at it from such an angle, you have serious problems with perception.
The brightness reserve and its basic settings are correct. With a minimum level of illumination enough for reading in the dark, the maximum is sufficient for use under a bright sun.
The early releases of Redmi 4 (and the one presented in the review) had wide screen frames. Those devices that are released after the release of the younger version of the Redmi 4A, like the cheapest version, do not suffer from this disadvantage.
What is inside and how does this affect usage?
Modifications of the Redmi 4 differ from the used processor. The version without attachments uses the same one as Redmi 3S. In fact, this is what he is – in an updated building.
The younger model 4a uses an even weaker processor. It’s enough for the base load, but it’s not worth the game performance. Although what to expect from the cheapest smartphone company?
But the Prime version was distinguished by the use of the 8-nuclear Quallcomm Snapdragon 625. This processor likes to use large brands for medium-priced devices – and analogues with a higher cost of mass. If you want – Huawei, you want – ZTE. There are both LG and Samsung on this platform.
- The processor provides good performance, long operating time and the lack of heating the case at high load. The results of synthetic tests are not impressive – the picture spoils the high resolution of the screen. But it is at least no less than the usual Redmi 4.
What can this smartphone? Twist any video up to FullHD, smoothly display most modern games including Asphalt 8, open heavy office documents. Download it to the eyeballs can be – but with adequate use is unlikely to succeed.
The most important thing is that productivity has a beneficial effect on the shell – lags and hangings are not from the word at all.
Branded shell – what could be better than MIUI?
For me, there are two most thoughtful and optimized mobile systems: iOS and MIUI. Let the second be just the proprietary shell of Xiaomi. But the limitless possibilities of customization, proprietary scaling of the interface, on-screen assistant – all this makes the management of the smartphone close to the ideal.
- Xiaomi Redmi 4 and its variants are running MIUI 8.2, built on Android 6.0.1. In Russia, the smartphone comes with an official international firmware – it has both Russian and Google Apps, and nothing needs to be changed.
Even the company’s unbranded rubbish is not as much as the competitors (and some users may find it useful) – MiHome, and a couple of system applications.
Two days at full load? This is the norm!
The new budget is the same battery as in the Redmi Note 4 – 4100 mAh. For the average modification of the Redmi 4 this is just a colossal figure. For the modification of Prime, it looks not so impressive – still FullHD, a powerful processor. Although in general for a budget employee with a 5-inch screen is a very serious application in long-livers.
But the processor has an optimally optimized power consumption. Therefore, Redmi 4 Prime easily bypasses the autonomy of not only competitors-classmates, but also the mass of Chinese smartphones with a battery of more than 5,000 mAh.
To compete with him can only Oukitel K10000 with a battery capacity of 10 000 mAh. That’s what life-giving optimization does!
Without a load, a smartphone can live for months, with a maximum load – a day or more. In less than 20 hours, it can be discharged only in tests or 3D games with 4G enabled.
Of course, if you do not turn off the screen at all, without interruption – the time in heavy applications and 4G will be “only” 11 hours. Karl, 11 hours!
It’s more than a day’s work, if not to break away from the smartphone at all! At the same time, streaming video over 4-generation networks eats battery for 15-16 hours.
Cameras: slightly better than it was
The main camera Redmi 4 Prime is constructed on the basis of a 13-megapixel module with aperture f / 2.2, supplemented by a phase-contrast autofocus system and a two-color flash. Approximately the same thing we saw in Xiaomi Redmi 3S. But the 4th generation has an optimized photo application, so the pictures go out stably better. There are no more hiccups and no problems, the aperture is used for all 100, the focus is instantaneous, but the HDR is recorded in memory without lags. Compare with the photographic flags, and even the iPhone 6 / 6s from the Redmi 4 Prime will not work – but the difference in price suggests that you can not compare them.
- The front camera uses a 5 Mp module without autofocus. It has some pre-installed presets and a special “enhancer” – a filter for smoothness of the face. You can make a decent sally.
This feature in the review of budget smartphones often looks ridiculous. Dedicated audio processors do not exist in them, running software chips are rare. However, Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime fully works out its price, as the new generation of Quallcomm processors has a good integrated DAC.
- For a noisy street and mp3 the sound quality will be enough. In general, enough for all who do not pursue the quality of the Meizu MX4 Pro (and everyone to whom this name says nothing). If necessary, you can use an excellent system equalizer in a lot of settings.
The main speaker is loud, but the sound quality is just enough for ringtones. The low frequencies are cut off. The loudspeaker has a large volume of loudness and sufficient clarity.
Personal experience and a few comparisons
The Redmi line is almost the best idea of Xiaomi. Cheap, convenient, practical devices for every day. Analogues and competitors they have a lot, but most of it even a bit – but worse.
The smartphone has been tested for almost 2 weeks. To say that I liked him is not to say anything. This is a very cool balanced mobile phone. Workhorse.
Excellent communication, good GPS, loud speakers and stable quality of conversations. There is not enough 20 LTE band, but in my outback it is not involved. “Megafon” and Beeline catch steadily.
What else do you need? The smartphone lies in the hand like a glove. It may seem thick at first – but for the sake of such autonomy you can suffer. I have never recharged it in two weeks in a single day – only night charging.
That’s probably the main drawback – in less than 5-6 hours you will not be able to charge it. From the native charger. Although, if necessary, you can use a third-party charger with support for fast charging of QC 2.0 and replenish the battery in an hour and a half.
The extended model range allows to completely block the air to all competitors – from the cheapest to the average segment. Thanks to a convenient operating system and quality assembly, today it is better to buy Xiaomi than a device from Russian retail. Competitor Redmi 4 one – Meizu M5. But the difference between him and Redmi 4 Prime is too great.
It can be confronted only with Xiaomi Redmi 4 with Snapdragon 430 for $ 135 (with a Redmi4AGB coupon ).
The older version with a 625 processor costs $ 160 with a Redmi4GBS coupon and can easily compete with the powerful flagships of the second echelon – for example, ZUK 2.