Xiaomi launched their new device — the Redmi Note 4 — at an event in New Delhi on Thursday and it succeeds the Redmi Note 3 device in the market, which was launched early last year.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 borrows quite a few features from its predecessor which sold over 3.6 million units in India in 2016, making it the highest selling online device in the country.
We’re going to enlist the key differences below between the devices based on our experience thus far. Both the devices have the same display size and clarity, front snapper, fingerprint sensor and LTE capability.
“2016 was a huge success for Xiaomi as we crossed US$1 billion worth of revenue in the year, and 2017 will be more significant as we strive towards achieving new milestones and introducing many more exciting new products in India,” said Xiaomi VP Hugo Barra at the event.
The SoC is Smaller Yet More Powerful
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset which is thinner at 14nm than the Snapdragon 650 chipset at 28nm present in the Redmi Note 3.
It doesn’t only allow for the device to be thinner — which it is at 8.4mm — but also is more power efficient, doesn’t heat up as much as its predecessor and can handle demanding CPU tasks such as 3D gaming with much more ease and efficiency.
The SoC on Redmi Note 4 clocks at 2GHz and is supported by Adreno 506 GPU.
Increased Storage and Memory
While the Redmi Note 3 came in two variants of 2GB RAM alongwith 16GB storage and 3GB RAM alongwith 32GB storage, Xiaomi has notched up their game a bit with their latest Note device.
The Redmi Note 4 comes in three variants of 2GB RAM alongwith 32GB storage, 3GB RAM alongwith 32GB storage and 4GB RAM alongwith 64GB storage — doubling the storage available on its predecessor.
The internal storage can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card whereas it could be expanded to 32GB on the predecessor.
Lesser MP on the Snapper but Bigger Pixels
To the eyes and spec-geeks, the 13MP camera on the Redmi Note 4 might seem a downgrade to the 16MP snapper on the Redmi Note 3.
On the contrary, the 13MP on the new device comes with Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF) which enables faster focusing and a Backside Illuminated (BSI) sensor with 1.12-micron pixels, which facilitates low-light photography.
The front snappers on both the devices are the same 5MP unit.
More Juice with a Battery Upgrade
The Redmi Note 4’s battery doesn’t get a huge upgrade at 4100mAh as compared to Redmi Note 3’s battery at 4050mAh, or so you would think!
The 4100mAh battery on the new device by Xiaomi lasts 25% longer with average use than that of its predecessor and a major credit towards this end goes to the Snapdragon 625 SoC being used on the device which houses capabilities to enhance the battery life of the device — giving you more time on the device.
Android Nougat Redmi Note 4’s Way
While its predecessor came with Android Lollipop-based MIUI OS out of the box, which was later upgraded to Android Marshmallow-based MIUI8, the Redmi Note 4 gets Android Marshmallow out of the box while the company is working on the Nougat-based MIUI OS update for the device and the beta version will be out soon after its launch.
The device will be made available in three colours: Matte Black, Dark Grey and Gold. The sale of Redmi Note 4 kicks-off at midnight on January 23 on Mi’s official website and Flipkart.
It’s yet to be seen if the device rakes up sales as high as its predecessor, but given its pricing and specs balance, we could actually see a lot of people opting for the device since it packs power but doesn’t leave a burning hole in your pocket.