Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is releasing its latest smartphone device today. The Redmi Note 4 is the company's newest iteration of the Redmi Note, following the Note 3 which CGMagazine reviewed this past May. Xiaomi's Redmi phones are mid-range devices that use unique features like IR sensors and dual sim capabilities that allow them to carve out their own niche in the mobile landscape.
The Redmi Note 4 smartphone is available for sale at Mi.com. There are two versions of the smartphone available. One comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage selling for RMB 899 or about $135 USD. The other version comes with 3GB of memory and 64GB of storage space for a price of RMB 1, 199 ($180 USD).
The phones comes with the following specs:
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system (with Xiaomi's MIUI 8.0 skin)
- MediaTek 10-Core Helio X20 processor
- 5.5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution
- Rear fingerprint sensor
- microUSB input
- 4,100 mAh battery
- 13-MP rear-facing camera with dual-tone flash
At the moment, Xiaomi has only announced the Redmi Note 4 for China. However, it is likely that nearby markets including India (where the Redmi Note 3 smartphone did very well). However, due to legal disputes with the company Ericsson, Xiaomi is currently not legally allowed to sell devices using the MediaTek processor in its devices in India. Until the dispute is settled, releasing the Redmi Note 4 in India would require that Xiaomi replace the phone's processor with a legally compliant Qualcomm processor like the Redmi 3S. The Indian version of the Redmi Note 3 had an improved rear camera compared to the original Chinese version, so it's possible the Indian version of the Note 4Redmi Note 4
CGMagazine reviewed the smartphone's previous iteration, the Redmi Note 3, and graded it a 9/10, citing a powerful and smooth user experience for an affordable price. However, the device did make some sacrifices in terms of extra features like NFC abilities and screen resolution above 1080P.