Xiaomi Redmi 4A : A worthy entry level smartphone for the first time buyer?

The smartphone is an indivisible part of the user’s digital life in today’s world. More and more users are shifting from using feature phones to using smartphones to get that elusive smartphone experience.

The Chinese tech firm Xiaomi has set the Indian Smartphone of fire after it’s initial entry with the Xiaomi Mi3.

Recently, the smartphone maker Xiaomi released the Redmi 4A in India on March 22, 2017. This device was much anticipated after it’s announcement last year in November.

Even though Xiaomi has won customer trust and satisfaction with its device range but does the Redmi 4A smartphone live up to the people’s expectation and hype ?

Redmi 4A, Power to Everyone!

Let’s have a good look at the latest budget smartphone from Xiaomi and does it do justice to its tagline, i.e. Power to Everyone.

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Design: –

Redmi 4A carries forward the same full metal body design from Xiaomi that started from the release of Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3S devices, but let this not fool you since it only looks metallic as it contains chrome coating on its polycarbonate body to give it the good look and feel overall.

It is available in a range of colors such as Gold, Rose Gold, and Dark Grey. with a company that follows Apple aggressively with relation to its design philosophy, the Rose Gold color option shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Hardware: –

Redmi 4A comes with an impressive hardware portfolio for an entry level smartphone.

Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425

CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU: Adreno 308

RAM: 2 GB

Internal Storage: 16 / 32 GB variants

Expandable Storage: up to 256 GB via SIM slot 2

Software: –

Redmi 4A uses a custom skin on Android made by Xiaomi, i.e. MIUI ( pronounced Me You I ).

OS: Android – 6.0 ( Marshmallow ) with MIUI – 8.0 on top of it.

Camera: –

The Camera department is pretty decent too.

Primary: 13 MP, having focal length – 2.2 with  Autofocus and LED flash. It shoots 1080p video @ 30fps

Secondary: 5 MP, having focal length –  2.2

Features: Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face / Smile Detection, HDR, Panorama

Display: –

While many budget smartphones comprise on this department, Redmi 4A provides a Crisp Display with Good Colour Saturation for its price

Display Type: IPS LCD Capacitive Multitouch Touchscreen, 16 Million Colours

Display Size: 5.0 inches ( ~69.0% screen-to-body ratio ).

Screen Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (~296 ppi pixel density).

Network: –

Connectivity options are also a plentiful here. The new smartphone user can easily switch between different networks as per the needs.

Network Type: GSM / HSPA / LTE.

SIM Type: Dual SIM with Second SIM as Hybrid Micro – SD slot.

Battery: –

While other smartphone manufacturers tend to often neglect the budget smartphone segment with meager battery life, Xiaomi’s smartphone shines here.

Battery Type: Non-removable Li-Ion 3120 mAh battery.

thetechiesguide Verdict for the Redmi 4A: –

Design: 4 / 5.

Could have been a perfect 5 if it had a genuine all-metal coating and not just chrome coating on it.

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Hardware: 4 / 5.

Though some smartphones may offer 0cta-core Mediatek chipsets, their Qualcomm counterparts are much better.

Also, most apps don’t utilize more than Single-Core so Quad-Core Snapdragon 425 can easily handle multitasking for the average new smartphone user and more.

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Software: 3.5 / 5.

Although Xiaomi provides more software updates compared to other Android Vendors, still its MIUI skin on top of stock Android may feel sluggish sometimes especially when the user installs multiple apps.

Apart from this, MIUI provides loads of customization options without the user having to install separate apps for it.

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Camera: 4 / 5.

The Camera setup included here is pretty decent for an entry-level smartphone.

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Display: 4 / 5.

The Display is very good for a smartphone in the price range of about ₹ 6k.

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Battery: 4.5 / 5.

The Battery can easily withstand a day or more of usage ranging from moderate to light usage.

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Overall: 4 / 5.

The Redmi 4A smartphone provides overall better value for money than most smartphones and a Brand Name that you can trust.

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