Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Review- The Budget Shifu


Rs. 7223


    • Vibrant display
    • Smooth UI performance
    • High end optics
    • Commendable battery backup
    • Awesome sound processor


    • Heavy
    • Slippery smooth back

Redmi Note 4G is a high end on budget like its 3G variant, rather multiple times better; the ‘do all, low paul’ device you have been waiting for.
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My review of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G comes late, and it might be the last you are reading.

I had said a lot already about the Note 4G before it was made available on Flipkart at a price of Rs 9,999. Many things were found to be true; though it wasn’t without using the phone did I make such statements as it is. So I decided to do an interval check-up of the phone, using it for more than a month to see how well (and for how long) it justifies its benchmark results; thus the delay.

Meantime, a dual SIM Cyanogen Mod 11 based smartphone Yureka from the house of Yu, which is Micromax subsidiary but “not Micromax” was launched and I was able to keep it along for a better (and a comparative) study.

The star rating tells you which one is better overall, but none of them is really a replacement of the other. The Yureaka is lighter, slimmer and fitter with a more powerful Qualcomm octa core CPU. But I keep my bias on Note 4G. Read on, and you will find out why.

Design and Built

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

Same as the Redmi Note 3G.

Same weight of around 200g; it’s quite heavy!

Below the back cover, you will find one mini SIM slot instead of two. The back cover developed some scratches since I didn’t put a protective cover. But it retains the smoothness.

And so, it’s still slippery, and this one too has slipped out of my hands on various occasions, sometime screen down on a wet floor. But everything still works perfectly.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Built

Being a 5.5 inch phone, these things are dangerous if you take your phone synonymous to car keys, sport watches, vegetable or pillow; like I do. But Redmi Note 4G is still alive and living with me. It’s not a miracle, and you can’t rely on one for a big screen phone like this one. But keep it like a holy book and hopefully you will be able to sell it further someday or stay away from service center.

The phone’s display is protected with a Corning Gorilla glass which has developed a few hairline scratches now, but it still keeps smudges off and wiping makes it like new again.

The phone is not one of the best designed in the price segment and might be the heaviest one among the commons. But the built is decent and offers good overall user experience.

Performance and extras

Redmi Note 4G runs pretty much every game absolutely fine. Here’s a video for most graphic intensive games it can run. But you should care for more.

The phone runs a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.6 GHz quad core CPU coupled to 2 GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage and Adreno 305 GPU. Below are the benchmarks which are not very impressive when compared to high end phones that the Note wants to compete and even the Redmi Note 3G. But there’s a huge difference in the UX.


A simple example or rather a test that even you can carry out -start cameras on both the phones and click a picture. It takes a micro second on Note 4G; it can take a second or even two on the Note 3G. Another way is play a 1080p movie and seek in the timeline by swiping across the screen. You will notice no irritating lags if the phone is swift and powerful (use same video players on the both competitors).

Throughout the interface, you will find such small differences which make a huge impact on the overall user experience of the device.

At the price, the kind of smoothness demonstrated on the kind of interface is appreciable, compared to Note 3G or even Yureka. In the review period, it was filled with a lot of apps, and I installed and deleted a lot of apps to deliberately to create unused files and app entries, mimicking a real use scenario. A 16 GB micro SD card with no space was also added.

It still works as fluid. But it’s not a superphone-there are things it can’t do so fluildly. And be informed that these are only very specific conditions that only a few high end phones are spared of.

The phone only lags occasionally while multitasking on heavy apps requiring 3G Internet, when furnished with some specific third party themes; freeing up filled internal storage helps.

Things like data sharing over Bluetooth/Wi-Fi, phone to external transfers, video/picture loading, app transitions, GPS locking (generally) happen quick.

The phone is also fitted with dual-band Wi-Fi that communicates faster with a dual-band router to take full advantage of its bandwidth.

It is also fitted with a great sound processor and a speaker. Music through headphones offer heavier thumps and mids, Beats Audio’s repertoire of sorts; and the speakers are not very loud but its crispness reminds me of the front blasters on 2nd generation Moto X (though rear placement makes a lot of difference).


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Display

Xiaomi has been a master in fitting its low-segment phones with comparatively vivid displays, making them a favorite among the masses.

Its interface too has soft and colorful rendering to it that enhances the overall effect. But the display on Redmi Note 4G really has good color rendering itself, especially compared to Yureka, that feels a little over-processed; brighter, but not that accurate.

The 720p display has a pixel density of 320dpi and has good viewing angles. Coupled to a smooth touch top, the overall experience, of using the phone’s display, is greatly enhanced.

Battery Backup

Another most amusing thing about the Redmi Note 4G is it’s battery backup. A 3100mAh Lithium Polymer battery is tied to the phone that charges up in the same time as a 2000mAh battery with the bundled 2A charger. It rises from dead to hundred percent in about 2.5-3 hours (switched off – using fully).But the discharging data is more surprising.Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G Ranking

The Antutu battery tester bestows it with 8488 points in worse conditions, putting it on the top of list. (A 5 hour test, the Antutu Tester Battery test checks the battery with all the possible use-case scenarios and ranks it accordingly).

In real use, the phone delivers and impressive 2 days of backup on normal use-i.e. couple of hours of calling, WhatsApp, browsing, gaming each and intermittent camera use. Intensive use includes data with Wi-Fi tethering, video playback on Bluetooth headset and a few hours of music playback above and over the normal use parameters. The phone stays for 20-24 hours, which is a great number compared to most 5.5 inch phones.

Till date, it maintains this backup which shows that it lives up its benchmarks. In 2 percent battery, it can still squeeze out a 25 minute call easily. If it stays with me, I will be updating these figures after 6 months, which will be critical not only for the Redmi Note 4 but for all Xiaomi phones.


Note 4G runs the MIUI V5

Note 4G runs the MIUI V5 out of the box on top of Android 4.4.2 KitKat. MIUI V6 has been rolled out for testing already for the 4G as I write and should be available for update in India sometime in February.

The phone’s interface too is very similar to the 3G variant which also runs the MIUI V5. Customizable to a good extent, the interface keeps everything on home and adjacent screens (there’s no app drawer). The icons are big and drop down menus are customizable; so are actions performed by long-press of capacitive keys, font types and sizes, themes and stuff.

Toggles, like ones in the drop-down menu, can be added on the home screens or the static bar at bottom in individual icons. When at the home screen, a single touch can toggle Wi-Fi, data, Bluetooth, DND, etc..

Note 4G Interface

The Do Not Disturb feature keeps the phone silent when activated. It can be scheduled for specific time for every day with exceptions for particular contacts or for repetitive calls occurring again within 3 minutes.

The phone uses Google Keyboard with swipe function. Two preloaded keyboard are added to the phone-SwiftKey and Flexy, the latter being a different breed altogether and available on Note 4G only. It can change shape, become invisible and learn as you use it.


Redmi note 4G Camera

The optics on Note 4G are similar to that on Note 3G but with a much snappier shutter enough to win it accolades in the sub 15K segment. Below are some sample shots.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G camera Sample

The 13MP camera has great details.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G camera Sample1

The Auto-focus is fast and works accurately enough for some cool macros.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G camera Sample2

Or Landscapes.

The 13MP camera carries a BSI sensor but the low light photography wasn’t as impressive. It’s just okay-ish for a 13MP camera and you might need to summon the HDR mode to compensate that.

Video recording on the camera can hit 1080p with good clarity and can be scaled down to 720p which is the default resolution, to keep tab on the video size. There are a few filters you can apply and a fast mode that is equivalent of time lapse.

Final Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G comes out to be one of the best Xiaomi devices ever. It’s heavy, but that’s pretty much the only bad thing about it. In 10k segment, it’s difficult to find a top notch device that is fully a multimedia freak, performs great every way and goes on full day with ease. Highly recommended if you can handle a 5.5 inch phone and the “it’s Chinese” retorts.

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Rahul Sethi

Rahul Sethi

Talk about what technology can do and he gets as curious as the cat they talk about. Since childhood he has been assisting people around him in the quest for knowing their new devices. Through us he now has a wider audience.