Redmi Note 4

Redmi Note 4 makes global debut in India, priced from INR9,999/MYR652

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Following the success of the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has released its successor – Redmi Note 4. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, the Redmi Note 4 hits India first, ahead of all other markets.

The Redmi Note 3 was one of my favourite Xiaomi devices of 2016. It was well put together, packed plenty of flagship-level specs, and offered at typically Xiaomi affordable price. In India, the Redmi Note 3 became the highest-shipped smartphone ever in the online space in India (IDC, 2016). It shipped over 3.6 million units in India, in 2016.

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With the Redmi Note 4, Xiaomi has made further enhancements and improvements over its budget phablet. It sports a premium metal body with anodised high-gloss aluminum lines and symmetric design. It happens to be the first Redmi smartphone to feature 2.5D curved glass on the front.

Redmi Note 4

Like its predecessor, it features a 5.5-inch Full HD display on the front, and rear fingerprint sensor.

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For the very first time, the Redmi Note will also be available in matte Black, to complement Dark Grey and Gold colour options.

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 uses the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. It’s the first chip in its class to use 14nm FinFET technology. As you know, smaller means more power-efficiency and better heat dissipation compared to 28nm-based chips.

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Redmi Note 4

Power-efficiency also translates to better battery life. The 4,100mAh works in tandem with the new chip to help it average 25% longer battery life than the outgoing Redmi Note 3.

Camera-wise, there are no surprises. A 13MP f/2.0 BSI sensor with PDAF and large 1.12-micron pixels takes up the task on the rear. Up front there’s a 5MP f/2.0 selfie camera.

In terms of storage, the base model offers a decent 32GB and up to 64GB of onboard storage for the range-topping 4GB RAM variant. There’s also an option to expand storage further via microSD (up to 128GB).

The Redmi Note 4 is a dual-SIM device and is fully compatible with India’s 4F LTE networks, supporting LTE Band 5 with VoLTE.

Xiaomi says that an MIUI 8 beta based on Android N version will be available soon.

Redmi Note 4

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Pricing and availability

Sales of the Redmi Note 4 will start at 12PM on 23 January, exclusively on Mi.com and Flipkart. No pre-registrations necessary.

Prices start at INR9,999/MYR652 (2GB RAM + 32GB flash), INR10,999/MYR718 (3GB RAM + 32GB flash) and INR12,999/MYR848 (4GB RAM + 64GB flash).

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