Since the launch Xiaomi has been one of the popular brands in India creating a stir in the market by offering good quality hardware in smartphones at a very budget prices.
With the launch of Xiaomi Mi3 in India, the fan base was build and they continuously released smartphones offering value propositions.
The main focus of Xiaomi was to cater to the sub Rs 10,000 segment initially, which they did and also made an impact in the Indian smartphone industry by offering Redmi 1S which offered almost same features as Galaxy S3 at one fourth price.
Now a days other smartphone players like Oppo, Vivo, Panasonic, Lenovo and Motorola have caught on to Xiaomi’s strategy and therefore given them a stiff competition.
Xiaomi has been following only one model of sales and that is flash sales, which is quite annoying to people because they eventually do not get hand on the device and by the time you actually get the device, it’s almost one to two months.
Recently Xiaomi launched it’s another entry level 4G device, the Xioami Redmi 4A, which is priced at Rs 5,999 and is available on Amazon India. If are thinking of making a switch from a feature phone, then is this the device you should look at ? Let’s have a look
What’s in the Box ?
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes in a small box which contains following things
- Xiaomi Redmi 4A
- Charger(5V , 1A)
- USB Sync Cable
- SIM insertion tool
- Warranty Papers
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes in a neat packaging with a protective film on the screen. I tried to order a Dark Grey variant but was unable to get one so I got a Rose Gold variant.
The box is quite neatly packed with USB charger and sync cable below the smartphone. The USB charger is not a fast charging one and provides an output of up to 1 Amps only at 5v. This will result in slow charging of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
The tray pin is kept between the USB Charger and sync cable and it holds quite well.
One more thing Xiaomi does not ship headphones with the device and if you do not have a headphone then you will have to purchase a good pair of headphones to listen to music.
Also Read : Good Quality headphones Below Rs 1000
Build and Design: 7/10
Xiaomi’s entry level devices have come with a poly-carbonate finish while the mid range devices came with metal bodies. Redmi 4A is no exception as an entry level device. It is a light weight device at 132 grams but sturdy to hold.
On the right hand side the volume rocker and power button provide a good feedback. The left hand side has only the sim card tray. By no means the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is thin and it measures around 8.5 mm thick.
Just like the other entry level smartphones, Xiaomi has once again ensured that there are no sharp edges on the phone. The rear 13 MP camera is placed at the top left hand corner with a single LED Flash unit besides it. A prominent MI logo is present on the lower half of the smartphone.
The speaker is present on the lower half of the rear side. Xiaomi Redmi 4A also comes with an infrared blaster on the top edge, which can control most of your equipment at home. On the top edge the noise cancellation microphone along with a 3.5 mm audio jack is also present. The display is 5-inch HD display and the keys are not back-lit but touch keys.
For charging and OTG support you can find a micro-USB port at the base of smartphone along with second noise cancellation microphone.
Overall the build quality is not bad at the available price point but if the body was all metal, it would have been one of the best smartphones in budget.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a 5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 pixel by 1280 pixel at 296 PPI (pixel per inch). The smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 SoC with a quad-core Cortex A53 processor which is clocked at 1.4GHz.
It also comes with Adreno 308GPU which takes care of all the graphics needs. Since Xiaomi Redmi 4A is an entry level device, it comes with a meager 2GB of RAM along with 16GB of internal storage. You can expand the storage capacity to 128 GB if you want by adding a suitable micro-SD card.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a hybrid dual SIM configuration option (micro SIM+ nano SIM or micro SIM + micro-SD card), and supports popular networks like WiFI 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou. It also comes with a micro USB port for data sync and charging.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A supports VoLTE on both SIM and the bands are Band 3, Band 5 and Band 40 so you can use any of the 4G service providers on your Xiaomi Redmi 4A. Reliance Jio works pretty well and you can even conference with other users using Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
One of the drawbacks of Xiaomi Redmi 4A is addition of a non-removable 3120 mAh battery, which might hinder decision of many to purchase the device.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A is an entry level smartphone and so it does not deviate from it’s tasks of performing entry level duties. The Snapdragon 425 SoC along with 2GB RAM can perform quite well on the expectations of an entry level user.
After using the smartphone for a few days, I can say that there are many instances where even after disconnecting the call, the dial screen remains present.
Although some reports suggested that there is a lag when you switch between apps but we did not notice much as we did not install any resource heavy app. If you are heavily into gaming, this smartphone might not be your type then. While for casual gamer, it is the best smartphone in Budget.
One more issue is the presence of only 16 GB internal storage, out of which you can only get around 11 GB and that tends to get used up once you start using your smartphone heavily.
During my gaming and usage, the smartphone did not heat much and neither the apps nor the smartphone shutdown due to overheating.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.2 aperture along with a 5MP front-facing camera with same aperture. The camera module is same as any other Xiaomi smartphone but better than some of the other entry level smartphones.
When you look at the image quality, there is some loss of sharpness when you zoom into the image. For casual snapping the daytime photos are good enough and you also get an option of shooting with HDR mode as well.
The low-light images tend to loose more quality and color reproduction, and the flash is not that powerful. But then again this is an entry level smartphone so do not expect much more than this.
It would be wise to say that the camera of Xiaomi Redmi 4A can put other smartphones camera to shame which are twice the price of the smartphone.
As the smartphones were introduced, the batteries remained more or less the size of feature phones but Xiaomi changed the trend with high capacity batteries.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with 3120 mAh battery, which is quite a capacity and even iPhone 7 comes with a smaller battery. Xiaomi claims a standby time of around 7 days on a single charge and the battery lasted with me for more than 2days 7 hours in casual condition( Very less calls and usage).
Verdict and Price in India
Xiaomi Redmi 4A is currently priced at Rs 5999 and at this price point you will certainly get value for money in the smartphone. The only drawback is flash sales in which only certain amount of smartphones are available each week and they all get sold in a matter of seconds.
In terms of build quality, display and battery life etc, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A tends to prove itself quite impressive.
So, if you are looking for a decent smartphone in under Rs 6000 /- then I would certainly recommend the smartphone only if you get lucky in sales.