Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi recently launched one of its budget smartphones, the Redmi 4A. Priced at Rs. 5,999 Xiaomi has provided a decent look and features on the phone. Compared to other smartphones available in the same price range in the market, Redmi 4A is winning with high scores. Followed by the a million+ units sell of Redmi Note 4 in 45 days, Xiaomi launched the Redmi 4A exclusively on Amazon.
The highlight of this budget smartphone is the 4G VoLTE support, 13MP rear camera and the IR blaster at this price point.
But is it the real winner in the budget smartphone segment in India? We did a hands-on review of a Xiaomi Redmi 4A, let’s findout our views on it.
One of the key selling point for Xiaomi has been the design of its smartphones.
The Redmi 4A at the first glance gives a metallic look but is actually made of polycarbonate. The shiny matte finish gives the phone a premium look at the price point of Rs. 5,999. I reviewed the Gold colour, and it looked pretty decent. There is an IR blaster which can be used along with the Mi Remote to control electronic devices.
The phone comes with a 5″ display and weighs around 132 grams, which makes it extremely light weight and easy to handle with one hand. It also has slightly curved edges which for a better grip.
As with every other Xiaomi phones, the volume rocker and power button are on the right hand side, and the hybrid dual SIM card tray is located on the left. The top houses a 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster, and a secondary mic while the bottom has a micro-USB port for charging and a microphone.
The hybrid dual-SIM slot can hold one Micro-SIM and either a Nano-SIM or a microSD card. Only one of the SIM cards can have 4G network while the other will have 2G, if two SIMs are being used at the same time.
The back of the phone looks stylish with the 13 MP rear camera inside a metallic ring at the top left corner. The LED flash is placed just besides it. The lower half has the Mi branding and a speaker grille section just below it.
Display & Specifications
Redmi 4A has a 5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. Three capacitive keys are placed just below of the display panel for navigation. Navigation keys are not backlit.
The phone is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz and has an Adreno 308 graphics integrated. It comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage capacity which can be extended up to 128GB using a microSD card.
Redmi 4A has a 3120mAH high capacity battery which can last up to 7 days as per the company claims. There’s no option to remove the battery from the handset.
Apart from the IR, the Redmi 4A does have Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, and Ambient light sensor. It doesn’t have the fingerprint sensor though, but this is something you can’t complain about considering the pricing.
The Redmi 4A runs on Xiaomi’s own stock firmware MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. As the phone is made in India, the latest MIUI 8 now supports 13 Indic languages including Hindi, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, and Bengali.
Xiaomi has integrated most of its features with the Redmi 4A, including the Dual Apps feature which lets the users clone an app and use two instances of it on the same phone.
Not to forget the Mi Remote app which can be used as a remote for most of your electronic products using the IR blaster.
The placement of the 13MP rear camera at the top left of the back panel looks really good and accompanied by a LED flash. The front camera is a 5MP shooter. The handset can shoot Full HD videos.
You might get a bit disappointed with the camera performance of the Redmi 4A. I tried the camera both in daylight and low lighting. I was able to take some good shots in daylight, but the low light shots were not as expected. Also what I noticed is that the focusing of the camera is not that quick, it does take some time to focus. But the shutter speed is good enough.
The front camera also works pretty well in daylight but fails to produce good quality photos in low light.
If you’re looking for a phone with good camera quality then this might not be a good fit for you.
Some shots I took from the Redmi 4A camera.
The Redmi 4A might not be the best one when it comes to performance and camera quality, but undoubtedly is one of the best entry-level smartphones for normal Indian consumers. Xiaomi has gone beyond expectation and added almost all features we have seen previously on its handsets and also a premium look at a price of just Rs. 5,999.
If you’re looking for a budget smartphone that comes with lots of handy features, then the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is the one you must consider.
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