Redmi 4A Review! Power to Everyone?
Hey whatsup guys I am Sarath here, Actually earlier this month I picked up 2 smartphones, one was the Redmi Note 4 which I review on this blog about 2 weeks ago and the other was the Redmi 4A, which I probably thought to use it as my secondary device. But after using it for a while now everything has changed, as MKBHD said cheap phones are getting good and good phones are getting cheap. That’s exactly the case with the Redmi 4A. Yeah I really wanna talk about it. So with that being said let’s gets started.
So when I first switched from the Redmi Note 4 to the Redmi 4A, the first thing I noticed is the device is many times lighter than the note 4 as it weighs only 131 grams.because it’s fully made of up polycarbonate and there is no involvement of metal anywhere in the device. And the in hand feel is also good and it surely not that bad compared to the devices of the same price. But it’s also not extraordinary. O also the phone itself feels really really compact as it has 5inch 720p display with ppi of 294 but in spite of just being only HD display, colours do pop up and its vivid and vibrant.I have no complaints about the display considering its price which it sells at.
Now Taking a look at the back side it has those fake antenna lines in the top and bottom which makes the device to look lot more classy and premium than it actually its. O the speakers are placed at a weird position so you would always block the sound when your phone is lying on the table which is a bummer. ANd On the left side there is a hybrid sim card slot, which accepts 2 sims or 1 sim with a microsd card..Which in this case you are forced to use a microsd card as you don’t have enough space as it only comes with 16Gb.
Under the hood, Redmi 4A comes with respectable snapdragon 425 processor which has a quad core 1.4 ghz CPU along with adreno 308 gpu. The phone is smooth but not fast. But although it’s not fast which you can’t expect flagship speeds in this price, It has really changed my thoughts on the entry level cheap phones which never feel this smooth as this one. This can easy handle most everyday task decently well , though the app loading time is really slow but it’s acceptable looking at the price it sells at.
O It also has got 2GB of ram so multi tasking is also decent as it has around half the RAM left for you to use. The only place where the Redmi 4A falls is the gaming, it really struggles when comes to gaming, don’t get me wrong, this device is capable of playing low intensive games like subway surfs, insanity with zero lags, but it falls behind when you play high title games which you can never expect at this price.
Overall the performance is decent and never a problem for an ideal consumer who uses the phone just for texting, calling and sometimes playing some light games. But the only thing I missed switching from Redmi Note 4 was the fingerprint sensor, Yeah when i started using this one I was constantly searching for the fingerprint sensor at the back, but now I got used to drawing patterns which was not a big deal breaker for me.
Now getting into the camera, The 13-megapixel shooter can take quick shots and lock focus on objects correctly with a single tap. In outdoor situations, it captured most colours accurately, but there wasn’t much details. And the Indoor shots with limited light look blurry and distorted. Talking about the selfie camera it has got a 5MP shooter and it can take decent selfies and sometimes blurry but you can’t expect camera to be too good at this price point.
And at the end of the day, to power this budget beast there is a 3120 mah inside which performs exceptionally well and O it even comes closer to Redmi Note 4 battery life.In the video playback test the Redmi 4A lasted for 11 hours and 8 minutes, and It took about 2 hr and 16min to charge the phone fully. It takes advantage of its low resolution display. And I got screen on time of about 5-6hrs which is really exceptional for the price. And also the standby time is great as I went to sleep at 100% and woke at 97% which is reliable.
Talking about reliability, the phone’s biggest asset is MIUI, it runs on MIUI 8.2.6 which is a skinned version of Android Marshmallow. When comparing phones of the price range. Nothing can deliver this kind of smoothness the UI offers. It doesn’t comes with bloatware which normally phones at this price range comes with. Though MIUI is a skinned version of android, it offers some nifty little features like dual apps, which allows you to create and sign into dual accounts for any app, and that includes WhatsApp, Facebook, and more.
And One handed mode for easy access to all corners of the device and much more to enhance the overall software experience. And other features which you will only appreciate once using it. Yeah I will be uploading a full video focusing on MIUI features, so stick around.
Now finally, Talking about the availability, Xiaomi still runs annoying flash sale on MI.com and amazon exclusively on Fridays every week. The phone is available in 3 colours they are Gold, Rose Gold and Grey and it retails at 5999 INR which is cheapest offering from Xiaomi. So wrapping up, the video, the Redmi 4A has impressed me a lot considering its price as its the cheapest smartphone offered by xiaomi period. And I think it’s worth the every penny you spend.
Overall its great for ideal consumers out there who are looking for their first entry level smartphone.This is never disappoint them. So that’s my take on the Redmi 4A. If you liked the article consider liking and sharing. Thanking for reading and I will catch you guys in the next one.