Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A series has been launched in China. Here’s what is new in these smartphones.
Xiaomi Redmi 4, Redmi 4A smartphones, newer versions of the budget Redmi 3 series, have been announced in China. The Redmi 3 phones were first launched in January 2016, and 11 months on, Xiaomi has upgraded them with three new variants named as Redmi 4. Redmi is the budget series of the Chinese technology company and offers solid specifications at an affordable price. In India, Xiaomi launched the Redmi 3S, Redmi 3S Prime smartphones after the Redmi Note 3.
So what has changed with the new Redmi 4 phones?
For starters, the Redmi 4 phones comes in three variants: Redmi 4 Standard Edition, Redmi 4 Pro edition, and finally the budget Redmi 4A. For Xiaomi launching different versions of the same with a tweak in RAM, storage options or processor has now become a standard practice. For instance, the Redmi Note 3 came in a 3GB RAM +32GB variant, as well as 2GB RAM+16GB variant.
Redmi 4 Pro edition has a 5-inch 1080p display, better than the 720p resolution offered by the earlier Redmi 3 phones, and on the standard Redmi 4, Redmi 4A variants. The Pro version also gets extra RAM and storage at 3GB and 32GB, along with a higher-end Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor clocked at 2.0 Ghz. The GPU is Adreno 506 clocked at 650 Mhz.
The new Redmi 4 phones come with a metal unibody design and curved 2.5D glass on the front. Also both phones come with a fingerprint sensor on the back. The design language is very similar to what we have seen on the earlier Redmi 3S, Redmi 3, Redmi Note 3 series. With the Redmi 4 standard edition, the processor is a Snapdragon 430 octa-core one clocked at 1.4Ghz and it comes with 2GB RAM+16GB storage. The GPU on the Redmi 4 standard edition is Adreno 505 clocked at 450MHz.
Xiaomi has kept the camera as same on both phones: 13MP on the back with PDAF, flash and 5MP on the front. Both phones also sport the exact same dimensions and weight: 141.3mm x 69.6mm x 8.9mm and 156g. The battery remains the same as the Redmi 3 series at 4100 mAh.
Sensors on the Redmi 4 Pro and Standard edition are: GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Infrared, Gyro, Acceleration, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor. Xiaomi is sticking with its hybrid dual-SIM slot on both the phones. The Pro edition is priced at 899 Yuan, while the standard edition comes at 699 Yuan.
The below chart shows the difference between the Redmi 4 series and the Redmi 3, Redmi 3S/3S Prime.