In November 2016 Xiaomi announced three new smartphones: Redmi 4, Redmi 4a and Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime. This line is distinguished by its accessibility and excellent specifications, unusual devices on A budget level brands. This review focuses on the most equipped model Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime. Inside her chipset from Qualcomm, on top of a high resolution display, all in a metal case. In China, the new product is priced at $ 130, we have due to the additional charge merchants higher price (about $ 180).
The main advantages of Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime are a powerful processor and high-resolution screen, the other indicators are also at a decent level. More detailed information is presented below.
The first thing that catches the eye with a polished metal casing frames. Compiled smartphone soundly and apparently drawn to the cost several times higher than their own. A detailed study of all the details, found only one small drawback – during his fingers on the back of the place there is a joint between the plastic and the metal tip of the main part.
In front of the display are placed earpiece, front camera, flash and the sensor. Under the screen are three standard navigation keys without illumination.
On the back a little bit into the housing recessed camera and fingerprint reader in the form of a circle. To the left of the camera has a dual LED flash. The lower part of the antenna line and Xiaomi logo.
On the right side face of the set on / off and volume buttons.
On the left side of the tray for SIM-card and memory card.
On top of the device 3.5 mm audio jack, IR port, and an auxiliary microphone.
Below microUSB 2.0, the main speaker and microphone.
Among the smartphones with the same diagonal display Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is compact: the height of 141.3 mm, thickness 8.9 mm. With a width of 69.6 mm, it fits comfortably in the hand. Device comfortably operated with one hand, although the owners of this can be a bit difficult to female small hands. It weighs 156 grams the device, and to the entire front panel of the display area ratio is 70.1%.
In general, the design does not possess unique and similar to most other smartphones this year. Although the metal rear panel profitable it stands out from the budget devices.
Inside Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is set Snapdragon chipset 625, meanwhile, the other models range – Snapdragon 430. Although both chips contain 8 core Cortex-A53, 625 made on 14-nm process technology with improved performance and more rational energy consumption, which is quite logical. The maximum clock speed is also higher and reaches 2GHz (430 at 1.4 GHz).
In AnTuTu test our model gained about 62,000 points, which is almost a third more than the previous Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime (41700).
In GeekBench test in assessing the performance of single-core smartphone earned 819 points, and in the evaluation of multi-core performance – 3016.
Graphics processing deals with GPU Adreno 506. As far as he is better than previous versions, can be judged by the results of the test Basemark X. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime scored around 10420 points, and Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime with Adreno 505 earned a little more than 7200 points.
As you can see, the processor power is sufficient for daily tasks, watching videos and play games. In general, the smartphone an excellent performance in its price category it has no equal.
The Chinese company follows the latest trend of increasing memory, so the unit inside its 3 GB of RAM type LPDDR3 and 32GB ROM. Internal memory is expanded through microSD cards with a capacity up to 256 GB. However, the microSD card is inserted in the second hybrid slot for SIM-card. However, for non-demanding users enough available 21 gigabytes.
In completing the new device from Xiaomi only includes microUSB cable and adapter to connect to the network with 5V / 2A. As previously released Redmi 3, the new product has a battery of 4100 mAh. Battery capacity enough for the 5-inch device, but this is the first Redmi screen resolution greater than 720p. In addition, in one of the most energy-efficient chips built on the 14 nm process technology.
Talk time on 3G up to 19 hours in playback mode on the web pages with a screen brightness of 200 nits (40%) smartphone will work up to 15 hours. Video playback time with Youtube at maximum brightness and resolution FullHD amount to almost 8 hours.
The main camera has a 13 megapixel sensor with an aperture f / 2.2. If you look at the characteristics of progenitor cells, they have the aperture f / 2.0, the photo seems a little sharper and more vivid. Nevertheless, the picture quality Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime appropriate level. In the center of the frame is a good detail, but closer to the edges sometimes it gets worse.
The dynamic range is quite good, but the picture seems a little underexposed. In HDR mode and Panorama make good pictures.Here are a few pictures on the main camera:
The maximum resolution of 1080p video. Recording is carried out with a high bit rate of 20 Mbit / s, while the standard rate 17 Mbit / s. Audio bitrate of 96 kbit / s, but stereo. recording quality is high, slightly spoils the impression of the sound.
The front camera has a resolution of 5 MP and the same aperture of f / 2.2. Selfies are of good quality, but the colors are a bit muted.
At home, Xiaomi is quite possible to find a low cost device with a good LCD screen in FullHD resolution. Under 2.5D glass lies a 5-inch display with high pixel density of 441 pixels per inch. Contrast is also at a good level – a little more than 1100: 1. A wide range of brightness, night put a minimum, and the screen will not dazzle the eye, set the maximum brightness of 500 nits in sunny weather, and all the information is easy to read. Compared with the previous generation of line redmi brightness level is in the middle between the Redmi 3S and redmi 3 Pro.
The smartphone, like its predecessors, supports LTE category 7. Dual SIM installed in it: one nano standard, second – micro. One of the hybrid slots and it is possible to insert a memory card. In the settings you select which of the SIM-cards will connect to the 4G network, while the second will connect to 3G or 2G networks. Where there is no 4G, both cards will catch 3G.
Other methods of connecting to the outside world are: dual-band Wi-Fi a / b / g / n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2, FM radio. To navigate using GPS and GLONASS.
Available function wireless duplication smartphone screen using Miracast protocol. This technology allows you to transfer information between two devices that support it without the Wi-fi router.
With the help of infrared innovation turns into a universal remote control for home appliances. the company installed the machine MiRemote application for infrared radiation source to work properly.
Main speaker volume at about the same level as in the previous Xiaomi Redmi 3 and Xiaomi Redmi 3S, but worse than Redmi 2. During the call volume of the Song reaches 71.3 dB. The quality of play at a high level in the normal mode, the amplifier or headphones. Originally installed on the smartphone application for working with audio files. During the conversation the interlocutor is heard well. With two microphones your speech without serious interference is transmitted via the mobile network.
The novelty comes with Android Marshmallow and user interface MIUI 8. Among the new features MIUI 8 is “duplicate applications”, that is, you can install messenger twice with two different accounts. The second application is a yellow mark icons below, so you at any time to distinguish them among themselves.
Dual spaces ( «Two accounts”) leads to two desktops, each of which will be with its own set of applications, widgets, wallpaper and more to it, you can configure access through another Scan fingerprint or password. After setting different passwords both accounts, depending on your desires are completely separated, or from one to another, you can transfer files and settings. It is also possible to receive notifications from the second desktop. Switching between the two accounts is simple, but not lightning.
Another useful feature of MIUI 8: the ability to take screenshots of entire web page. When making a screenshot, enough to scroll to the end, and then the software glue or cut frames received.
Proper application “Security” smartphone scans for viruses, manages the blacklist, monitors battery consumption, clean your memory and manage permissions for installed applications. Now he added function battery consumption monitor individual applications and the ability to apply restrictions to the selected program.
Another interesting application “Compass” shows the direction of the magnetic needle in real time, you can keep track of where the West / East / South / North.
At the moment something difficult to surprise the consumer, the more some interesting functions are the prerogative of the flagships. Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime has nothing special, but the entire set of its characteristics, taking into account its price unique offer in the market. One of the interesting features that might interest buyers, creating two accounts, and installing two of the same application. Now many several SIM-cards, one of which can be used for work and one for himself. This function is easy to separate these spheres of life and immediately have access to all their accounts in social networks. However, Prime Redmi 4 is not the only smartphone with MIUI 8.
With such a ratio price / quality is difficult to indicate any significant disadvantages. We recall only that the photos are a bit dull and the battery is not removable.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime will suit young people, which must be all at once at a modest price. For the representatives of the older generation it will be also a good option, but before use they will need someone to help you in customizing. This is due to the fact that Xiaomi is not a circle is a quality translation of the menu.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is a great balanced middling at an affordable price. Even given the fact that its value we will be a little higher for the money is hard to find something better. Our survey shows that 4 Redmi Prime has a powerful iron, good autonomy, quality screen and camera bearable.