Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is 11-th in a row smartphone company Xiaomi released in 2016. It would seem that a mainstream segment and so sated enough proposals from this manufacturer. For example, a still relatively affordable “storm” devices market recently by Redmi Note 3 Pro. Not everyone managed to buy this device as the Redmi lineup replenished another PHABLET.
Now it remains to find out whether the new product stand out from its predecessor in terms of design, filling, stability in work and cost. The first thing that might interest a potential buyer – Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is equipped with 10-core processor. And the price is more than attractive: from 167 USD for the version with 16 GB. 64 GB version will cost at least 222 dollars. Prices are accurate at the time of writing this review.
The smartphone received “all-metal” design: the lovers of the assembly approve. Metal casing matt, non-slip in hand. Instead of plastic inserts are installed much thinner seams of plastic. Display and front panel covered with 2.5D glass.
Color variations: silver / golden rear panel in combination with a white front part, and gray “heel” in conjunction front panel dark. The back of the almost one to one copies the masthead Redmen Pro, only in place of the second chamber is installed fingerprint. To speed sensor and the correctness of the claim no.
Severe bends on edges of the rear panels have a positive effect on the ease of one-handed grip. A thin glossy bezel underlines the oblique cut at the ends, adding a special charm to the design.
Illuminates the very dim, but for use in the dark that’s enough. Above the screen is set at a right angle LED events. Combined SIM card slot and a USB flash drive tray located on the left side face, buttons for power and volume control – on the right.
On the bottom edge is a MicroUSB connector (with OTG support), on either side of it – neat holes. The fact that right – the speaker, to the left – the microphone. On the top edge are located: a second microphone, IR port, and 3.5 mm audio jack.
The result: visually and tactilely Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is perceived much better than its predecessor.
At the core of the hardware is top processor MediaTek Helio X20 (64-bit, 10 cores). “Shock” performance provided by 2 Cortex-A72 cores with a frequency of 2.1 GHz. The remaining 8 core Cortex-A53 – the less powerful, and distributed processing for tasks that do not require high computing power. As the graphics chip used is not weak Mali-T880 MP4. Impressive and synthetic test results of performance: up to 85 thousand points in Antutu..
Features “on paper” and tsiferki benchmarks are impressive. But more important than reality. Specifically for this device 10 cores importance greatly overstated. Yes, the smartphone is easy to cope with all daily tasks, the system interface is smartly. However, in the same “tanchiki” does not get to play at maximum graphics settings.
It is considered that in this situation to blame throttling: when a certain temperature level of the processor automatically reduces the frequency. Naturally, to the detriment of productivity. In normal operation this is not noticeable, but the drop in FPS in 3D games and related logs – provided. But the problems with overheating here and will not be close.
The standard version has 2GB of RAM, and 16 GB main memory. In the extended version – 3 GB of RAM, and a built-in storage – as much as 64 GB. The amount of internal storage there is a serious gap between the versions. If necessary, the shortage of space to store your own files, you can neutralize the external drive format MicroSD (up to 128GB). “Only” need to abandon the use of the second SIM card.
Regardless of the amount of RAM (2 GB or 3), undemanding users will be pleased with the rapid and relatively stable operation of the device. But advanced users face a shortage of RAM, even in the extended version (with 3 GB of RAM). At the same time, you can run a maximum of 3 applications. If there will be 4 or more, they simply unloaded from memory. The smartphone can not be forced to send notifications even from the most important applications: activated “protection” from memory overload.
There are suggestions that the reason lies in insufficient optimized software. It is possible that future updates will correct the situation.
The battery is sufficiently capacious 4100 mAh. Autonomy normal, but not outstanding: the charge is enough for one day of active use. With moderate usage – 1.5 days, from budget users battery will last for 2 days. At maximum load the smartphone stand 4-5 hours maximum. Fast Charge Technology does not support. To completely fill the charge required 2 hrs. 25 min.
Good day, terrible night: it is a brief description of the 13-megapixel main camera Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. PV modules with an aperture f / 2.0 is supplemented with flash and autofocus quick PDAF. “Camera” application interface is no different from other budget models Xiaomi, full manual mode not only simplified its variation with the basic features.
No significant progress in improving the quality of the survey compared to previous models there. During the day under ideal lighting conditions, you can get detailed images with good color reproduction. The dynamic range of the average for sharpening photos can not forget about HDR mode. With macroshot machine copes perfectly.
In the room with artificial light in the work enters the soft squelch, so the level of detail acceptable.
At night and in the evening all the expected bad: low detail, zamylennost noises.
Movie is available in 1920 x 1080 resolution (30 f / s). Supported by the slow- and fast-shooting in HD resolution (1280 x 720). Movies – normal in quality still photography devaysu given better. The front camera (5 megapixel, f / 2.0) with sufficient lighting produces acceptable results.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is equipped with a remarkable IPS OGS screen diagonal of 5.5 inches, with a resolution FullHD (1920 x 1080). brightness range is wide, with a minimum level of illumination during the day almost can not see anything, but in total darkness the screen does not blind eyes. At the maximum value (450 cd / m2) can safely use smartphone bright sunny days. The viewing angles are good, contrast loss can be seen only when viewed under the “extreme” angles.
As the protective glass installed a cheaper analog of Gorilla Glass (the manufacturer is not specified). To the glass were first scratch quite a few times to walk with the device in your pocket. Oleophobic layer rather qualitative: the finger slides easily on the glass, prints are erased in one motion.
The hybrid tray you can put 2 SIM: a micro format, the second – nano (installed instead of MicroSD flash card). Smartphone can be connected to the 2G / 3G / 4G networks. There is a Bluetooth 4.2 module, a WiFi capable of operating in two bands: 2.4 and 5 GHz. I am glad the presence of IR-port, which can be used for home appliances remote control. Navigation capabilities: GPS / A-GPS + GLONASS. On the role of navigator device copes very well, and the work of all other communication issues do not arise.
The main multimedia speaker located on the bottom edge: another small unlike Redmen Notes 3. This rear panel looks more harmonious. And the incoming call is not muffled when your smartphone screen is on the table top. The quality of the sound – nothing special, more importantly, that the sound is not flat, and the volume average, that is quite sufficient. The sound in the headphones of good clean, loud, detailed.
At the moment, the smartphone received an upgrade to a global version of MIUI v8. This is a multilingual version, Google-services, without hieroglyphics and Chinese applications. The shell is based on the operating system Android 6.0. It features nice interface, flexible configuration options. At the same time, it pointed out the problems with the optimization of the firmware (remember problems with RAM). During operation, may appear less obvious flaws.
However, MIUI is regularly refined and updated. There is no doubt that over time the developers will bring the OS to near perfect condition.
To unlock the screen will no longer need to raise smart phone on the table, and then flip it to make it to the scanner. Now, the screen can be activated by double-tapu.
Also worth mentioning about such innovations as Dual apps and Second Space. The first allows you to “clone” any application for authorization to it under two different accounts. The second allows you to share the workspace 2 Profile: each will have its registration, an individual set of software and customized settings.
For those who want a beautiful and functional PHABLET at a reasonable price. Adjusting for the fact that the user is willing to put up with the current instability of the software, and does not count on high-quality night shots. Fans of Xiaomi profitable to postpone the purchase of the device, to a stable firmware release. Or in general, skip the “four”, waiting for the next model.
Serious innovation compared to Redmi Note 3 PRO is not noticed. That is the third version of the owners makes no sense to pay attention to “four”. Another thing, if we consider the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, as an independent unit and not to conduct comparative analogies. In this case, it is quite a good smartphone, worthy of attention.