Xiaomi Redmi 4A First Impressions: All-round package under a budget

Killing it!!

By Sudhanshu Singh | Mar 20, 2017, 04.47 PM IST
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Xiaomi India has unveiled their entry-level smartphone Redmi 4A in India. Looking at its price, which is Rs. 5,999, the smartphone seems to be a killer in its segment. Xiaomi has incorporated every possible upgrade to the smartphone and it definitely looks like a worthy buy.

I got to spend some quality time with the budget beast and I immediately sensed the potential it has for Indian market. There is a huge demand for budget smartphones in India, and the Redmi 4A seems to be covering the compromises on quality with phones of this range.

Without wasting any more time, let us start with the hands on experience of the Redmi 4A.

Read:Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review

The Redmi 4A comes with a compact 5-inch IPS display, with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). There is no word about protection on display glass but the quality feels decent. The smartphone has a good display when compared to other phones of this range.

In terms of appearance, it looks crisp, bright and vivid. The 5-inch display keeps the pixels enclosed tightly with 294ppi density. The viewing angles of the phone are also impressive, but you may experience a fade-out while looking at it from extreme angles. But that’s pretty usual with budget smartphones.

If you are someone who prefers bigger screens for better multimedia experience, then this phone might not be the best choice for you.

Redmi 4A comes packed in a unibody metal shell just like the Redmi 3s. The small form-factor definitely makes it a charm to use it with one hand. The build quality looks and feels like metal but its actually good quality plastic with a metallic coat on top. However, it does not feel cheap at all.

It has a flat back design with slight curves on the edges to make it sit perfectly in your palm. There is nothing flashy in the design and looks very elegant instead. The feedback from volume and power keys is great, also the capacitive navigation keys at the bottom is a plus.

The Redmi 4A runs on a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz coupled with 2GB of RAM. For breakthrough graphic performance, it has the Adreno 308 GPU, which is good enough to run games like Dead Trigger 2 with an ease.

It has 16GB internal storage with an option to upgrade up to 128GB via the Hybrid SIM slot. The overall hardware specifications of the smartphone is rare in this price segment. Although, the missing fingerprint sensor is quite a disappointment.

The Redmi 4A runs on stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8.0 on top. As many of us know, the MIUI comes along with a bunch of customization options and features. For someone who likes playing around with their smartphone will surely like the wide array of features it offers.

During my short encounter with the smartphone, I did not feel any stutter or lag in the UI and the appearance is also pretty neat. Xiaomi has always been focusing on their software, and has succeeded in making the user experience much better.

The Redmi 4A sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, a 5-lens system, an f/2.2 aperture, and an LED flash, while the front camera bears a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.

Although, I didn't expect a lot from the camera it still does a decent job for the price it comes for. If you are in well-lit situations, both the cameras can satisfy if you are not ‘greedy’ for pixels. Frankly speaking, its quite unfair to call a camera good or bad at this price point, but Redmi 4A can impress you if I compare it with the competition.

Also Read: Honor 6X vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

As far as my initial thoughts about the smartphone are concerned, it is definitely a cool product coming out of Xiaomi’s bag. The specifications look good on paper, and my experience with the phone was also on the positive side. It has a good design, decent cameras, good display and enough power under the hood. It would have been better with a fingerprint sensor, but I think Xiaomi has skipped it to keep the price under control.

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