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Analyst Says Don’t Expect SD652 Variant of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

by Habeeb Onawole 16

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was launched 3 weeks ago. The phone sports a 5.5” FHD display like the Note 3, it also comes in two RAM+ROM variants (2GB+16GB and 3GB+64GB).

Apart from the storage option doubled in the 3GB RAM version, the other major change in the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the Mediatek Helio X20 SoC.

Most people speculated that Xiaomi will launch another version with a Snapdragon 652 processor, just like they launched a snapdragon 650 version of the Redmi Note 3, which originally came with a Helio X10 chip. But analyst, Pan Jiutang says that will not be happening.


So for those of you who have been staving off the purchase of a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 because you are expecting a snapdragon version, Mr Jiutang says your wish will not be fulfilled so you better pick up the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now.

If Xiaomi truly doesn’t launch a snapdragon version of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, that doesn’t mean they won’t do so for the Xiaomi Redmi Pro, which in my opinion needs a snapdragon version more than the former.

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Don’t want to wait for Xiaomi? Then you can grab the LeEco and Coolpad collaboration, the Cool1, which has a Snapdragon 652 processor, dual rear cameras, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, a 4060mAh battery, and runs Android 6.0 for about the same $200 price.

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  • Adam Irvine

    Without the SD version it won’t sell very well to the west… The only reason I’ve pitched them across to my family, friends and colleagues is because Xiaomi did such a good job of the Redmi Note 3 Pro for the Indian market by making it fully English language supported and integrating the Google Play services in…

    • José Rodrigues

      i understand…snapdragon is great…an mediateck………….well, their first problem is not releasing their drivers open to dev…

      but x20, x25 are already open….and miui works very well in redmi note 3 (good gps an 4G) because xiaomi and meizu are the best phones that uses mediateck

      Why? because xiaomi and meizu understand how mediatek works

      Of course i would prefer mi 5, mi note 2 (waiting), and mi max

      but for a budget phone is great

      THE ONly thing i want is: FASTBOOT for mediatek devices to work gooooooddddddd, just like snapdragon

  • Jh1

    Hoping to see a review of the cool1 dual here in the near future

  • Wolvie

    Damn, Redmi note 4 without Snapdragon SOC version is a BIG NO for me, i will not even think to buy any smartphone if they are using Mediatek SOC inside. I’ve got so many problem with mediatek in the past that i do not wish to remember anymore.

    Time to look for other brands. Sorry Xiaomi, you’ve just lost 1 of your loyal fan.

    • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

      That was in the past, their current cpus are fine. The biggest issues with MTK was and still is the limited dev support for custom roms.

  • Vishal Giri

    so it will be SD653 then!!

  • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

    Ok, then drop the price of the Mi Note 2. No SD for RN4 and Mi Note 2 abovw $400 I won’t buy any of the phones.

    • Nico

      Same feeling here!!! Well done.

      • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

        🙁 I’m just sad what they did there.

    • XaErO

      Well friend, it’s just a prediction made by an analyst .. It is never confirmed by Xiaomi !!

      • Mr.Flying Zoom3rz

        These rumors often predict the true when it comes. 🙁

  • Jean Leon

    Well, if its true, i hope the redmi pro will have a snapdragon version, but i xiaomi doesnt make a snapdragon verion of redmi note 4 they couldny sell it in india, and redmi note 3 is the alltime-best-seller phone of xiaomi in that country.

  • tommyboy7

    If they cannot sale the Mediatek version in India, you can be sure a SD version is coming. I think this is just designed, so people will buy the existing Note 4, which in my opinion is really not a bad phone. But SD version would make it a killer. So just stay tuned, it’s coming, sooner or later.

  • Lupo

    The same “analyst” made some other predictions that proved to be incorrect.

  • Paras Shah

    SD soc phones have great dev support just take Redmi Note 3 pro and One plus 3 for instance, both have received android nougat with cm14 mere weeks after official rollout. Meanwhile Mtk devices dont get updates for months.
    And why dont xiaomi get rid of the 2gb 16gb variant even Apple has moved over it. Its just plain useless.

  • bilbao

    I dont see the point upgrading from redmi note 3 pro to this note 4. Just buy a note 3 pro and you will get nougat soon 🙂
    No more mtk for me. Ever.