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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Official: Two SD Versions, Large Battery, Starts at 699 Yuan ($105)

by Jed John 25

Xiaomi has today officially launched the long awaited Redmi 4 via a live online platform hosted by Xiaomi’s President Lin Bin. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 had long been in the works, earlier expected to launch with the Redmi Note 4 but that didn’t happen. Surprisingly, the device’s renders and specs surfaced recently online, indicating its launch was close by. The Redmi 4 is coming just in time for the popular double 11 sales in China.

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Design

Looking at the design, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 looks a lot different from its predecessors, sporting an all-metal body design with 2.5D glass on top to prevent the screen from scratch. The metal body was produced using CNC diamond cutting process and the ceramic sandblasting process was used on the back, giving the Redmi 4 a clean, smooth and refined body which looks more like a flagship device. There is also a fingerprint scanner mounted at the rear just under the rear camera and the device uses a tiny antenna band that was fused into the metal body using injection molding. The Redmi 4 is available in three cool colors namely, silver, gold and dark gray.

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Specification – Xiaomi Redmi 4

On the specs angle, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch display with 1080 pixel resolution and quite surprisingly, there would be two versions of the device with two different Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. The high-end version is equipped with an Octa-core Snapdragon 625 chip and on this version there is a 3GB RAM as well as 32GB of internal storage. The second Redmi 4 version is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor and features 2GB of RAM as well as 16GB of internal storage on-board. Both versions have microSD slots for expansion of the internal storage. They both also pack a large 4,100mAh battery which is enough to ensure some extended hours of usage.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4Further, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 features a 13MP primary camera with PDAF and LED flash on both versions. There is also a 5MP front-facing camera for selfie shots. The Redmi 4 also comes in with dual SIM / dual standby support, entire network support including 4G, support for dual-band Wi-Fi as well as infrared remote control feature. On the software end, the device runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

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Pricing

The pricing of both versions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is another surprise as the device still carries a relatively cheap price tag despite the upgraded, sleek design and powerful specs. The standard version of the Redmi 4 with SD 430 chip, 2GB + 16GB is priced at 699 Yuan ($105). On the otherhand, the higher Snapdragon 625-powered version with 3GB + 32GB carries a slightly higher price tag of 899 Yuan ($133).

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  • Heinz Dundersztyc

    MEIZU M5 – bye bye…

  • NextHype

    I bet it still will be locked on B1/B3/B7 LTE bands… but overall that’s a great offer from Xiaomi. Especially the SD625 version for $133.

    • Yep. Even if they do announce and release international versions, they will be hard to get as resellers will stamp a considerably high margin, which will consequently take away all the affordability appeal it has.

      • Assefa Hanson

        even at 200 dollars this is a good buy in my opinion, sites like aliex press will still sell it at good prices like usually and if you meant stock limitations i doubt it

        • Yeah, international versions are limited… which automatically gives resellers the idea of making them more expensive.
          Won’t buy this one, but hoping for a better Redmi Note next year, probably with SoC variants so we can choose between MTK/QC
          I wouldn’t mind a Snapdragon 6xx phone being priced $300 at max, but other components/specifications have to match up to the current standards we expect too, most budget phones are just ticking the boxes and not doing more, eg. LeEco still having those ugly bezels with Le Pro 3 which I was waiting on until the release.

          On the other hand, won’t pay more than $220 for a decent X20/25 phone, got my eyes on the 360 N4S for a while, has a premium feel to it along with a brilliant battery backup.

          I ordered a ZUK Z2 [by mistake] already, will reach in a week.
          Gotta test that out too.

          • Assefa Hanson

            im just speculating but i doubt the n4s can beat a 4k mah battery on a 625 soc, yeah it the regular n4s has a 5k mah but the x20 is more hungry UNLESS!! you meant the 64gb version they just released that does have a 625 as well now that thing must be a battery monster, and oh the lenovo p2 is coming as well another battery monster on the 625 but will likely pass the 200-230 dollar mark

          • Yeah, I agree. Mediatek has to do more with power consumption.
            I’ll look at this for sure… hoping for a good price from resellers.

            The 625 N4S version is very hard to get, and I can’t find it for an affordable price. It’s selling for more than $300 on some sites, and that’s way beyond my reach.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            lel … $300 , you could buy a REALLY decent flagship brand phone with that much money !

          • It’s still selling for that price. :p
            11.11 sale might push that down by $50+ or so.

          • Muhammad Yasir

            you forget the x20’s big LITTLE architecture !
            it’ll be a massive factor in deciding battery life

          • Muhammad Yasir

            ordered by mistake :p ?

          • Got cancelled twice, so I ordered again just for the lulz.
            And a white one as well, clearly the black one is better looking.
            But I’m stuck with that now. #fate

    • Raky_b

      even better, Redmi 3 Series will cost less 😉

    • Well, about the price and the spec, Redmi Note 3 Pro 2GB RAM is selling at about $105 USD here in Viet Nam, and this is unbeatable price!

      • afghanPower

        I can’t find a single place on the internet selling it for that cheap.. Does Xiaomi officially do business in Vietnam?

        • Xiaomi doesn’t have any official distributor in Viet Nam, however, Lazada is selling from gray market resellers, and they are selling at really cheap price!

  • Assefa Hanson

    625 is my favorite soc of the year that thing is a battery saving monster

    • Muhammad Yasir

      how good is it exactly ?

      • Assefa Hanson

        It’s getting 8 hours so that on just 3500mah even 3000mah phones nothing on mediatek even has this type of efficiency while still playing graphic intensive games o don’t know if the p20 will prove me wrong though since that is 16nm and have all those 53 cores

  • lstar4real

    This Redmi 4 might Just be the phone for me… can’t wait for complete spec but the top and bottom of it look like plastic.. if am not wrong….I want to use snapdragon soc for the first time..This aint bad one to consider as Xiaomi refused to release 652 on 5 To 5.5 inches phone

  • Raky_b

    again, as allways when Xiaomi is introducing new products…there is no front pictures with bright imiges or themes on screen, so we can’t see are they using blacg bazels or not!

  • AtereJr

    “sporting an all-metal body design with 2.5D glass on top to prevent the screen from scratch”.
    I don’t get this….since when does 2.5D glass help prevent screens from scratches? I thought that was a feature of Gorilla glass.

  • zupatami

    did you try MIUI 8 Tweaks from play market? it is free and very powerfull xposed module