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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review – Awesome Budget Smartphone. Again.

by Linus 5

Xiaomi’s Redmi smartphones have been one of the most successful budget devices out there. The Redmi 4 Prime is one of the latest offerings and it costs just $160 but it has a premium design and great specs. But is it really worth the price? Learn more in the full Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime review. Also, make sure to check out the coupon code for the discount at the end of the article. 

Thanks to Gearbest for sending the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime for a review.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: VIDEO REVIEW

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: UNBOXING

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The phone ships with all the usual stuff that comes with most of the phones. No extras included.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: DESIGN and DISPLAY

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When it comes to the design, the Redmi 4 is definitely one of the best-looking and the most premium budget phones you can get. It’s made of metal, it sits nicely in the hand and its buttons are nice and tactile.

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The phone is compact due to its 5” 1080p display, which is just great. It is sharp, bright and definitely one of the better panels you can find on a budget phone.

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We have a 5MP shooter and notification LED light, which can be highly customizable.

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Unfortunately, the capacitive buttons are not backlit.

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On the back, we have a 13MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture and a dual-LED flash. As usual to Xiaomi phones, the fingerprint scanner is fast, accurate and it allows you to unlock the device straight from the standby mode.

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It’s great that we have the IR blaster to control devices like TVs. The sound quality via the headset jack is great. No distortions, rich and balanced sound and great volume output.

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The loudspeaker quality is very good for a cheap phone like this.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: HARDWARE and PERFORMANCE

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I have the higher-end Redmi 4 Prime that has an octa-core Snapdragon 625 chip, 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM.

You can also opt in for the slightly cheaper Redmi 4 model with Snapdragon 430 chip, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage.

The 3D gaming performance is great. There is no stutter at all and almost no skipped frames. Also, the graphics look good and the phone does not have any overheating issues.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: BENCHMARKS

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: USER INTERFACE

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 ships with the Android 6.0-based MIUI 8 that we have already seen on many Xiaomi phones. As usual, we have a ton of customization options, various settings, tweaks and little features to make the phone look your own.

Some of the cool features include a baked-in theming engine, where you can choose from a lot of themes, fonts, wallpapers and so on.

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Also, you can go to the so-called second space, which is as Xiaomi says “like having two devices” at the same time. In other words, it is like having two accounts on the same phone.

Finally, the phone is pretty fast and fluid on the daily basis and I didn’t see any lag of stutter.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: IMAGE QUALITY

IT IS HIGHLY-RECOMMENDED TO DOWNLOAD FULL RESOLUTION CAMERA SAMPLES TO SEE THE ACTUAL IMAGE QUALITY. THE PICTURES UPLOADED ON THE WEBSITE ARE 50% SMALLER IN RESOLUTION.

When it comes to the image quality it is good yet not great.

The Redmi 4 can take some good-looking daylight photos with a decent amount of detail, nice colour reproduction and sharpness. The dynamic range adjustment is not always perfect but the HDR does an okay job bringing the detail back to the shadows.

The image quality is not as good in lower-lit situations. Most of the shots look soft, there is a low amount of detail and the colours look washed out.

The night image quality is even worse. I don’t really want to say that “we may see a software update to improve the quality” but as of now, the photos don’t look good.

The selfie images will look okay on social media but in general, they could have more detail and sharpness.

The 1080p video looks pretty good for a cheap phone. A few complaints would be that the continuous auto-focus is a little jumpy and the footage may look a little shaky as there is no video stabilization built-in.

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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: CONNECTIVITY

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As most of the Xiaomi phones, the Redmi 4 ships with a dual SIM card tray that also doubles as a microSD card slot.

The call quality is okay, GPS is very accurate and in general, I didn’t have any issues when it comes to connectivity.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: BATTERY LIFE

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The battery life can be summarized in a few words – one of the best on the market.

The 4100mAh unit will easily get you 2 days of heavy usage or even 4 days of lighter use, which is just an insane result. Seriously, it is very hard to kill this battery! In case you need to recharge it, the phone supports fast battery charging feature but it does not ship with the fast charger. I was able to fully charge the phone in about 2 hours with the supplied charger.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Review: CONCLUSIONS

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The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is yet another great budget device on the market. In fact, it is one of the best you can get at this price point but it doesn’t mean it is a perfect phone.

The device has a top-notch built quality and nice design, the internal hardware components assure a good UI and gaming performance and the camera can take decent daylight pictures. Also, the battery life is just insanely good.

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However, even at this price point, we want to see the backlit capacitive keys and a better low-light camera performance. Finally, the phone does not ship with the fast charger.

At the end of the day, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is still one of the best budget phones you can buy at the moment but make sure to consider if the previously mentioned shortcomings are important to you or not.

 

4.6

Xiaomi Redmi 4 is one of the best budget phones you can buy at the moment but make sure to consider if the previously mentioned shortcomings are important to you or not.

Design and Build
Display
Hardware
User Interface
Camera
Connectivity
Battery Life
3D Gaming Performance
Value for Money
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  • Saku

    This is a good review as usual. Buying Redmi 4 Prime over the likes of Zenfone 3 and Vivo X9 is the best course of action, given the mentioned three units use the same SoC. Of course, the pricier two will offer something better, but performance-wise, they’re not that much different and the best aspect is, Redmi 4 Prime is a true budget phone given it costs less by over a $100-$200 bucks on the other two.

    • Jh1

      Very happy with mine so far. Battery life is excellent, as is build quality and screen. Camera is decent, but not great. speaker output could stand some improvement, but it’s acceptable.

      • Saku

        Of course, the term “budget” is basically equalled to decent. 😋

  • bro-reac

    Good camera good phone.
    Good review Linus.

  • Lupo

    This phone is great value for money, especially if you are after battery life, which is an area a lot of vendors underestimate. Xiaomi did a good job this time and improved the areas which were lacking in Redmi 3 – camera and build quality.

    Redmi 4 Prime would be my choice if ZUK did not offer even better value for ZUK Z2 at $169!

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