“The Chinese smartphone vendors have a very unique feature — it is the price,” said Shu On Kwok, editor of AndroidPIT, a website that tracks Android developments. “You get the same features as an LG or a Samsung smartphone has hardware-wise, but for a lower price.”

Yes indeed, Xiaomi took the wraps off their latest smartphone offering, the Redmi Note 4, earlier today, and as is expected from the budget-friendly Redmi series, the device offers a premium look, specifications, and features, and more importantly, an ultra-affordable price tag.

Like many of their Chinese competitors, Xiaomi invest heavily in offering decent phones for less than $300, compared with about $650 for an iPhone or high-end Samsung Galaxy phone. In other words, for the same price, customers can buy three or four smartphones with decent cameras and screens. This is the best way to punch K.O. the iPhone away from the Asian & African market after Xiaomi Mi 5 went on lawsuit in the United States last year.

The young adult and budget conscious gamer are indeed the target of the Xiaomi Redmi series

The Redmi Note 4 retains the premium full metal unibody construction that was introduced with its predecessor, but now comes with a brushed metal finish and chamfered edges that looks and feels even better. The design language is quite similar as well, with the Redmi Note 4 also coming with a fingerprint scanner on the back. Inspite of having a sleek metallic feel, in daily use, most Asian user would likely cover their Android devices with rubbery case to keep it tight on their hands.

Many avid gamers will be delighted as Xiaomi has overdone themselves with the Redmi Note 4. Not only the design tweaks, in addition Xiaomi also offer 2.5D curved glass, and a slightly better MediaTek Helio X20 chipset which is a ten core CPU design, you can  expect to generate as much power as you’d imaging from a CPU its size with relatively similar energy consumption to octa core design. MediaTek’s MT6797 Helio X20 features an industry first Tri-Cluster CPU architecture meaning that the processor comes with a 4+4+2 design which is good for various application.

Thanks to the powerful combo of Mali-T880MP4 graphic processing unit and 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM to process gaming and multi-tasking within 16 GB or 64 GB on-board storage options. The hardware spec is highly comparable to the newly launched Samsung S7 without the soaring high price range. You also get expandable storage via microSD with hybrid slot (switchable SIM 2 or SDcard) to cover all your needs. You can happily play and work with everything by its huge 4,100 mAh battery.

Pokemon GO fever can also be calmed down by the new Xiaomi note 4

On the camera side of things, the Redmi Note 4 comes with the same 13 MP rear camera and 5 MP front-facing as its older siblings the Redmi 3s series. However,  it’ll be interesting to see if Xiaomi decides to do the same with the Singapore and South East Asia’s previous version of Xiaomi Note 3 which use 16 MP camera. The device is running MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

Speaking of the South East Asia variant, the Redmi Note 3 is one of the best-selling smartphones, and it’s safe to assume that its successor while make its way to South East Asia shores soon enough. However, as was the case with the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi 3S series, the South East Asia varian of the Redmi Note 4 will presumably drop the re-sale price of the relatively new Redmi 3 line up yet close the market share of competing brands.

Redmi Note 4
Xiaomi Redmi note 4 is offered with tri color variants and looks familiarly “classic” with their older siblings the Redmi 3 series

Xiaomi indeed keep the prices low by reducing the profit margin and turning to cheaper components that are a year or even a half year old. That means high-end phones still take better pictures and have sleeker, thinner designs but with twice the price range. However, as application, game and software innovation has slowed by the lag of operator’s bandwith, the advances may appear marginal to many consumers.

Xiaomi note 3 with regular flat screen, the new note 4 however is now using the 2.5D which is a slightly bevelled screen on the edges.

The 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage version of the Redmi Note 4 is priced at CNY 899 (~$189 in Singapore and ~Rp.1.890.000 in Batam Indonesia), while the 3 GB and 64 GB storage iteration will be available for CNY 1199 (~$249 in Singapore and ~Rp.2.490.000 in Batam Indonesia). If Xiaomi can manage to retain a similar price tag with the international variant, the company will certainly have another massive success on their hands. You can see for yourself the head to head spec from the tables below:

Comparison table:


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3


5.5-inch 1080p (2.5D curved glass)

5.5-inch 1080p


MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core

Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 hexa-core







Rear Camera



Front Camera







Fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM, 4G, VoLTE

Fingerprint scanner, dual-SIM, 4G, VoLTE

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