Vatsal Impex, the authorized distributor of Xiaomi products in Nepal has launched the Snapdragon variant of their popular mid-range smartphone, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. After a huge success with the sales of the Redmi Note 3 and the regular Note 4, Mi Nepal is looking to gain back the consumers who opted out on the phone just because of the processor.A day ago we here at TechnoNepal received our review unit and here are our initial impressions of the phone. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4SD this time around is priced reasonably at just Rs 28,499 and that too for the 4GB RAM with 64GB internal storage variant. Adding to that the phone offers a gorgeous 5.5inch Full HD IPS display giving it a pixel density of 401PPI. It also comes edge out with a 2.5D glass which makes looking at the display visually appealing. Watching Youtube and browsing the internet was a joyful experience on this phone. Even though it has an IPS panel, the colors are punchy and vibrant just the way I like it (contrast tweaked from the settings). And complementing the display is the phone’s metallic build. Not only does it makes the phone look good but it also makes it feel quite premium in the hands.
Under the hood, the phone packs a 2.0Ghz Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625 processor along with the Adreno 506GPU this time around. This combination is enough for my day to day activities. The phone was easily able to take everything I threw at it and more. Gaming on this device is also very good and I have no complaint what so ever. The 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and micro SD card expansion up to 256GB is a true bliss on this phone. That said, the one major area the phone is lacking is in the camera department. The f/2.0 13MP rear camera and f/2.0 5MP front camera on the phone takes some great photos in good lighting condition. But dim the lights down and the photos came out to be grainy and soft. The camera is definitely one area the phone could have done a bit better.
Just sitting below the rear camera is a fingerprint scanner which works very well. I was easily able to unlock the phone in an instant. The phone also has a bottom firing speaker which lets out a decent volume of sound. It also has an IR blaster which is always a welcomed addition. Software-wise, the phone runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with Xiaomi’s own custom skin MIUI8 overlayed on top of it. The UI experience is smooth and it is probably the only custom skin I like among all other Chinese OEM skins. And finally powering the device all up is a large 4100mAh non-user removable battery. The battery life on this phone is superb as I had no trouble getting through a full day worth of usage on a single charge.
Folks this is just an early impression and it is still too early to give you guys a verdict. So stay tuned for our full written review as well as a video review which will be coming within a week from now. One thing is for sure, that this phone is amazing and a great value for money. Thank you guys for reading! Please, don’t forget to like our Facebook page and subscribe to Phones In Nepal so you don’t miss out on our future contents.