First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is the latest budget smartphone to enter the Indian market, with a starting price of INR 6999. We recently got our hands on the device and wanted to share our first impression of it.

Compared to its predecessor, the 2016 Redmi 3S, the Redmi 4 has undergone significant upgrades in design and processor, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious consumers.

Without wasting any time, let’s dive into our first impression of the Redmi 4.


Xiaomi has greatly improved the design of the Redmi 4. The usual Redmi design elements like the slippery surface are not present. Instead, you get a sleek phone that weighs only 156 grams and feels comfortable with its 5-inch display.

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

The matte finish on the Black version gives a premium look to this budget phone, an upgrade from its metallic predecessor.

In my opinion, based solely on appearances, I might even compare it to the sleek Samsung Galaxy A5 [2017].

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

At the bottom, we have the micro-USB charging port, flanked by the speaker grills on both sides.

I wish it had the newer USB type-C charging port, but then again, even the higher priced Redmi Note 4 comes with micro-USB.

I think Xiaomi should replace the charging ports on upcoming smartphones, even the budget ones.

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

The navigation buttons are hardware capacitive buttons, but the backlights seem to be missing. However, I can live with that.

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First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

The Redmi 4 is a sleek phone made of glass and metal, with a matte finish and bezel-less display. It’s also rounder at the corners than its predecessor.


The Redmi 4 has a 5-inch HD screen with bright and vivid colors. The bezel-less display adds depth to the phone. The touch screen is not slippery and responds well to touch. The display quality is 720 x 1280 pixels, providing crisp and vivid images. The screenshots from the Redmi 4 confirm this.


The Redmi 4 has a 13-megapixel primary camera with autofocus, LED flash, touch focus, smile detection, and HDR mode. For a budget phone, the camera specs are good. The picture quality is decent with proper color balance and sharpness.

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

The camera interface is packed with modes for experimentation. Here are some pictures taken with the Redmi 4’s primary camera.

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

On the selfie front, there is a 5-megapixel camera with an aperture value of f/2.2. It yields decent pictures, but low light photos suffer from too much noise.

The Hardware Aspects

Xiaomi Redmi 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC clocked at 1.4 GHz. For RAM and storage, there are three variants:

– 2 GB RAM with 16 GB internal storage (INR 6,999)

– 3 GB RAM with 32 GB internal storage (INR 8,999)

– 4 GB RAM with 64 GB storage (INR 10,999)

As a budget phone, the processing speed is decent. We will provide more details in our full review.

Now, let’s talk about the benchmark scores. The AnTuTu benchmarking tool recorded a score of approximately 43917 for the Redmi 4 (3 GB variant) which is decent considering its price (INR 8,999).

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The fingerprint sensor is great and responds well to touch. Additionally, if you are a selfie buff, you can use this sensor to quickly take a picture.

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

What I liked about it is that, unlike other devices, the fingerprint registration is fast. As a regular OnePlus 3 user, the fingerprint sensor impressed me with its quick turnaround time.

In addition, the buttons are tactile, providing good feedback and feeling sturdy. The Redmi 4 also has a hybrid SIM tray with dual SIM capacity or a micro SD card and a SIM card.


Moving on to the software aspect of the Redmi 4, it features MIUI version 8.1 on top of Android Marshmallow. However, I can’t blame the makers for the older Android version. Many of this year’s launches (Samsung Galaxy A5, Samsung Galaxy C7 Pro, Lava Z25) also had Android version 6.

First Impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi 4

The security patches are from March 2017, which is a relief. In addition, the Android version boasts a nifty three-finger screenshot feature that simplifies usage. We have not encountered any jitters or lags during our time with the device. However, if you need adaptable storage, the Redmi 4 does not offer this option.


Now, the most important aspect of any smartphone is here. Thankfully, the Redmi 4 has a 4100mAh Li-Ion battery. It’s rare to see a budget smartphone with such a big battery.

The 4100 mAh battery will easily last two days with casual use and can last a day and a half with heavy usage. Impressive, isn’t it?

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If you’re looking for quick ways to charge the Redmi 4, prepare for disappointments. The Redmi 4 doesn’t support quick charge or fast charge, so you’ll have to leave it for a couple of hours to fully charge. However, it does offer an impressive battery life, so it’s a win-win situation. As for connectivity, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 has options like 4G VoLTE, dual SIM support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, and an IR blaster.

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Parting Thoughts

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is impressive for its budget price of INR. 8999. It has a great design, long battery life, and decent camera. Additionally, you can expand the storage up to 128 GB. However, the delicate build quality of Xiaomi devices means you should use a sturdy case and tempered glass for protection. Can it defeat its competition? We will answer that question in our comprehensive tests and reviews. Please stay tuned.

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