It wasn’t too long ago that we saw the beautifully-crafted Redmi 3 series from Xiaomi. Xiaomi’s Redmi line of mid-range smartphones has been known for premium design and fairly recent software driven by seriously good hardware for the money and the successors to the Redmi 3 series : Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, and Redmi 4 Pro are no exception.
Redmi 4 : CNY 699
The base Redmi 4 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 (quad-core 1.4GHz CPU, and the Adreno 505 GPU) alongside 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Powering the handset is a 4,100mAH battery that keeps the party going on the 5-inch screen, which sports a resolution of 1280 x 720, and MIUI 8 that runs on top of Android 6.0.
A MicroSD card can be used with the hybrid SIM tray, a dedicated 128GB capacity microSD slot is also available for those seeking additional storage and back-mounted fingerprint scanner are on board, giving the device a premium look and feel, the back camera is a 13-megapixel affair, and selfies are taken care of by a 5-megapixel sensor.
The phone is already available for pre-orders, will be released on November 7 in China with a price tag roughly equivalent to ₹7000/$104. Color options are dark gray, silver, and gold.
Redmi 4 Prime : CNY 899
The most expensive candidate in this series, the Prime features 32GB onboard storage, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 625 (2.0GHz octa-core) and 1080p resolution for the 5-inch screen.
The front and rear camera units remain the same, but you get an additional dual-LED flash on the back. The battery capacity remains the same as on the Redmi 4. The design also remains the same as the Redmi 4.
This phone is also open for pre-orders and will go on sale in China on 7 November for around ₹9,000/$130 in gold, silver and dark grey.
Redmi 4A : CNY 499
The Redmi 4A is essentially an even cheaper version of the Standard Edition, and looks a lot like the Redmi 3 or the Redmi 3s. Just like the regular Redmi 4, it has a 5-inch 720p display with the same internal configuration (2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage that is expandable thanks to a hybrid SIM slot) and keeps the same 13-megapixel camera module. It’s powered by Snapdragon 425 paired with Adreno 308 GPU and has a slightly smaller 3,120 mAh battery.
This model lacks a fingerprint scanner and will go on sale for ₹5000/$70 in China on November 11th in Gold and Rose Gold only.
The two variants of the Redmi 4, and the Redmi 4A, are all on the opposite end of the smartphone scale compared to the high-end models recently launched by the manufacturer. Those models include the Xiaomi Mi Note 2 and the Xiaomi Mi MIX.
Which is your favorite? The Standard Edition? Prime? Or the 4A?