One of the few we were missing was his last proposal for the low range. But we do not talk about low-end as a mobile between $150 and $200, but a terminal that costs, in exchange, just over $100 in GearBest, the store that has given us. Today we will tell and review the new budget smartphone called Xiaomi Redmi 4A.
Finally, we have been for a few days using the Xiaomi Redmi 4A as the main mobile phone, and despite having a very fair performance we have to recognize that we have loved and that, for the user profile to which it is oriented, it seems a successful mobile. Let’s see the table of the technical characteristics of the new budget smartphone from Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Specifications
|Operating system:||Google Android 6.0.1, MIUI 126.96.36.199|
|Network:||Dual SIM cards, GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|Processor:||4 cores, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 (MSM8917)|
|Memory for data storage:||32 GB|
|Interfaces:||Wi-Fi (b / g / n), Bluetooth 4.1, microUSB connector (USB 2.0) for charging / synchronization, 3.5 mm for headset|
|Screen:||IPS 5'' with a resolution of 720x1280 pixels|
|Camera:||13 MP (f = 2.2) with autofocus + 5 MP, flash|
|Navigation:||GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|In addition:||proximity and illumination sensors, compass, FM radio|
|Battery:||non-removable, lithium-polymer (Li-Pol) capacity of 3120 mAh|
|Dimensions:||139 x 70 x 8.5 mm|
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Equipment
The package of the smartphone was in a white box, on the front side it is written in white letters “4A”.
On the side is the inscription “Global version”.
And on the back, there are technical characteristics.
Inside the box, the bundle is standard, here we found it: a smartphone Redmi 4A, a micro-USB cable, a USB adapter for a 220V network, a metal SIM card injector, and documentation.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Design and construction
In the last months, we have analyzed a multitude of mobiles of this manufacturer and all had in common the use of the metal as the fundamental material.
The smartphone we bring today is not made of metal and returns to the plastic because of its low cost. It is a strange feeling since in the photographs it appears to be metal. It is not a bad finish, but it is noticeable that we speak of a model of very contained cost.
In the hand is quite comfortable and draws attention how light it is. Yes, it is true that the front frames are quite prominent, somewhat large but again understandable by its category.
As in all Xiaomi mobiles except the Mi MIX, we will have three haptic buttons, which can be configured and at the bottom, we see the micro USB connector, which we would have liked to be USB type C.
Despite its design and construction, we will not have the battery cover accessible and we will have to put the Dual SIMs or a SIM and micro SD with a slot in one of the sides.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Display
Xiaomi does not mount bad panels but in the Redmi 4A, we have had some more problem of the account to handle the mobile in exteriors. We do not say that it is unusable but the quality of the panel is worse than in other proposals. Still, for what it costs, valid.
We opted for a screen 5 inches diagonal with 1280 × 720 pixels resolution, which is appreciated because it has also implemented the double touch to turn on the screen, something we did not expect in such a cheap mobile phone and in this case Thank you since we have no fingerprint sensor.
When watching videos or playing we will also have a good experience but it is the small thing in the panel that tells us that it could be improved. This is obviously a very subjective issue.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Hardware and Performance
Despite being a really cheap mobile the Chinese company has not wanted to stop choosing Qualcomm to choose its processor and in this case, we will have a Snapdragon 425, a quad-core 1.4 GHz chip.
If we said that we have not noticed differences with terminals a little higher than the Redmi 3 family would lie and really does note the savings in this regard. In spite of that, we have not had many problems and the 2 GB of RAM and the 32 GB of internal memory seems correct always considering the price since we have exhausted the memory when installing very heavy games like Asphalt Xtreme or HearthStone.
We have also noticed some delay in launching applications, something that in all probability is due to the processor.
If a person asked us to recommend a mobile to play and the price was really a problem we would not hesitate to recommend this one except those games occupy too as we have already commented.
It is striking that Xiaomi has opted for an element such as the infrared sensor even on the cheapest mobile phone it is making.
Next, we will have the FM radio but no NFC, fingerprint sensor or features reserved for more expensive terminals. Even the 5 GHz band is missing for the Wi-Fi, something striking.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Cameras
As far as possible, this model has two cameras that are quite acceptable.
The front camera is 5-megapixels and has everything expected in terms of software being a mobile Xiaomi. Your 5-megapixels are valid.
The main camera has 13-megapixels, is quite fast but in high contrast conditions we see how much the difference between the sun and the shadow is noticeable, this obviously when we use it during the day.
Still, the quality is up to the other Redmi models of the manufacturer, so it will not be inconvenient to use it, buy it or recommend it.
An example of a video you can see below:
At night the quality goes down as is logical but not as much as we thought. We have seen mobiles that cost four times more to perform worse in low light conditions. Also, the speed does not diminish, a mark of identity of Xiaomi that is grateful.
We expected many more commitments in this section and everyone who has seen the photos have been surprised that this was the terminal of Xiaomi.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Battery and Autonomy
Xiaomi has lowered the amperage of this model up to 3120mAh. The power and performance make the battery do not have to be as high as in other terminals but we would have wanted something more.
In the first drum test we have been playing solitaire, HearthStone, we have talked on the phone and used social networks. We have also listened to podcasts for an hour. We have reached the 4 hours and a half screen with 60 total hours of battery.
In the second battery test, we have made similar use of both Wifi and data, with the intense game to HearthStone and Kawaii Jump in addition to other casual games. We have used a little mobility in Telegram and WhatsApp. We have reached the 7 hours and half of screen with 17 total hours of battery.
In the third battery test has been less intense, with calls, games to casual games, reading feeds and social networks but little else. We have reached 6 hours of screen with 30 total hours of battery.
It is the first time we have tried this processor and it has given us very contained figures of benchmarks.
In Antutu we have reached the 32431 points while in Quadrant we stopped in the 15693 and in 3D Mark in 65 using Sling Shot.
In the double scoring test, we reached 566/1771 at Geekbench 4 and at 1136/1557 at Vellamo.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Interface and apps
Many times we complain about the modifications made by some Chinese stores but in this case, we have been satisfied.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with an upgradable ROM with MIUI 8 running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In fact, while we were doing the analysis, we got a notification. Despite that, we have Spanish as a language.
On the interface, there is not much to say and we just want to highlight the possibility of using the double touch screen to turn it on, as well as all the functions of this UI.
That yes, you came some applications like Facebook or WPS Office in addition to those of Google but we were able to remove them without problems.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A: Conclusion
The idea of Xiaomi when it comes to creating this mobile is to offer the best product possible at the lowest price possible. Therefore Xiaomi Redmi 4A received a big advantage, as its price does not use $100. The device turned out good in all ranges, both performance, and functionality.
Recommend this mobile is logical, as long as we are aware that it is a terminal of adjusted performance, but stands out in battery and camera, always within its price range. Price is one of its advantages, to have a Snapdragon chip.
Do we recommend the purchase? Yes, as long as we do not mind buying a plastic and short processor cell phone that nonetheless on a day to day basis works great. As entry smartphone is possibly the best we can find.