Xiaomi Redmi 4A Smartphone- A Great Budget Phone- Review


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The Xiaomi Redmi 4A, the entry-level model with an interesting a Golden tan, can be bought for approximately  80-120 euro depending on the storage capacity. For 80 euro Xiaomi offers you a phone with a Snapdragon 425-quad-core, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage capacity, that can be extende  with a micro SD card. The camera has an unspecified named 13 megapixel resolution and the 5″ screen shows 1280×720 pixels. The battery has a capacity of 3120 mAh.

The phone is running on MIUI 8, which is on Android 6.0 based. Xiaomi brings the devices only in China, but can you just want to purchase via resellers.  Gearbest gave us the Xiaomi Redmi 4A smartphone to review.

Gearbest has a special discount code at the moment.  The Xiaomi Redmi 4A GOLDEN for a price of $93.99  with couponcode R4AS which expires 2017-04-30.

Specification

Xiaomi  Redmi 4A has a size of 139.5*70.4*8.5mm, a Snapdragon 425-quad core with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage capacity which gives you the ability to expand with a micro SD card. The camera has a 13 Megapixel resolution and the 5″ screen shows 1280×720 pixels. The battery has a capacity of 3120 mAh. Below you will find more specifications:

 
Basic Information Brand: Xiaomi
Type: 4G Smartphone
OS: MIUI 8
Service Provider: Unlocked
Language: Indonesian, Malay, German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Uzbek, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Vietnamese, Turkish, Czech, Greek, Russian, Hindi, Ukrainian, Marathi, Bengali, Punjabi, Punjabi, Assamese, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Nepali, Odia, Urdu, Thai, Burmese, Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, Korean, Traditional/Simplified Chinese
SIM Card Slot: Dual SIM,Dual Standby
SIM Card Type: Micro SIM Card,Nano SIM Card
Hardware CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
Cores: 1.4GHz,Quad Core
GPU: Adreno 308
RAM: 2GB RAM
ROM: 16GB
External Memory: TF card up to 128GB (not included)
Network Wireless Connectivity: 3G,4G,A-GPS,Bluetooth,GPS,GSM,LTE,WiFi
WIFI: 802.11b/g/n wireless internet
Network type: GSM+CDMA+WCDMA+TD-SCDMA+FDD-LTE+TD-LTE
2G: GSM B2/B3/B5/B8
CDMA: CDMA 2000/1X BC0
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8
TD-SCDMA: TD-SCDMA B34/B39
4G: FDD-LTE Band 1/3/7
TDD/TD-LTE: TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41(2555-2655MHz)
Display Screen type: Capacitive
Screen size: 5.0 inch
Screen resolution: 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
Camera Camera type: Dual cameras (one front one back)
Back camera: 13.0MP,with flash light
Front camera: 5.0MP
Video recording: Yes
Aperture: f/2.2
Touch Focus: Yes
Auto Focus: Yes
Flashlight: Yes
Camera Functions: Face Beauty,Face Detection,HDR,Panorama Shot
Media Formats Picture format: BMP,GIF,JPEG,PNG
Music format: AAC,AMR,FLAC,MP3,OGG,WAV,WMA
Video format: H.264,H.265,MP4,MPEG4,WMA
Other Features I/O Interface: 1 x Micro SIM Card Slot,1 x Nano SIM Card Slot,Micro USB Slot,TF/Micro SD Card Slot
Bluetooth Version: V4.1
Sensor: Accelerometer,Ambient Light Sensor,Gravity Sensor,Gyroscope,Infrared,Proximity Sensor
OTG : Yes
Additional Features: 3G,4G,Alarm,Bluetooth,Browser,GPS,Gravity Sensing,Light Sensing,MP3,MP4,OTG,People,Proximity Sensing,Wi-Fi
Battery Battery Capacity (mAh): 3120mAh(typ)/ 3030mAh(min)( Output 5V/1A )
Battery Type: Non-removable
Battery Volatge: 4.4V
Package Contents Cell Phone: 1
Power Adapter: 1
USB Cable: 1
SIM Needle: 1
Dimensions and Weight Product size: 13.95 x 7.04 x 0.85 cm / 5.49 x 2.77 x 0.33 inches
Package size: 15.80 x 9.00 x 5.00 cm / 6.22 x 3.54 x 1.97 inches
Product weight: 0.1310 kg
Package weight: 0.3150 kg

 

Design

The RedMi 4A looks good, and feels solid. The housing is made of metal, though it is difficult to distinguish between whether it is not plastic. The uni-body feels that it is made from good quality, the device will not easily bend and the edges are slightly deflected, making this feel good in the hand. 

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The device is just 8.5mm thick, in general the construction quality is good, this is approximately equal to the other Xiaomi devices. The Simtray is located on the left side of the device . On the right side it contains the volume buttons, on top there is a 3.5mm headphone jack and a infrared signal. Below the phone there is a micro-USB and a microphone.  

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On the front of the phone is in addition to the traditional elements such as an Light Sensor, call/Speaker, capacitive buttons, the front camera. The telephone doesn’t bends or twists if there is a light pressure on the telephone. When shaking the telephone there are no strange noises to be heard.

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Display and Camera

The 5″ screen is a LCD screen and has a 1280 x 720 pixels display. The display matches most Xiaomi phones expect for the High-end models. The colors look reasonable and the screen is has a big angle to view properly . With a slider the light intensity can ben switched easily. There is also the possibility to unlock the phone by 2x tapping on the screen (Double tap screen to wake).
The camera of the RedMi 4A is a main disadvantage. There is an unspecified named 13MP camera with 5 lenses, with a f 2.2 aperture. Surprising there is a blueish hazy filter on all pictures made. As regards videos, the camera can shoot images in Full HD in 30fps, 720p and lower.

In general the photos at normal daylight conditions to as reasonable, the colors look bluish, fog some sharpness but let generally do the picture. On the other hand , completely with low light conditions or busier areas the camera  performs actually far below.

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Software & Battery 

The device comes standard with Android 6.0.1 and MIUI V8.0.5.0. This is the last version, and there was an immediate update available at the first start of the device. If you are not familiar with the MIUI, this is the best way  to play with all settings, since there are very customization capabilities, such as a wide choice of themes, wallpapers, fonts and so on.
A non removable 3120 mAh battery can be found in the Xiaomi RedMi 4A. The phone comes with a micro USB port and a plug. The battery supplies, despite the fact that this is a much smaller than its predecessor, still has a great performance!  Snapdragon 425  is very energy efficient,this allows you to easily use the whole day without charging.
With normal use without Facebook,Instagram and Playing games the whole day you could use if up to three days! If you would like to buy a low budget phone with a long battery life then this is a good option!

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Upsides Downsides
  • Large 3120 Battery
  • Price (Affordable)
  • Snapdragon 425
  • Android 6.0 compatible with MIUI 8
  • Dual Sim and expandable memory up to 128 gb
  • Camera
  • Speaker
  • Limited 4G (8ooMhz band missing)

Conclusion

The Xiaomi RedMi 4A is an interesting device and worth considering, if your budget for a new telephone is not big or that your requirements are not high. Despite its rigid pricing, the telephone comes with a very efficient snapdragon 425 which will save a lot of battery. Besides that, the design is in my opinion also good and it’s build quality feel very good. To use this to increase the battery life Xiaomi has chosen to use a LCD screen and there is no backlightt for the captive buttons at the bottom of the screen. 
There are many possibilities to all kinds of adjustments and the device is easy to use. Despite the fact that its specs are not that high, everything is running smoothly and runs quickly.  The main disadvantage of the Redmi 4A will be the camera and the speakers, both are from poor quality and The camera retrieves the design, use and all the other very down. I would like to have seen that they  put 5$ extra to the camera to make the device a really good budget model. 
For the introduction price of around 90$ You can certainly not complain, and my expectations were therefore lower than what the device can ultimately.  In conclusion it is a very nice, interesting and cheap all-rounder, which cons where the  camera and the speakers. 

Once again Gearbest has a special discount code at the moment.  Just  $93.99  with couponcode R4AS which expires 2017-04-30.

 


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