Xiaomi stormed the Indian smartphone market a few years ago with its budget handset, the Redmi 1s, and has since released dozens of devices, most of which have been in the budget category. The country has become a sort of bastion for the company over the years, as customers have a liking for Xiaomi handsets for their rich features and reasonable pricing. However, the Chinese smartphone maker usually releases its devices in India late — months after they are launched in the home country, and the Redmi 4 is a good example.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 was launched in China in November last year but it is expected to be made available in India only by May 16 (date not confirmed yet), which means it is a six months old handset. There are possibilities of Xiaomi fans running out of patience due to the unnecessary delay in launch and some could have opted for other budget devices like the Moto G4, Lenovo K6 Power, Redmi Note 4 and others.
However, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 is likely to find takers when it is released in India, especially if it is priced at around Rs 8,000. The device was released in China in two variants — one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor priced at 699 Yuan (roughly Rs 6,900) and the other with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset at 899 Yuan (around Rs 8,888). So, it won't come as a surprise if it comes with a price tag between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 here. Moreover, the lower variant of the Xiaomi Note 4 is available at Rs 9,999, so the Redmi 4 could be priced at Rs 8,000 or even less.
The prospect of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 will depend on its pricing.
The device sports a 5.0-inch full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720x1,280 pixels (296 ppi pixel density), powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, and runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system. It also features a 16/32GB internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card, a 2/3GB RAM, a 13MP main camera with f/2.2 aperture, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, a 5MP front-snapper with f/2.2 aperture, and a 4100 mAh battery with fast charging technology.