Xiaomi's consequent launches are helping the brand stay on the headlines and the latest ones to boost its awareness are the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A smartphones. The China-based smartphone maker has a strong foothold in the budget smartphone segment and it is capitalizing on that in the best way possible.
On Friday, the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A were launched in China as the successors to Redmi 3 and Redmi 3S series, bringing series of improvements that consumers will love. The Redmi 4 comes in two variants, one with Snapdragon 430 for ¥699 (roughly Rs. 6,900) and another one with Snapdragon 625 for ¥899 (around Rs. 8,888). The Redmi 4A is the cheapest offering with a ¥499 (around Rs. 4,900) price tag.
The pricing of the Redmi 4 series makes it suitable for India, but the handsets are reserved for China only, at least for now. Given the company's reputation, we can expect the handsets to be released in India sooner than later.
Diving into the specifications of both handsets, the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Pro have a stronger appeal towards consumers. The Redmi 4 comes with a premium metal finish, a 5-inch Full HD display with 2.5D curved IPS screen and a fingerprint scanner placed at the back.
The Redmi 4 features a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, PDAF and a 5MP front snapper for selfies. With different processors powering both the variants of the Redmi 4, the base model has 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage while the more expensive variant comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. Both models have a microSD card slot to support storage up to 128GB.
Xiaomi has borrowed the 4,100mAh battery from the Redmi 3S series for its Redmi 4 smartphone. The handset also supports 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box.
With these specs, the Redmi 4 smartphones will compete against the likes of LeEco Le 1s Eco, Coolpad Note 5 and Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus in India, which is a popular category for shoppers who want a balance between premium features and affordable price.
As for the cheaper Redmi 4A smartphone, the handset has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and a 3,120mAh battery. Keeping rest of the specs same as the Redmi 4, the Redmi 4A lacks a fingerprint scanner.