After being ranked as the second largest smartphone brand in India after Samsung, it looks like Xiaomi has something to offer that will woo Indians once again. Xiaomi's Redmi 4A is the latest offering in the budget smartphone segment, which has been well received by the consumers in the country. Now, it's time for an upgrade.
Xiaomi's global VP Manu Jain confirmed the launch of the Redmi 4 in India this month, expanding the newly-introduced Redmi 4 series in this part of the subcontinent. The Redmi 4 isn't a new model as it was launched in China late last year. Although it didn't really made it to the Indian shores at that time, the wait is finally over as the premium budget smartphone is coming to the country this month.
While the pricing of the Redmi 4, its exact launch date and availability is a matter of question here, we know the complete specifications of the smartphone to make a better comparison with its affordable counterparts. If you haven't purchased a new smartphone yet and still in doubt about the Redmi 4A, this comparison with Redmi 4 series will help you make the decision.
It's worth mentioning that Redmi 4 series comes in two variants, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime. We will be comparing both models with the Redmi 4A.
Design & Display
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime features a premium metal unibody with a 5-inch Full HD display and a 2.5D curved IPS screen. The standard Redmi 4 has a 5-inch display with HD resolution. The look of the Redmi 4 series is quite in line with other Redmi phones, but it's entirely unique when compared to other smartphones from brands like Motorola, Lenovo and the rest.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a premium metal finish for its plastic body, which makes it look a lot like the Redmi 4. But the feel of the handset is less premium as compared to the Redmi 4. What differentiates the Redmi 4A from the Redmi 4 is its 5-inch display with HD resolution. The company had to make the compromise to keep the cost of the device towards the lower side.
Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4A Review
Camera & Battery
Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime feature a 13MP camera on the back with f/2.2 aperture, LED flash (dual-tone in Prime model), PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus), a 5MP front snapper and a massive 4,100mAh battery.
In comparison, the Redmi 4A has an 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, HDR and AF. On the front, there's a 5MP snapper. As for the battery, the Redmi 4A has a smaller 3120mAh unit, which according to our review lasted the whole day with conservative use.
All three phones have different specs to deliver varying performance depending on consumer demand. The Redmi 4 Prime is powered by a Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, while the Redmi 4 packs a Snapdragon 430 octa-core chipset with Adreno 505 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. The Redmi 4A has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset, paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage.
If you are a power user, with heavy gaming and video streaming demands, it's best to go with the Redmi 4 Prime. Average users can decide between Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A depending on their budget.
We know the price of the Redmi 4A in India, which is Rs. 5,999. But the scarcity of the handset has made it difficult for buyers to fetch one up from Mi.com and Amazon India. The Redmi 4 series is yet to arrive in India, but we are expecting there will be suffice units during the initial sales. There's no word on the pricing of the Redmi 4 series, but they're expected to cost around Rs. 8,500, which is quite competitive.
Clearly, if you do not have the budget, the Redmi 4A is your best choice.