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25 May 2017

[Review] Redmi Note 4 - Budget Smartphone with Long Battery Life


[Review] Redmi Note 4 - Budget Smartphone for Parents

[Review] Redmi Note 4 - Budget Smartphone for Parents


After two months using this Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, I can finally give my opinion on this RM799 Smartphone. I've using Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge for a long time and had initial perception that Redmi Note 4 might not be up to par or feeds my need. After using it for quite some time, I would say Redmi Note 4 might not be suitable for extreme and high performance usage, but the specs provided is good enough for daily usage and I was quite amazed with the long battery life.


Currently Malaysia has two variant of Redmi Note 4: 3GB 32GB and 4GB 64GB version priced at RM949 (RM150 extra)

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3-Choose-2 Hybrid SIM Tray slot for your Redmi Note 4
3-Choose-2 Hybrid SIM Tray slot for your Redmi Note 4

Redmi Note 4 Design: Premium Metal Body with aluminium lining for premium feel

With a RM799 price tag, Redmi Note 4 actually has a simple yet sleek design. Premium metal body, curvy edge at the side with metalic lining around the border, camera and finger-print sensor. There's a 3-Choose-2 Hybrid SIM Tray slot for your Redmi Note 4 hence you can put either TWO sim cards or one Micro-SD Memory card with a SIM for extra storage. Below are more photos of the phone exterior:

Sleek and curve edges on Redmi Note 4
Sleek and curve edges on Redmi Note 4

Micro-USB Port with speaker grilles at the side - Redmi Note 4
Micro-USB Port with speaker grilles at the side - Redmi Note 4

Two instead of one Speaker grilles at the base of the phone. Higher chance that you won't miss your phone call because there's two speakers making noise haha. Suitable for parents who place their phone deep inside the handbag or somewhere under the newspaper (just some random example ya)

I notice that elderly like to make their phone ringtone as loud as possible so I guess this design is good for them. Also good for me lah because I can have louder music when driving.

Earphone jack and Infrared on top of  Redmi Note 4
Earphone jack and Infrared on top of  Redmi Note 4


Redmi Note 4 Performance: Super long battery life for daily usage

With the current specs using Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core processor that's 20% more power efficient than Redmi Note 3. You can expect whole day usage of your Redmi Note 4 without needs of power bank especially when it has 4100mAh battery capacity.

I was really surprise that it can last me whole day usage including my daily social media update and scrolling on Instagram, Facebook and even YouTube.

Why is it suitable for parents? Your parents no longer run out of battery with this phone as I believe they aren't as active as us by using social media. (I might be wrong) Perhaps sometimes they watch more Korean dramas with the phone on it or playing Candy Crush/Clash Royal mobile games on their phone.


Playing 3D Mobile game on Redmi Note 4 - Onmyoji 阴阳师
Playing 3D Mobile game on Redmi Note 4 - Onmyoji 阴阳师
To be honest, I didn't expect that this budget phone can play mobile game with high 3D Graphic Interface requirement. I tried install and play Onmyoji阴阳师 on Redmi Note 4. It doesn't looks perfectly smooth on the phone but I am glad it still works wonder on this gadget. Hence if your Redmi Note 4 can play this game, it can install and play almost all mobile games.

PS: I gotta warn you that Onmyoji阴阳师 is very addictive game to play so make sure you manage your time well. It is one of my favourite RPG based game which initially translated from Japan version. Kinda cool graphics that made me fall in love with it. 


Playing 3D Mobile game on Redmi Note 4 - Onmyoji 阴阳师
Playing 3D Mobile game on Redmi Note 4 - Onmyoji 阴阳师


[Video] Playing 3D Mobile game on Redmi Note 4 - Onmyoji 阴阳师


Redmi Note 4 13 MP Camera: More than enough for clear day photos

Shooting KL Tower through the window of Berjaya Timesquare Hotel with Redmi Note 4
Shooting KL Tower through the window of Berjaya Timesquare Hotel with Redmi Note 4
At the RM700 price point, I don't expect much from the camera of Redmi Note 4. It does have the simple-to-use exposure control button so you can adjust image brightness easily. And it has NINE (9) different Photography Mode including the simple Manual Mode which you can adjust only White Balance and ISO. Overall, Redmi Note 4's camera can perform well during daytime or when have enough brightness indoor. Check out the photos below to see the Redmin Note 4 photo quality:

Photo captured by Redmi Note 4

Photo captured by Redmi Note 4
Kejut! Jangan terkejut! 

Photo captured by Redmi Note 4

Photo captured by Redmi Note 4

Photo captured by Redmi Note 4

Photo captured by Redmi Note 4

Photo of the cityscape with KLCC and KL Tower far away - Captured using Redmi Note 4
Photo of the cityscape with KLCC and KL Tower far away - Captured using Redmi Note 4

100% zoom in from previous photo - Captured using Redmi Note 4
100% zoom in from previous photo - Captured using Redmi Note 4

Sunset and clouds with HDR mode on - captured using Redmi Note 4
Sunset and clouds with HDR mode on - captured using Redmi Note 4

When capture colorful scene, it does show the vibrant color - Redmi Note 4
When capture colorful scene, it does show the vibrant color - Redmi Note 4

Night and low light photo captured using Redmi Note 4
Night and low light photo captured using Redmi Note 4
For lowlight mobile photography with Redmi Note 4, you need to have steady and stable hand to capture clear photos. I don't like to use straight flash to capture photos at night. So the only way is to press the shutter few more times so that you can get the clear shot. Hold your phone using both hand and keep your elbow close to your body for a steady shot. Overall the lowlight photos turn out pretty good once you manage to keep your hand steady =)

More photos captured using Redmi Note 4 as below:

Photo captured using Redmi Note 4

Photo captured using Redmi Note 4

Photo captured using Redmi Note 4

Photo captured using Redmi Note 4


Photo captured using Redmi Note 4

Now let's talk bout selfie, I mean the front camera of Redmi Note 4 =) Other than the built-in Age Teller, it has the Beauty Mode too so that you can have flawless skin. Trust me your parent gonna love it when they saw their own skin so smooth and looks young. Below are some #TCSelfie with friends using Redmi Note 4:

Selfie photo captured using Redmi Note 4 Front Camera

Selfie photo captured using Redmi Note 4 Front Camera

Selfie photo captured using Redmi Note 4 Front Camera

Selfie photo captured using Redmi Note 4 Front Camera


Sunset photo captured using Redmi Note 4 Rear Camera
Sunset photo captured using Redmi Note 4 Rear Camera

Ayam Goreng McD that might makes you feel the spicyness even when it comes out LOL
Ayam Goreng McD that might makes you feel the spicyness even when it comes out LOL

Overall Review of Redmi Note 4

In conclusion, Redmi Note 4 is considered a budget phone that can do all activities with reasonable performance. Even when you play 3D games that required high specs, it is still executable and probably with just some delay. After all, this is considered a budget phone with reasonable specs. The most surprising thing that I find is the battery life for Redmi Note 4 is amazing long. I can use this phone whole day without charging and play games from time to time.

Why do I say this is a suitable budget phone for parents? Well, I did a survey with my friends before and most of them mentioned that RM1,000 is their budget for parents new smartphone. Therefore Redmi Note 4 could be your choice if your budget is around that.

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Currently Malaysia has two variant of Redmi Note 4: 3GB 32GB and 4GB 64GB version priced at RM949 (RM150 extra).

You can get Redmi Note 4 and their accessories from Xiaomi Official Online Store on Lazada Platform.



That's all for my review on Redmi Note 4! If you have any question regarding this smartphone or things that you want me to help you test out, just leave a comment and let me know. Happy Parents Day and hope you got the right phone for your parent too~

#TCSurvey: For existing Redmi Note 4 user, where do you get your screen protector and casing? Feel free to recommend it below =)



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If you wonder if there's any online community for Xiaomi users in Malaysia, here's some link below that you might find it helpful:

Redmi Note User Malaysia - https://www.facebook.com/groups/671670342886901/
Mi Phones User Malaysia - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1646999785534564/
Xiaomi Marketplace - https://www.facebook.com/groups/xiaomimalaysiamarketplace/


Question: I accidentally cracked my Xiaomi Phone screen, where to repair?
You can bring it to Xiaomi authorised service centres in Malaysia for a check. It's under Mi Malaysia official warranty.
http://www.mi.com/my/service/repair/​



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