Priced at only USD 70, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is probably one of the cheapest mobile phones that are available on the market today. Typically, a smartphone made in China with this price range is not value for your money because the hardware specifications are usually mediocre. Can Xiaomi finally break through this barrier? Read on to find out.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A Hardware Specifications
The hardware specifications are:
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
- Display: 5-inches IPS LCD with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Storage: 16GB
- Operating System: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8
- Rear Camera: 13-megapixel
- Front Camera: 5-megapixel
- Battery: 3030 mAh
- Weight: 156 g
- Dimensions: 141.3 x 69.6 x 8.5 mm
Despite looking as a metal phone, Xiaomi Redmi 4A is not made of metal, but plastic with a metal texture finish. From the first impression, Xiaomi Redmi 4A might be seen as a mid-range phone instead of an entry level one due to its similar design to the more expensive and higher performance Xiaomi phone models. There is no fingerprint sensor on the phone and the buttons can feel a little soft. Overall, it is still made using a very durable plastic and it feels great to hold onto.
The Snapdragon 425 installed in the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is pretty fast and you will not notice any lag while swiping through the home screens and you can open some light usage apps including messaging, dialler, phonebook, and calculator easily.
The standard display of IPS screen capable of displaying up to 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, or in other words, 720p, produces a good level of colours, clarity, and contrast. Although it may not give you a WOW factor, it effectively does its job. With a maximum of 400 nits, the max brightness is considered fine. Unfortunately, you will experience difficulty in looking at the Xiaomi Redmi 4A under direct sunlight. Elsewhere, the phone display will perform fine. Considering that it is a very cheap phone, it is understandable that the screen is not made of protective glass. You can simply purchase a screen protector for this.
Located just beside the MicroUSB plug, the speakers of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A produce a loud enough sound but the quality can be slightly below the average standard and there is almost no bass. However, it is understandable that you won’t get audiophile audio quality in a phone that is priced at only USD 70
With its 3030 mAh battery, Xiaomi Redmi 4A can last up to about 4 to 5 hours of screen time and more than 16 hours on standby. For a small battery like this, the feat is considered outstanding. Other battery tests were also conducted and the results are:
- Web Browsing: 8 and half hours
- Video Playback: 10 hours
Although the battery life here is not spectacular when compared to other higher performance Xiaomi phone models, it is adequate for an average user that does not look at his or her phone every second. To top it off, a QuickCharge 2.0 support is included here too, a surprising feature that is hardly found in other entry-level smartphones.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A operates on Android version 6.0 Marshmallow albeit with some customizations from MIUI 8, Xiaomi’s own proprietary user interface. The disadvantage of having MIUI 8 in a phone that has 16GB of internal space, is that you are almost left with not much space after installing it. This type of user interface is usually meant to be installed in phones with at least 32GB of internal storage or higher. However, there is a temporary solution to use the dedicated microSD slot to add more storage.
Nothing much to shout about in the camera section except that the camera’s quality of Xiaomi Redmi 4A is almost identical to Xiaomi Redmi 3, a more expensive phone model. In bright and good lighting conditions, the photos taken are only a little less detailed than the Xiaomi Redmi 3, and in bad lighting conditions and low light, the camera quality from both phones are equally terrible.
Overall, Xiaomi Redmi 4A offers the best price for the value you get. Along with its QuickCharge 2.0, it is no brainer to get if you are looking for an entry level and affordable Android based smartphone.