Xiaomi suffered a major setback. Acting on a complaint from Ericsson, the Delhi High Court asked the Chinese company to temporarily suspend sale of all its phones. Among the phones that Xiaomi was selling was the RedMi Note 3G, an excellent phablet priced at less than Rs.10,000.
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Xiaomi acted fast. It argued its case in the court and won a temporary reprieve for all its phones that were not powered by MediaTek processors. This means even though it could no longer sell the RedMi Note 3G, it was free to sell the RedMi Note 4G, which uses a Qualcomm processor. While Xiaomi announced the RedMi Note 4G would launch in later December, the Delhi High Court order definitely prompted the company to bring it as soon as it can. For the last few weeks, Xiaomi is selling – as it is typical for the company – truckloads of the Note 4G every week. While the Delhi High Court order is definitely a problem for Xiaomi, after using the Note 4G for over two weeks we can safely say that for consumers it makes no difference. At least for now. In fact, the Note 4G is slightly better than the 3G model, not only in terms of performance and network features it offers but also in terms of design.
Though it is also priced Rs.1,000 more. Let’s take a closer look at the RedMi Note 4G and see how well it compares to other budget devices in the market. In terms of build quality, the Note 4G is almost similar to the Note 3G. It is a big phablet with rather thick bottom and top sides. At its thickest point, the Note 4G measures 9.45mm. But there is one huge difference between the two phablets – weight. The 4G version is almost 15 grams lighter.
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On paper, this may not seem much but in actual use it makes a big difference. The Note 4G feels better in hands though 185 grams is also pretty heavy for a phone. At the same time lots of users may even find the weight reassuring. Personally, we prefer lighter phones. Just like the 3G version, the 4G version of the devices uses overly rounded edges, which also helps it fit better in the hand.
The build quality is very good. The Note 4G uses a shell made of glossy plastic, and hence easily collects smudges, but it feels sturdy. The Gorilla Glass on the display is tough. Despite its low price, the Note 4G has finishing that we often see on more expensive devices. Its metal buttons, although little soft, don’t feel loose and its back cover fits the device snugly and securely. Considering the weight and the size of the Note 4G, users will find it difficult use it with single hand. But on this aspect the Note 4G is not unique. Almost all phablets, or devices with around 5.5-inch screen, require two hands. Except the weight and thickness, where Note 4G is beaten by the Yu Yureka, we didn’t find anything amiss in the design of the device. It is fairly decent looking phablet with good build quality. The Note 4G packs in a very good rear camera. It clicks 13-megapixel images and when used in daylight, it clicks photos that sharp, clear and have good colours.
The level of detail is less than what we usually expect from a 13-megapixel camera but keeping in mind the price of the phone, we have to say that it does well. The colours in images are punchy, especially if you have taken care of holding the phone steady and if the light is good. In low light, the performance is not so good but it is also not terrible. In low light if you hold the phone steady while clicking an image, you will be able to snap photos that you can share on social media. At a price of Rs.9,999 the RedMi Note 4G is an excellent value for money.
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It is a capable device and offers very good smartphone experience at a very nice price point. However, the Yu Yureka is slightly better. Read More: Direct comparison and why Yu Yureka is better than the RedMi Note 4G. But in case you don’t want the Yureka or can’t get it – supply is low – the Note 4G is a perfect choice. It is a safe buy if you are looking to get a smartphone for less than Rs.10,000.