Xiaomi Redmi 4A: 2.5 lakh units sold in first sale

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Xiaomi Redmi 4A

Rs .5,999
Xiaomi Redmi 4A
7.3

Design

8/10

    Performance

    8/10

      Camera

      7/10

        Software

        7/10

          Display

          8/10

            Pros

            • Great Battery Life.
            • 4G VoLte support.
            • Best Value for money.
            • Impressive Overall performance.

            Cons

            • Less on board storage.
            • Average camera quality.

            Xiaomi Redmi 4A the new entry level 4G VoLTE smartphone which is priced at Rs. 5,999 only. Xiaomi has focussed on the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment in India by launching numerous smartphones in the given range. The Redmi 4A went on sale yesterday and is exclusively available on Amazon India and Mi.com. The company claims to have sold more than 2.5 lakh units of the smartphone in 4 minutes.

            Xiaomi Redmi 3S was a big hit last year and this year Xiaomi has already sold over one million units of the Redmi Note 4.

            “We are thrilled to have witnessed such an overwhelming customer response for the Redmi 4A smartphone. We had over 1 million ‘notify me’ requests from customers. Smartphones have been a top selling category on Amazon.in and the phenomenal sale today reinforces our focus on expanding the selection and giving our customers the best to choose from,” said Noor Patel, Director Category Management, Amazon India in a press statement.

            “We are pleased with the record sales of more than 250,000 units of Redmi 4A on Amazon and Mi.com. The device has much to offer to customers and it is the best in its price segment. Our Mi Fans are at the core of our business and their response to the sale has been tremendous. This is our most affordable smartphone to date and delivers on our brand promise of innovation for everyone,” said Raghu Reddy, Online Sales Head, Xiaomi India in the statement.

            The company is known to provide a premium design in a budget and features such as VoLTE and a 13-megapixel rear camera to the budget segment. Let’s find out what Redmi 4A has to offer in our review.

            The Redmi 4A will go on sale on 20 April at 12 PM.

            Redmi 4A
            Xiaomi Redmi 4A

            Redmi 4A Design

            The new smartphone is strikingly similar to the previous Redmi models but is actually made of polycarbonate instead of metal. I would have been quite surprised to see a metal body in a Rs. 6000 smartphone.

            The device is compact and packs a 5-inch display which makes it easy to use with one hand. The volume rocker and power button sits on the right of the device while a hybrid sim tray is on the left. At the bottom, we have a USB charging port and at the top there is a 3.5mm audio jack and an IR blaster.

            The phone is slightly curved at the edges and does not have a fingerprint sensor. There is a 13 MP camera at the back and a speaker grill below the MI branding.

            The Redmi has been launched in three colours – Dark Grey, Gold, and Rose Gold.

            Redmi 4A Specifications

            • 5-inch HD(720×1280) Dsiplay with 296ppi pixel density.
            • Powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor clocked at 1.4GHz, with integrated Adreno 308 graphics.
            • 2GB Ram and 16GB internal storage which can be expanded up to 128GB via a MicroSD card.
            • Packs a non-removable 3120mAh battery.
            • 4G with VoLTE, the smartphone supports Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS/AGPS, and GLONASS.
            • Dual sim slot(hybrid), primary sim supports 4G sim and the secondary sim supports 2G only.
            • Include sensor gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor.
            • The Device runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box.

            Similar to Redmi 3S, Redmi 4A also features a Dual Apps feature which lets you run two instances of Whatsapp, Facebook etc. The Second Space feature allows users to sign-in to two different Google accounts which lets users separate their business and personal data on the same device.

            Redmi 4A Camera

            The device has a 13-megapixel rear camera with a 5-element lens and f/2.2 aperture. It sports a LED flash, and supports low-light enhancement, HDR, panorama, burst mode, and face recognition. The camera app also packs in plenty of real-time filters which can be used for fun. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with a f/2.2 aperture as well. You get 1080p and 720p video recording options at 30fps.

            Talking about the camera quality we found that the device has a decent camera but fails to impress in low-light. However, in day-light the camera performed pretty well and is quick to focus. Considering the price point the camera quality is not that bad.

             

            The overall performance of the Redmi is impressive and the device is capable of handling multiple tasks with ease. The device handled games like Asphalt 8 with ease although, we experienced a few lags.

            The onboard storage is 16GB but users get about 10GB of usable storage. The battery performance was again impressive like the other Redmi devices. But it does not support fast charging. One of the highlights of the device is 4G VoLTE support.

            Final Verdict

            At Rs. 5,999 Redmi 4A has a lot to offer. Battery performance, 13 MP camera and VoLTE support are not the only thing, the device also offers great design.

            If you are looking for a budget phone which supports VoLTE to reap benefits of Reliance Jio, go for it without a second thought.

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            Giri Raj

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