Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3 – The battle between the siblings. As we know, the Redmi Note 3 created quite a stir in the Indian smartphone market. It stuck to the traditional formula that Xiaomi saw great success with in the past: Good Hardware + Cheap Price + Decent Looks.
There are quite a few differences between the Redmi Note 4 and its predecessor, some good, some bad.
Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3: Hardware & Battery
The Redmi Note 4 packs a Snapdragon 625 Octa-core SoC, while the Redmi Note 3 packed a Snapdragon 650. Now, while some may think of it as a downgrade, bear in mind that the 625 is built using 14nm technology.
This translates into higher clock speeds and more cores. This means better performance.
Moreover, because of the said 14nm technology, battery life should improve, too. This means that while both devices pack 4100mAh batteries, the one on the Redmi Note 4 should last you longer!
This means that while on paper the Snapdragon 625 could be inferior to the Snapdragon 650, they both would turn out to be almost the same in terms of real world performance.
The Redmi Note 4 ditches the Redmi Note 3’s 16MP shooter, and instead brings in a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and larger pixels to help capture better images and videos. It retains the same 5MP front camera.
Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3: Design
From afar, both devices look identical. However, the differences, while subtle, are clear when you see the phone up close. Right off the bat, the entire back of the Redmi Note 4 looks a lot more tidier than the one on the Redmi Note 3.
Furthermore, another thing you would notice is that instead of trying to hide the ugly line that separated the plastic part of the phone from the metal cover on the back has been tweaked. It looks a lot more mature and cleaner now than it previously did. The overall design on the back seems more square rather than a bubble shape.
On the front, the Redmi Note 4 now sports a 2.5D curved glass instead of the flat glass used on the Redmi Note 3. This certainly makes it look a lot more premium and upmarket.
The speakers have been moved from the back to next to the micro USB port (yes, no USB Type C here!)
Overall, the design of the Redmi Note 4 is a lot more mature than that of the phone that it replaces. This, in my opinion, is a welcome change.
Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3: Variants
The Redmi Note 4 comes in three variants: 2GB/32GB, 3GB/32GB and 4GB/64GB (where the first number represents the amount of RAM and the second number, the inbuilt storage). The Redmi Note 3 came in two variants: 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB.
This is a welcome change since most phones nowadays come with 4GB of RAM (like the Lenovo P2 that is the main competition) or even more, in certain cases.
Moreover, 32GB could become a bit too tight for someone using both SIM slots and carrying a lot of media.
We definitely recommend going for at least the 3GB/32GB variant if this device will be your daily driver, even if you are an average user. The price difference is just Rs. 1000 and you are getting your money’s worth. The pick of the lot though is the 4GB/64GB one. It has sufficient RAM and more than enough storage for most peoples’ needs.
What is more is that the storage is expandable via microSD cards of up to 128GB (the Redmi Note 3 officially supported cards up to 32GB), so if you do need some extra storage, you can always use a microSD card.
Both, the Redmi Note 3 and the Redmi Note 4 do support VoLTE on both their SIM slots.
Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3: Pricing & Availability
The Redmi Note 4 is priced at Rs. 9999 for the 2GB/32GB, Rs. 10999 for the 3GB/32GB, and Rs 12999 for the 4GB/64GB. The Redmi Note 3 started Rs 9999 and went up to Rs 11999 for the 3GB/32GB variant. It seems the overall pricing strategy has remained the same, as it undercuts the competition by a healthy amount.
As far as the availability is concerned, the Redmi Note 4 will be available on Mi.com and Flipkart. Flipkart was the one which originally brought Xiaomi to India (with the Mi3 and then the Redmi 1S). However, the Redmi Note 3 was majorly sold on Mi.com and Amazon.in
Redmi Note 4 Vs Redmi Note 3: Conclusion
It seems Xiaomi have developed the Redmi Note 4 keeping in mind real-world performance of the everyday Joe. The Redmi Note 4 is more of an evolution than a revolution, and that is alright. The fact that both devices will run on MIUI 8 based on Android Marshmalllow further narrows down their differences.
It picks up the baton from where the Redmi Note 3 left it, and advances. On paper, it definitely looks like it can replicate its predecessor’s success. The competition is certainly tough though. Here’s a comparo we did between the Redmi Note 4 and the Lenovo P2 to help confused buyers.
Also see: Our video on our thoughts about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4-