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Xiaomi launches new budget smartphones – Redmi 4, Redmi 4 Prime and Redmi 4A

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As expected, Xiaomi has launched brand new budget smartphones at an event in China. The smartphones, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A, are the company’s latest budget offerings. While Redmi 4 is the successor to Redmi 3, 4A is the lower-end variant of Redmi 4.

The devices comes with an all-metal unibody design, following the company’s existing design policy for the budget phones. To add the premium factor to the phone, Xiaomi has included a 2.5D curved screen.

The Redmi 4 sports a 5-inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 SoC clocked at 1.4GHz. The SoC is coupled with the Adreno 505 GPU. The phone also packs 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while storage expansion up to 128GB is supported.

There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with an f/2.2 aperture, 5-lens system, PDAF, and dual-LED flash. On the front, you get a 5-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The handset runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based MIUI 8.

The device is powered by a 4,100mAh battery, same as Redmi 3S and Redmi 3S Prime. It comes with fast charging support. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 4G LTE, with support for VoLTE, along with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. Xiaomi has also placed a fingerprint sensor, just below the camera.


The higher-end variant of Redmi 4, dubbed as Redmi 4 Prime, comes with a 5-inch full HD display, with screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. It also supports expandable storage of up to 128GB.

The phone also features a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and dual LED flash. There is also a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Prime retains the fingerprint scanner and has the same battery capacity as the Redmi 4.

The Redmi 4A, which is the lesser variant of the phone, features a 5-inch IPS LCD display. The phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory with support for expandable storage.

On the camera front, it features the same specs as of its higher-end variant — 13MP primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and dual LED flash, and a 5MP front shooter.

Featuring a hybrid SIM card slot, the phone supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, and Bluetooth v4.1. It runs on Android 6.0 based MIUI 8.

The phone is powered by a 3120mAh battery, which also supports fast charging. However, the fingerprint sensor is lacking on this version.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 will be available in China in three colour options — Gold, Grey and Silver. While the Redmi 4 is priced at 699 Yuan (Rs 6,900), the Redmi 4 Pro will be available for 899 Yuan (Rs 8,800). On the other hand, the Redmi 4A costs 499 Yuan (Rs 4,900). There is no information regarding availability in India, yet.

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer has been pretty active of late. Apart from the Redmi 4 lineup of devices, it recently launched its flagship smartphone – Mi Note 2, featuring dual edge display, and the edge-to-edge display smartphone – Mi Mix.

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