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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 likely to launch in India on January 19; here’s what we know so far

Xiaomi could launch the Redmi Note 4 in India next week.

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It’s been widely reported that Xiaomi is planning on launching the Redmi Note 4 smartphone in India. Today, the company has sent out media invites for a launch event in New Delhi on January 19. Though the invite doesn’t really mention what’s in store for the event, going by the rumors, it could be the launch of the Redmi Note 4.

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was launched in China back in August last year, and as the name suggests, it is the successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 3. In terms of design, there are no revolutionary changes, and to be honest, the upcoming smartphone does look a lot like its predecessor. The one big difference however is the presence of a 2.5D curved glass on the front, which adds to the premium-ness of the device. There’s still a unibody metal design, and Mi 5-like chamfered edges.

In the run up to the launch next week, Xiaomi hosted a Mi Explorers Challenge, wherein a selected group of users get some hands-on time with the new smartphone to give feedback and data to the company. Xiaomi followed a similar process before the launch of the Redmi Note 3 last year. Speaking of which, the Redmi Note 3 has been really popular among buyers in India. Since launch Xiaomi has sold over 23 lakh units in the country, and according to IDC, it was the ‘highest-shipped smartphone ever online in India in any given quarter’. Little wonder then the smartphone made it to our Best Smartphones of 2016 list.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 specifications

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 flaunts a 5.5-inch 1080p display, and in China it is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 deca-core SoC. But due to the ongoing patent battle with Ericsson in India, Xiaomi will be switching to a Qualcomm SoC. The smartphone is available in China in two variants — 16GB variant with 2GB RAM, and 64GB variant with 3GB RAM.

The rest of the specifications include a 13-megapixel rear camera LED flash, 5-megapixel selfie camera, a 4,100mAh battery, fingerprint sensor, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots (hybrid setup), 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. On the software front, the Redmi Note 4 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8 layered atop.

In comparison, the Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC, 16GB/32GB storage with 2GB/3GB RAM options, 16-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel selfie camera, 4,050mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor. The 16GB variant is available in India for Rs 9,999, while the 32GB variant is priced at Rs 11,999.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 prices

In China, the base 16GB Redmi Note 4 variant with 2GB RAM is priced at RMB 899 (approximately Rs 9,000). The 64GB variant with 3GB RAM, on the other hand, is priced RMB 1,199 (Rs 12,000 approximately).

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  • Published Date: January 10, 2017 12:20 PM IST