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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3: Is it worth upgrading?

The Redmi Note 4 goes on second flash sale today, and if you already own Redmi Note 3, we tell you if it’s worth upgrading.

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Earlier this month, Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India. Successor to the highly popular Redmi Note 3, the new smartphone brings in a number of changes. These changes include improved front and rear cameras, better SoC, more RAM and onboard storage and a refined design. With prices starting at Rs 9,999 and going all the way up to Rs 12,999, the smartphone can be purchased from Mi.com/in or from e-commerce site Flipkart. In the first sale last week, Xiaomi managed to sell 250,000 units in just 10 minutes, and the next sale takes place later today. If you already own a Redmi Note 3 and looking forward to upgrade to the Redmi Note 4, here’s everything you need to know.

Let’s start with the design – you still set the metal unibody, and both smartphones look identical. At the front of the Redmi Note 4, you now have a sheet of 2.5D curved glass. On the Redmi Note 3, the speaker was placed in the lower half on the back, it has now moved downwards next to the microUSB port. ALSO READ: Xiaomi sells 250,000 Redmi Note 4 units in just 10 minutes, sets new record

Under the hood, the Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC (8 Cortex A53 cores) paired with 2GB of RAM + 32GB storage, 3GB of RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB or RAM + 64GB storage. The Redmi Note 3, on the other hand, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 650 hexa-core SoC (4 Cortex A53 Cores + 2 Cortex A72 cores) paired with 2GB of RAM + 16GB storage or 3GB of RAM + 32GB storage. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sold out? Here are 6 alternative smartphones you can buy

Now, while the Snapdragon 650 SoC on the Redmi Note 3 was made on 28-nanometer process, the Snapdragon 625 SoC is made on 14-nanometer process. It may look like a downgrade, but the 14nm process helps the chipset to be powerful as well as efficient at the same time. When we reviewed the Redmi Note 3 last year, we were impressed with its battery life, and the same continues with the new smartphone too. The Redmi Note 4 battery can last for a day and a half or more, depending on your usage. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review

For shutterbugs, the Redmi Note 4 is equipped with a 13-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor of aperture f/2.0 at the back, compared to the 16-megapixel sensor on the Redmi Note 3. Our only complaint with the Redmi Note 3 was the poor camera performance. Now, though the ‘megapixel’ count has decreased on the Redmi Note 4, this time around Xiaomi has gone with a better sensor. We compared the camera quality on both smartphones side by side, and indeed the results on the Redmi Note 4 are really impressive. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3: Camera comparison

The 1.2-micron pixels sensor on the Redmi Note 4 has 25 percent larger pixel area to capture more light and improve the image quality, as opposed to the 1-micron sensor on the Redmi Note 3. Even the 5-megapixel selfie camera is capable of taking better photos, be it indoors or outdoors. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets Android 7.0 Nougat Preview; here’s how to install the update

What’s more? Xiaomi is already testing Android 7.0 Nougat update for the Redmi Note 4, and we’ve already installed the preview version on our review device. So far this look pretty smooth, a few minor bugs are there though, but Xiaomi is expected to release the final public version for the Redmi Note 4 soon.

To sum up, the Redmi Note 4 does not come with any drastic changes, but it brings in some incremental upgrades. For someone who is already using a Redmi Note 3, there isn’t much on the table. The Redmi Note 4 offers a similar battery life and overall performance, the addition of 2.5D glass is something that one can make do with as it doesn’t bring much of a difference. The camera quality is slightly better, but not the best.

Considering all these points, the Redmi Note 4 fills in with the shortcomings that the Redmi Note 3 had. However, these additions doesn’t really create a need to upgrade. You can make do with the Redmi Note 3 and wait for some interesting and worthwhile changes in the Redmi Note 5. And for those who still want to buy the latest, getting a Redmi Note 4 is a no brainer.

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