Just like the Redmi Note 3, Xiaomi has a winner on its hands with the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. It s got the same formula for success, offering good specifications and excellent value-for-money, and is indeed a worthy successor to the Redmi Note line. Furthermore, the Indian variant of the smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which we loved for its power efficiency and effective mid-range performance. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 could launch as a high-end phone with tons of exciting featuresAlso Read - Xiaomi confirms Mi 11 Lite colour variants in India: Here are the options available
However, we do feel that the Redmi Note 4 is an incremental update over the Redmi Note 3 and Xiaomi seems to have gone with the “why fix something that ain’t broken” philosophy. In our books, Xiaomi could have made the Redmi Note 4 even better, had it just looked for inspiration elsewhere. So we decided to come up with our ideas of how the Redmi Note 4 could have been better and sort of our wishlist of what we hope to see in the Redmi Note 5. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Review
Optical Image Stabilization
While the camera on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is much improved from its predecessor, one department where it could definitely be better is when it comes to image stabilization. The Rs 10,499 Lenovo Zuk Z1 has a 13-megapixel primary camera that boasts optical image stabilization, and this would have been an excellent addition to the camera. Agreed, that the phone was launched at a higher price that the top-end variant of the Redmi Note 4, but then Xiaomi is known to push boundaries of what’s possible.
Water Repellent Nano-Coating
A big complaint with phones today is their lack of sturdiness and ability to withstand the elements. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 might be a great smartphone, but a lack of water resistance means that you ll need to be very careful when using it around water, such as splashes from your bathroom basin or out in the rain. Motorola has been doing it for years now, even for its entry-level Moto E smartphones that are priced under Rs 10,000. This is one feature that many would really appreciate.
Although Theatermax is a Lenovo-developed technology, Xiaomi could go with a similar technology that makes its smartphones a bit more VR-friendly. What Theatermax does is it splits the phone s screen into two halves no matter what you re watching, allowing you to turn any content from YouTube videos and Netflix content to gaming into VR-friendly material. Xiaomi could certainly do more to cater to the growing interest in virtual reality.
The rapidly ageing micro-USB standard needs to go. More and more manufacturers are opting for the more user-friendly USB Type-C standard, which makes charging your smartphone or connecting the data cable a bit easier, faster and more intuitive. Similarly priced devices such as the Coolpad Cool 1 and LeEco Le 2 are already featuring the new standard, and it would have made sense for Xiaomi to go the type-C way with the Redmi Note 4.
Many manufacturers today feature some kind of audio tuning to boost sound quality on their smartphones. Lenovo has Dolby Atmos tuning on some of its budget options such as the K6 Power and K5 Plus, while LeEco has also developed the CDLA standard for digital audio transmission over the type-C port on its mid-range smartphones. Xiaomi could do a bit to boost audio on its smartphones, considering that many users now use their smartphones as a primary source of music and entertainment.
Do you have any thoughts on ways to improve the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 4? Let us know via the comments.