Soon after announcing the launch of its Mi Home store in Bengaluru last week, Xiaomi has today launched its affordable Redmi 4 smartphone in India. The smartphone brings most of the good bits from the Redmi Note 4 in a compact package. At its price range, the Redmi 4 will compete with the likes of Micromax Vdeo 4 and Samsung Galaxy J1 4G (2017). We compared all three smartphones based on their price specifications and features, and here s how they fare. Also Read - Another Xiaomi folding phone set to launch after October with Mi MIX Fold specs
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The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is offered in three storage variants priced between Rs 6,999 and Rs 10,999. The first sale of the smartphone will take place on May 20 at the Mi Home store in Bengaluru. On Amazon India and Mi.com, the smartphone will go on sale starting May 23. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve Active India launch date revealed: When's the launch?
The Micromax Vdeo 4 is priced at Rs 6,249 and is available to purchase from online and offline retailers. The Samsung Galaxy J1 4G (2017), on the other hand, is priced at Rs 6,890 and can be purchased from online as well as offline retailers.
Specifications and features
The Redmi 4 and Micromax Vdeo 4 feature a 5-inch HD (720p) display, whereas the Galaxy J1 4G (2017) features a slightly compact 4.5-inch WVGA display running at a resolution of 480x800pixels. Clearly, the Redmi 4 and Vdeo 4 have a slight edge here. The Redmi 4 also features a 2.5D curved glass, which is something missing from the other devices. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 4 to go on sale via Amazon India at 12PM on May 23; here s everything you need to know
Chipset, RAM and storage
Specifications wise, the Redmi 4 is powered by Qualcomm s Snapdragon 435 octa-core SoC. It is offered in three variants 2GB of RAM + 16GB storage, 3GB of RAM + 32GB on-board storage and 4GB of RAM + 64GB on-board storage. A microSD card slot is also present for further storage expansion up to 128GB. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Redmi 3s Prime: Here s what s new
The Vdeo 4 from Micromax is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core SoC, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board storage. The Galaxy J1 4G (2017), on the other hand, is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, paired with 1GB of RAM and 8GB on-board storage. Clearly, the Redmi 4 is equipped with a better hardware compared to its competitors.
In the photography department, the Redmi 4 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Vdeo 4 features an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front snapper. The Galaxy J1 4G (2017), on the other hand, features a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front camera. Once again, the Redmi 4 is equipped with better cameras. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Router 3C launched in India for Rs 1,199: Specifications, features and first impressions
Battery, connectivity and OS
Xiaomi has packed the Redmi 4 with a massive 4,100mAh battery, whereas the Vdeo 4 and Galaxy J1 4G (2107) features 4,000mAh and 2,050mAh batteries, respectively. Clearly, Samsung s smartphone has half the battery capacity, which is kind of a bummer. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Mi Home to soon roll out in four new cities; 100 stores in India in next two years: Manu Kumar Jain
In terms of connectivity, all three smartphones feature dual SIM card slots 4G LTE with VoLTE HD voice calling support, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. Talking about the operating system, the Vdeo 1 and Redmi 4 run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a layer of custom UI on top, whereas the Galaxy J1 4G (2017) runs on a rather dated Android 5.1 Marshmallow OS. ALSO READ: Xiaomi Redmi 4 Review: Big on everything, small in size
On the whole, the Redmi 4 has a lot going in its favor, right from the metal unibody design, to a better display with 2.5D curved glass, better hardware and a fingerprint scanner for biometric authentication. We have reviewed the smartphone and are pretty much impressed with its performance and would recommend it for those who are looking for a value for money smartphone.
Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Samsung Galaxy J1 4G (2017) vs Micromax Vdeo 4: Comparison Table
|Features||Xiaomi Redmi 4||Samsung Galaxy J1 4G (2017)||Micromax Vdeo 4|
|Display||5-inch 720p||4.5-inch WVGA||5-inch 720p|
|Processor||Snapdragon 435 octa-core||1.3Ghz quad-core||Snapdragon 201 quad-core|
|Storage||16GB/32GB/64GB (expandable)||8GB (expandable)||8GB (expandable)|
|Android OS||6.0 Marshmallow (MIUI 8)||5.1 Lollipop||6.0 Marshmallow|