comscore Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Here’s what’s new

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Here’s what’s new

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is finally here, and we’ve listed what’s different between this and the phone it replaces, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3.

redmi note 4 vs redmi note 3 back

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was among the most popular mid-range smartphones of 2016, and among our favourite value-for-money smartphones of the year. 2017 finally sees its successor, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, priced from Rs 9,999. We ve listed the features and specifications where the Redmi Note 4 is different from the Redmi Note 3, and just what s on offer in this new smartphone. Also Read - Xiaomi 12 could become first smartphone to launch with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset

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Design: There s very little to distinguish between the Redmi Note 3 and Redmi Note 4, with the two phones sporting practically identical design and dimensions. The screen size, type and resolution all remain the same, but a key difference at the front is in the form of backlighting for the capacitive Android keys below the screen on the Redmi Note 4. Additionally, the Redmi Note 4 uses 2.5D curved glass at the front. Also Read - Would you buy a Xiaomi electric vehicle? Company plans to produce lakhs of cars every year

At the back, it s once again hard to tell the two phones apart. However, the most noticeable change is a change in the position of the speaker. The Redmi Note 3 has the speaker at the back of the phone, while the Redmi Note 4 moves the speaker to the bottom of the phone, to the right of the micro-USB port. The Redmi Note 4 also appears to have a more squared design than the Redmi Note 3, which sharper edges and more defined contours.

Processor: Xiaomi has opted for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC on the Redmi Note 4, which could be seen as a downgrade from the Snapdragon 650 SoC on the Redmi Note 3. However, actual performance could well be on-par, if not better, thanks to the 14nm fabrication process, more cores and higher clock speed of the Snapdragon 625 SoC. The Redmi Note 4 s Snapdragon 625 SoC is an octa-core chipset with eight ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2GHz, while the Snapdragon 650 is a hexa-core chipset with four ARM Cortex A53 cores and two Cortex A72 cores clocked at up to 1.8GHz.redmi note 4 vs redmi note 3 front

The Snapdragon 625 SoC is a popular option, also present on the Lenovo P2 and Moto Z Play, both of which are priced higher than the Redmi Note 4. The new SoC offers performance that is on par with that of the Snapdragon 650, but with much better battery life and power efficiency.

Variants: The RAM and internal storage have also been increased on the newer device, with the top-end version of the Redmi Note 4 featuring 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, up from the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage on the Redmi Note 3. And while the Redmi Note 3 officially only supports storage expansion of up to 32GB using a microSD card, the Redmi Note 4 is listed to support microSD cards of up to 128GB. Even with the most affordable variant, internal storage gets a boost to 32GB, up from 16GB on the entry-level Redmi Note 3. Both phones support VoLTE.

Software: On the software front, the Redmi Note 4 comes with Android Marshmallow out of the box, while the Redmi Note 3 initially came with Android Lollipop, although it can now be updated to Marshmallow. Additionally, the Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 out of the box, which is the latest version of Xiaomi s home-built user interface and operating system, which is also available on the Redmi Note 3.

Camera: The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 makes a key change in the camera department to tackle criticism against the 16-megapixel shooter on the Redmi Note 3. It s now a 13-megapixel rear camera that offers significant improvements in terms of camera performance. At the front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 continues to use a 5-megapixel shooter, which does a decent job for selfies. Additionally, the Redmi Note 4 camera also uses larger pixels and phase-detection auto-focus, with a general improvement in exposure and color capture.

Battery: The battery on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 gets a slight bump, from 4,050mAh on the Redmi Note 3 to 4,100mAh. Despite the negligible size increase, battery life is expected to be better on the Redmi Note 4, due to the use of the more efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, which is known for its commendable mid-range performance while reducing battery consumption across the board.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 3: Specifications, features compared


Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3


151 76 8.3mm 150 76 8.7mm


165 grams 164 grams


5.5-inch 1080p IPS-LCD with 2.5D glass 5.5-inch 1080p IPS-LCD


Snapdragon 625 octa-core Snapdragon 650 hexa-core




32GB/64GB 16GB/32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel 16-megapixel

Front Camera

5-megapixel 5-megapixel


4,100mAh 4,050mAh


Fingerprint scanner Fingerprint scanner


Dual-SIM, micro-USB Dual-SIM, micro-USB

Android OS

Marshmallow 6.0 (MIUI 8) Lollipop 5.1 (MIUI 7 at launch), can be updated to MIUI 8 and Android 6.0



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  • Published Date: January 19, 2017 12:49 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 19, 2017 12:58 PM IST

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