Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Unboxing, Hands On & First Impressions!


I really couldn’t be more excited about testing out the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (well, maybe if I was testing the Lenovo Z2 Plus) as the Redmi Note series has always been a perfect union of price and specifications.

We here at GizChina are a little late to the Redmi Note 4 party, but we hope this first impressions article will hold you over until the review drops.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Specifications:

  • MediaTek MT6797 Helio X20 chipset; 2x Cortex-A72 + 4x A53 + 4x A53
  • 5.5″ 1920×1080 IPS LCD Display
  • 2/3GB RAM, 16/64GB ROM
  • MIUI8 running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 13 megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 PDAF, 5 megapixel front camera, f/2.0
  • 4100mAh Battery, Fingerprint Sensor, Dual SIM
  • 2G: GSM 900/1800/1900MHz
  • 3G: WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz
  • 4G: FDD-LTE 850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
  • 175g, 15.10 x 7.60 x 0.70 cm

Packaging

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The phone comes in a pretty standard and recognizeable white box with the name and photo of the Redmi Note 4 emblazoned across the box. Opening it up and you find the phone itself resting on top and the rather spartan accessories below the phone. We only see a manual, a charger, and a SIM slot pin and nothing else, which is understandable considering the price.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The phone itself comes wrapped in plastic and a preinstalled screen protector. The metal body lends itself to an extremely good first impression, I was definitely wowed by how good the device felt in my hand. I will say though that the number of phones with great build quality and feel has increased considerably this past year, so good build quality is somewhat less or a selling point.

The Phone

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4The phone isn’t small, so its still a little awkward for me to use as I have small hands. I was hoping for minimized or non existent bezels as seen on the Ulefone Future, but the phone size is pretty standard for a 5.5″ device.

Software

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

Turning on the phone and MIUI8 boots up with an OTA right out of the gate and this was the first thing I did. After the update, I started playing around with it, and as I expected, there was no Google Play or any Google services installed. Installing it is quite simple, you can follow the instructions here to install Google Play on your Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

While Google apps were installing in the background, I explored the phone further and found quite a few pre-installed chinese apps, some were uninstallable, and some were not, taking up some space on the device.

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Navigation through the device is incredibly quick and fluid, there is absolutely no lag time between the finger tap and the associated action. However, new devices are usually fast and fluid, so I’ll have to use it more to see if it slows down.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4After using MIUI7 on my Redmi 3 for a while, I’ve actually come to dislike it more and more. The colour palette and lack of app drawer really irk me, and so after Google Play was installed, I immediately got NOVA launcher on there.

Additional Thoughts

I’ve had a pretty good first impression regarding the Redmi Note 4, and here are a few more comments about certain aspects of the Redmi Note 4:

  • It is still using a MicroUSB port instead of USB-C. I was hoping for a USB-C port as my tablet (Xiaomi Mi Pad 2) and my laptop (Jumper EZBook Air) both use USB-C.
  • The screen quality is pretty good. A little hard to tell when MIUI’s colours are so muted, but easier when watching a colourful video or webpage.
  • Speaker quality is about the same as my Redmi 3 in terms of loudness and quality, there is a little crackling though.
  • Battery life is obivously incredible. It so far matches up to my Redmi 3 in the short time I’ve been using it.
  • I get LTE/4G when using the Redmi Note 4, GPS and Bluetooth also work normally.
  • The camera is a lot better than what I have on my Redmi 3, but seeing samples from other devices, I was expecting a little better.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Final Thoughts

To conclude this article, I have a really good feeling about this device. I can’t foresee any major downsides apart from my preference for smaller devices, but that’s opinion based and therefore is going to be different for everyone. Stay tuned for the full review that should be coming soon. Big thanks to Gearbest for sending out this unit to us at Gizchina, the link is below if you are thinking of purchasing this device, but again, I highly recommend waiting for the full review before making your decision. Good things come to those who wait.

You can buy the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 here from Gearbest starting at $170.

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117 Comments

  1. xi7
    October 5, 2016

    redmi 4 have support quick charge ?

    • October 5, 2016

      yes

      • xi7
        October 5, 2016

        but the original charger dont have support right ?

  2. zupatami
    October 5, 2016

    Did you try MIUI 8 Tweaks from Google Play Market? It is awesome!!

  3. PietroSoft
    October 5, 2016

    The RN4 its an amazing device.Awesome design, and awesome hardware. It only needs an Snapdragon and a little better camera.

    • October 6, 2016

      Well we just have to wait for the indian version to be released, then we can buy it. I wonder what chipset the RN4P will use though, I can’t imagine it using the 652 again.

      • October 6, 2016

        Probably, the Snap 653

        • Muhammad Yasir
          October 6, 2016

          @pietrosoft:disqus u sure on that ?
          the wait for 653 is a LOT of time

          • October 6, 2016

            I cant think on other option.

            • Muhammad Yasir
              October 6, 2016

              will be a long ass time before the phone is out and i think xiaomi can’t wait that long

            • October 6, 2016

              Xiaomi is pushing themselves too much. Way too many phones in a short period of time.

            • October 6, 2016

              If you remember way back when Xiaomi’s CEO was talking about strategy, it was a razor sharp focus on a small portfolio of phones, but now they have cameras, water purifiers, bikes, etc. In my opinion, they could be spreading themselves too thin

            • October 6, 2016

              I remember.

              For some reason are losing market share now…

            • Muhammad Yasir
              October 6, 2016

              yea .. not looking good

  4. October 5, 2016

    Great stuff here, Zi!

    • October 6, 2016

      Thanks Linus!

    • Muhammad Yasir
      October 6, 2016

      lol @disqus_zVM1xgVozO:disqus has already declared redmi note 4 cams to be one of the BEST for the price

      • October 6, 2016

        Fair enough, Linus is a highly respected reviewer of these devices. Maybe I’m just expecting too much from Xiaomi

        • Muhammad Yasir
          October 6, 2016

          hmm

  5. Nikos Niachos
    October 5, 2016

    “The camera is a lot better than what I have on my Redmi 3, but seeing samples from other devices, I was expecting a little better.” Which are these devices?? And please compare the camera with xiaomi redmi note 3 pro

  6. xi7
    October 5, 2016

    redmi note 4 have support quick charge ?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 5, 2016

      yes

    • xi7
      October 5, 2016

      but the original charger dont have support right ?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 5, 2016

      Don’t think so

  7. zupatami
    October 5, 2016

    Did you try MIUI 8 Tweaks from Google Play Market? It is awesome!!

  8. Guest
    October 5, 2016

    The RN4 its an amazing device.Awesome design, and awesome hardware. It only needs an Snapdragon and a little better camera.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      Well we just have to wait for the indian version to be released, then we can buy it. I wonder what chipset the RN4P will use though, I can’t imagine it using the 652 again.

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      Probably, the Snap 653

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      @pietrosoft:disqus u sure on that ?
      the wait for 653 is a LOT of time

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      I cant think on other option.

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      will be a long ass time before the phone is out and i think xiaomi can’t wait that long

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      Xiaomi is pushing themselves too much. Way too many phones in a short period of time.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      If you remember way back when Xiaomi’s CEO was talking about strategy, it was a razor sharp focus on a small portfolio of phones, but now they have cameras, water purifiers, bikes, etc. In my opinion, they could be spreading themselves too thin

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      I remember.

      For some reason are losing market share now…

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      I remember.

      For some reason are losing market share now…

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      yea .. not looking good

  9. Linus
    October 5, 2016

    Great stuff here, Zi!

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      Thanks Linus!

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      lol @disqus_zVM1xgVozO:disqus has already declared redmi note 4 cams to be one of the BEST for the price

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      Fair enough, Linus is a highly respected reviewer of these devices. Maybe I’m just expecting too much from Xiaomi

    • Guest
      October 6, 2016

      hmm

  10. Nikos Niachos
    October 5, 2016

    “The camera is a lot better than what I have on my Redmi 3, but seeing samples from other devices, I was expecting a little better.” Which are these devices?? And please compare the camera with xiaomi redmi note 3 pro

  11. MattD
    October 5, 2016

    “a little late on the rn4 party”?! Dude, I am disappointed to even see this news!
    Do you really think an hands-on of a low cost phone which created the usual xiaomi buzz is something gizchina’s reader would be interested in?!
    Delete this and go back to uhans riding nokia’s d*ck and elephone showing its next flagship 1cm per pic for the whole length of the phone… That’s what we come here for!

    BS aside, it’s nice to finally see a review of such devices here, we’ve been lacking reviews of real upper-midranger (well, we’ve been lacking reviews in general, but I was growing particularly tired of so-called “mt6753 flagships”)

    • October 6, 2016

      Wow, that first 2 paragraphs shocked me, then I was like…. oh LOL.

      And yes, MTK6753s are no longer flagships, my friend just asked me whether his buddy should buy a P8000 over the Mi4c or Zuk Z2….

  12. G'n'T
    October 6, 2016

    It is great to see a review here of a decent device. Is there any chance you will do a review of the Redmi Pro as well?

    • October 6, 2016

      I don’t see myself reviewing the Redmi Pro anytime soon, but there is a chance others from the site might.

  13. piotr c
    October 6, 2016
  14. MattD
    October 6, 2016

    “a little late on the rn4 party”?! Dude, I am disappointed to even see this news!
    Do you really think an hands-on of a low cost phone which created the usual xiaomi buzz is something gizchina’s reader would be interested in?!
    Delete this and go back to uhans riding nokia’s d*ck and elephone showing its next flagship 1cm per pic for the whole length of the phone… That’s what we come here for!

    BS aside, it’s nice to finally see a review of such devices here, we’ve been lacking reviews of real upper-midranger (well, we’ve been lacking reviews in general, but I was growing particularly tired of so-called “mt6753 flagships”)

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      Wow, that first 2 paragraphs shocked me, then I was like…. oh LOL.

      And yes, MTK6753s are no longer flagships, my friend just asked me whether his buddy should buy a P8000 over the Mi4c or Zuk Z2….

  15. Boyan
    October 6, 2016

    2 SIM or 1 SIM + 1 TF? C`mon Mi, is it really that hard to leave all 3 slots there? I need them and you are not getting my money.

    • October 6, 2016

      That’s standard nowadays. 3 slots takes up a lot of space.

  16. G'n'T
    October 6, 2016

    It is great to see a review here of a decent device. Is there any chance you will do a review of the Redmi Pro as well?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      I don’t see myself reviewing the Redmi Pro anytime soon, but there is a chance others from the site might.

  17. piotr c
    October 6, 2016
    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      Those are definitely some nice photos, those are all in perfect lighting conditions though. Also check out the photos from the Redmi Pro, I like them a lot.

      http://www.gsmarena.com/xiaomi_redmi_pro-review-1496p7.php

    • piotr c
      October 7, 2016

      redmi Pro

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      I’ve been trying to take the best photos I can and they still don’t match up to the Redmi Pro

  18. Boyan
    October 6, 2016

    2 SIM or 1 SIM + 1 TF? C`mon Mi, is it really that hard to leave all 3 slots there? I need them and you are not getting my money.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 6, 2016

      That’s standard nowadays. 3 slots takes up a lot of space.

  19. Ivan
    October 6, 2016

    Where are the specs? This is a substantial part of any review/hands on/preview/whatever.
    I know we could look them up, but I think it is normal to include some tech data here.

    • October 7, 2016

      Apologies, added.

      • Ivan
        October 13, 2016

        Thanks!

  20. Guest
    October 6, 2016

    Where are the specs? This is a substantial part of any review/hands on/preview/whatever.
    I know we could look them up, but I think it is normal to include some tech data here.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      Apologies, added.

    • Guest
      October 13, 2016

      Thanks!

  21. Felix Muchiri
    October 7, 2016

    hi guys, am torn between two phones and I need assistance picking one, the redmi note3 pro 2GB/16GB version or UMI touch model with /16GB/ 3GB, 1.3ghz mtk 6753 occtacore. I am a gamer by heart, huge battery and up to date software is what i look for. my gut tells me I should go for the redmi note but it’s 35$ more expensive from my local dealer and 2GB RAM seems little for a phone to last me 1 year., while the umi sits perfectly on my budget, also the umi boots android 6 while the RN3 boots 5.1, am a lower budget shoper, my curent driver is the homton ht7 pro with 2GB/16GB,1GHz mtk 6735p, and so wish to upgrade. which do you think I should pick?. I don’t want to get frustrated soon

    • October 7, 2016

      100% the Redmi Note. The Umi Touch is outdated. However, if you really don’t want to spend that extra $30 on the Note, the UMi Max is about the same price as the Touch I believe.

  22. Gareth
    October 7, 2016

    Really interested in this phone, really a toss up between this and the Note 3 Pro. With the Note 3 Pro, you’ve got the advantage of all of the custom ROM development. But with the Note 4 you’ve got a nicer build/finish. Interested to see how it holds up in terms of performance and battery in general use after apps are installed.

    • October 7, 2016

      Still nothing deal breaking as far as testing goes. If you already have a Note 3 Pro, there’s not really a reason to upgrade. However if you’re choosing between those two, it’s a slimmer difference than one might think.

      • Gareth
        October 7, 2016

        Great thanks, will keep an eye out for your full review, I think I’ve watched everything else there currently is on youtube! I currently have a Galaxy S7 which I am considering selling, the only thing that i’ll really miss would be the camera as its pretty much unbeatable, the rest of it is great, but the Note 4 just looks really good value. I had a few bigger phones previously (oneplus one, Infocus M810) and as good as the Samsung screen is, a 1080p 5.5″ display is the next best thing, or better if you’re not fussed about pixel counts or VR. The 64GB model along with the 4100mah battery are also great advantages.

        • October 7, 2016

          And I’m guessing the reason you want to switch to this is purely because of battery life? Because that’s the only part of this device that far outpaces the S7 (well and price).
          That’s the issue with any high end phone you purchase (except for the S7 Edge), battery life sucks.

          • Gareth
            October 7, 2016

            Battery life actually isnt too bad for me, I have the Exynos model which is supposedly better than the Snapdragon model. I generally get a days usage with between 4-5hrs SOT. It was good to see Samsung up the battery size from the S6 as that was really the only let down with it. But yeah the bigger the battery the better, having more juice is always appreciated and its one area that a lot of the chinese manufacturers have really pushed ahead in, where other big name manufacturers currently offer around the 3000mah capacity the likes of the note 4 cant be beat.

            • October 7, 2016

              I honestly can’t recommend the Note 4 over the S7 unless you need the cash. Even though the S7 represents way worse value for money than the Note 4, it is objectively a better phone

            • Gareth
              October 7, 2016

              Yes fully accept that overall it is a downgrade, no doubt and considering doing so, purely to free up some cash. But on the plus side I would be gaining a bigger battery, bigger screen, more internal storage (64gb model) , IR blaster, extra sim slot, what seems like a better finger print reader but losing water and dust resistance, wireless charging (I don’t use it), great camera which would be the biggest sacrifice. I’m not a big gamer so as long as general things run smoothly all would be good.
              What do you reckon the chances are of getting android 7.0 from xiaomi?

            • October 7, 2016

              I understand. Even though the biggest difference in any aspect of those two phones is the camera, unless the camera is super important to you, it takes pictures just fine. Imagine the S7’s camera as Messi and the Note 4’s camera as Smalling. Still amazing, but not the very best.

              Slim to none for Nougat.

            • Gareth
              October 7, 2016

              Thanks, appreciate your comments.

  23. kfjm254
    October 7, 2016

    hi guys, am torn between two phones and I need assistance picking one, the redmi note3 pro 2GB/16GB version or UMI touch model with /16GB/ 3GB, 1.3ghz mtk 6753 occtacore. I am a gamer by heart, huge battery and up to date software is what i look for. my gut tells me I should go for the redmi note but it’s 35$ more expensive from my local dealer and 2GB RAM seems little for a phone to last me 1 year., while the umi sits perfectly on my budget, also the umi boots android 6 while the RN3 boots 5.1, am a lower budget shoper, my curent driver is the homton ht7 pro with 2GB/16GB,1GHz mtk 6735p, and so wish to upgrade. which do you think I should pick?. I don’t want to get frustrated soon

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      100% the Redmi Note. The Umi Touch is outdated. However, if you really don’t want to spend that extra $30 on the Note, the UMi Max is about the same price as the Touch I believe.

  24. Gareth
    October 7, 2016

    Really interested in this phone, really a toss up between this and the Note 3 Pro. With the Note 3 Pro, you’ve got the advantage of all of the custom ROM development. But with the Note 4 you’ve got a nicer build/finish. Interested to see how it holds up in terms of performance and battery in general use after apps are installed.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      Still nothing deal breaking as far as testing goes. If you already have a Note 3 Pro, there’s not really a reason to upgrade. However if you’re choosing between those two, it’s a slimmer difference than one might think.

    • Gareth
      October 7, 2016

      Great thanks, will keep an eye out for your full review, I think I’ve watched everything else there currently is on youtube! I currently have a Galaxy S7 which I am considering selling, the only thing that i’ll really miss would be the camera as its pretty much unbeatable, the rest of it is great, but the Note 4 just looks really good value. I had a few bigger phones previously (oneplus one, Infocus M810) and as good as the Samsung screen is, a 1080p 5.5″ display is the next best thing, or better if you’re not fussed about pixel counts or VR. The 64GB model along with the 4100mah battery are also great advantages.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      And I’m guessing the reason you want to switch to this is purely because of battery life? Because that’s the only part of this device that far outpaces the S7 (well and price).
      That’s the issue with any high end phone you purchase (except for the S7 Edge), battery life sucks.

    • Gareth
      October 7, 2016

      Battery life actually isnt too bad for me, I have the Exynos model which is supposedly better than the Snapdragon model. I generally get a days usage with between 4-5hrs SOT. It was good to see Samsung up the battery size from the S6 as that was really the only let down with it. But yeah the bigger the battery the better, having more juice is always appreciated and its one area that a lot of the chinese manufacturers have really pushed ahead in, where other big name manufacturers currently offer around the 3000mah capacity the likes of the note 4 cant be beat.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      I honestly can’t recommend the Note 4 over the S7 unless you need the cash. Even though the S7 represents way worse value for money than the Note 4, it is objectively a better phone

    • Gareth
      October 7, 2016

      Yes fully accept that overall it is a downgrade, no doubt and considering doing so, purely to free up some cash. But on the plus side I would be gaining a bigger battery, bigger screen, more internal storage (64gb model) , IR blaster, extra sim slot, what seems like a better finger print reader but losing water and dust resistance, wireless charging (I don’t use it), great camera which would be the biggest sacrifice. I’m not a big gamer so as long as general things run smoothly all would be good.
      What do you reckon the chances are of getting android 7.0 from xiaomi?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 7, 2016

      I understand. Even though the biggest difference in any aspect of those two phones is the camera, unless the camera is super important to you, it takes pictures just fine. Imagine the S7’s camera as Messi and the Note 4’s camera as Smalling. Still amazing, but not the very best.

      Slim to none for Nougat.

    • Gareth
      October 7, 2016

      Thanks, appreciate your comments.

  25. Eric PK
    October 7, 2016

    Is the charger with the Pump Express standard?

  26. Eric PK
    October 7, 2016

    Is the charger with the Pump Express standard?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 8, 2016

      Don’t think so

  27. Wolvie
    October 9, 2016

    Finally a quality review that worth to read compare to bunch of stupid Elephoney paid bullshit propaganda that posted almost every weeks here.

    Much appreciated for the review but i am kind of Qualcomm supporter now since i bought Redmi Note 3 Pro. Too much problems that i don’t want wish to remember when i still using Mediatek SOC. Enough is enough.

    So now i patiently waiting for another Redmi Note release with qualcomm SOC, Hopefully Redmi Note 4 Pro coming soon. Need to replace my mom’s smartphone asap as now starting to show problem.

    • October 12, 2016

      Haha lol this isn’t a review, just an unboxing. A review should be coming soon. MTK isn’t that bad, the only downside I can see is having to buy Mediatek quick charger instead of Qualcomm and custom ROMs.

  28. Aeonia
    October 9, 2016

    @zphantomeye:disqus is this phone smaller than the Xiaomi Redmi note 3 pro? or easier to hold?

    • October 12, 2016

      Definitely this, the Redmi Note 3 Pro doesn’t have a curved back

  29. Guest
    October 9, 2016

    Finally a quality review that worth to read compare to bunch of stupid Elephoney paid bullshit propaganda that posted almost every weeks here.

    Much appreciated for the review but i am kind of Qualcomm supporter now since i bought Redmi Note 3 Pro. Too much problems that i don’t want wish to remember when i still using Mediatek SOC. Enough is enough.

    So now i patiently waiting for another Redmi Note release with qualcomm SOC, Hopefully Redmi Note 4 Pro coming soon. Need to replace my mom’s smartphone asap as now starting to show problem.

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 12, 2016

      Haha lol this isn’t a review, just an unboxing. A review should be coming soon. MTK isn’t that bad, the only downside I can see is having to buy Mediatek quick charger instead of Qualcomm and custom ROMs.

  30. Boni M.
    October 9, 2016

    @zphantomeye:disqus is this phone smaller than the Xiaomi Redmi note 3 pro? or easier to hold?

    • Zi Jin Cheng
      October 12, 2016

      Definitely this, the Redmi Note 3 Pro doesn’t have a curved back