Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 VS. Xiaomi Redmi 4: bigger is better?

ByGB Blog Official 2017-09-11 9708

Xiaomi smartphones have long earned a strong place in their niche as feature-full budget smartphones with a solid build and impressive specs. In this post, we compare the two popular flagships: Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

We might discover there are many differences and similarities between Xiaomi Redmi 4 (priced at $125.99) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (slightly more expensive at $157.99). Let's find out which one is right for you?


Xiaomi Redmi 4: 5.0 inch HD (720 x 1280), 296 PPI

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: 5.5 inch HD (1080 x 1920), 401 PPI, 1080p video at 30 frames per second for both

Xiaomi Redmi 4 vs Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

We start with the specs that most of us look at first when considering a new smartphone. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5.0 inch HD screen with 720 x 1280 resolution and 296 PPI. The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a bigger display of 5.5 inches and a higher resolution at 1080 x 1920 pixels and 401 PPI. Thus, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 would make a better choice for those frequently using their phones for media, web browsing, etc. While, the Redmi Note 4 takes the cake when it comes to portability and convenient one-hand operation.

Processor & Memory

Xiaomi Redmi 4: Snapdragon 430 Octa Core Max at 1.4 GHz, 2GB RAM &16GB internal storage or 3GB RAM & 32GB internal storage

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core Cortex A53 64 bit at 2GHz, 3GB RAM & 32GB internal storage or 4GB RAM & 64GB internal storage

The Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with the Snapdragon 430 Octa Core Max processor clocking at 1.4GHz - a great setup for multitasking and smooth everyday operation. As one would expect, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 takes multitasking to a higher level with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa core Cortex A53 64 bit processor clocking at 2GHz.

When it comes to RAM and internal storage space, the Redmi Note 4 features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage compared to the Xiaomi Redmi 4 with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. In general, Redmi Note 4 has a larger memory. While both have a further expandable external memory up to 128GB.

Camera & Sensors

Xiaomi Redmi 4: One LED

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Dual LED, 13MP back + 5MP front & rear fingerprint sensor for both

Xiaomi Redmi 4 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4's camera and sensors

Both smartphones come with a 13MP rear camera with autofocus and a 5MP selfie shooter. The only difference is in the built-in LED: the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features dual LED while the Redmi 4 come only one LED light for the rear camera. When it comes to camera features, both Xiaomi phones come with Face detection, Smile detection, Geo tagging, Panorama and Touch to focus.

Both smartphones come with fingerprint sensors located at the back - for easy unlocking, data safety and additional features. In addition to the fingerprint sensor, both mobile phones come with Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass and a Gyroscope.

Design & Battery

Xiaomi Redmi 4: 5.56 x 2.74 x 0.35 inches, Easy single-handed use

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: 5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches, large expansive display, better multimedia experience, 4100mAh non-removable battery for both

Both phones come with the 4100mAh non-removable battery thus offering the same battery life. However, with the Note's bigger screen and a more powerful multitasking base, you may be running out of battery a bit faster.

When it comes to design, the Redmi Note 4 has a metal body with slight curves on the back and glossy plastic on the front. The Redmi 4 comes with a similar overall design, but is slightly "flatter" than the Note 4's frame with rounded edges. The Redmi 4 is also smaller than the Note 4 - and thus is more convenient for single handed usage.

Connectivity & OS

Xiaomi Redmi 4: Android 6.0, MIUI 8

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Android 6.0(Android 7.0 update), MIUI 8.1, 4G support & dual SIM for both

Both the Redmi 4 and the Redmi Note 4 come with 4G support and dual SIM cards. Both models come with Android 6.0 - but with the Redmi Note 4 you will have the option of upgrading to Android 7.0. The smartphones come with the custom MiUI user interface: MIUI 8 for Redmi 4 and MIUI 8.1 for the Note 4.

The Verdict

The model you go for basically comes down to one and the same question: what are you looking for? Not exactly the bigger is better. If you are searching for a compact smartphone for standard everyday use, then the Redmi 4 does the job perfectly. The Redmi Note 4, on the other hand, will be a better choice for those who prefer large screen phablets with enhanced multimedia capabilities.

Not exactly what you are looking for? Check out more Xiaomi smartphones here.

 You may also want to read:
 Fast fix all Xiaomi Redmi 4 smartphone issues
 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 phablet: every problem solved
 Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 assistive functions guide
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