So I’ve jumped away from Windows Mobile. I’ve decided I would try a Chinese phone. So I did a bit of research and then settled on the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro.
It’s a smart looking phone for approx £100. They can be found on BangGood here, but be warned the prices change daily. So monitor and pull the trigger when you feel it’s good enough value.
The price includes delivery, from China to the UK took approx 8 working days – I didn’t get any import duty charged. So all in all good value.
The device has modest specs as you’d expect for the money:
|Model||Xiaomi Redmi 4 (3GB + 32GB)|
|Network||2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/ B7
|SIM Card|| Dual SIM: Micro SIM + NANO SIM / TF-card
(One other SIM slot can in combination with one NANO-SIM card or One TF Card Be Used)
|Color||Gold, Black, Silver|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0Ghz Octa Core|
|GPU||Adreno 506, 650MHz|
|Card Extend||Yes, support external TF card up to 128GB (Vfat format)|
|Type||FHD capacitive touch screen, 72% NTSC color gamut|
|Resolution||1920*1080 Pixel, 443PPI, 1000:1 contrast ratio|
|Data Transfer & Connectivity|
| Front Camera: 5.0MP
self-timer with real-time Beautify
Back camera: 13.0MP
5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture
PDAF Phase detection + contrast autofocus
Support 1080P/720P video recording, 30fps
|GPS||Yes, Supports GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou|
|WIFI||Supports Wi-Fi, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wifi Direct 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz|
|Bluetooth||Yes, V4.2 Bluetooth HID|
|Ambient light sensor||Yes|
|Fingerprint||Yes (rear of device)|
|Fast charge||Not supported|
|Battery Capacity||4000mAh (min) (Built-in)|
|Charge interface||Micro USB v2.0|
|Other Features||WiFi, Bluetooth, MP3, MP4, MMS, Alarm, Calendar, Calculator, etc|
Now I’m not saying that it’s perfect, but here are my first thoughts of the phone. I’ve been using it for a week now.
- Excellent build quality for the money
- All metal body
- Decent call quality
- Fast and responsive on all apps I’ve tried (190 in total)
- Decent response from the touch screen
- MicroSD Card Slot
- Dual SIM slot
- Excellent battery life (2 days easily)
- Camera is reasonable (certainly no iPhone killer though)
- Little bloat on the Android ROM
- Gold colour looks a little cheap
- Runs Android 6
- 4G won’t work on Tesco (missing 4G band)
- Screen isn’t always bright enough for all condtions
- The camera suffers from focus problems on occasion (experienced once so far)
Below are some sample images from the Redmi 4 camera (rear only) – it handles changeable lighting conditions quite well and I prefer it having a single camera rather than 2 to try and create background blur – those tend to look terrible and a poor man’s iPhone.
Now there are a few things to consider – this only runs Android 6 so if that is an issue, then you’ll need to pay more. The camera isn’t capable of the same quality that you get on other more expensive devices and finally the 4G bands don’t work on ALL UK networks – but 3G works on all of them. But honestly for the money its great.
First thing to do when you buy it is update the OS – the new version of it is far better and designed to be “global” so removes a lot of the Chinese specific things.
A more in depth review of the phone is here (video courtesy of TechTablets on YouTube):
It’s worth noting that the cons are largely removed via the latest software update – but the autofocus pulsing remains on occasion and the static on the earphones happens at low volume or when charging.
All in all, still a very capable and well built device for the money.
For less than £100 what have you got to loose?
Have you tried a cheap Android phone from China? What models? What are your thoughts?