Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro Review

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:

Basic Information          
 Model  Xiaomi Redmi 4 (3GB + 32GB)
 Network 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
CDMA2000/1X BC0
3G: WCDMA B1/B2/B5/B8
TD-SCDMA B34/B39
4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/ B7
TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41(2555-2655MHz)
 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)
 Style  Bar
 Color  Gold, Black, Silver
 Shell Material  Metal
System
 OS  MIUI 8
 CPU  Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0Ghz Octa Core
 GPU  Adreno 506, 650MHz
 ROM  32GB
 RAM  3GB
 Card Extend  Yes, support external TF card up to 128GB (Vfat format)
Screen
 Display Size  5.0-Inch
 Type  FHD capacitive touch screen, 72% NTSC color gamut
 Resolution  1920*1080 Pixel, 443PPI, 1000:1 contrast ratio
 Multi-Touch  Yes
Data Transfer & Connectivity
 Data transfer  USB/Bluetooth
 Mobile internet  4G/WiFi
General 
Camera/Picture
Resolution
 Front Camera: 5.0MP  
ƒ/2.2 aperture
self-timer with real-time Beautify
Back camera: 13.0MP
5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture
two-tone flash

PDAF Phase detection + contrast autofocus
Panorama
Face recognition
Support 1080P/720P video recording, 30fps
 Message  SMS/MMS/E-Mail
 Input  Handwrite/Onscreen Keyboard
 GPS  Yes, Supports GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
 WIFI  Supports Wi-Fi, 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wifi Direct 2.4Ghz + 5Ghz
 WAP  Yes
 Bluetooth  Yes, V4.2 Bluetooth HID
 Gyroscope  Yes
 Accelerometer  Yes
 Distance sensor  Yes
 Ambient light sensor  Yes
 Compass  Yes
 Infrared  Yes
 Notification LED  Yes
 Fingerprint  Yes (rear of device)
 Fast charge  Not supported
 Battery Capacity 4000mAh (min) (Built-in) 
 Charge interface  Micro USB v2.0
 Dimensions  141.3*69.6*8.9mm
 Weight  About 156g
 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.


Pros:

  • 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

Cons:

  • 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)

Camera Images:

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?

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