The Budget Redmi gets an Upgrade

After the cool concept Mi Mix launch, the bread and butter Redmi got an upgrade today as Xiaomi showed off three new phones, the Redmi 4A, Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Pro. The super affordable range have redefined the budget market for phones at really good specs and low price points. From an estimated S$110, all three phones have metal bodies, 5″ screens, Android Marshmallow, 16GB storage.

Devices Redmi 4A Redmi 4 Redmi 4 Pro
Screen 5″ IPS 720P 5″ IPS 720P 5″ IPS 1080P
SoC Snapdragon 425, Adreno 308 Snapdragon 430, Adreno 505 Snapdragon 625, Adreno 506
RAM 2GB 2 GB 3 GB
Storage 16GB 16 GB 32 GB
Battery 3120 mAH 4100 mAH 4100 mAH
Front Camera 5MP 5MP 5MP
Rear Camera 13MP 13MP w/ PDAF & dual led flash 13MP w/ PDAF & dual tone led flash
Fingerprint Sensor No Yes Yes
Price (RMB) 499 699 899

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All three phones will run on Marshmallow (MIUI 8) and have micro SD slots for memory expansion. The design has improved tremendously over the years, compared to the original Redmi. At a fraction of a price compared to other mainstream phones, you get a light, full metal body phone, with decent specs. The sweet spot here seems to be the Redmi 4 – you don’t really need a faster SoC or 3GB ram with a 720P screen, and should be plenty for budget users. The fingerprint sensor is a useful feature and should encourage more people to lock their phones!

While currently only selling in China, they should be available at the usual Lazada and Qoo10 sellers. Remember to apply your coupons, points when shopping on those platforms.

Sean

Sean is a tech geek and star wars fan. He loves playing with new gadgets, writing little code snippets in Python, JS, and dabbling with Android programming from time to time, while keeping a lookout for the next biggest happening in the world of tech!

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