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Fully fledged Chinese: Xiaomi Redmi 4A
Android 7 | 5.0" | 13MP/5MP | 2GB RAM | 3120mhA
Author:Milan Dalmacija
Fully fledged Chinese: Xiaomi Redmi 4A
  • Thin, light-weight, with good ergonomics
  • Rear 13MP camera good at day-light
  • Sound quality on expensive headphones
  • Average front 5MP camera
In our hands, we had an original Chinese Xiaomi smartphone with 5.0-inch screen, 13MP rear, and 5MP front camera, with classic design. You can conveniently find the device in the Amazon webshop offering, and see how impressed we are in the review.

Ergonomics, design and build quality

Xiaomi-Redmi-4A-review (9).jpgThe Xiaomi Redmi 4A has a classic, simple design. It is very light-heavy in hand, and you almost can't feel it in the pocket, though according to the specs, it has 131 grams which sounds a lot. It's thin in the profile, with only 8.5 millimeters, while the bezels are also thin. Thanks to that, this smartphone is not bulky or cheap, even though it's the starting class and the lowest price range.

The build quality is solid. Although it is obvious that this is a plastic device, it does not look cheap, and does not bend in hand. Indeed, this is an example of how budget smartphones are no longer unattractive, and don't have a "cheap" tag nowadays.

Handling the device (ergonomics) is very easy, even with one hand. The reason is that the Redmi 4A has the virtual keys physically separated below the bottom of the screen. The volume and unlock keys on the side might be a bit more prominent. I think these will be worn out for about a year or two.



Xiaomi-Redmi-4A-review (7).jpgThe 5.0-inch screen has a high-quality IPS matrix - which is why the display is well visible from all the angles. The screen offers HD resolution (720x1280 pixels), resulting in approximately 296 ppi density. You will not see pixels, unless you look at it under the magnifying glass. The colors on the screen are dimmed, the contrast is somewhat stronger. The screen surface is covered with glass and does not bend. Typing on the screen is accurate.

The screen is usable in direct sunlight, although you will want to look for shade to see it better and manage the screen functions more easily. The virtual keyboard has widespreaded keys (it lacks only the visual frame), but it responds somewhat slower than the more expensive smartphones. The dot and the comma are on the first screen, and the numbers, unfortunately, are not in the highest order, as on Samsung and LG phones.

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Under the hood, there is a built-in Li-Ion battery with a higher capacity of 3120 mAh. Unfortunately, battery life with advanced use does not stand out of its class. It gave me a full day of using all the apps, calls, and messages. I was expecting more, because of the high battery capacity. Since it is a budget smartphone, there is no wireless or fast charging function. Charging up to 100% will take just over two hours on the charger.


Operating system and ease of use

Xiaomi-Redmi-4A-review (3).jpgThe latest Android 7.0 Nougat with Xiaomi's upgraded interface is available for this affordable Redmi 4A. On my device the v6 Marshmallow was already installed. Due to the refinement of the interface, you may think that this is not even Android. Namely, there are no menus, but all the icons are placed on the home screens. You can add widgets to them and arrange icons as you like. Original widgets are not too attractive. But if you make an effort into a Google Play Store, you can find attractive themes and widgets.

The pull-back bar offers well-organized fast settings, but detailed settings are not so much clear. The device has 16GB of internal memory, so you'll be able to handle all your favorite applications and games without any problems. Memory is expandable with microSD cards up to 256GB.



Redmi 4A has the Snapdragon 425 chipset with a quad-core processor in A-53 architecture, which means it is battery-friendly. The Adreno 308 GPU can also run advanced games, but as the screen has only HD 720p resolution, it's not a problem. It's a solid lower-tier chipset that will do well with everyday tasks such as chatting, surfing and browsing social networks and YouTube. The chipset achieves 36,600 points on the AnTuTu Benchmark test. It has 2GB of RAM, allowing you to have several tabs and applications opened simultaneously.

This device offers the performance you would expect from more expensive smartphones. I'm impressed with the progress of smartphones in the lower and middle price ranges. It is no longer necessary to allocate a large amount of money just to have a smartphone that will not freeze several times a day.


Test of the rear 13MP camera

Xiaomi-Redmi-4A-review (6).jpgCamera app starts in a second, which is quite satisfactory. Camera application interface is easy for taking photos and switching to capturing video. But, there is already a quite small icon for switching from the front to the rear camera, and vice versa. Other icons in the camera interface are also small and you'll need some time to learn how to use advanced camera options. You can adjust ISO, exposure, record panorama, and so on.

With a 13MP and f/2.2 lens aperture you will get very nice photos at daylight. Details like water on the fountain are sharp and beautiful, so the camera will be ideal for family use, taking photos of children and occasionally shooting interesting nearby things. You can not expect more than that, because when moving faster or bad light conditions, the quality is quite different.

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Specifically, in lighter and darker conditions, the image often appears to be blurry. If you make an effort, you can get usable photos at night with street lighting, so the camera is not sentenced to disaster at night.

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HD 720p video is solid at the daylight, although stabilization is not spectacularly smooth. At night, the video is only somewhat usable.


Test of the front 5MP camera

The front 5 megapixel camera also has a f/2.2 lens aperture. The front to rear camera switch icon is very small, but it's available with the touch.

With this camera, you can't expect much. By daylight, selfie photos are pixelized, and they will be good only if you crop them for a lower 2MP resolution, or Instagram. Under lower light conditions, the grain size on the selfies is even more prominent, but only a few photos can turn out to be usable.

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The HD 720p video from the front camera is somewhat usable per day, but the picture is also grainy as in photos. At night, the video is barely usable.


Connectivity, memory and multimedia

Xiaomi-Redmi-4A-review (8).jpgWith WiFi (direct and hotspot), Bluetooth v4.1 and 3G/4G LTE wireless connectivity, only NFC and infrared ports are missing. But that's no shortage since the last two mentioned things are mostly reserved for the most expensive devices.

The Redmi 4A has 16GB of internal memory that is sufficient for all the applications and games. Memory is expandable up to 256GB with microSD cards.

The loudspeaker is on the rear, so it will mute if the smartphone is on the desk. The volume goes up to 80dB, which is louder than the average, but the sound is shallow. However, it is best to connect a more expensive headset, because the sound will be great. Namely, the chipset has built-in active noise cancellation. There is also an FM radio that you can use when you connect the headphones.



With A-GPS and GLONASS built-in receivers, navigation within Google Maps provides turn-by-turn in languages. Maps and voice instructions can be only partially downloaded on the device (up to 30 days for a particular geographic area). The map application's interface is straightforward, but not as intuitive as on the iPhone,, and a bit older Microsoft, or Lumia devices.



Xiaomi-Redmi-4A-review (4).jpgI've been using the Apple iPhone 6S Plus for awhile. I've had Galaxy S8+ for a long time, and I have not used a budget smartphone for a long time. When I took the Xiaomi Redmi 4A in my hands, I was glad that the difference between very expensive and affordable mobile phones was no longer noticeable, especially when it comes to the screen, system speed (chipset), and visual appearance.

Redmi 4A is slim, with a thin screen bezels. It has a good screen, and a good usable camera for daylight photography. All this should be good enough for basic use. I can not say that you're missing something special - expensive phones offer faster charging, more advanced camera for shooting in low-light conditions, better video capture, faster chipset, more attractive design, aluminum-glass case, and similar details.

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Redmi 4A has a slim profile. It has a good screen, and a solid camera for daylight shooting (the front is a bit worse though). The chipset is great for basic application use. I can't say that you've missed something special, expensive smartphones that offer faster charging, more advanced cameras and aluminum construction. In terms of purpose, the Redmi 4A is at the start more than favorable, and further price downturn in the future will only justify the investment.
  • Title:
    Xiaomi Redmi 4A
  • Dimensions:
    139.9x70.4x8.5 mm (5.51x2.77x0.33 in)
  • Weight:
    131.5 g (4.66 oz)
  • Size (resolution):
    5", HD (720x1280p)
  • Pixel density:
    ~296 ppi
  • Type:
    Non-removable, Li-Ion, 3120 mAh
  • Stand by; Talk time:
  • Version:
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • Chipset:
    Qualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425
  • Processor:
    Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
  • RAM:
    2 GB RAM
  • GPU:
    Adreno 308
  • Front camera:
    5 MP, f/2.2
  • Internal memory:
    16/32 GB
  • Speakerphone:
  • GPS modul:
Summa Summarum
We rate every area from 1 to 10 which we consider important during purchase. 1 marks the worst score and 10 the best score. Total device score is an average of all categories scores. We have absolute criteria.
  • Ergonomics, design and built quality
  • Display and keyboard
  • Battery
  • Operating system and usability
  • Chipset
  • Rear camera
  • Front camera
  • Connectivity, memory and multimedia
  • Navigation
Total score
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