Xiaomi Redmi 4 has been launched in India, as widely expected, at an event in New Delhi. However, unlike the model that was unveiled in China, this model is powered by the Snapdragon 435 chipset, making it closer to the Redmi 4X that was launched in Xiaomi's home market in February. The brand is releasing three Redmi 4 variants in India, with nearly identical specifications except changes in configuration based on RAM and internal storage. All three variants will be available in Matte Black and Elegant Gold colour options.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 has been launched in three memory/ storage variants in India. The 2GB RAM/ 16GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 6,999, the 3GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant has been priced at Rs. 8,999, while the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage is priced at Rs. 10,999. Redmi 4 release date in India has been set as May 23, with sales scheduled to start at 12pm IST via Amazon India and Mi.com.
Bengaluru-based shoppers have it good, as the smartphone will be available from 9am IST on Saturday, May 20 via the newly launched Mi Home in the city. Users will be able to pre-book the smartphone on Mi.com, and pick it up on launch day from Mi Home. The pre-booking begins today. The pre-booking amount is Rs. 1,000, and it guarantees a unit will be available at the Mi Home store - if it goes out of stock, a F-Code will be provided for redemption on Mi.com.
The dual-SIM (Micro+Nano) Xiaomi Redmi 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. It sports an all-metal body and a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel. It bears a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display, and is powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC coupled with 2GB/ 3GB/ 4GB of RAM.
The Redmi 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, and LED flash. On the front, it bears a 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. As we mentioned, the Xiaomi Redmi 4X will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB inbuilt storage options, expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB).
Connectivity options on the Redmi 4 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB with OTG, Bluetooth v4.1, and 3.5mm audio jack. It also sports an infrared sensor. It measures 139.2x69.6.x8.6mm, and weighs 150 grams. It is powered by a 4100mAh battery.
Xiaomi is touting several features on the Redmi 4 smartphone. These include App Lock (password and fingerprint locks for apps), Second Space (allowing multi-account profiles), and Dual Apps (allowing users to utilise two different WhatsApp accounts simultaneously). Special beta preview of Android Nougat-based MIUI will be available to users out-of-the-box. The infrared sensor on board allows the smartphone to be used as a universal remote control.