The phone looks very similar to Redmi 3S. The back cover looks like metal Body which you would realise its plastic when you take in your hand ● The phone is very thin and light-weight. The speaker is at the back, volume & power buttons at the right, micro USB port at the bottom and 4.5mm audio jack at the top ● The curved back make it comfortable to hold and the heaviness gives a strong & sturdy feel
** Specifications ** ● Dual sim card, one Nano and other micro both supporting 4G VoLTE ● 5 inch display with 720p resolution and 296 ppi (Pixel per inch) ● MIUI 8.5.0 OS based on Marshmallow ● 1.4HGz quad core processor with Snapdragon 425 and 2GB RAM ● 13MP f/2.2 main camera and 5MP selfie camera ● Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, Infrared Blaster, FM Radio, OTG support ● Expandable memory up to 128GB ● Non removable 3120mAh battery
** Usage & Performance ** ● Display is 5 inches with 720p (1280*720) resolution supporting a pixel density of 296ppi. The screens performs decent under sunlight and legibility is nearly decent. Images are good, colours are vibrant and text is sharp ● Even though the screen cannot be compared to expensive phones with pixel density more than 400ppi, this is satisfactory to watch movies, images and play games. The viewing angles are good, but there is a yellow tint at times from certain angles. However, I would say the screen is one of the best in its price class ● The processor is Snapdragon 425 with Adreno 308 GPU. There is no lag observed in response and touches are smooth. Apps are quick to load when compared with phones in its class. Graphic intensive games like Asphalt were playable even though the wait time to load the game were too long. Even though there were lags at times and many frames were missed, the overall gaming experience was impressive ● The performance speed or multi-tasking aspects are impressive in its price-range, but cannot be compared with expensive phones ● There is no commendable heating issues even though the phone heats up during heavy gaming, but that is normal and the phone cools down quite fast ● Making calls and messaging were up to the mark and noise cancelling works well on phone calls ● The battery lasts for more than 18 hours on regular use. The phone takes well less than two hours for a full charge of the 3030mAh battery ● There is support for most of the Indian languages ● The phone has two simcard slots both supporting 4G VoLTE. One of the simcard slots can optionally be used to add a microSD card upto 128GB At roughly 132 grams, the Redmi 4A is lighter than the Redmi 3S which weighs 144 grams.
** Camera ** ● It has got 13MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2. There is a short delay for the camera to fix focus, but photos are snapped pretty quick. The images produced have good colour vibrancy, details are acceptable and have got decent sharpness. The camera performs well in good light, but low light performance is disappointing. Close up photos have got decent blurring of background that is quite impressive for phones in this price range ● The 5MP selfie camera can produce photos decent enough for social media sharing
** Other few things ** ● There is a feature called Dual Apps using which two instances of apps can be run like Whatsapp, Facebook, etc. Second Space feature allows you to sign in with two Google accounts ● You can take the screenshot of an entire webpage using Scrolling Screenshots ● There is Infrared Blaster which is useful to control your devices having a remote control ● There is a notification LED that notifies you on missed call, arrived messages, etc. and this can be programmed to display various colkours and blinking patterns for various alters
** I don't like these ** ● Hybrid Sim (Both the sim cards support 4G VoLTE and the micro sim card tray doubles up as microSD card slot. Either one of those can be inserted at a time) ● navigation buttons have no backlit ● The speaker is at the back that reduces the ringing volume when the phone is placed on a table
** Summary ** ● For Rs.5999, this is an impressive phone with good performance. There are many shortcomings like display, sound quality, etc. but I would ignore all these considering the price it is sold at. This is one of the most powerful smartphones at this price and I rate FIVE stars ● There are other entry level phones that you may consider like Moto E, etc., but I am happy with the features & performance for the price. If you can afford to spend 1000 more, you will get the Redmi 4 with a metal body, Finger print scanner, better screen, hardware and battery.
Pros :- 1) small & lightweight 2) Good performance 3) Decent battery life. one & half day of battery life with daily use (In heavy gaming 5-6 hours) 4) VoLTE support 5) Easy to use with one hand (Handy) 6) HD screen resolution 1280×720
Cons :- 1) Hybrid dual SIM 2) camera performance could be better