Design/ buidling quality - 8.5
Display - 8
Performance - 8
Connectivity - 8
Camera - 7
Price - 8.5
Again we have a Xiaomi device for review, in fact CECT-Shop has send us two devices, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime and the Xiaomi Redmi 4A. In this review we will review the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime. The Redmi 4 Prime is released November last month and should be, if we consider the earlier versions of the Redmi series, a great value for your money. How does the Snapdragon 625 powered device perform and what do you get for just €169.99 ($182.94)? Let’s find out what the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime has to offer.
When opening the package you see the device first which is wrapped in polyfoam-like bag. The smartphone itself is protected with a temporary screenprotector and a protector on the back. In the package there is also a MicroSD cable, a Chinese manual, sim-tray pin and a Chinese adapter. As a service, CECT-Shop also added two European converters for the adapter, a test checklist of the phone before packaging and also added two sticky stands which can be placed on the back.
Design and building quality
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime makes a good first impression, it looks premium and has a design that looks familiar as the latest Huawei Mate models. The body of the Redmi 4 Prime is made of metal except for a small line on the bottom of the back and bigger part on top of the back to give the antennas a better reception. In design the back has a nice satin finish, while the front has ( very slightly) curved 2.5D glass.
The Redmi 4 Prime measures 141.3 x 69.6 x 8.9mm and has a pleasant weight of 156g. It’s easy to operate with one hand, and it even feels a little bit high-end.
In design you will find the double SIM tray on the left side which is a hybrid tray. The tray has one microSIM slot and one hybrid nanoSIM/microSD slot which can be expanded upto 128GB. On the right side there is the powerbutton and the volume buttons.
On the front we see its 5 inch display with the capacitive keys under it. Unfortunately the keys are not backlit. On the top front there is of course the earpiece placed in the center while on the left the sensors or placed and on the right the frontcamera and notification LED can be found.
When we turn the smartphone around we see on the back the camera, a very fast and accurate fingerprintsensor, dual-tone flash LED and the Mi logo. A good part is that the camera is slightly recessed to protect the camera a bit.
On top there is the 3.5mm microphone jack, an IR emitter in the center and a secondary microphone. On the bottom there is a MicroUSB port and two identical grids where one is the speaker and the other is the primary microphone.
The display of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is very impressive for the pricerange of this smartphone. The Redmi 4 Prime has a 5 inch FullHD display with a pixel density of 441ppi. The colors are accurate and has a descent contrast ratio of above 1100:1. Reading in the sun is okay, but could be better. Unfortunately the display has no gorilla glass, so buying a screenprotector is advised.
The Redmi 4 Prime is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset featuring an octa-core Cortex A53 chipset which is clocked at 2Ghz, the Mali Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB for your storage. All this gives the Redmi 4 Prima a good Antutu score of 61681, but the slower GPU can give some lag during some heavy consuming geames. Overall a good performance with a chipset that can be found in other more expensive devices.
The Redmi 4 Prime has a non-removable 4100 mAh battery which is a lot for a 5 inch smartphone and gives us more than enough juice for almost two days with normal use. In only standby you can glue a couple of days extra to it.
On the back, the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime features a 13 megapixels sensor with a f/2.2 aperture with a dual LED flash. In image quality the Redmi 4 Prime captures pretty good images, but not a quality that impressed us compared with for example the Mi5S Sony sensor.
The first thing we noticed while shooting during daylight is that the photos seemed to be a bit underexposed, but overall the dynamic range is good. The photos have a lot of detail, but in lowlight we noticed some auto focus problems . In the low-light photos are okay but you need a steady hand while shooting because the camera can be a little bit slow, also a lot more noise and grain are showing up. The camera is also pretty good on a short distance.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime also features a 5 megapixel f/2.2 front camera and does an average job, but could be better saturated. In low light there is a lot of grain and noise. Overall an average camera which can be used for selfies and videocalling without any problems. Please note, in the samples below we had some really bad weather in The Netherlands which means photos can be a bit darker than in reality.
Of course the Redmi 4 Prime can shoot videos too. You can record in 1080p. The video quality is very high in normal light conditions, but the audio is pretty poor. And again in low light there is that noise again.
The Xiaomi devices are made for the China market which means that not all available bands are supported to provide 4G/LTE. The supported bands are:
2G/CDMA1X / EVDO (BC0)
GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz (B5/B8/B3/B2)
3G/WCDMA 850/900/1900/2100MHz (B1/B2/B5/B8)
FDD-LTE 1800/2100/2600MHz (3, 1, 7)
While testing I got a 4G connection (dual SIM test with local providers KPN and T-Mobile) that were very stable. The calling quality is good, no hickups, errors etc. Just a clear crisp sound. The earspeaker has also a crisp and clear sound and has a good volume. The loudspeaker has a nice clean sound, but is not very loud.
In connectivity way the Redmi 4 Prime features also dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n support and Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS with GLONASS. The GPS had a fix in just a couple of seconds where it also pointed out the correct location on Google Maps. While driving the GPS stayed stable without any losts.
The Redmi 4 Prime also features a IR blaster which can be used remote any remote controlled device. For this Xiaomi has pre-installed the MiRemote app. It is also possible to do a wireless screen mirror by using Miracast.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime comes with Android 6.0.1 and has the Android security patch of November 1st. As with all Xiaomi devices the Redmi 4 Prime comes with MIUI, in this case MIUI 8. The buildin security app helps you to protect and maintain your device while MIUI 8 now adds to possibility to avoid autostart of apps after a (re)boot. Also the use of dual-apps is possible (like having 2 whatsapp instances at the same time).
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime came with the original ROM which means Google Play Store is not installed, but can be done easily by following these instructions. Also some Chinese apps are preinstalled which causes Chinese popups etc which can be disabled in the notifications settings. When ordering at CECT-Shop you can choose for the international version also to get it in your language and most Chinese apps are removed from the ROM.
Well what can we say. Considering the price the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is just a must-buy. You just can’t find any other smartphones with these specifications and quality. The building quality is thanks to the metal build just perfect which also gives the smartphone a premium look and feel, the display is very good, the battery life is excellent and the camera is very good for this price range.
The smartphone runs smooth and is easy to use thanks to MIUI8. The camera makes good pictures concerning its price. The low-light pictures can sometimes be better but overall it performs more than average.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime is a smartphone that won’t dissapoint you. Of course there are imperfections like the camera performance in low-light, but you just get a really good phone for your money.
This Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime 3GB/32GB version is available at CECT-Shop for €169.99 ($182.94). CECT-Shop is giving our readers a €5 discount on their order of the Redmi 4 Prime with the special couponcode PR7UKM. CECT-Shop ships worldwide!