Don't buy it if you are in united states because it won't work properly with me carriers
Interesting review and quite useful. However, I was amazed to see the prices mentioned in there. I know GSMarena is based in Bulgaria - the photos prove so and here the cheapest You can find the 16GB Redmi 4A is the equivalent of $140. Honorbuy or other internet store might get You down to $136, but nowhere near the $100 mentioned in the review. And the Meizu M5 is at least double that. This changes perspective quite a bit in my opinion. And in my opinion one should not so easily compare a $100 to a $120 or a $140 device. Yes, $20 is not much, but 20% premium is quite a bit.
Just received my first software update here in South Africa loving the phone already.
regarding the format, I think it is good to review phone below $100.
however, for other range of price, i would be expecting alot more:
1. capibility of night mode image & video shooting.
a. with tripod
b. without tripod.
2. sound recording quality, outdoor, indoor and 120db loud rock concert music.
3. Sunrise and Sunset capturing
4. do the above for front camera and rear camera.
More and more vlogger using smartphone as the camera.
the above are important.
there has not been sufficient front camera review..
i.e the angle view capable.
5. Overheating issue.
i. does the phone overheat and shut down after continuous of 2 hours 4K video watching?
ii. does the phone overheat after continous of 2 hours of Full HD video recording..?
alot of testing, but it is useful for the growing numbers of vlogger.
Don't forget the Alcatel Ideal 4G which is currently going for 20 USD on Bestbuy.
Beats every phone in the value race.
I too use 4a for about 6 months, snap 425 is not underwhelming.. its performance is enough to drive whatsapp, wechat, facebook, not to heavy games, and other daily tasks NOT sluggishly..
Battery is quite good, can give me 1.5 half day with 4g all the time, no wifi..
camera is also average at best.. but the display color quite good IMO..
The plastic body can feel cheap and may easily break, but hey, I buy it at US$73, no complain here..
I don't know why gsma is saying its a powerless 425 cpu. It is good enough for day to day tasks.
The battery life too is great with 2dys of usage on a single charge. I get a screen on time in between 7:20hr to 8:40hr with little usage of 4g data and mostly wifi turned on.
For 6000 bucks you can not expect more from it.
Thanks for the disclaimer at the bottom of the review. I was waiting on this one to compare my options.
Please keep covering reviews for Xiaomi and Huawei. These brands are not well known in Latin America and they are making a really good difference from all we were used to.
I actually like the size of this review. Everything is included. Make more such short reviews. Nice job gsma.
I bought one for the 99$ for my mother-in law and honestly, can't really fault it at all. When I bought it there was no redmi device below 140$ and honestly I know it wouldn't have made a difference to her. It does over 4h SOT, she can use it to do transcripts (she speaks, the phone writes) without hiccups and the camera is able to take some snaps albeit very mediocre ones. If you're looking for a quick fix or really don't want to spend anymore money, it's a good purchase. Just be sure to choose wisely before you buy it: try and get one without a shop-rom.
About the review format - This is a great format. Please keep it up for low-end devices.
One point which I could not understand is - Quad-core A53 was considered as too weak for an Android smartphone in 2017 and that Octa-core A53 was considered as a bare minimum by the reviewer. I would beg to differ on this. The Quad-core A53 chipsets (like SD 425, MTK 6737) are far more efficient than octa-core A53 chipsets (like SD 430, 435, MTK 6750 etc). And the performance of SD 425 is MORE than ADEQUATE for the target audience (Facebook, whatsapp and little bit of browsing). If anything, it is the Octa-core inefficient chipsets (the likes of SD 430, 435, MTK 6750, 6753, 6755 at 28nm) that should die first.
Please add the 360 degrees turn of the phone, besides that the shorter review is not missing anything important compared to the longer review.
techknow, 07 Jun 2017The customers queing outside an Mi service centre in India is a big detrimental for me. Most M... moreWell, in order to provide high end specs at low prices, there should be some compromises made. With Chinese OEMs it's almost always the build quality
The customers queing outside an Mi service centre in India is a big detrimental for me. Most Mi customers hate their service. No wonder they are steadily losing marketshare in China. Matter of time b4 we Indians realise they may be high on specs at lower pricing but absolutely rubbish in quality