Adding yet another smartphone to the already cluttered entry-level segment, Xiaomi had unveiled the Redmi 4A a couple of days ago. Going by the specs, the smartphone seems to compete head-to-head against the company’s very own Redmi 3s handset which was launched back in August last year.
Now, before we start comparing both the smartphones, let’s take a quick look at what the Redmi 4A has to offer.
The smartphone features a 5-inch HD display, a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 425 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable storage space (up to 128GB via a microSD card). In terms of camera, the smartphone features a 13MP sensor at the back and a 5MP front-facing camera. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow based MIUI 8 and is backed by a 3,120mAh battery which supports fast charging.
On the connectivity front, the smartphone supports 4G VoLTE (B3, B5, B40), 3G (B1, B8), and 2G (B2, B3, B5, B8), Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz), dual-SIM, IR Blaster, GPS, AGPS and standard set of sensors.
The Redmi 3s, on the other hand, has a similar set of specs except for the Snapdragon 430 chipset and a mammoth 4,100mAh battery which means battery performance and battery life. Apart from these, one of the major differences is the fact that the Redmi 3s has a metal unibody design as opposed to the polycarbonate exteriors of the Redmi 4A.
Having said that, the metallic finish on the Redmi 4A does add to the aesthetics but again if it’s not metal, it isn’t metal, right? Also, owing to a smaller battery, the Redmi 4A weighs lower than the Redmi 3s (144g) at 131.5g.
Another change comes in the form of colors. The Redmi 4A is available in three different colors namely Dark Gray, Gold, and Rose Gold variants whereas the Redmi 3s comes in Dark Gray, Gold, and Silver.
And of course, the Redmi 4A comes with a smaller price tag, i.e., Rs. 5,999 which not to mention is pretty decent for what it has to offer. On the other hand, the Redmi 3s ships at Rs. 6,999. If you ask us, we don’t see any reason not to spend that extra Rs. 1,000 for the metal unibody design and a huge battery. But again, if you are on a strict budget, the Redmi 4A is a good bargain for what it’s worth.
It seems like Xiaomi is following the footsteps of Samsung by unveiling smartphones with almost similar specs and features with a different moniker. The latter has been very successful in doing so, but we will have to wait and see how it turns out for Xiaomi. What do you think? The Redmi 4A or the Redmi 3s. Shoot down your views in the comments below.
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