Xiaomi Redmi Note 4: Is it really worth the switch from Redmi Note 3?

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 turned out to be one of the best-selling smartphones of the year 2016 in India. The company sold around 3.6 million units which fetched the Apple of East over $1 billion revenue. And, if these numbers don’t convince you that the Redmi Note 3 was (still is) the company’s most successful smartphone, we don’t know what will.


Coming to the point, launching the next iteration of such highly successful phone in itself is a daunting task. Anyway, in an attempt to carry forward the legacy of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the company had launched its successor, the Redmi Note 4 in India late last month.

Obviously, the smartphone brings along a few changes. In fact, it would be better to call them refinements rather than changes. For example, the Redmi Note 4 has an improved camera (both at the front and back), a slight design change (which is a refinement again), and more RAM and internal storage space.

The biggest change though comes in the form of the chipset. The Redmi Note 4 now packs Snapdragon 625 chipset in comparison to the Redmi Note 3’s Snapdragon 650 SoC. On first glance, this should seem like a downgrade. But, it isn’t if it were not for the graphic intensive gaming. You won’t see much difference in day-to-day tasks whatsoever.

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Another big change as our readers pointed out in this article is the downgrade in support for LTE bands. The Redmi Note 3 supported most of the LTE bands in the country whereas its successor supports only Band 3, 5, and 40.

So, the big question here is should you upgrade from Redmi Note 3 to Redmi Note 4?

For Redmi Note 3 users

The simple answer is no. The Redmi Note 4, as mentioned above, is a refinement of the Redmi Note 3 but not a huge upgrade over its predecessor. So, we would rather suggest you hold on to the Redmi Note 3 for as long as it lasts. This is of course as long as you are happy with the Note 3’s camera.

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However, if you need a better camera go on, get yourselves the Redmi Note 4. It won’t disappoint you much for the asking price.

For others

For non-Redmi Note 3 users, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a no-brainer. It has everything that you’d expect from a budget smartphone and more. For Rs. 12,999 (4GB RAM variant) you can’t ask more!

What do you guys think? Will the switch from Redmi Note 3 to Redmi Note 4 make any sense? Let us know in the comments below.

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February 17, 2017 8:28 pm 8:28 PM

Note 5 will come after Diwali this year(most probably)

February 17, 2017 1:11 pm 1:11 PM

No sense in switching. Wait until Note 5 comes out!

tamil selvan
February 16, 2017 11:16 pm 11:16 PM

jio is icr arrangment with bxnl 2g? its true news or false news?

Subrat patel
February 16, 2017 8:18 pm 8:18 PM

No i will not upgrade

Girish Gowda
February 16, 2017 1:32 pm 1:32 PM

This doesn’t provide any info for buyers except pushing your own opinion on others. One thing I noticed between RN3 and RN4 is that there’s no heating issue even when you play heavy games for an hour in RN4 while its a bit annoying to hold RN3. LTE bands downgrade is disappointing, but still its not like we are gonna use those left out bands in the next couple of years. Either way, any of the two versions is probably the best buy for end users right now.

February 16, 2017 9:39 pm 9:39 PM

Brother we already suffering from this, vodafone 4g in rajasthan is not working on this set, as it is on band 1

February 16, 2017 4:47 pm 4:47 PM

RN4 will stay a lot cooler simple because it uses Snapdragon 625!
Its a great battery life saver !!

Girish Gowda
February 16, 2017 8:25 pm 8:25 PM

Exactly. But one thing which is annoying is that the RN4 I got for my dad already has a few very very minor scratches on its 2.5D glass. These will be seen only at certain angles and is so small and almost invisible that I thought they were just dust or something which has stuck. So annoying since we can’t yet apply any external 2.5D glass protection and the scratch cover is sold out on Mi website.

February 17, 2017 4:42 am 4:42 AM

eBay and Amazon has accessories…Buy nillkin tempered glass if you need branded. Fit won’t be like on RN3. It will be display cover, not edge to edge.

February 16, 2017 10:57 am 10:57 AM

Big fat NO.
The processor is slower, the GPU is 50% slower and the phone is a huge downgrade over Redmi Note 3.

The only positives: Slightly better battery life.

Xiaomi knows best how to **** itself.

February 16, 2017 6:16 pm 6:16 PM

In real time usage performance is almost equal..It’ s Not slow it’s effecient..SD650 or 652 under locks after certain temp. during high end games….Where RN4 stays cooler and smoother anytime

February 16, 2017 10:54 am 10:54 AM

Forcing people to hold a huge 5.5 inch screen on Palm…. Pain these Chinese are

Parvesh Saini
February 16, 2017 5:01 pm 5:01 PM

5.5 inch the best form factor… It is a treat to watch movies and play games, surfing net…. 5 inch is just too small….

February 16, 2017 10:09 am 10:09 AM

TT seems to say “Be Indian, use Chinese”.
Why can’t we promote Indian brands like this??
– posted from my “Samsung” device:-)

February 16, 2017 6:21 pm 6:21 PM

Even Micromax is made in China, assembled in India. There is ” No Indian”. As long as no Indian alternative exis…. stop barking Chinese.

February 16, 2017 3:08 pm 3:08 PM

So you consider Samsung as Indian brand?
Both Xiaomi & Samsung have manufacturing unit in India, but both are foreign brands. Till any Indian company produces decent budget smartphone, we will have to prefer smartphones made in India evenif they are foreign brands.

TT can post anything related niche topic. You shouldn’t feel bad, as others are interested in this topic. TT can post +ve & -ve on Airtel, Jio, idea, Vodafone, etc. You don’t have knowledge to run website like this. So you don’t have any idea what readers want. Not everyone have same interest as of you.

February 16, 2017 1:31 pm 1:31 PM

Good suggestion and you are using Samsung ???

February 16, 2017 8:51 am 8:51 AM

Agree with the author’s opinion. Glad this wasn’t written by Zara. She would have made things unecessarily complex. No offense intended. Cheers..!!

Girish Gowda
February 16, 2017 9:50 pm 9:50 PM

I find her reviews balanced, not complex. She does her work well.

February 16, 2017 6:23 pm 6:23 PM

Zara- She? Ya very much unnecessarily complex.

February 16, 2017 8:41 am 8:41 AM

Posting picture of of Coolpad in the article about redmi


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