“With a brilliant design, big battery, và bargain price, the Redmi note 4X is crying out for international support.”

Xiaomi may capture headlines for stunning, high-power smartphones like the mi Mix and the ngươi 6, which are great devices; but arguably the company does low-cost hardware with strong spec lists better. Its latest is the Redmi lưu ý 4X, an update khổng lồ 2016’s Redmi chú ý 4, which costs about $160 depending on the màu sắc you choose. That’s not very much money for a điện thoại cảm ứng today, especially one with features lượt thích the chú ý 4X.

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Like all mi phones, if you want khổng lồ own one outside China, you have to use an import service to lớn get it. It’s not difficult, but it can be a challenge down the line if the phone breaks, và making sure it connects lớn your chosen network. It’s extremely tempting lớn pick up a $160 phone that looks lượt thích it should cost twice that, so should you?

We’ve been using the Redmi cảnh báo 4X for the last two weeks lớn find out, and the answer is no. It’s a fantastic phone for the price, but the dealbreaker is its lack of 4G LTE connectivity.

Stylish design

If you’re familiar with the Redmi lưu ý 4, little has changed with the Redmi cảnh báo 4X. Two small screws on both sides of the MicroUSB charging port have been removed for a cleaner look, & the antenna bands have been minimized và replaced by shiny strips, rather than cheap-looking trắng plastic. Nothing major, but enough to make the note 4X a modern, sleek looking phone you’ll be proud lớn hold.


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It’s quite thick at 8.5mm, but it’s comfortable lớn hold due khổng lồ a 2.5 chiều piece of curved glass over the screen, & a perfectly curved aluminum rear panel. Cradling the Redmi note 4X, you’ll find it ergonomical. The power button falls easily to thumb or finger (depending if you’re left or right handed), and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor is ideally placed, so your finger avoids the camera lens above it. It’s a grippable phone, và one that doesn’t feel too slippery.

If you like phones without much branding, the Redmi chú ý 4X will please you. Only a Mi hình ảnh sản phẩm is etched into the back, & the usual three game android capacitive keys sit below the screen, glowing when the phone is awake. The note 4X is available in several different colors, including silver, gold, black, and pink, plus the light green version seen here. The light green has a slight matte effect, but retains a decent light-catching glow, as well as a subtle, tactile texture. Phones in multiple colors are becoming more popular, và to find such quality hues on a phone so competitively priced is very welcome.

Minimalist, stylish, and pleasant to hold, it’s surprising the Redmi note 4X costs so little.

Bright screen, long-lasting battery

The Redmi cảnh báo 4X has a px XL-size screen, and it’s big, bright, & beautiful. It’s not an AMOLED panel though, but an IPS LCD screen that measures 5.5-inches & has a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution. It can’t compete with the pixel XL, the Galaxy S8, or the LG G6; but holds its own against the OnePlus 3T, various Honor phones, and even some more expensive Huawei devices like the P10 Plus.


Minimalist, stylish, and pleasant to hold, it’s surprising the Redmi note 4X costs so little.


There are plenty of customization options. A Reading Mode reduces glare & cuts down on sleep-disturbing xanh light, plus adjustments can be made to lớn the màu sắc and contrast, helping tailor the screen’s look to lớn your personal preference. It’s also very bright with a maximum output đầu ra of 450 nits, & it’s easily viewable in bright sunlight with the brightness slider cranked right up. The ambient light sensor is quite aggressive though, and it doesn’t recognize when you’re looking at the screen, resulting in the brightness dimming at inopportune moments.

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A massive 4,100mAh battery keeps the screen on — that’s enormous compared khổng lồ most flagship smartphones. The result? At least two days use. Yep, we said, “at least.” Leave the phone on standby, và use it normally through the day, & you’ll be charging on the third day. The Redmi note 4X sips from a vast well of battery power. Unfortunately, that well isn’t quickly replenished, due lớn no fast-charging system, so plan for a two hour recharge when it’s close khổng lồ empty.

Android Marshmallow, và solid performance

Here’s the big difference between the older Chinese Redmi chú ý 4 and the new globally compatible note 4X: It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor inside, rather than a MediaTek chip. The Redmi lưu ý 4X is almost identical khổng lồ the international version of the note 4 released after the Chinese version though. Confused? Don’t be, just remember the Redmi lưu ý 4X is the mã sản phẩm to buy, and you’ll be fine. There’s a version with 3GB of RAM & 32GB of storage, & another with 4GB of RAM và 64GB storage space. Our đánh giá model is the former.

Judging whether a điện thoại has enough performance isn’t that complicated. We use the phone daily, for a similar range of tasks, and if it’s slow, buggy, or annoying, it gets a big strikethrough next to its name. We’d never expect to lớn see this with a device that costs $500 or more, but one that costs less than $200? That seems more likely. The fantastic news here is the Redmi chú ý 4X is strikethrough free.

After a solid hour playing games, reading email, checking social networks, and generally zipping between the trang chủ screens and different apps, the Redmi lưu ý 4X hadn’t stuttered. Its very hard lớn argue against a phone that costs so little, yet performs so well. Running AnTuTu 3d benchmarking test returned a 62,771 score, while 3DMark’s Slingshot Extreme returned a score of 461, neither of which phối the record charts alight, but are consistent with the Snapdragon 625-powered Huawei Nova.

The phone runs game android 6.0.1, with Xiaomi’s MIUI 8.2 user interface over the top. It’s one of the best third-party user interfaces out there, with the biggest change over stock app android being the lack of an phầm mềm drawer. All your apps are spread over multiple trang chủ pages, just lượt thích Apple’s iOS. App android purists will be annoyed by other small changes, such as the altered notification shade, custom icon designs, & other visual tweaks throughout the operating system. Google Play came pre-installed on our phone, but be aware that due lớn the custom nature of MIUI, some apps — such as the updated Netflix app — may not work. It’s a rarity this happens though, và every other tiện ích we used operated without a problem.


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Is it all good news? No. The Redmi lưu ý 4X is still a mid-range phone, with a mid-range processor, và a custom UI. This means scrolling isn’t always buttery smooth, some of the transitions are a beat too slow, and in some games when the going gets really tough — driving the fastest cars in Reckless Racing 3, for example — there’s evidence of frame rate drops. Game android Pay also won’t work, as there’s no NFC onboard.

Still, for the price, the Redmi lưu ý 4X is a solid performer. It’s a shame it does not come with the latest version of Android.

Good camera

A 13-megapixel rear camera sits at the top-center, and it’s good. That’s right. Good. It’s not often we get khổng lồ praise what has become a very typical camera setup, but the pictures we took with the Redmi lưu ý 4X were pleasing, offering detail, và handling challenging light in a satisfactory way.

It’s still far from perfect, and the f/2.0 aperture does limit its capabilities in low light, but show it some sunny skies or an expansive landscape, & the results are eyebrow-raisingly good. Yes, it washes out the sky on overcast days, and no, it doesn’t have two lenses or a wealth of different modes. However, take regular photos in everyday situations & you’ll likely be happy with the results.