Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi on Monday launched a new budget smartphone — the Redmi 4A — in India at price of Rs. 5,999. Xiaomi Redmi 4A, the latest model in the company’s low-cost, entry-level Redmi smartphone series and the successor to the Redmi 3s range that was launched in India last year. The Redmi 3s range, includes Redmi 3s, Redmi 3s Prime, Redmi 3s+ has been very popular smartphone for the Xiaomi company, and it has managed to sell over 3 million units in just about seven months.
Originally, Xiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in three color variants – Dark grey, Gold and Rose Gold. However, the smartphone will be up for sale starting at 12pm on March 23 exclusively on Amazon and company’s e-commerce platform Mi.com, and only the Dark Grey and Gold variant will be available for sale. The Rose Gold variant of Xiaomi Redmi 4A is expected to go on sale on April 6, only on company’s e-commerce platform Mi.com. Users will be able to pre-order the Redmi 4A soon, even when the device will be out of stock.
The Redmi 4A comes with seamless polycarbonate body with curved edges. The build quality looks and feels like metal but it’s actually good quality plastic with a metallic coat on top. At 8.5mm, the smartphone is quite thin and its slight curves on the edges to make phone sit comfortably in your palm. Other key Redmi 4A features are dual-SIM 4G-LTE, 4G VoLTE network and that comes with an IR blaster, an infrared technology that allowing you to use it as a remote for several devices such as TVs, audio and video equipment, ACs and more.
Xiaomi Redmi 4A specifications, features: –
In terms of specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A sports a 5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 443 pixels per inch. The Redmi 4A is powered by an entry-level 64-bit 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor paired with Adreno 308 GPU. The smartphone comes with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage which is further expandable by up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot.
Talking on the software front, the dual-SIM smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow-based on Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 out-of-the-box and has support for 13 Indian languages. The operating system supports dual apps feature, allowing you to have two WhatsApp accounts on one device.
In terms of photography, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A boasts a 13-megapixel camera sensor on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, 5-element lens, is backed by a LED flash. The rear shooter, that is also capable of full HD (1080p) video recording. On the front-facing selfie camera, the smartphone bears a 5-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.
In terms of connectivity options, the Xiaomi Redmi 4A comes with dual-SIM card slots with a hybrid setup. In other words, you can either use two SIM cards, or a combination of a SIM card and a microSD card. Other connectivity options include4G with VoLTE support, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, IR blaster, FM radio, microUSB v2.0 and 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors on board the smartphone include accelerometer, ambient light, infrared, gyroscope and proximity. The phone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is fuelled by a non-removable Li-Ion 3120 mAh battery fast charging support and the battery comes with a 7 days’ standby time, according to the company. Dimensions of the new Xiaomi smartphone are 139.5 x 70.4 x 8.5 mm, and it weighs in at 131.5 grams.
Xiaomi has opened up a new and second manufacturing plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh (India), which is owned and operated by Foxconn. With this second manufacturing unit, it will have the capacity to produce one smartphone per minute. According to Xiaomi, the two manufacturing plants employ 5,000 people from over 100 surrounding villages and more than 90 per cent of the workforce employed are women. Manu Jain, Managing Director and Vice President, Xiaomi India claimed that more than 95 per cent of Xiaomi smartphones sold in India come from its Sri City unit manufacturing plant.