The back panel of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 smartphone. Photograph: (Others)
Expanding its smartphone portfolio, Xiaomi launched its new smartphone - Redmi 4 - in India. Successor to the Redmi 3S, the new smartphone is priced at Rs 6,999 for the 16GB variant (with 2 GB RAM) and Rs 8,999 for the 32GB model (with 3GB RAM). Both the models will be available on Mi.com and Amazon.in from May 23. The (4GB + 64GB) variant will be introduced at Rs 10,999 by June-end.
People in Bangalore, however, can buy the Redmi 4 from Xiaomi’s first Mi Home in India, which is located at Phoenix Market City, Bangalore, starting May 20. They can also pre-book a device at Mi.com between May 16 and May 19 by paying a token advance of Rs 1,000 and pick it up from the store on May 20.
The Redmi 4 features a 5-inch 2.5D curved glass and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor. It comes packed with a 4100mAh battery, which is claimed to last for up to two days of regular usage.
It sports a 13 megapixel rear camera with PDAF (Phase Detection AutoFocus) for faster focusing, and supports 1080p full HD video recording. The front, on the other hand, has a 5 megapixel camera. It supports 4G LTE and VoLTE out of the box, covering all India LTE bands.
The Redmi 4 runs on Android 6.0.1 with MIUI 8. According to Xiaomi, Android N will soon be rolled out for the Redmi 4. It will come in two colour options - Gold and Black.
On the sidelines of the Redmi 4 launch event, Xiaomi India also introduced its smart router, the Mi Router 3C. As Xiaomi explains, the router is equipped with four high-performance antennas each with a dedicated PCB circuit and has a 2-transmit, 2-receive antenna design. It is said to improve both the WiFi range and signal stability.
The Mi Router 3C has 64MB of RAM and is claimed to offer a wireless speed of 300mbps. It can connect up to 64 devices including 20 computing devices and 44 IoT devices.
"The Mi Wi-Fi smart app makes setup and network management very simple. It also provides very easy access to real-time monitoring of bandwidth usage, QoS to prioritise bandwidth to devices and WiFi boost. It also allows pre-configured guest sharing of the WiFi password and parental controls," says Xiaomi.
Priced at Rs 1,199, the Mi Router 3C will also be available to buy on Mi.com from May 23 and on Flipkart.com and Amazon.in from June 8.