The difference between Redmi and Redmi Note

Smartphones Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x are quite similar to each other and a novice should not confuse them. But what is even more alarming is when you buy Note 4x, and the Note 4 name is indicated in the system settings and you think: “Have you put a different smartphone on me?” How to visually distinguish between these two smartphones?

Appearance

Let us consider in detail how Redmi Note 4 differs from 4x visually and how not to confuse them when buying.

The difference between Redmi and Redmi Note

If you look at the top edge of smartphones, you can see that Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has an infrared port in the middle, while the model Redmi Note 4x is closer to the microphone. At the same time, the microphone itself and the headphone input are placed identically.

The bottom line has undergone changes. Redmi Note 4 has six holes on each side of the microUSB port and two bolts, while Note 4x has only five holes.

On the back side, everything is visually similar, but the strips above the camera and at the bottom of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x are thin and shiny.

Specifications

As for technical specifications, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 smartphone is running a 10-core MTK Helio X20 processor with a clock frequency of 2.1 GHz, and 4x. An 8-core Snapdragon 625 with a frequency of 2.0 GHz.

The first is Android 6.0 as the operating system, while Redmi Note 4x can have Android 6.0.1 or Android 7.0 installed.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X
AnTuTu8493062679
CodenameXiaomi MidoXiaomi Nikel
Announcement Date2016, August2017, February
Network supportGSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTEGSM / HSPA / LTE
– 2GGSM 900/1800 / 1900. SIM 1 and SIM 2GSM 900/1800 / 1900. SIM 1 and SIM 2
– 3GHSDPA 850/900/1900/2100HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100
– 4GLTE band 1 (2100), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 7 (2600), 8 (900), 38 (2600), 39 (1900), 40 (2300), 41 (2500)LTE band 1 (2100), 3 (1800), 5 (850), 7 (2600), 38 (2600), 39 (1900), 40 (2300), 41 (2500)
Bluetoothv4.2, A2DP, LEv4.2, A2DP, LE
WifiWi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, access pointWi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n, Wi-Fi Direct, access point
Dimensions151 x 76 x 8.4 mm (5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches)151 x 76 x 8.5 mm (5.94 x 2.99 x 0.33 inches)
Weight175 g (6.17 oz)165 g (5.82 oz)
Accumulator batteryNon-removable, Li-Po 4100 mAhNon-removable, Li-Po 4100 mAh
Display5.5 inches (
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It is worth noting that on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x smartphone, the absence of the X symbol in the firmware name means that the Global Version firmware and the smartphone supports LTE 20 frequencies (Band 20/800 Mhz), which are used in some regions of Russia. In the usual Note 4x, which is positioned for the Chinese market, there is no support for these frequencies.

Equipment

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4x smartphone intended for the international market should have Global Version on the box and be equipped with a charger with a standard plug suitable for our outlets.

  • What’s New in Redmi Note 4X?
  • How is the smartphone different from its predecessor Redmi Note 4?
  • Has the familiar ruler design been preserved?

To answer these and other questions of concern to many, we decided to make a comparison of the differences between these two smartphones! You can also read the full review of Note 4.

Packaging and equipment

For testing, we received smartphones with the same characteristics: 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of flash memory. Both smartphones are packaged equally. In a classic white cardboard box. The package also remained unchanged: in addition to the smartphone, the package includes a USB / Micro USB cable, an adapter for charging, an adapter to the standards of our electrical networks, a special pin and instructions in Ukrainian.

Design and construction

Redmi Note 4 on the left, Redmi Note 4X on the right

The design and construction of Redmi Note 4X have not undergone significant changes compared to its predecessor. The differences are purely cosmetic: clearly marked plastic inserts in a metal case, the location of the IR sensor is changed, etc.

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Redmi Note 4 on the left, Redmi Note 4X on the right

Redmi Note 4 on the right, Redmi Note 4X on the left

The form factor itself remained the same as in Redmi Note 4.
The dimensions and weight of the new gadget have slightly changed: 151x76x8.45 mm with a weight of 165 g versus 151x76x8.35 mm and 175 g for the predecessor.

Technical specifications

All major Redmi Note 4X upgrades are hidden precisely in the technical parameters.
Firstly, the smartphone received a version of the MIUI 8.1.10 operating system, in contrast to 8.0.4, which the predecessor is equipped with. The difference between them can be felt, as they say from the first touch.

Secondly, Xiaomi engineers devoted a lot of time to optimizing the device’s battery, turning the Redmi Note 4X into one of the most “durable” smartphones. During our check, the smartphone, in standby mode, on average, lost only 6% of the charge per day! And this with a battery capacity of 4100 mAh. Impressive, isn’t it ?!

Thirdly, and in the most important. The electronic “heart” of the gadget has been replaced. Instead of the 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor with a frequency of 2.1 and the Mali T880 MP4 graphics used in Redmi Note 4, the new product received a completely different “heart”.

It became the popular 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor with a frequency of 2 GHz and Adreno 506 graphics.

As further tests showed, such an upgrade went only to the benefit of Redmi Note 4X.

Practical use

If we compare the performance of AnTuTu, it turns out that the new product scored fewer “parrots” than the classic Redmi Note 4. But here’s the thing, the same benchmark test clearly shows that the graphics processing of Redmi Note 4X is better than its predecessor. What does it mean?

Everything is very simple: Qualcomm processor and graphics really “pull out” games and applications whose emphasis is placed precisely on the graphic component. To verify this, we tested both devices on projects such as Traffic Rider, NOVA 3 and Angry Birds 2. If the first two projects Redmi Note 4 and Redmi Note 4X did equally well, then when playing Angry Birds 2, Redmi won Note 4X. On it the game went more smoothly. That’s what processor technology means, which adjusts performance based on the demands of the application!

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We should also praise the optimization of multitasking Redmi Note 4X. The smartphone works faster than its predecessor, not trying to “knock out” running applications from memory. Therefore, do not listen to those skeptics who claim that the change of the processor does not change anything. Changed! Let a little, but changed for the better!

As noted earlier, the battery of a new smartphone is striking in its “durability”. Not only is it very slowly discharged, it is also very weakly heated. When playing games, watchings and “chasing” the smartphone with might and main, we did not feel a strong battery heating. For example, we needed an hour to play N.O.V.A 3 for the battery to warm up somehow! How much has the smartphone battery reduced over this time? Only 11%!
Such a battery is the fattest plus of Redmi Note 4X.

As for the display and cameras, nothing has changed here. Like Redmi Note 4, the new Redmi Note 4X uses a high-quality 5.5-inch IPS screen with Full HD expansion and a couple of cameras: the main 13 MP and front 5 MP. The quality of the pictures remained at a good average level, which is quite worthy for a similar budget model.

Testing the camera. Indoor HDR:

Redmi note 4

Redmi note 4X

Daytime HDR:

Redmi note 4

Redmi note 4X

Evening HDR:

Redmi note 4

Redmi note 4X

Conclusion

Novelty definitely succeeded. An excellent battery, improved performance and excellent optimization of operating parameters distinguish Redmi Note 4X among other models of the line. Xiaomi, as usual in its repertoire. For a budget price, the Chinese brand offers the user a smartphone with non-budget features!