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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime: Premium Budget Phone

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Previously unheard of, Xiaomi stepped up its budget range line clad in full metal wanting to grab the spotlight for one of the Chinese manufacturer’s most pocket-friendly offering.

This is the full review of Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime.


What can easily set this palm-friendly, pocket-friendly phone from the competition is its full metal build with a sliver of plastic located at the top back portion for signal reception.

Another coveted feature is the fingerprint scanner for added security, also located at the back right below the rear-facing camera.

Further below will be the Mi logo above the bottom antenna line.

The design tapers on the sides for better grip and handling that chamfers to the edge to meet the frame.

The right panel houses the volume rocker above the power button while the opposite end houses the hybrid dual-nano SIM tray.

Up top is where you will locate the 3.5mm headphone jack, the centered IR blaster and the secondary mic for noise canceling that doubles as audio reception when taking videos.

The bottom portion houses the mono speaker grille flanking the micro-USB port.

Starting from the top portion of the front panel will be the ambient light and proximity sensor, earpiece and front facing the camera.

Taking up most of the real estate will be the 5-inch display surrounded by a black bezel. Further below will be the non-back-lit capacitive navigation keys.

The Redmi Prime 4 delves away from making you think you’re holding a budget-ranged device by making it feel cool, heavy and smooth to the touch.

Color options include gold, dark gray, and silver.


Displaying your content will be a capable 5 inch IPS LCD at 1080p or fullHD. Which means 441ppi of full-screen goodness.

As per standard IPS LCD affair, viewing angles are always great with bright and clear output.

Some nitpicking would include the black bezel that surrounds the panel and the pale-yellow hue that impedes color accuracy as well as showing blacks as gray-ish in tone.



The 13MP f2.2 rear facing camera is mighty capable of taking decent daylight shots seen here.

HDR mode improves on the shot seen here.

Close up shots outdoors gave good white balance and good color accuracy of our ornament.

Indoor shots with proper lighting faired just as well of our bookend and the same ornament.

low light shooting was a surprise as details of our plush toy was well captured with some soft tones and a touch of grains creeping into the shot.

Filling it with flash was spot on in capturing more details when doing close up shots.

Night shooting will be a struggle for the device seen here with only the night lighting present and a blurry image of the buildings seen here. Focusing also failed us as the camera was not certain on where it was supposed to focus the image on.

Manual mode failed to aid in this department as only options of white balance and ISO settings will be available.

Selfies came out a little bit on the pale side as the 5MP front facing camera struggled to find the proper white balance and color accuracy.


Under the hood will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 system-on-a-chip clocked at 2.0 GHz, Adreno 506 GPU, paired with 3GB of RAM.

Performing daily tasks will not be a problem for the Redmi 4 Prime as the included chipset will be more than capable in calling up apps, messaging, as well as streaming videos and playing casual games.

There will be a little bit of heating with playing graphic intensive games like CSR Racing 3, NBA 2K17, and Real Racing 3 but it was just warm overall and not too hot to the touch.

We experienced no lag or stuttering even when queuing up Assasin’s Creed: Pirates but it did slow down after getting warm and the strain will be more obvious when you have apps running in the background.

Overall a really good performing device considering its price tag.

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Power users will surely enjoy the battery capability of the Redmi 4 as it was able to squeeze out 5.5hours of screen-on-time. Charging its 4100mAh battery juice from zero to a hundred percent, took a fair 2hours and 22mins.

Pricing and verdict

Estimated to retail at about 8,000 PHP or about 160 USD, it’s very difficult to dismiss how the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime feels like a mid-ranged device clad in metal with a price tag of a budget phone.
It has decent performance, good battery life and endurance, solid hardware, and decent camera setup.

Let us know what you think of the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime.

Mabuhay, Manila.


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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime Official Price Philippines, availability, release date

SPECS, PH Price Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime
Display 5.0-inch 1080p FHD IPS LCD, 441ppi
Size 8.9mm thick, 146g weight
Design Full metal build with plastic
Colors gold, dark gray, and silver
Chipset Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset
Processor 8 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Graphics Adreno 506 GPU
Memory 3GB RAM, 32GB internal, microSD card expansion up to 256GB
Main Camera 13 MP f/2.2, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Multimedia [email protected]
Front camera 5 MP f/2.2 selfie camera, 1080p
Connectivity GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
4G LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), WiFi a, Bt 4.1, GPSGPS, GLONASS, Dual-SIM
OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Software MIUI 8.0
Battery 4100mAh non-removable battery
Ports microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack
(un)Official Price 8,000 PHP or about 160 USD
Availability date Early 2017
Where to buy Exclusively available online
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