Xiaomi was pretty much at the centre stage for the whole 2014. The company created some flash sales records with its heavily powered devices and unbelievable prices and took the market by storm. The year preferably saw an adventurous end for the brand as it sold 40,000 pieces of its Note 4G, one of the first few 4G devices available in Indian market and easily the cheapest in an astonishing 6 seconds. Yes it took only 6 seconds for the stock to be cleared, less than what took you to read this line.
Now what most of you guys will be thinking is what’s so special with this Xiaomi Note 4G that it sells like hot cakes in every flash sale, so here is a short sweet review of the device for you to know the Note 4G better.
154 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm (6.06 x 3.10 x 0.37 in) 185 gms
Android OS, v4.4 (Kit kat)
Adreno 305 1.6 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928
Cortex-A7 Quad Core Processor
4G – LTE Speed: 150 Mbps HSDPA; 50 Mbps HSUPA
Screen size (inches)
720×1280 pixels (~267 ppi pixel density)
microSD, up to 64 GB
8 GB, 2 GB RAM
13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR
Li-Po 3100 mAh battery
Price – Rs.9999 on Flipkart as of yet.
First of all a little fact about the device, it has just came to India and is following the Indian tradition set by its predecessor to create and break sales records. Note 4G as the name suggest is a 4G device and we have so few of them available in Indian market that we just adore those few which are available and Xiaomi being the cheapest in the block helps it a lot. The device went on a flash sale on Flipkart at a Price of Rs. 9999 which is really cheap for the features it offers.
The device has a 5.5-inch screen with 720×1280 resolution which gives around 267 ppi pixel density (a bit on the lower side!). The screen is really nice in this device, bright vibrant and full of colours. Only issue here can be the colours which may seem too rich to the eyes i.e. over saturation in some cases.
The internal memory of the Xiaomi Note 4G is quite less for all the features it has. With only 8 GB of internal memory of which only 5 gb is available to the average user, you may run out of space sooner than expected but then it has an external storage of 64 Gb too which may prove to be a life saver. Though the device also has USB on the go support so you may manage with any external memory/storage device too.
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The RAM provided is of 2 GB so it’s good enough for all the heavy usage which you might do, or even heavy gaming because of the 1.6 GHz processor it provides. The processor in the Xiaomi Note 4G is Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 which is a very nice processor so multi tasking and gaming is going to be quite easy on it.
What I really loved about the device is its Camera, the Camera is very powerful here. 13 Megapixel of awesomeness at this price is extremely sweet for any user. It also boast off a 5 Megapixel front shooter for video calling and selfies and both the cameras gives good quality pictures and are rich in features. But the real world performance of the camera is not that great when the mega pixel count is kept into mind.
The device is full of features which looks great at least on paper, also look wise its one of the better phones there in the price range and the only close match is Yu Yureka smartphone by Micromax which shines in few aspects as compared to this device.
The 4G connectivity gives a great speed, 150 Mbps on HSDPA and 50 Mbps for HSUPA.
The device is not small neither much thin, it have a solid feel to it and you feel like holding something heavy in your hands.
The battery is powerful at 3100 mAh and gives good backup for the device and the sim slot has been reduced to one from two which were there in its predecessor the Xiaomi Note. Check out our full review of the Xiaomi Redmi note here.
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Xiaomi Note 4G full review: Conclusion
Overall its a great device to own and being available at this price range all the more amazing. But owning one can be a rather tricky problem and you need to be a little lucky to get your hands on it. If you want to gift yourself a Xiaomi Note 4G for the New Year then you should register for the flash sale soon which is going to happen on 6th of this month and cross your hands to get lucky that day.
With so many good features packed in this device, there are ought to be some flaws, the most notable cons for this smartphone are the lack of display density in terms of ppi and the fact that it runs MIUI. Some would argue that MIUI is a better variant of Android but that depends upon the user’s perception and most of the users these days prefer stock android as opposed to skinned variants. But still this is not a major flaw and is actually a selling point for the device that it runs something different to the stock Android. The camera too is not as good as it’s on paper but for a device this cheap you can’t expect too much. But this is what Xiaomi has come to stand for i.e. ultra goodness for the cheapest price and that is one thing that we all expect from every smartphone that comes under the Xiaomi brand.
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