Xiaomi has recently introduced its first ever in-house SoC, the Surge S1 along with a phone (Mi 5c) powered by this chip. It is a big leap for the Chinese smartphone maker, since it was using Qualcomm or MediaTek chips before.
However, Xiaomi doesn’t have any plans to make its in-House SoC exclusive for smartphones. It recently took wraps off a budget smartphone, the Redmi 4X powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC.
This phone features a flagship built quality and an impressive set of specifications. To make it even more irresistible the price is kept low especially the base model costs only 699 RMB (Rs. 10,500) in China.
The Key Highlights of Redmi 4X:
The Redmi 4X features a unibody aluminum design with curved edges for a smooth grip. It has a 5-inch 720p display with a 2.5D glass sitting on top.
It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 435 chipset, Adreno 505 GPU with 2GB or RAM and 16GB internal storage for the base model. Another variant features 3GB RAM along with 32GB internal storage.
This phone has an enormous 4100mAh battery on board which will ensure at least two days of comfortable usage on a single charge. To further sweeten the deal it also features fast charging and a fingerprint scanner on the back. No NFC or USB Type-C though, but who cares about these little things, right?
Redmi 4X packs a primary 13-Megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection auto-focus and an LED flash. The front camera boasts 5-Megapixel resolution, f/2.2 aperture and the ability to record 1080p videos.
It is a dual-SIM 4G LTE phone, which takes one Nano-SIM and one Micro-SIM with a dedicated slot for microSD card, so you don’t have to sacrifice one SIM card to insert your SD card. Pretty awesome, wonder why some manufacturers don’t put a dedicated slot like this in their phones.
This phone runs MIUI 8 with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 at the core and will be available in three colors ─ Cherry Pink, Champagne Gold and Mate Black.
Pricing and Availability:
Redmi 4X will soon go on sale in China for 699 RMB (2GB/16GB) and 899 RMB (3GB/32GB).
We’re not sure if Xiaomi Pakistan will launch this phone here in the coming months, but surely it would be worthy upgrade over Redmi 4a, which costs almost the same in China but lacks many features as compared to 4X.
One more thing you must keep in mind is that even if Smart Link and Daraz launches this phone in Pakistan in the next couple of months, there will be a price difference of at least Rs. 5,000.
Usually distributors blame it on high taxes but we all know quick profit is main motive behind abnormal prices. But still it would be a good purchase even after the price inflation by distributors.
What do you think, Is this the perfect smartphone every Pakistani enthusiast is looking for?