Ever since Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India, the phone has been in high demand. In fact, in a ridiculously high demand. Recently Xiaomi said that it has sold one million Redmo Note 4 units in India. At the same time, demand has been so high that the Redmi Note 4 has been out of stock most of the time. But today the phone is going to sale again, tweeted Xiaomi India chief Manu Jain. The Redmi Note 4 will go on sale at 12PM on both the Mi Store and Flipkart and it will have a starting price of Rs 9,999.
Update: The Redmi Note 4 apparently went on sale at Flipkart and Mi Store today at 12PM. On Flipkart, it is already out of stock. All three variants of the phone are out of stock. On Mi Store it says that the phone is still available, although we expect it to go out of stock from there too pretty soon.
Update 2: The Redmi Note 4 is sold out on Mi store as well. The phone now shows that it will be available as a pre-order on May 12 at 12PM. Clicking on this button for now sends a user to the product page, where a notice is displayed that the phone is out of stock.
The Redmi Note 4 is a pretty neat phone for its price. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, has a 5.5-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) display and the sports a 13-megapixel shooter at its back. On the front there is a 5-megapixel camera. It is available in 3 variants. The base variant has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Then there is the 3GB version with 32GB internal storage and the top-end variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
The phone supports feature like dual-SIM and expandable storage. The software, though, is still rather old. It uses MIUI based on Android Marshmallow that is now almost two years old. In some of its high-end phones Xiaomi has managed to shoe-horn Android Nougat but its budget phones — and the budget phones are all that the company sells in India — it is still sticking to Android Marshmallow that was released in 2015.
Although Redmi Note 4 is a nice phone, given that it is going on sale today that is May 10, there is an obvious question? Should you buy it or should you wait for the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime, two phones that Xiaomi may launch on May 16. The reason behind this question is pretty simple: Both the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi 4 Prime use Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Xiaomi had earlier teased that it is going to launch a phone that will give “power” to users. Power here refers to performance and we are very sure that this phone is going to be the Redmi 4 Prime.
Other than processor, the rest of the hardware of the Redmi 4 Prime too seems quite good. The phone comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 13-megapixel camera, which in all likelihood is similar to what is there in the Redmi Note 4. The front camera too is the going to be similar with its 5-megapixel image sensor. The screen, however, is smaller at 5 inches but the resolution is FullHD so that means it should be quite sharp and clear.
But the biggest reason to wait for the Redmi 4 is that this phone will be cheaper than the Redmi Note 4. We are assuming a difference of around Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 between the base variant of the Redmi Note 4 and the high-end variant of the Redmi 4. Considering that it is just one more week before consumers get all the details, it does make sense to pause today before you pull the trigger on that Redmi Note 4.
At the same time, there is another aspect of it that you should consider: Availability of Xiaomi phones. These phones are notoriously difficult to find in stock. So, if you are among the consumers who don’t like to wait, we will suggest that you get the Redmi Note 4 if you can. After a week or so when the Redmi 4 is here and even if you like that phone, there may not be a guarantee that you will be able to purchase it, especially due to the initial rush.
The Redmi 4 is not the only product that Xiaomi is looking to launch in India this month. The company is also launching its Internet of Things in India on May 11. These products are part of Xiaomi Home category and they consist of devices like smart lighting, smart switches, Wi-Fi routers, products like robot cleaners that are similar to now iconic iRoomba and beauty products.