Xiaomi recently unveiled the Redmi Note 4 in China, a phablet that aims to take on the top-end models like Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with its low-end price but packing some of the best hardware specs as well as premium design you expect to find on the latter handset.
But what does this mean for the common smartphone buyer? Let’s take a look at how the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 compares against the Galaxy Note 7 in terms of specs and price, which are basically what most smartphone buyers look out for.
Design and display
Even though the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is slightly shorter than the Galaxy Note 7 with its 151mm height as opposed to the latter’s 153.5mm, it is heavier than the Note 7. Where the former weighs 175g, the latter has 169g. Given that the Galaxy Note 7 is slightly taller than the Redmi Note 4, you get a slimmer profile of 7.9mm on the former than the latter’s 8.4mm. As far as the design materials are concerned, the Redmi Note 4 packs an excellent full-metal unibody with dual lines on the rear and a fingerprint sensor just below the rear snapper, however, the front has no physical home button.
The Galaxy Note 7, on the other hand, comes with a glass and metal design and a curved dual-edge display screen that means you get zero bezels on the longer sides. There is a physical home button that also houses a fingerprint scanner. The front also comes with an iris scanner and you also get an S-Pen for scribbling notes on the phone.
As far as the display is concerned, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 lags behind with its 5.5-inch IPS LCD panel that has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. For this, you get a pixel density of 401ppi, which should still deliver great views. The slightly larger 5.7-inch Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy Note 7 packs QHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, meaning you get a better pixel density of 518ppi.
Performance specs and storage
Samsung kills it when it comes to performance specs. Being its most premium offering, the company went for the most premium specs. These include a Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 SoC depending on the region, a RAM of 4GB and onboard storage of 64GB, which can still be expanded via a microSD card of up to 256GB.
On the other hand, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs a MediaTek Helio X20 SoC that features 10 cores clocked at a speed of 2.1GHz. This MediaTek processor is paired with a RAM of either 2GB or 3GB. The base model of 2GB RAM is paired with an expandable onboard storage of 16GB while the Pro version, which houses 3GB RAM, comes with 64G of onboard storage, with room for microSD card storage as well.
Cameras, battery capacity, and price
The Galaxy Note 7 uses the same camera specs as what you see on the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – two phones that have been hailed not just for their excellent designs and hardware specs, but also for their excellent cameras. Expect the same with the Note 7’s 12MP rear snapper and 5MP selfie cameras, all of which have the same f/1.7 aperture. The main shooter has a LED flash as well as OIS, among other camera features. On the contrary, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs a 13MP snapper on the back and a 5MP selfie camera. While there is no OIS on the main camera, you still get the likes of dual-LED flash, PDAF, face detection, HDR, geo-tagging, and panorama.
Things start to get more interesting when it comes to battery capacity and pricing of these two phones. Where you get a 3500mAh battery unit on the Galaxy Note 7, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 packs a huge 4100mAh unit. On the pricing side, the Redmi Note 4 costs $135 for the base model and $180 for the high-end model whereas the Galaxy Note 7 is valued at no less than $850, with the Chinese paying up to $900 for the flagship.
So, will it be the Galaxy Note 7 or Xiaomi Redmi Note 4? It depends on what you are looking for in a phone. In short, the decision still rests with you.