Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 was recently launched in China. Unfortunately, we might not see a Redmi Note 4 India launch. According to a well-known Chinese analyst Pan Jiutang, the new smartphone will not have a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based version. This means that the Indian market might not see the new device at all, as Xiaomi can’t sell MediaTek-based devices in India.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is a successor to the Redmi Note 3. The new smartphone was launched in China 3 weeks ago. It sports a full-HD 5.5-inch display similar to the Note 3 and also comes in two variants, one with 2GB RAM / 16GB storag and the other 3GB RAM / 64GB storage variant. The 3GB RAM version is not the only change. The new smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 processor.
It was expected that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 India version will feature a Snapdragon 652 processor. Now, Pan Jiutang claims that there will not be another version with the Snapdragon processor. This decision puts the Redmi Note 4 India launch in uncertainty. Because of an ongoing legal battle with Ericsson, Xiaomi is not allowed to sell its MediaTek-based devices in India. As long as the case is still in court, we might not see the Redmi Note 4 India launch with a MediaTek processor.
The Redmi Note 3 originally came with a Helio X10 chipset. However, another version was launched with a Snapdragon 650 processor. The latter version was launched in India. Now, this isn’t such a bad news as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is just a more powered variant of the Redmi Note 3. However, we have our fingers crossed for the upcoming Redmi Pro. The original Redmi Pro comes in two variants, one with MediaTek Helio X25 and another with Helio X20. It’s likely that the company may come up with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 version as well.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a full metal unibody with a fingerprint scanner on the back. It features a full-HD 5.5-inch IPS display with a curved 2.5D glass. The dual-SIM smartphone runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI 8 out-of-the-box. It sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection auto-focus [PDAF] and a dual LED flash. Also, there is a 5-megapixel front camera on-board. The 4G smartphone comes with VoLTE support and a USB Type-C port. It is backed by a 4,100mAh battery and will be available in Gold, Grey, and Silver color options.
It is now clear that Redmi Note 4 is not coming to India anytime soon, so either you can wait for the Xiaomi Redmi Pro or get a Redmi Note 3 for yourself.