If you keep up with smartphone news, then you might know that Xiaomi is one of the most popular up and coming smartphone companies at the moment. In fact, the Chinese company is so popular in India that it now offers both budget and premium devices on the Indian market. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 and 4A are two examples of budget devices that are extremely affordable (less than 10,000 rupees each). However, are they that different from one another? Keep reading to find out.
The Final Battle
While the names of the devices might indicate that they are roughly the same, the one that is a bit better and more premium-looking and feeling is the Xiaomi Redmi 4. The most noticeable advantage of the Redmi 4 when compared to the Redmi 4A is its higher quality design, which makes it look more expensive than it actually is. On top of that, its screen is crisper and more true to color, and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset is a bit better than the 425 that the Redmi 4A comes with.
Both devices run out of the box on their own MIUI OS based around the Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which is becoming a bit outdated, but still works just fine. But the clear advantage that the Xiaomi Redmi 4 has over its younger 4A sibling is the fact that it has an incorporated fingerprint scanner. This is one of the latest security trends in smartphones, and the Redmi 4 comes with one on its rear side.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Redmi 4A doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor at all, just the standard PIN and password protection measures. That seems a bit weak, seeing that it’s 2017 and the technology for fingerprint scanning is so readily available.