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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X Unboxing, First Impressions

Xiaomi recently announced a refreshed version of its popular Redmi Note 4. The update includes an upgrade to a Snapdragon chipset but unlike before with the Redmi Note 3, there’s also a slight cosmetic change. Fresh from its box, here’s our first impressions of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X.

The retail package of the new Redmi Note 4X is superbly minimalist as you can see with the image above. Although, there’s a nifty print to label it as the new handset with a large “4X” visible when the light strikes it. It’s kinda difficult to capture it but it’s visible in the image below.

The minimalism of Xiaomi continues inside the box. As always, you only get the unit itself along with an included micro-USB cable and a charging brick that’s rated at 5V=2A. There are the quick start guide and warranty but it’s in Chinese so the official warranty claims won’t apply here in the Philippines.

Now heading on to the handset. The Redmi Note 4X looks exactly the same as the Redmi Note 4 upfront. It still has a 5.5-inch Full HD display topped with a scratch-resistant glass that curves towards the edge. The glass also protects the 5-megapixel front-facing camera, the LED notification light, and the capacitive keys for UI navigation. Thankfully, the keys light up in the dark.

If you have held the Redmi Note 4, you’ll notice how the 4X feels different on hand. It’s because the 4X now has rounded edges. Unlike the chamfered sides of the former, that feels sharp and pointy, the new one has a more friendly grip.

On the left side, there’s the hybrid card slot while on right are the physical buttons for power/lock and volume. The buttons have good tactile feedback when pressed and feel premium too since it’s got chamfered edges.

The top side of the handset has a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster for remote control functions — a staple feature of Xiaomi handsets. There’s the noise-cancelling microphone on the side.

The bottom end shows the micro-USB port for charging and wired connectivity. The USB-C port is still reserved for the high-end Xiaomi phones but it makes sense to stick to the old micro port for compatibility with existing cables and accessories, especially USB-OTG thumb drives. The symmetrically drilled hole houses the main microphone and the mono loudspeaker that fires on the right.

As for the rear, it’s pretty familiar with other Xiaomi phones. We have the main 13-megapixel shooter flushed to the body along with the dual-tone LED flash and the rounded fingerprint scanner. The phone has a metal rear with plastic portions on the top and bottom to let radio signals pass.

Inside is where the main upgrade of the 4X and that’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset. The old Redmi Note 4 uses a MediaTek Helio X20 chipset which is not shabby but having a Snapdragon onboard is always a plus. The version we have comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Our unit offers 22.69GB of free space.

The phone runs MIUI 8 with a Global ROM installed out of the box. This means you get Google services without the hassle of sideloading them on your own. To be specific, it boots version (MCFMIDI) and it’s still based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X specs:
5.5-inch Full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution
2.5D curved glass on a metal unibody
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
Adreno 506 GPU
32GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)
13MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, dual-LED flash
5MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture
Dual SIM
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint scanner
4100mAh battery with fast-charging
Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ MIUI Global 8.1
151 x 76 x 8.4 mm
175 g

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X we have on hand is provided by Widget City that sells it for Php10,500. See listing here . At this price, it’s a steal to have this specification. We’ll be taking the Redmi Note 4X for a full spin in the coming days. If guys have any particular questions, hit the comments section below.

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This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

21 Responses

  1. Avatar for zhero zhero says:

    Im planning to buy this phone xiaomi note 4x kya lng po medyo confuse po kc ako s specs nito specifically s processor, meron po kc version na mediatek helio x20 meron din po snapdragon 625 and snap dragon 653, ano po ba totoong specs nito
    in terms of processor.? available din po b d2 s Philippines ung version ng Snapdragon 653 or 625? Thanks in advance.

  2. Avatar for Sky freak Sky freak says:

    Tampered po sa widget city. Tama po si sir rocky. Wala pa official global rom para sa 4x. Join fb groups bg xiaomi phil. Marami screenshots na tampered sa widget city. Ndi ko sinasabi fake ang product sa widget city. The rom itself sa 4x is tampered at ginawang global rom. Parang sa indian version

  3. Avatar for 123456 123456 says:

    Is there already cases and tempered glass for this unit?

  4. Avatar for Sky Sky says:

    disappointing camera compared to redmi note 3 pro :O
    sohai, if only redmi note 3 pro has the better casing(like redmi note 4 x20) should have not waited for redmi note 4 SD version…

  5. Avatar for Jayce Ooi Jayce Ooi says:

    Look forward for detailed review.

  6. Avatar for Bill Bill says:

    Hi Yugatech,

    Arbor ko na lang po sana itong Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X nyo..

  7. Avatar for Philip Go Philip Go says:

    ang problema lang dito, walang service center ang xiaomi dito sa Pinas.

  8. Avatar for rocky rocky says:

    hello guys, about the global rom availability, as of the moment, there has been no global rom uploaded in xiaomi forums. therefore, its likely impossible to see a global ROM for Note 4X. But! there is a global rom available for Note 4, and some users say it can be flashed on a note 4x. So if you can find devices that has Global ROM. you might want to question that with the seller. or maybe you can look at the device info if its Redmi note 4, and not Note 4X written there. Official ROM link here: http://en.miui.com/download-321.html

  9. Avatar for Mark Mark says:

    Good Evening po i want to ask you if you’re review unit from Widget City is a Global ROM? Kindly reply thank you :)

  10. Avatar for Nookie Nookie says:

    Exactly. With Kimstore missing-in-action, i’m afraid magtataas ang patong ng WC at iban g online sellers. With that kind of pricing and no warranty, i’ll better take a look on the offering of other brands especialy those with official resellers in the country.

  11. Avatar for jobert sucaldito jobert sucaldito says:

    Of course may patong na ang widget city dyan sa pricing. But I believe dapat di masyado mataas.

  12. Avatar for Nookie Nookie says:

    Good price but still significantly more expensive than the price in China.

    China’s release price was approx. 145$ and the ‘Hatsune Miku’ special edition with case and powerbank was priced at approx. 190$.

    Factoring import costs and taxes (?) profit, fair price should be around 9-9.5K.

  13. Avatar for Apol Apol says:

    Good day to your team. Ask q lng po if magiging available ba ung special edition xiaomi redmi note 4x hatsune miku sa country ntin. thankz po

  14. Avatar for Apol Apol says:

    Good Day to your Team. Sir magkaka flagship din ba ng special edition xiaomi redmi note 4x hatsune miku d2 sa philippines. Thankz po at godbless

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