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Our Verdict

The Redmi Note 7 is not Redmi as you know it. Featuring a gorgeous all-glass – and very Mi 9-esque – design, a dual-camera with 48Mp lens, a large, decent-quality screen and all-day battery life, this is a mid-range phone with a budget price. It bucks recent trends with a headphone jack and an IR blaster, and impresses with dual-SIM functionality and microSD storage expansion. A few more premium features are missing, alongside NFC, but it’s difficult to argue with the value it offers.

Xiaomi has announced its Redmi Note 9 series, but until they are easily available you may find better value in the  Redmi 7 series, including this Redmi Note 7.

Retailing direct from Xiaomi from £179 (3GB/32GB), you’ll find significantly cheaper options if you shop around online. Right now the 4GB RAM, 64GB storage model is available from GearBest for £147.60. You’ll pay Xiaomi £199 for this same option. 

Following a Chinese launch in January 2024 the Redmi Note 7 officially went on sale in the UK on 7 May, charging straight into the top spot in both our UK and Chinese budget phone charts. Nine months on it still finds a home in third place, and now offers even better value. It was the first phone from newly spun-off Xiaomi sub-brand Redmi, and as such it marks a huge departure from Redmi as you previously knew it.

Headlining is a 48Mp dual-lens camera, and Redmi Note 7 was actually the first Xiaomi phone to pack such a high megapixel count – though Mi 9 then came along and did it better. There are some similarities between this budget phone and Xiaomi’s flagship, but Redmi Note 7 is much more closely aligned in specs and performance with the Oppo F11 Pro.

It’s also got a large 6.3in Full-HD+ screen and promises all day runtime from a 4000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4 support. Plus some users will be very happy to see the inclusion of a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

(Also see: Best Xiaomi Deals)

Redmi Note 7 Design & Build

Redmi Note 7 is not all that dissimilar in design to the flagship Mi 9, which packs a fractionally larger (6.39in) screen into an ever so slightly smaller chassis. Both have tall 19.5:9 panels and slim bezels – naturally slimmer on the Mi 9, but the only place this is really obvious to the untrained eye is on its smaller chin. 

Each also feature a Dot Drop (waterdrop-style) notch to maximise the available screen space and house the selfie camera, which is more obvious on Mi 9 with its larger 20Mp sensor (Redmi Note 7 has a 13Mp front camera). There’s also a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it slit at the extreme edge between the screen and frame for the earpiece.

Around the back you’ll find some more obvious differences, however, with a dual- rather than triple lens camera on the Redmi Note 7, the Redmi rather than Mi logo, and a physical fingerprint sensor. All members of the flagship Mi 9 family now use an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Arguably physical fingerprint sensors typically work better than these early in-display versions, and though it might be a fancy new feature to have the omission is not a game-changer. 

We tested the Black version so were unable to enjoy the gradient finish of the Blue model, but in pictures it looks gorgeous. With a glass back and front the Redmi Note 7 has a very premium design for a phone at this price point, and is only fractionally thicker than Xiaomi’s flagship family at 8.1mm, though you will notice that glossy frame is plastic rather than metal. That extra space inside the case enables it to include a capacious 4,000mAh battery, too, matching the spec of the recently announced Mi 9T.

Something you won’t find on Mi 9 phones (save for the Mi 9T) is the Redmi Note 7’s 3.5mm headphone jack, which sits on the top edge of the phone alongside another increasingly rare feature: an IR blaster. While phone makers are rapidly making the switch over to USB-C audio, there are still plenty of users who want to use their existing earphones without an adaptor. Redmi Note 7 also has a bottom-firing mono speaker for audio.

At 6.3in the display is expansive, and ideal for watching high-resolution video and playing games. This is not the same AMOLED technology on Mi 9, but it’s still good for the money, and actually nearly as bright – we recorded 398 nits using a Spyder. With a 2340×1080 Full-HD+ resolution everything is super-clear, too.

Although the Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10, on our review sample the system-wide Dark Mode setting found in the flagships is not available. It’s possible this will come in the next update, with the Redmi running 10.3.2.0 and our Mi 9 running 10.3.3.0. This is useful not only because it seems to be the latest trend to do everything in Dark Mode, but because it drastically reduces the screen’s impact on battery life.

The Redmi Note 7 also lacks the Ambient Display (always-on) mode found in Xiaomi flagships, which can additionally help you maintain battery life by reducing the frequency with which you feel you need to wake the phone to check the time or notifications. That could be an issue here, since Redmi Note 7 has the most ridiculous notification LED we’ve ever seen – it flashes up below the screen but is the tiniest little dot you could easily miss it completely.

None of Xiaomi’s current smartphone line-up is waterproof, though we wouldn’t necessarily expect to find this feature at this price anyhow. Xiaomi also keeps down costs by excluding wireless charging from this phone, though it does support Quick Charge 4 and is supplied with a 10W USB-C charger in the box.

As with all Xiaomi phones you’ll also find a silicon case is supplied, a nice touch given that these are not easily obtainable in UK High Street stores. The Note 7 does feature Gorilla Glass 5 to help protect it from scratches, but it is not infallible.

Redmi Note 7 Core Hardware & Performance

The Note 7 is fitted with a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 14nm chip, which integrates an 850MHz Adreno 512 GPU. This is a step down from the also mid-range Snapdragon 712 and 730 found in the Mi 9 SE and 9T, but there’s not a huge difference in performance – at least not anything the average user would be able to perceive – as you’ll see in the comparison chart below.

You’ll have seen this chip before, in the likes of the Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite, Xiaomi Mi A2,  Nokia 7 Plus,  Samsung Galaxy A9,  Elephone U Pro and so forth. It’s quite a popular processor. And while Redmi Note 7 is not significantly faster than any of those other phones that use it, something you should note is that it is significantly cheaper. 

The Redmi Note 7 offers capable – if not flagship – daily performance, and provided you don’t turn up the detail too much some very playable framerates. In GFXBench’s T-Rex and Manhattan tests we recorded 46- and 21fps, for example.

The 4000mAh battery inside is good for a day’s use, but no more. In Geekbench 4’s battery test we recorded 7 hours 16 minutes, which is actually a pretty middling score and a little lower than we had anticipated given the huge capacity of the battery.

As we mentioned earlier on in this review you get a choice of 3- or 4GB of RAM. We tested the latter, and this is the version we recommend for the best performance, especially when it costs only an extra £20.

In terms of connectivity there’s also dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and an IR blaster. You will not find NFC for making mobile payments, so if this is important to you step up to the Mi line.

Redmi Note 7 Cameras & Photography

For a budget phone the Redmi Note 7’s cameras are pretty good, though not quite as good as the marketing might have you believe.

The star of the show is a 48Mp lens that by default actually takes 12Mp shots. This is because it combines four pixels into one, averaging out the quality, exposure, colours and so on to create one significantly better-looking super pixel.

This is paired with a 5Mp secondary lens for blurred background (bokeh) shots, and together the Note 7 is capable of some decent – if a little dull – photography, given good lighting. Zoom right in and some noise is visible, but zoomed out the results are more than acceptable for a sub-£200 phone.

In low lighting the camera has more work to do, and even in Night mode it still struggles. Here you need to be really careful to keep the camera still for what feels like forever as it processes the shot. Though it did a good job of picking out different colours, including the different shades of black, text can be a little fuzzy and edges less well defined. Not a bad result, but equally not the best.

This is an AI camera, which means Xiaomi’s software can intelligently set an appropriate preset for the shooting scenario. The app is very easy to use, and you can quickly switch between photo and video, Portrait, Night, Square, Panorama and Pro modes, and there’s a shortcut for preinstalled Google Lens right within the app, too.

There’s also an option to shoot in 48Mp, though all this is going to really do for you is gobble through your storage, since the results are not any better for the extra pixels.

The Redmi Note 7 supports 1080p video capture at 30- or 60fps with image stabilisation, but 4K and slow-mo video is off limits.

Around the front is a 13Mp AI camera for selfies, and in this mode the app offers quick access to various beauty settings.

Redmi Note 7 Auto

Redmi Note 7 HDR

Redmi Note 7 Low-Light

Redmi Note 7 Night

Redmi Note 7 Software

The Redmi Note 7 runs MIUI 10, which is a custom version of Android 9 Pie. Since we’re using a Global ROM model it comes preinstalled with Google services and an English-language keyboard and interface, so setup is as simple as on any Android phone.

You will find Xiaomi offers its own version of most Google apps, which does mean there’s some duplication here, and most cannot be deleted (or removed from the app tray-less home screen, though you can tuck them away in a folder where they will remain out of sight and out of mind). This is for good reason, since Chinese ROM MIUI devices don’t have those Google apps. Some of these apps are pretty decent, however, so either use them, or don’t – there’s enough storage that you don’t really need to worry about them.

We noted earlier that the Redmi Note 7 currently lacks the Dark Mode and Ambient Display found on the Mi 9 family. The software is pretty much the same in other respects, and there are some great extras only found on Xiaomi phones such as Dual Apps and Second Space.

A Split-screen mode is also found in the recents menu, with is accessible either from the onscreen button or by swiping from the bottom of the screen and then pausing before lifting your finger in the gesture-only Full Display mode.

While the notification LED is so pathetic that you’re likely to miss it completely, you do get individual app control over which are allowed to display notifications on the lock screen or float at the top of the screen, which means only the most important will be allowed to distract you. Finding your way around the settings may not be immediately obvious, however.

Redmi Note 7 Conclusion

Redmi Note 7 is a very decent mid-range phone with a budget price. In the UK budget smartphone market none of its similarly priced rivals (think Mi A2 Lite, Honor 10 Lite, Moto G7 Power) even come close.

In design it’s not all that far removed from Xiaomi’s flagship, with a similarly large and almost as bright display, but it’s not of quite the same quality. In performance most users would not be able to separate Redmi Note 7 and Mi 9 SE, and it’s as capable as many phones costing £350.

Compared to the flagship line it adds microSD support and a headphone jack, but loses the wireless charging, in-display fingerprint sensor and NFC for mobile payments. The triple-lens camera is here reduced to a dual-lens model, but still has a huge 48Mp lens headlining.

On paper the capacious 4,000mAh battery looks amazing; in reality you should get a full day’s use from it.

Also see: Best Xiaomi Phones

Related stories for further reading Specs Xiaomi Redmi Note 7: Specs

6.3in Full-HD+ (2340×1080, 409ppi) 19.5:9 Dot Drop display, Gorilla Glass 5

MIUI 10

2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

850MHz Adreno 512 GPU

3GB/4GB RAM

32GB/64GB/128GB storage, microSD up to 256GB

dual-SIM dual-standby (both support 4G)

dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi

Bluetooth 5.0

GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou

fingerprint sensor

IR blaster

primary camera: 48Mp + 5Mp dual-lens AI camera, 1.6um pixels, f/1.8 aperture, PDAF, 1080p video at 30/60/120fps

front camera: 13Mp AI camera

USB-C

4000mAh battery, Quick Charge 4, 10W charger incuded

75.21×159.21×8.1mm

186g

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Xiaomi Redmi Note Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi Note Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi Note Quick Specs

Display Size: 5.5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution

Processor: 1.7 GHz Octa Core MediaTek Mt6592

RAM: 2 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 13 MP AF camera

Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB with 6.15 Gb for apps and 5 Gb approx user available

External Storage: Expandable up to 32GB

Battery: 3100 mAh battery Lithium Polymer Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes (First Slot Support 3G and Second Slot support 2G), LED Indicator – Yes ( Color Can be changed )

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensors

SAR Values: 0.760 W/Kg (MAX) – its under permissible limit.

Box Contents

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

Redmi Note looks good but its bigger to hold in one hand, its slightly heavy at 199 grams but does not feel cheap. The plastic back is glossy and white in color, so it may get scratches over time and its finger print catchy as well. The front looks good with glossy black bezel. The overall looks of the phone is good. Its quite slim and has slightly rounded edges on the back cover which makes it easy to hold. Its easy to put in pocket but size and weight does affect one handed usage.

Camera Performance

The rear camera can take good photos in day light and low light performance is decent but can show noise if the light is not enough. The front camera can also record HD video and can also take good selfie shots. Below are some camera samples you can get an idea from these about rear camera and  front camera as well

Redmi Note Camera Video Sample

coming soon..

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has 5.5 IPS LCD display with resolution 720 x 1280 pixels which gives good viewing angles, has decent outdoor visibility. Touch screen is responsive and touch is smooth and color reproduction is also good. It comes with corning gorilla glass 3 protection but this is not mentioned in specs but we confirmed this from xiaomi india. Out of 8 GB internal memory user get around 5 GB and 6.15 Gb in total has been allocated for apps and user data to be stored. Battery dropped from 30 % to 20 % with 30 minutes of HD game playback or 30 minutes of HD video play back. It can last around 6-7 hours on continuous usage and can give around more than one day of backup with basic to moderate usage.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

Benchmark Scores

Antutu Benchmark: 32244

Nenamark2:  61.4 fps

Multi Touch:  10 points

Redmi Note Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker is at the back on the bottom, its loud and sound is clear, it can get muffled and blocked as well accidentally by hand. You can easily play HD videos at 720p and 1080p without any issues. GPS navigation worked fine and you can get the GPS lock easily in indoor depending on signal strength, it does have magnetic field sensor as well.

Redmi Note Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great display for the price

Good rear camera

What We Did Not Liked

Heavy in weight

Glossy back cover

Conclusion and Price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Release Date And News: Everything We Know

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series is arguably one of the company’s most successful line so far. Such success can majorly be attributed to one thing: offering upper mid-range specs at an affordable price.

Its last two outings in the Redmi Note series (namely the Redmi Note 4 and Note 3) have been massive hits for Xiaomi. And the company is now gearing up to launch the Redmi Note 5 — successor to last year’s Redmi Note 4.

Speaking of which…

Xiaomi is anticipated to launch the Redmi Note 5 sometime later this month or in early September in China.

To recall, the Chinese variant of the Note 4 was launched in August last year. So, the above rumor does make sense to an extent since August marks the one year cycle.

That said, the company, however, didn’t confirm these rumors nor did it reveal any information surrounding the official launch date. So, a pinch of salt is recommended for now.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Specs (Expected)

Design

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5, as mentioned earlier, comes as a successor to the Redmi Note 4 and is more of an incremental upgrade — both internally and externally.

Which means, the Redmi Note 5 will feature the same old candy-bar design like its predecessor.

Also, around 7.5mm, the Redmi Note 5 will be significantly thinner in comparison to the previous generation Redmi Notes as per the rumors. Most of the other things like the fingerprint and camera placement will likely remain unchanged.

Display

The display department too doesn’t seem to get any big changes. Akin to its predecessors, Redmi Note 5 will most likely feature a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display. So, gaming and multimedia consumption on the smartphone should be decent enough.

Moreover, for what it’s worth, a Full HD display, especially at such low price point, is as good as it can get. What else can you ask for?

Processor

At the heart of the Redmi Note 5 will be a Snapdragon 630 SoC which comes as a slight improvement over the Snapdragon 625 chipset seen on the Redmi Note 4.

There were rumors that the company could launch the device with the recently unveiled Snapdragon 660 SoC. But again, these are just speculations. The company hasn’t confirmed anything as such.

Nevertheless, the Redmi Note 5 should be a beast in terms of battery life since either of the chipsets are built on 14nm process node which, as we all know, is highly power efficient.

RAM and Storage

If rumors are to be believed true, the company will do away with the base 2GB RAM variant this year which means, the Note 5 will be made available only in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants.

For the unaware, last year’s Note 4 came in three memory options: 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB.

As for the storage, the base variant of the smartphone will get 32GB while the high-end one is likely to get 64GB of onboard storage. Either way, you will be able to further expand the storage space via a microSD card.

Software

Xiaomi has only recently unveiled the Android Nougat-based MIUI 9. So, the Redmi Note 5 should come with the latest MIUI 9 pre-installed.

The Chinese company has added quite a few new features such as the image search, Smart Assistant, Smart App launcher, Split Screen, and much more.

Redmi Note 5 users will be able to utilize these features straight away when its launched.

Camera 

The imaging department is where the upcoming Redmi Note 5 will bring significant improvements.

While the rear camera will still be at 13MP, the front-facing camera will get a 16MP lens which comes as a huge improvement over the 5MP sensor on the Redmi Note 4.

Clearly, Xiaomi is trying to up its selfie-camera game to catch up with its Chinese counterparts including the likes of Oppo and Vivo.

Battery

Redmi Note 4 was quite famous for the kind of battery life it offered. It had a huge 4,1000mAh battery under-the-hood which helped the phone last over a day easily on a single charge.

Sadly, though, the company had to cut down the battery capacity on the Redmi Note 5 in order to keep the handset’s thickness in check. And as a result, the Note 5 will be coming with a slightly smaller 3,790mAh battery which should easily last you an entire day.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Price (Expected)

The smartphone will apparently come in these color variants: Black, Rose Gold, Gold, White, and Gray colors. And, as per the rumors, Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 will start at CNY 1200 (approximately USD 180) for the base variant (3GB + 32GB) and will reach as high as CNY 1,500 (approximately USD 220) for the high-end variant (4GB + 64GB).

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pictures

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera And Verdict

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Xiaomi Redmi 1S Quick Specs

Display Size: 4.7 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1080 HD resolution

Processor: 1.6 Ghz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 MSM8228

RAM: 1 Gb

Software Version: Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS

Camera: 8 MP AF camera.

Secondary Camera: 1.6 MP front-facing camera FF [Fixed Focus]

Internal Storage: 8 GB

External Storage: Expandable up to 64GB

Battery: 2050 mAh battery Lithium Ion

Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio

Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes

Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and Magnetometer Sensor

SAR Value: – 1.21 W/KG (Max Value)

Box Contents

Inside the box you will  get a handset, microUSB cable, USB Charger ( 1 AMP output ), User Manual, Service Center List. ( There are no headphones in the package )

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

It has good built quality and its build is actually much better as compared to the other phones offered at the same price point. It comes by default in black color with grey colored matte finish back cover of plastic. The overall design is not extraordinary but it looks decent. The rounded curved edges makes it easy to old in hands and 4.7 inch display does make sure that its one handed usage does not go for a compromise. At 158 grams it does not feel very heavy but its not the thinnest phone around, its fairly thick phone at 9.9 mm, but on the whole it feels like a solid good built quality phone in hand.

Camera Performance

Note: While recording HD video we faced a lag in camera when the device was hot in terms of temperature after using the camera app for some time, but Xiaomi should be able to fix this with a software update in future.

Camera Samples

Redmi 1S Camera Video Sample Front Camera

Redmi 1S Camera Video Sample Rear Camera

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It features 720p display which gives you great viewing angles and good color reproduction, the display also have protection for scratches and it does get scratched easily. Sunlight visibility of the display is also good. It has 8GB in built memory out which around 4.12 GB is available to the user which gives you enough storage for the apps and games. However you cannot install apps on the SD card without rooting the phone. You can get around 1 day of battery backup with moderate usage but on continuous use you will get around 4-5 hours of usage. Available amount of RAM is around 430 MB but if you run too many apps then some of the apps might have problem with low amount of available RAM.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

The software UI is MIUI 5 which runs on top of android is responsive and does not give you lag unless you load the phone with too many resource hungry apps and games. We played MC4, Front line Commando D Day and every games ran fine without any audio video lag.

Antutu Benchmark: 18507

Nenamark2: 42.9

Multi Touch: 10 point

Redmi 1S Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

Loudspeaker on Redmi 1S is fairly loud and but the speaker is placed on the back so it might get blocked when you place the device flat on a table. You can play HD videos both at 720p and 1080p on this device, it did gave any issues in this department. GPS navigation works fine and it locked the coordinates pretty quickly outdoors and in indoors it may take some time, it also has magnetic field sensor.

Redmi 1S Photo Gallery What We Liked

Great Performance for the price

Good Camera

Value for money

Awesome Hardware

What We Did Not Liked

Video Recording Issues to heating

Conclusion and Price

Xiaomi is relatively new chinese brand who has entered india, but it their products are offering the best value for money to indian consumers. Redmi 1S is one such device which has given great results in our testing of different things, apart from video recording lag at high temperature we did not faced any problem with the device. Redmi 1S is retailing on flipkart and it comes for sale every week but gets out of stock in 2-3 seconds, last time 40,000 Redmi 1S were bought in india.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Vs Note 4 Comparison Review

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was one of the biggest smartphone (or phablet) launches of 2014. With significantly faster hardware and a fantastic Quad HD screen, and now available from just £449, you don’t need us to help you decide whether you should buy the Note 4. That said, at £289 the Note 3 is an absolute steal, and you will not be disappointed with either smartphone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was unveiled in September and remains one of the best phablets you can buy, but how does it compare to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3? We reveal all in our Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4 comparison review. Also see:  Best smartphones 2024 and Best phablets 2024. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: UK price

Bought SIM-free, the older Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is much cheaper than the Note 4. At the time of writing you could pick up a new 32GB Note 3 in white with two batteries and a free 8GB Micro-SD card from eBay for £289, although the auction site notes that the price for the Note 3 trends at around £339.

On the same site the Galaxy Note 4 commands an extra £200, although we found it SIM-free at Amazon for £449. That puts at very least a £110 price difference between Note 3 and Note 4.

Few people will buy either the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Note 4 outright, instead choosing a two-year tariff from one of the UK’s mobile operators. If you are looking for the cheapest deal, though, check out the best SIM-only deals 2024. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Design and build

With both Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Note 4 featuring a 5.7in screen, there isn’t too much difference in the size and weight of these two phablets. The Note 3 measures 151.2×79.2×8.3mm and weighs 168g, while the Note 4 is 153.5×78.6×8.5mm, 176g. Both come with an S Pen, but the Note 4’s has been redesigned to work more like a real pen. Also see: Best new phones coming in 2024.  

But there are some differences between Note 3 and Note 4 in terms of design and build. For a start, whereas the Note 3 comes in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink, the Note 4 also comes in Copper Gold.  

The Note 4 has the same soft-texture rear cover, but now has a premium metal frame. 

Also new to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a fingerprint scanner, heart-rate monitor and a UV sensor.  

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Screen

While both phablets feature a 5.7in screen, Samsung concentrates on quality over size with its Note 4. Like the LG G3, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 features a Quad HD (2560×1440) screen. Until you see Quad HD and full-HD side by side it’s impossible to appreciate just how awesome is the difference. The Note 4’s display is significantly more impressive than the Note 3’s full-HD (1920×1080) panel, with a staggering pixel density of 515ppi against the Note 3’s 386ppi. 

It was heavily rumoured that, in common with the Samsung Galaxy Round, a version of the Note 4 would be available with a curved (or flexible) screen. In fact, we got the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Processor, graphics and performance

When the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was released in September 2013 it totally blew away all other contenders in terms of performance. Its 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, paired with 3GB of RAM and Adreno 330 graphics, turned in an extraordinary 4057 points in Geekbench 2, 54fps in GFXBench Egypt, and 589ms in SunSpider. And that’s still fast even today. 

Things get even faster with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 – although it may not be obvious from the benchmarks, which have since been updated. However, as you can see from our comparison of all the latest smartphones we’ve tested in our article  What’s the fastest smartphone 2024, the Note 4 is incredibly fast. Its 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 chip, 3GB of RAM and Adreno 420 graphics powered it to scores of 3272 points in Geekbench 3.0, 1367ms in SunSpider, and 27- and 11fps in GFXbench 3.0’s T-Rex and Manhattan tests respectively. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Storage

Not a great deal has changed on the storage front, and like the Note 3 the Note 4 comes with 32GB of storage with microSD supported, here up to 128GB. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Connectivity

One difference is the addition of Samsung’s Download Booster, first seen in the S5, which pairs 4G and Wi-Fi to offer a theoretical max download speed of 400Mb/s. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Cameras

There have been a few tweaks in the photography department. Now fitted with a 16Mp (rather than 13Mp) rear camera and a dual- (rather than single-) LED flash, the Note 4 is capable of capturing better photos than the Note 3. Both phones are, as before, able to capture 4K UHD video at 30fps, full-HD at 60fps, and slow-motion HD at 120fps. 

The front-facing camera in the Note 4 is also improved, now a 3.7Mp monster with a f1.9 lens and a Wide Selfie mode. The Note 3 features a 2Mp front camera. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Software

Both phones run Samsung’s latest TouchWiz interface over Android KitKat, although you can expect Samsung to upgrade each to Android Lollipop within the coming months. The Note 4 already has a Lollipop-cards-style recent apps menu, and the transparent clock/weather widget looks nice.

Multi Window isn’t new, but it lets you use two apps at once in a split-screen view. These windows can be resized, too, to allow more space for an app that requires it, for example. The Note 4 also offers the ability to view a window as a pop-up screen that can be moved around and will let you continue working in the background.

The Air Command wheel lets you access features such as Action Memo, Screen Write, Image Clip and the new Smart Select feature by pressing the small button on the side of the S Pen. By default this appears when you remove the S Pen from its holder, but if you find that annoying then you can change the settings to do something else or nothing at all.

A swipe away from the main home screen is the ‘Magazine’ BlinkFeed-style aggregator, which can be customised or removed if it’s not to your taste.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is supplied with a generous 3200mAh battery, which Samsung claims offers up to 13 hours of internet usage over Wi-Fi, and about the same for video playback. In our tests battery performance was strong, lasting long enough to get us through a full day and with enough juice left over to get us into the office the next day. 

The Galaxy Note 4 has a slightly larger 3220mAh battery, and supports fast charging – from zero- to 50 percent in 30 minutes. However, it didn’t blow us away with its battery life performance, and as with the Note 3 we found only a little bit of juice would be remaining on the second day. 

One thing we do like in the Note 4 is Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving mode, which switches the screen to a greyscale interface and turns off non-essential features to squeeze out every last bit of life once the battery capacity gets critically low.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Note 4: Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was one of the biggest smartphone (or phablet) launches of 2014. With significantly faster hardware and a fantastic Quad HD screen, and now available from just £449, you don’t need us to help you decide whether you should buy the Note 4. That said, at £289 the Note 3 is an absolute steal, and you will not be disappointed with either smartphone.

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Specs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Specs

GSM 3G/HSPA+/LTE, GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900MHz), LTE (800/850/900/1800/2100/2600MHz), HSPA+ (850/900/1900/2100MHz)

802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Bluetooth 4.0

NFC

2.3GHz Quad GHz CPU Speed

Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro

USB 2.0, USB 3.0

3.5mm Stereo Earjack

MicroSD External Memory Slot (up to 64GB)

Micro SIM

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

32/64GB Memory

151.2×79.2×8.3mm

168g

3200mAh Standard Battery

5.7in FHD sAMOLED 16M Colour Depth, 1920×1080

S Pen

CMOS, 13 MP BSI Sensor, Auto Focus, Smart Stabilisation, LED Flash (High CRI), and Zero Shutter Lag

CMOS, 2MP BSI sensor with Smart Stabilisation, Full HD recording @30fps

Asus Zenfone Max M1 Vs Redmi 6: Gunning For Xiaomi, Again!

Asus and Xiaomi first locked horns with the launch of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 earlier in 2023, which gave the Redmi Note 5 Pro a serious run for its money, and challenged Xiaomi’s dominance in the affordable mid-range segment. The Taiwanese giant is hungry for more and is now gunning for the budget segment with the ZenFone Max M1, which will be available by the end of this month on Flipkart.

We’ve had the ZenFone Max M1 for a couple days now and here’s how Asus’ new budget device fares against its arch-nemesis, the Redmi 6:

ZenFone Max M1 vs Redmi 6: Key Specs

Before we go ahead and discuss my personal experience with both these phones, let’s take a quick peek at the key specs for these smartphones.

Category/ DeviceZenFone MaxRedmi 6

Dimensions147.3 x 70.9 x 8.7mm147.5 x 71.5 x 8.3mm

Weight150 grams146 grams

Display5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD5.45-inch HD+ IPS LCD

ProcessorSnapdragon 430MediaTek Helio P22

RAM3GB3GB

Internal Storage32GB, expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot32GB/64GB, expandable up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot

Rear Camera13MP (f/2.0)12MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2)

Front Camera8MP (f/2.2)5MP

Operating SystemAndroid 8.0 Oreo-based ZenUI 5.0Android 8.1 Oreo-based MIUI 9.5 (upgradable to MIUI 10)

Battery4,000mAh3,000mAh

Sensorsrear-mounted fingerprint scanner, accelerometer, e-compass, proximity ambient light, gyroscoperear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, proximity, compass

Connectivity802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jackWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack

Design and Display

The two devices hold an uncanny resemblance on the front, with both the ZenFone Max (M1) and Redmi 6 sporting a 5.45-inch HD+ screen (1440 x 720 pixels). There’s no notch on either of the devices and you get plenty of bezels.

The display on the ZenFone Max M1 is a bit on the colder side (and appears blue) as compared to the Redmi 6. This makes the colors a bit subdued but we will have to check whether it affects day-to-day performance or not. Also, I prefer the black front bezels on the ZenFone Max M1 instead of white one on the Redmi 6.

Turning our attention to the rear, the devices feature polycarbonate builds with a metallic finish but in my opinion, the ZenFone Max M1 has a better in-hand feel and looks more premium than the Redmi 6. Its metallic coating is more refined and does not feel cheap.

While the Redmi 6 includes a horizontally-placed dual camera setup, the ZenFone Max only has a single rear camera sensor (which we explore below). The selfie camera on both of these devices comes with an LED flash, which is yet another nifty addition.

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Finally, both the devices include a micro-USB charging and data transfer port (we are not even expecting USB Type-C in this price segment), along with a 3.5mm headphone jack at the top.

User Experience

Xiaomi’s MIUI is touted to be one of the most popular custom ROMs among smartphone users and even I believe that it’s well-optimized, looks great and packs a myriad of new features to keep you busy.

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Cameras Specs

Starting off with the newest entrant, the ZenFone Max M1 features a single 13MP (f/2.0) sensor on the rear and an 8MP (f/2.2) selfie camera. Redmi 6, on the other hand, packs two rear cameras, consisting of a primary 12MP (f/2.2) sensor and a 5MP depth sensor, along with a 5MP (f/2.2) front camera.

Camera Samples and Photo Quality

ZenFone Max M1 also performs decently in low-light situations, retaining the details and highlights but the shots appear dull as compared to the Redmi 6. The latter captures more light and the shots just look better for daily use i.e when you don’t pixel-peep.

You can check out some of the comparison shots right here to judge both phones:

Daylight Conditions

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Performance & Gaming

As you must have seen above, ZenFone Max M1 and Redmi 6 are equally capable phones. While the former is powered by a Snapdragon 430 processor, the latter comes with MediaTek Helio P22 chipset – which is at par with Snapdragon 400-series chipsets. They both include 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which should be ample but if you feel it isn’t enough then you can expand it by up to 256GB using the microSD card slot.

In our review, we thought the Redmi 6 is not a well-optimized Xiaomi phone, and noticed stutters, as well as frame drops, across the whole MIUI experience. This was more apparent in gaming sessions.

ZenFone Max M1 vs Redmi 6: The Ultimate Entry-level Showdown

Xiaomi realized the potential in the Indian market early on and has now been leading the budget pack for quite some time, but most phone makers are now trying to take the fight back to the Chinese giant. Asus is among them, and it might be able to with the ZenFone Max M1, which is super light, equally powerful, and just as feature-packed.

There’s still a lot to explore in the ZenFone Max M1 and you will have to wait for our in-depth review for the same, but we wanted to give you a brief look at how the latest from Asus compares to Xiaomi’s budget leader.

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