On the 18th March 2017, I was lucky enough to be invited to Mi Malaysia's Redmi Note 4 Experiential Event held at Monkey Cup Cafe in Penang. Since it is an experiential event, therefore I am going to talk about my experience at the event there. The venue was large enough to accommodate all the invitees and parking spot was easy to find.
Nice cafe feel right?? (Photo credits to Jennifer)
When I first enter the room, I was already given a Redmi Note 4 (3GB RAM + 32GB ROM) to have my hands-on with. For the price of RM 799, my initial reaction before getting the phone was "Hey, it is a budget phone, do not expect too much of it." However, this was not the case. Overall, the phone was build with premium quality with a metal back and a 2.5D curved display glass at the front. When you held it in your hands, the design somehow hold sturdy at your palm. My index finger naturally rest at the fingerprint sensor and the display immediately turns on. The display is AWESOME! For a 5.5 inch display at full HD resolution generating at 441 ppi, I could not believe it with my own eyes when I see how sharp the display was and instantly fell in love with it. Out of the box, it runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmellow with MiUI on top of it. It comes in 3 colours - Gold, Grey and Black.
Look at that gorgeous screen
That metal-clad back
After the admiration and a few swipes on the phone, I try to change the setting a bit myself. The Redmi Note 4 is the first in the Redmi series to feature a double tap to wake screen feature and so I test it. It was responsive. I even turn on the double press on volume down to launch camera. It was equally fast. Speaking of camera, the camera was decent at 13 megapixel at the rear and 5 megapixel front facing camera. The camera was decent for a phone at this price range. I would recommend to turn on HDR all the time for a better quality photos. I could not show you any sample photos here as the Redmi Note 4 I was given lacked Internet connectivity for me to transfer any media stored in the phone.
Look how fast it responds to my touch
The Redmi Note 4 also feature a speaker at the bottom of the phone (Mi fans rejoice!!!) which I know many fans has been asking for it and XiaoMi is probably one of the few tech companies that listen to its fans. As astounding as the sound coming out from the grill may be, sadly, it has only one speaker but hey, again we are talking about a phone that sells at RM799, to me it is good enough. The iPhone 6s cost double than this and it also has one speaker grill - so no complains here.
One side is the speaker, the other is not. (Duh!)
As for multitasking wise, I had no problem during the event as I try to open as many apps as possible and it survive without lagging. I am certainly impressed by the Snapdragon 625 ability to handle multitasking so well. Not only it handle multitasking well, the battery management was great as well. I started off at about 93%, I opened so many apps, videos and pass it around to other people, by the end of the event it is still at 81% battery left. I was shocked to see not only the chip (which have a 20% more power efficient than Redmi Note 3) but the 4100 mAh battery that is keeping the screen on is also impressive. For those that are afraid this big battery is gonna take a long time to charge, do not worry. I checked the charger output and it is 2A which should do just fine charging around 2-3 hours to full.
This is what you should be getting with the phone. Please check.
Before the event ends, we were given quizzes and this is where things get interesting, for those who answer the quiz correctly were given XiaoMi accessories. Those accessories range from leather notebook to Mi Mini Wifi Router. This was an interesting point in the event as I have never been to any event that gives away free accessories like this. At the end of the event, we were given a light meal before we were dismissed. Overall, the event was good and it is good to see Mi fans from all walks of life to gather around for this event sharing their knowledge and views on Mi products. If given another chance, I would love to attend events like this again.
Hey that's me over way.... behind there.
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PPS: To those who wants to purchase after seeing me in awe, you can head to Lazada for direct purchase here.