A lot of times when people think Android smartphones they instantly think of huge players like Samsung, LG, and Motorola. There are other large companies that produce some very respectable Android handsets, however, and Xiaomi and Huawei are two corporations that fit that description. In this article we take a look at two great phones, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei P10.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
The latest in a new flagship series from Xiaomi, the Redmi Note 4 packs some serious technology and is a product worthy of attention for any serious Android enthusiast looking for an economical buy. The phone will go on sale in two variants, a 16GB variant with 2GB of RAM, and the 64GB variant with 3GB of RAM. The phone is available for less than $200 online which is a really good deal given the stats and features we’ve listed below.
Xiaomi redmi Note 4 Display and Design
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 features a 5.5 inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The screen features smart technology that adjusts brightness based on the current environment, a feature present on many high end phones. The phone retains a fully metal design with a brushed metal finish.
Xiaomi redmi Note 4 Performance
The Redmi Note 4 packs a deca core Helio X20 processor 64bit, with 2.1GHz frequency. The handset includes 2GB/3GB RAM, Mali T880 MP4 700MHz GPU. As we mentioned above the handset comes with either 16 or 64 GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). These stats are pretty impressive and should allow you to do most anything reliably on Xiaomi’s new phone.
Xiaomi redmi Note 4 Battery
Perhaps the most unique and exciting feature of the Redmi Note 4 is the absolutely gigantic 4100 mAh battery. This is far larger than the batteries offered in many high end devices from the likes of Samsung and Apple and will translate to a handset that will easily last you all day. The battery also supports 5V / 2A fast charge If a long-lasting battery is your chief concern, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is definitely a top choice even when compared to much more expensive phones.
Xiaomi redmi Note 4 Camera
the Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.0MP and 13.0MP rear camera with LED flash, f/ 2.0 aperture, PDAF auto focus, and also supports 1080p full-HD video recording.
The Huawei P10 is another great option and there’s a lot more information widely available about this handset. Huawei is a big Chinese manufacturer but it has struggled to solidify itself in Western markets. While this phone likely won’t come to the US, it’s set to launch in the U.K. as well as Australia. If you’re in the U.S. and you’d like to use the phone, you can import one and it will likely work on AT&T or T-Mobile. The price is confirmed as €649 which puts it solidly in the high-end price-wise, but is it worthy of that price tag?
Huawei P10 Display and Design
The phone looks an awful lot like an updated version of the iPhone 6S, which is not necessarily a bad thing but it’s also not groundbreaking with design. That said, its construction is beautiful and solid and you probably won’t have any complaints as far as design goes. This is an especially good buy for fans of the Apple aesthetic that would rather stick to an Android operating system.
Huawei has also added special design options to the P10 using a technology called ‘Hyper Diamond Cut’ which makes it so you won’t leave any fingerprints on the back of the device, keeping it looking new and fresh despite continued use. The phone is available with this feature in black, green, silver, gold and rose gold. There’s also a ceramic white color that’s still made out of metal but uses a special finish to give off that effect.
The display is a 5.1 inch Full HD display that’s colorful and bright. The resolution offers 432 ppi which is really pretty high, so everything you view on the phone will be clean and crisp. If you want an even better resolution, you can upgrade to the Huawei P10 Plus.
Huawei P10 Performance
Huawei has included its own HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset inside the Huawei P10 and paired it with 4 GB of RAM, so it has the chops to be a high performer and run all the latest apps and games. It definitely holds its own in testing, but it does fall behind similar offerings from Samsung like the Galaxy S7. That said, you generally won’t run into any issues with speed, reliability, and performance with the Huawei P10.
Huawei P10 Battery
The battery on the Huawei P10 is pretty good, but it definitely falls behind that offered by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (though to be fair, most phones do!). Those who are familiar with Huawei phones will be happy to know that the battery life is improved over older models, but it still has trouble lasting a full day on a single charge with moderate usage. As far as specifics go, the Huawei P10 uses a 3200 mAh battery cell.
Huawei P10 Camera
The Huawei P10 features a dual camera setup with a 12 MP RBG sensor working in tandem with a 20 MP monochrome shooter. The camera is intended to take a picture with both sensors and then merge them together, with the black and white sensor enhancing detail and contrast in the color image.
The camera uses a f/1.8 aperture which means you’ll get brighter photos at a given shutter speed. The camera performs really well in well-lit environment but not so well in darker environments. The predecessor to the Huawei P10, the P9 actually tends to perform better in lower light. This is a strange setback for what really should be a big jump forward, but the camera really performs pretty well overall.
These phones are difficult to compare given the wildly different price range, but hopefully this article gave you a sense of some offerings outside of the cell phone giants we’ve come to rely on in the West. Both the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei P10 are good mobile cellphones to keep an eye on as these Chinese manufacturers start to slowly expand into the West.