Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 may never make it to India

Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4 may never make it to India, after all. According to well known Chinese analyst Pan juitang , the recently launched Redmi Note 4 - which is successor to the Redmi Note 3 - will not have a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based version. You know what that means? No Redmi Note 4 for India.


Not long ago, I had written a piece arguing how India should not be very excited about Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4. No, it is not a bad smartphone. In fact, it looks like a turbo-charged Redmi Note 3, at least on paper, and perhaps would be -- going by Xiaomi's track record - another bang for your buck affair to watch out for. 

Ironically, the phone is powered by a MediaTek processor and Xiaomi isn't permitted to sell its MediaTek-based devices in India, due to an ongoing legal tussle with Ericsson. The case is still in court and the company is in no position to make a comment, as long as the judgment is pending. The fact that the case is still in court means Xiaomi still cannot launch MediaTek-based devices in India. Only, its Qualcomm-based devices can come to India.

For your reference, the original Redmi Note 3 Helio X10 variant did not make it to India. The company later built a Qualcomm-based version, which then came to India. Should Xiaomi not come out with a Qualcomm-based Redmi Note 4, well, do the math!

The Redmi Pro, similarly, may never come to India, unless Xiaomi specifically builds a Qualcomm version of the same. Now that the Redmi Note 4 - reportedly - is out of the picture, chances are the company may bring the Redmi Pro here, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652, perhaps.

The original Redmi Pro comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD OLED display and is available in two processor variants. While the top-end variant comes with MediaTek's 10-core Helio X25 (clocked at 2.5GHz), Xiaomi also sells a lesser variant with Helio X20. At the same time, two RAM variants and three memory variants are on offer. The Redmi Pro powered by Helio X20 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Meanwhile, the Helio X25 version is available in 3GB RAM/64GB memory ats.

The USP of the Redmi Pro is however said to be its dual-camera setup on the rear. The dual-camera setup consists of primary 13-megapixel and secondary 5-megapixel camera. Xiaomi claims the setup can capture outstanding DSLR-quality bokeh. It essentially allows the user to capture an image first and adjust the depth of field later.