Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 uses Snapdragon 625 processor for international markets

Posted:  January 19, 2017   By:    16 comments   


Xiaomi has finally announced the Redmi Note 4 for international markets. It was first introduced for the Chinese market back in August 2016.

The new affordable phablet has more refinement with an all metal body along with the use of 2.5D glass in front. Powering the Chinese Redmi Note 4 is a 10-core MediaTek Helio X20 processor but now it’s getting a different processor for international markets.


The global Redmi Note 4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core processor. This is the same unit that’s powering the ZenFone 3, OPPO R9s and vivo V5 Plus. While it looks like a step below the Snapdragon 650 processor of the Redmi Note 3, the smaller 14nm process claims to provide 25% longer battery life on its 4,100mAh battery.

There are 3 specs being offered – 2GB RAM + 32GB storage, 3GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage. Like the Redmi Note 3, it supports dual-SIMs and microSD card via its hybrid slot. On the front, the Redmi Note 4 has a 5.5″ Full HD IPS display that pushes a respectable density of 401ppi.


For imaging, the rear gets a 13MP f/2.0 shooter with PDAF. The new 13MP sensor claims to be brighter as it has a 1.12 micron pixel size which is 25% larger than the Redmi Note 3. Meanwhile, the front gets a 5MP f/2.0 camera with beautification features.

In terms of connectivity, it will support 4G LTE with VoLTE (Voice over LTE). You’ll be happy to know that the secondary SIM supports 3G network for calls/SMS. In terms of supported bands, it will work with FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 5 (850MHz) and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz). It also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and an infrared blaster that you can use as a universal remote.


The Redmi Note 4 will be going on sale first in India at 12PM on 23 January 2017 and it will be available in Dark Grey, Gold and Black colours. The base model with 2GB RAM + 32GB storage is going for INR 9,999 (about RM652) while the mid-tier 3GB RAM + 32GB storage is priced at INR 10,999 (about RM717). The highest variant with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage is priced at INR 12,999 (about RM848). For more info, you can check out the Redmi Note 4 product page.

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16 Comments for Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 uses Snapdragon 625 processor for international markets


The following are SD650 features missing in SD625, does not matter for those buying Xiaomi phones anyway.
Hardware HEVC (H.265) encode and decode
Adreno 510 GPU


    errr,sd625 is 64 bits soc,even old 410 also 64bits soc,based on arm cortex 53,support armv8a(64bits) native apps and os,unless the os(android) used by oem was 32bits or the apps only be build using armv7a libs or armv5 libs which are 32bits.


      china xioami sure letup. I scared to buy lousy china phone


        i believe your current phone also made in china


    but not many apps runs on armv8 native libs,mostly google apps,games n etc,many still run using armv7a which means 32bits,which means even if you using sd650,many games still runs on 32 bits architecture.

    unless they are running on java vm(art)


    and sd625 does support h.264 n h.265.

    the only missing thing is arm cortex 72(more powerful core than a53) and gpu 510.

    but sd650 doesnt build on 14nm chip,which means sd625 is more power efficient n less heat generation than sd650,not to mentioned a possibility of themal throttling if max load being used for prolong time in sd650 compare to sd625,unless,they used any special cooling,which is doubtful since 600 series is midrange,not 800 series for flagship


      SD625 only support H.265 decode while SD650 support encode & decode.

      Cooling is not in SoC, it's depend on phone design doesn't matter if it's 600 or 800 series. Aluminium unibody has a better heat dissipation than plastic. Redmi Note 3 has a good thermal design.

      Qualcomm won't release A72/A73 SoC in 14/16nm to protect their flagship SoC. They even didn't promote or make 650/652 unfavourable to OEM for the same reason. 652 can beat 820 in certain aspect & end user won't notice the different with 820 except in GPU heavy workload.

      Their custom Kryo core is a failure, can't even beat vanilla ARM core. Although Qualcomm named their new 'custom' core Kryo 280, it's actually vanilla ARM A73 core with custom memory controller & interconnect.


        nothing to protect anymore. 14nm is old news. they already moved on to 10nm with the snapdragon 835, but we'll probably not see any 650 series using 14nm until 835 is out, so i guess another 2-3 months, right in time for the Redmi Note 4 Prime. lol


          there is no 650 series,is actually 600 series. new 653 (just launch few months ago)still using 28nm.

          14nm isnt that old or yesterday news considering tick tock.

          10nm is still new,why 835 using 10nm,so that they can push kyro to higher clock than 821,plus put more cores into action cuz 10nm,less heat than 14nm. 821 at 14nm is the limit.

          unless arm introduce new core which is better than a73,then,that is the limit.

          by pushing a53 beyond 2ghz, it can performed as a57,then being built using 14nm,now sd626 can have higher clock than sd625.


        decode(playback) encode(capture) hevc actually natively supported for sd625 with andreno 506, even sd435 support decode n encode hevc natively(hardware).

        heat not only phone construction,but also soc design. the smaller the die,the higher clock u can go cuz it will generate less heat. since phone using passive cooling, so it does matter. im not saying sd625 is better performer than sd650(u can read in my comment which i did mentioned sd650 is more powerful),but thermal throttling is also things need consider if u r using it with high load at a prolong time.

        and sd820/821 is 14nm(kryo,but based on a72),and 835 is 10nm.


        and when talking about thermal throttling,its not how hot it in your palm,but how hot is the chip inside.

        thats why samsung using pipe cooling and asus vr using vapor cooling to cool down the soc cuz vr will push 821 to the max,plus ram also generate heat,not to mentioned everything on the board. while zf3 deluxe,no need vapour cooling at the same soc.

        alluminium isnt the way to reduce heat,but premium feel,n feel cool in your palm. there is no contact of alluminium body with the soc at all. to make alluminium as heatsink,it need to contact with soc.


Bad decision, will sell less than Note 3. Should have given SD 652


Is it an upgrade? Looks more like a down grade…Wonder who is in-charge of market research? Way to go Xiaomi… to lose more customers. SD 625??? I thought it was a typo earlier. Lol


I have redmi note 3.
I will go for redmi note 4 if the 64GB is less than rm900
three reasons to make me buy
1st, battery can last longer
2nd, 64GB of storage ( I’m currently have 32+64GB as card )
3rd, black color is awesome lol

Mohd Shahril

Bila akan masuk malaysia market?


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Snapdragon 625

8 × 2Ghz Cortex A57 Octa-core
14nm architecture
Snapdragon 650

2 × 1.8Ghz Cortex A72 + 4 × 1.2Ghz Cortex A57 Hexa-core
24nm architecture
SD 650 have 2 more powerful cores, but after continues long gaming sessions or heavy tasks it heats up more because of its 24nm architecture due to which processor throttle down its clock speed and don’t work at its maximum efficiency.

SD 625 uses 14nm FINfit technology which is 2 generation newer than 24nm which make 625 more efficient. It consumes less battery and also heats very less.

Initially SD650 will perform little bit faster than SD625 but after heating up you may find SD650 lags in heavy tasks.

You should not compare processors supporting specifications like max camera and screen resolution, as you not going to buy a processor and customising your phone.