Here is a comparison between the recently launched Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi Note 3. Both these handsets are powered by qualcomm snapdragon processors. The Note 3 was a huge hit and still the most powerful handset for under Rs. 10,000.

Redmi Note 4 compared with the Redmi Note 3

Design, Memory and Storage

Though on the first look both Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi Note 3 looks the same there are some design changes. The Redmi Note 3 is much curvier and the speaker vents were on the back side. The Note 4 looks different, sides are slightly bent (similar to mi 5 design) and the speaker vents are at the bottom.

Note 4 and Note 3 weigh the same. Both handsets using dual SIM Hybrid slots. As for memory you get 2GB/3GB/ 4GB (on Note 4) options. ROM is 16GB on Note 3 and 32GB /64GB on Note 4.

Redmi Note 3 vs redmi note 4


Redmi Note 3 is powered by Snapdragon hexa core (650) processor where as the Note 4 is using Snapdragon 625 octa core processor. Both chipsets are 64 bit coupled with  510 (RN3) and 506 (RN4) GPU.

Though with general usage there is hardly any different but if you look at Antutu benchmark scores it is better on RN3 i.e. 72014 and on RN4 it is 62428. ROM speed is also much better on Redmi Note 4.

Gaming performance

Both handsets are capable of playing high end games and both MC5 and Asphalt 8 games did well.

Heat up with heavy usage

The RN4 will be cooler compared with the RN3 for similar kind of high end activities for extended period of time. So RN4 does have an advantage in this area.


RN3 comes with 16MP rear and 5MP front whereas the RN4 comes with 13MP rear and 5MP front. Camera quality was not good on the Redmi Note 4, you can check sample images in my Redmi Note 4 review, I got OS update and after the OS update there was slight improvement but still RN3 camera is better.

Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3 Battery performance

It took me almost the same time to charge both handsets – around 2 hours 30 minutes. Battery life is better on the RN4 –  I got 5 to 6 hours non-stop moderate to heavy usage on RN3 and on RN4 it was 9 to 10 hours. Battery life is definitely better on Redmi Note 4.

Redmi Note 4 or the Redmi Note 3 which one to buy?

If you are already using the Redmi Note 3 it makes no sense going in for the Redmi Note 4. Redmi Note 4 is a good handset (excellent performance and battery life) but you will not like the camera. If camera is not so important then go ahead with Note 4.

Read the Redmi Note 4 review
Read the Redmi Note 3 review

By Rajeev Rana

Founder and Chief Editor -