4 ways the Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime trumps its rivals



Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

We’ve already listed and reviewed the very best smartphones below $300, and we proudly stand by our selection. Now, all of a sudden, a certain Xiaomi landed in our office, and it’s shaking up the budget-friendly segment just like its predecessors.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

Before we review the $133 Redmi 4 Prime, let’s list down exactly why you should be excited about it, and how it eclipses similarly priced phones from rival brands.

It has such a large battery in a compact body

This 5-inch phone is as long and wide as a Google Pixel, but it manages to carry a generous 4100mAh battery in a profile that’s less than 9mm — 8.9mm to be precise. For comparison, the Google phone has only 2770mAh in capacity inside a frame that’s 8.5mm thick.

Another interesting comparison is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max. While it also has a 4100mAh battery and similar dimensions, the rest of the specifications, such as the processor and display resolution, don’t match up to Xiaomi’s offering.

Performance goes far beyond its price point

Now that we’ve touched on the Redmi 4 Prime’s specs, let’s look at what’s found inside.

With Qualcomm’s formidable Snapdragon 625 chipset, 3GB of memory, and 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution on board, we wouldn’t blame you if you matched these numbers with a more expensive smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

It’s Xiaomi’s way of selling millions of phones in a matter of seconds; it’s no wonder the company claims to make no money out of its smartphone business.

More premium than you’d expect

Something has to be sacrificed in order to maintain the low price, right? Wrong! There’s more to the Redmi 4 Prime than you think.

For one, it has an all-metal build, and not any of that half-assed soft metal either. And then there’s the super-sensitive fingerprint sensor at the back — we tried it out for ourselves and it’s definitely fast. Finally, and most importantly, the handset looks stunning when held up close, as if it were twice the price it’s actually sold for.

MIUI 8 is now a highly mature Android skin

Xiaomi’s controversial user interface has always been labelled an Apple iOS copycat, but MIUI is finally turning into a fully matured variation of the traditional Android interface.

Based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the latest version of MIUI has all the same app-optimized and battery-saving tricks of the operating system it’s built on, and there are so many nifty settings baked into it for greater ease of use.

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

The new app manager and dual-user Second Space feature, to name a couple, make multitasking a piece of cake.

Bonus: It’s readily available

We’re currently working on our review, but if you’re already convinced, you may head over to GearBest.com for some fine deals on the Redmi 4 Prime, as well as its lower-end variants, the regular Redmi 4 and 4A.

(Note: The Redmi 4 Prime is officially called the Redmi 4, same as the standard model. You can learn how to differentiate the two in our launch story.)

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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

A direct contender of the iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord



Google’s ‘a'(ffordable) line-up may be long overdue because of the pandemic — but after several months of waiting, we finally have one on our hands.

Cheaper than last year’s US$ 399 Pixel 3a, the US$ 349 Pixel 4a might just be the most affordable flagship killer contender you can get over the 2020 iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.

But can the mid-tier specifications and less-fancy phone features justify its affordable price tag? Head over to our in-depth Pixel 4a review here.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition



Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.


Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 2020 Edition



When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.


Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.


Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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