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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro / Prime - Dark Grey - £131.24 @ Ali Express
Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro / Prime - Dark Grey - £131.24 @ Ali Express

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro / Prime - Dark Grey - £131.24 @ Ali Express

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Cheapest for this variant.

First of all - I am aware the gold and silver are cheaper. But I am not a fan of the colours and as I use it most days, I want one I like the look of. After searching eBay, Gearbest, Banggood, and AliExpress, this is the cheapest available for that colour.

Comes from the Xiaomi store.

To get that price go to:

m.aliexpress.com/ite…tml?

By visiting the mobile site you don't have to pay for the additional warranty. The price will be in $USD but add it to your basket.

Then go back to aliexpress.com, change your currency to £GBP (top right) and head to your basket and it should show £131.24 (might vary slightly due to exchange rate.

I am aware there are other good deals on 3GB RAM octa-cores, such as the P9 Lite, but I don't want larger than 5". Therefore this was the best 3GB, 8-core, snapdragon I could find in my price range and to my spec.

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Looks a great phone. Hoping they bring out a band 20 version at some point, like they did with the 3s prime. Will upgrade my Redmi 3 Pro then (which is excellent BTW).

SClub

Looks a great phone. Hoping they bring out a band 20 version at some … Looks a great phone. Hoping they bring out a band 20 version at some point, like they did with the 3s prime. Will upgrade my Redmi 3 Pro then (which is excellent BTW).


Same thing I'm waiting for, International version with Band 20. Be nice to see some custom roms aswell.

dcx_badass

Same thing I'm waiting for, International version with Band 20. Be nice … Same thing I'm waiting for, International version with Band 20. Be nice to see some custom roms aswell.


Surely the Note 3 with snapdragon 650 and band 20 is a better bet than the Note 4 Mediatek?

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SClub

Looks a great phone. Hoping they bring out a band 20 version at some … Looks a great phone. Hoping they bring out a band 20 version at some point, like they did with the 3s prime. Will upgrade my Redmi 3 Pro then (which is excellent BTW).



Hoping band 20 won't be a big issue for me. On 3 mobile so it's not a primary band they use.

Apparently there's a somewhat long winded 'hack' you can do to unlock the band, not sure if I'll be up to it though.

damadgeruk

Surely the Note 3 with snapdragon 650 and band 20 is a better bet than … Surely the Note 3 with snapdragon 650 and band 20 is a better bet than the Note 4 Mediatek?


But none of us mentioned or want a Note with a 5.5" screen, but yes the Qualcomm Note 3 is better than the Mediatek Note 4.

dcx_badass

But none of us mentioned or want a Note with a 5.5" screen, but yes the … But none of us mentioned or want a Note with a 5.5" screen, but yes the Qualcomm Note 3 is better than the Mediatek Note 4.


Missed the missing Note, probably as I don't cope with such small phones.

Thanks for this asc91 I've been looking for the past couple of days and felt like I was going in circles !
Very nicely laid out and easy to follow. Plus its even cheaper, I just paid 130.63.

Cheers for your help.

And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more expensive Heat added.
Edited by: "bellboys" 3rd Jan

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bellboys

And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more … And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more expensive Heat added.



Yep still cheap, but would have been cheaper without Brexit as the price is in USD and £:USD is weak at the moment.

I'm fun at parties.

asc91

Yep still cheap, but would have been cheaper without Brexit as the price … Yep still cheap, but would have been cheaper without Brexit as the price is in USD and £:USD is weak at the moment.I'm fun at parties.



It would've been £115 at the pre-referendum rate of $1.45:£1 rate
Edited by: "simonhzero" 3rd Jan

bellboys

And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more … And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more expensive Heat added.



​i paid £112 for this phone for my sister before brexit

Has anyone been able to find the exact spec of this handset on GSM Arena?

alcurtis93

​i paid £112 for this phone for my sister before brexit



I may be wrong but I think you're confusing phones.
I don't think the Redmi 4 was available before the referendum... I think you're probably thinking of the Redmi 3

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slipd

Has anyone been able to find the exact spec of this handset on GSM Arena?



See link. Sometimes referred to as prime, sometimes pro, same handset though.

gsmarena.com/xia…php

bellboys

And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more … And here's me thinking Brexit was going to make stuff like this much more expensive Heat added.


It is more expensive post brexit

Excellent phone, got mine from Gearbest for £126 (gold colour) about a month ago. It was a bit bigger/heavier than I was expecting when comparing to my wife's Mi4C but all aspects of it are great -- speed, screen, build quality, battery life, etc.

It was a bit of a faff unlocking the bootloader and reflashing it with a Xiaomi.eu ROM to get rid of the dodgy Gearbest ROM, but only needs to be done once.
Edited by: "Marker" 3rd Jan

That's an interesting point that Marker makes about flashing the device, are you asc91 going to flash yours (no pun intended) straight away or see what the install looks like ?

ordered one before xmas, still waiting on delivery but wondered what others are going to do re flashing roms etc

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majaboll

That's an interesting point that Marker makes about flashing the device, … That's an interesting point that Marker makes about flashing the device, are you asc91 going to flash yours (no pun intended) straight away or see what the install looks like ?



It's (supposedly) from the Xiaomi store, so I'm hopping I won't need to. However if it's not a standard ROM I will flash it, yes.

To use it with 4G Vodafone will be ok? Or find phone supporting Band 20 as well?
Vodafone
2G 900MHz & 1800MHz
3G 900MHz & 2100MHz
4G 800MHz & 2600MHz

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msciazko

To use it with 4G Vodafone will be ok? Or find phone supporting Band 20 … To use it with 4G Vodafone will be ok? Or find phone supporting Band 20 as well?Vodafone 2G 900MHz & 1800MHz3G 900MHz & 2100MHz4G 800MHz & 2600MHz



Vodafone 4g 800MHz is band 20. That's the low quality 4g you get out in the countryside (O2 do the same). So you might lose out on 4g when you're away from towns and cities. Possible to open up band 20 on the device, but not entirely confident as to how.

msciazko

To use it with 4G Vodafone will be ok? Or find phone supporting Band 20 … To use it with 4G Vodafone will be ok? Or find phone supporting Band 20 as well?Vodafone 2G 900MHz & 1800MHz3G 900MHz & 2100MHz4G 800MHz & 2600MHz




Depends really on where and how you use your phone. Vodafone use Band 7 and Band 20

◦800MHz (Band 20)
◦2600MHz (Band 7)

The lower the frequency of the band the further it can travel, so the 800MHz band is the best for travelling over long distances, which means users can get a 4G signal even when they’re a long way from a mast. This becomes particularly useful in rural areas where masts are likely to be quite spread out.

However, it also has some advantages in cities, because low frequencies are also good at passing through walls and other physical objects. So the 800MHz band is good for indoor coverage and for heavily built up areas where a signal might otherwise struggle to travel.

On the other hand it has a comparatively low capacity, as it was only available in small 5 and 10MHz blocks, which means that it can’t always deal brilliantly with lots of people trying to connect at once. So even in places with a good connection it may not always deliver consistent speeds, especially in urban areas where there’s likely to be a lot of data traffic.


The 2.6GHz band is essentially the opposite of the 800MHz band. So it’s not great at travelling over long distances, meaning that masts need to be closer together to deliver reliable coverage and as such it’s not so suited to rural areas.

It’s also not all that adept at penetrating walls so indoor signal on the 2.6GHz band won’t always be perfect.

But on the other hand with 35MHz blocks available it has a high capacity. So it can cope with thousands of simultaneous connections, which in that sense makes it a good fit for cities and other busy areas.

Ideally for Vodafone, you'd want a phone that can utilise which ever is available wherever you are but in reality you'll still get some 4G coverage using the 2600 frequency.... Or look for the Redmi 3S/3N with the International gubbins so it will do 800 and 2600.

Edited by: "colgrigson" 3rd Jan

alcurtis93

​i paid £112 for this phone for my sister before brexit



This phone only came out in November 2016 so no you didn't.

cheers asc91 and colgrigson
I will choose phone supporting band 20 then. I'm looking to replace my S5 with more memory on board min 32GB and supporting memory extension. Maybe Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro?

msciazko

cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. … cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. I'm looking to replace my S5 with more memory on board min 32GB and supporting memory extension. Maybe Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro?



That would be the Special Edition.

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msciazko

cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. … cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. I'm looking to replace my S5 with more memory on board min 32GB and supporting memory extension. Maybe Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro?



Don't know much about the Note 3 so can't help. But worth keeping an eye out for the Galaxy S6 on O2 refresh or perhaps the p9 Lite?

msciazko

cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. … cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. I'm looking to replace my S5 with more memory on board min 32GB and supporting memory extension. Maybe Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro?

supporting memory extension




Edited by: "rev6" 3rd Jan

msciazko

cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. … cheers asc91 and colgrigsonI will choose phone supporting band 20 then. I'm looking to replace my S5 with more memory on board min 32GB and supporting memory extension. Maybe Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro?



Any of these would do nicely

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Currently £130.67 at Gearbest. Really tempted but not sure if I can rely on 1800MHz alone for 4G.

Does anyone know if there is a way to check Three (or another provider) to see what bands are available by area?

I know that the Redmi 3S has band 20 support but it has an inferior chipset.

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featch

Currently £130.67 at Gearbest. Really tempted but not sure if I can rely … Currently £130.67 at Gearbest. Really tempted but not sure if I can rely on 1800MHz alone for 4G.Does anyone know if there is a way to check Three (or another provider) to see what bands are available by area?I know that the Redmi 3S has band 20 support but it has an inferior chipset.



4g.co.uk/4g-…ow/

asc91

http://www.4g.co.uk/4g-frequencies-uk-need-know/



Thanks. I was are of this but I was wondering if there was a way of determining which frequencies are available by location. I am a Three customer so interested in knowing if 800MHz and/or 1800MHz are available in my area.

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featch

Thanks. I was are of this but I was wondering if there was a way of … Thanks. I was are of this but I was wondering if there was a way of determining which frequencies are available by location. I am a Three customer so interested in knowing if 800MHz and/or 1800MHz are available in my area.



I'm on 3 and am buying it. However I might be swapping network as I can get a the same package for £5 less elsewhere.
Although I do love the feel at home thing 3 have. I live in central Exeter so shouldn't be on band 20 there as it's a lower quality signal.

Sorry I can't be of more help

Also potentially possible to unlock band 20 with some computer wizardry
Edited by: "asc91" 4th Jan

asc91

I'm on 3 and am buying it. However I might be swapping network as I can … I'm on 3 and am buying it. However I might be swapping network as I can get a the same package for £5 less elsewhere. Although I do love the feel at home thing 3 have. I live in central Exeter so shouldn't be on band 20 there as it's a lower quality signal.Sorry I can't be of more help Also potentially possible to unlock band 20 with some computer wizardry



Thanks again. From what I can gather 1800MHz is Three's default frequency for 4G and that 800MHz will be used for new services such as Super Voice. Some good commentary here: http://www.4g.co.uk/three-4g-network-summary/

Think I'm now satisfied enough to buy this. Highly unlikely that I'll want to switch to a Vodafone or O2 carrier any time soon.

anonimousse

A short answer: No.It will not make any difference even if you somehow … A short answer: No.It will not make any difference even if you somehow managed to acquire this sensitive information. It is a given that most operators who have been allocated frequency in different parts of the spectrum will aggregate two or more bands to provide a faster, reliable and accessible service. I won't go into the details of paired/unpaired or the impact it has on the usage scenarios. However, suffice to say that Three will be using their tiny allocation to achieve some kind of happy medium and since this phone is Cat 7 (downlink) compatible it should be able to support Carrier Aggregation features of LTE-A.If you still wish to play detective, you can search for Ofcom reports on consumer satisfaction, where someone literally travels around the country to find the best and worst signal based on real world usage. Good luck.



Good article. Thank you for sharing.

FREEZIN WOLF

I may be wrong but I think you're confusing phones.I don't think the … I may be wrong but I think you're confusing phones.I don't think the Redmi 4 was available before the referendum... I think you're probably thinking of the Redmi 3



​redmi note 3 Pro I got

got a brand new one of these for sale for 120 if anyone interested

dan123000

got a brand new one of these for sale for 120 if anyone interested


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dan123000

got a brand new one of these for sale for 120 if anyone interested


I'm interested as well. If you haven't sold it, pm please. Thanks.

price now is £113

arora

price now is £113


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