Samsung recently refreshed its tablet line-up with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0.
It is one of the smaller tablets available in the market due to its 7 inch display. Meanwhile, the growth in the smartphone display sizes has resulted in phones like the Xiaomi Redmi Note coming almost on par with the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 in terms of size.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note uses a 5.5 inch display that is only inferior compared to the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0’s display in terms of size. In all other regards, like the resolution and technology, it leaps ahead in front. For starters, it comes with the IPS panels that are significantly better than the normal TFT displays used for the Samsung. The advantage gets bigger considering that the Xiaomi offers 720p resolution compared to the 800 x 1280 pixels on the Samsung device, which means it will be able to provide a pixel density of just over 200 PPI.
The large display holds the advantage during multimedia consumption. Therefore, the Samsung device comes with two internal memory options of 8 GB and 16 GB. The LTE versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 come with an incredible array of connectivity options. It will be able to support download speeds of around 150 Mb per second, which is impressive even for a smartphone. Even though most of these connectivity options are present on the Xiaomi Redmi Note, the Xiaomi Redmi Note does not provide options like dual band Wi-Fi. It also supports microSD cards only up to 32 GB, whereas the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 supports up to 64 GB.
Performance is very similar on these two products due to aspects like processors and RAM being almost similar. They both employ multicore processors, albeit from different suppliers, along with substantial amounts of RAM. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 offers the Exynos processors, which are clocked at 1.2 GHz, that is certainly not new to the company. Exynos have been used in several Samsung products of late.
Xiaomi Redmi Note uses the Mediatek MT6592 octa core processor. Even though it may have twice the number of cores as the processor used in the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, it still comes with only the 4.2 version of Android. It remains to be seen if Xiaomi will provide the official update to the latest versions of Android, although it is still possible to flash a custom ROM given the flexibility of Android.
The Xiaomi comes with a 13 megapixel camera in the rear and a five megapixel front facing camera and the images are good in most of the shots. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 disappoints significantly in this area by offering only a 3.15 megapixel camera even without features like full HD video recording. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 costs around the $280 mark while the Xiaomi Redmi Note is incredibly cost effective with a price of around $160 with all these features.