The Chinese manufacturer, Xiaomi, launched its flagship phone under the name Mi4i in April 2015. Hugo Barra, the VP of Xiaomi (Global), informed that the ‘i’ in Mi4i was inspired by India and has been specially made for India. Xiaomi has focused its attention, especially towards India, as it’s major market and they were able to sell over a million handsets in less than 6 months from launching its first handset in India. Mi4i featured with 5.0 inches IPS LCD touchscreen powered by Snapdragon 615 Octa-core processor. Mi4i has borrowed many aspects from its sibling Mi 4 but has improved in terms of latest OS, more battery life and lighter in weight. “Affordable Flagship” as the company calls it, serves as the best smartphone present in the smartphone market right now as it provides amazing features at an affordable price.
The phone looks somewhat in design as that of RedMi instead of Mi4, as the plastic back panel and aluminum frame have been discarded and the back side of Mi4i phone has rounded edges and corners, made completely unibody using a polycarbonate material. The power and volume buttons are provided to the right of the phone while the dual SIM card is to the left side of the phone. The MicroUSB port is at the bottom while the earphone jack is provided at the top of the phone. On the rear side of the front display, three soft capacitive buttons can be found. The screen is protected by Corning Concore glass which makes it scratch resistant and reduces thickness of screen. Overall the phone looks great and the soft matte touch provides, is really a stunner.
The phone is moderately handy with its dimensions as 5.44 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches and so it becomes hard to access all parts of the screen while using one hand only. The phone is really lightweight, as it weighs only 130grams (4.59 Oz), hence, could be used for long duration of time. The phone is available in six color variants, namely Dark Gray, Black, White, Yellow, Blue, and Pink.
The phone is provided with a 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, providing a screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The phone is multi-touch enabled and produces very bright and vibrant colors for which all credits goes to the 441 ppi pixel density. There are no problems with the phone’s display associated with color reproduction, viewing angles and color temperatures. The best part about the display is its performance under the sunlight, which was made possible by using the unique Sunlight Display that adjusts the contrast of pixels, present in the display in real time, thus providing great readability even in bright sunlight. Overall, the display of Mi4i is fantastic and you would find it hard to get this type of display at such reasonable price.
The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 Chipset having Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53, making it have a total of 8 cores. There are no issues related to the performance of the device as there is no lag or delayed touch response. The device is fast, but not as fast as the flagship phones of Sony and HTC. Heavy games and videos play smoothly and there is no problem of overheating, the phone does heat a little when used to play in processor intensive applications, but that’s common with other smartphones too. The MIUI OS provided in the phone is very memory consuming as the user’s only get around 1 GB for their use. Overall the performance of the processor is commendable and one can’t complain about that at this price point.
The Xiaomi Mi4i is provided with 13 MP primary camera providing 4128 x 3096 pixels with autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and check quality. The primary camera features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR mode etc. A 5MP front camera is also provided that can take amazing selfies. Video recording is done in 1080p@30fps and 480p@120fps with check quality. This phone takes amazing photographs, videos and the images that it captures are crisp and full of details. The amazing feature of the MIUI interface is the upgraded HDR mode comes in two variants now while the first one is normal HDR the second variant is the Live HDR mode that predicts how an image would finally appear. The front camera takes amazing outdoor selfies and indoors a little noise seems to creep in. High definition videos can also be made using this phone.
Battery Backup Life
The Xiaomi Mi4i is provided with Non-removable 3120 mAh Li-Ion battery that delivers consistent performance for long periods of time. The battery promises HD video playback up to 11 hours, 3G talk time up to 35 hours and continuous music playback up to 59 hours. Under normal usage the battery will work for a complete day without asking for a charge, and if the phone discharges the new Quick Charge feature used in the phone recharges the battery up to 40% within an hour.
The phone runs on Android OS version 5.0.2 (Lollipop) with its MIUI 6 interface which closely resembles the heavier versions of Android skins. The best part about the MIUI interface is that it gives greater levels of customization and control to its users. The MIUI also offers the access to theme store, battery saving profiles, call recorder, app permissions and many more exciting features. The speaker provided in the phone provides a crisp and clear sound with no tearing of voices at maximum volume. The call quality is great and FM Radio is also enabled on the phone.
The Xiaomi Mi4i is the best smartphone present in the market right now for the users searching for a value-for-money type smartphone. The phone offers amazing features like Quick Charge and dual SIM functionality, making it the best smartphone in the market. The Xiaomi Mi4i Price in India is INR.12,000. The phone has received a feature score of 83 on Pricejugaad.com which is really impressive while on the user’s side, it has got 64 in its review score giving it a little better that average outlook. If you are thinking of buying a decent smartphone with amazing specs, then you should most certainly buy this smartphone.