Xiaomi entered the Indian market with the Launch of Mi3, which had been one of most popular smartphones last year. Now Xiaomi has launched Mi3 successor, Mi4 in India. The smartphone was launched on 28th January where Xiaomi had introduced only the 16 GB variant of Mi4. Flipkart had conducted a flash sales of 25000 unites on 10th Feb 2015. According to media reports, the available stock lasted only for 10 seconds. Now Xiaomi is all set to introduce Mi4 64 GB in Indian market, which is already a top selling smartphone in China.
Xiaomi has released update on the upcoming registration sales on 24 February for the 64GB variant of Mi4. The Mi4 has price tag for 19,999 for 16 GB model and 23,999 Rupees for the 64 GB model.
Design and Look
Xiaomi’s design philosophy is similar to iPhone and the Mi4 is like a replica of iPhone 4s and 5s. In terms of custom design, it is an impressive gadget. It is measured in 139.2 mm in length, 68.5 mm in width and 8.9 mm in thickness. It has a gross weight of 149 gram.
Xiaomi engineers have ensured that it should be craft such a way so that single hand operation is possible in day to day life. The Mi4 comes with a curve edges at corner and metal frame at side with plastic carbonate back panel, which looks good. Coming to the front panel, there is Mi logo and a secondary front camera with capacitive buttons at the bottom. On the top, there is a 3.5mm audio jack for headphone and a remote control slot on connectivity control to television. Looking at the left, we find a slot for SIM. The Mi4 supports to single SIM card. Power button with volume rockers are placed at the right edge.
Display Processor and memory
As far as specifications are concerned, the Xiaomi Mi4 features a 5inch (1080×1920 Pixel) IPS HD display with 441 ppi pixel density, which gives very bright colour and great viewing angles both indoor and outside.
Mi4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core processor, which is clocked at 2.5Ghz which is coupled with 3GB of RAM which supports high end gaming and good performance.
The Mi4 available two memory variants – 16GB and 64GB and says no to the memory expansion via a microSD card. Since, there is no port available for memory expansion, therefore we highly recommend the 64 GB variant available at the price of 24 000 rupees.
It has a Sony Exmor RS 13-megapixel primary camera, which comes with an autofocus and powerful LED flash and gives good photos at low light and day light. For photography, the Mi4 has a custom camera app, which supports HDR, Geo tagging, Smile detection and many other functions. The primary camera is optimized to record HD, full HD and 4k Ultra HD videos. Its 8 megapixel of secondary camera gives very good Selfies and can record full HD videos. There is support for the native video calling and both camera offers production level output.
OS and UI
The Xiaomi Mi4 usages a self developed custom user interface MIUI6 on the upgradable operating system Android Kitkat 4.4.4. Xiaomi’s custom user interface has lots of feature which obviously makes a highly improved UI compare to simplistic Android UI. Moreover, there are hundreds of features including option to change themes and icons. Even audio quality is very good. Users can enjoy FHD videos with crystal clear and load music.
For connectivity, the Mi4 supports 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, USB2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 and Wi-Fi hotspot. Unfortunately there is no support of 4G, which is a needed on the edge of 4G services launch by the Reliance Jio.
3080 mAh Battery
The powerful battery yields backup for a day on heavy usages. Apparently, Medium usages do last for almost two days. Further, the device comes with a fast charger, which does charging 60% faster than a regular charger.
Conclusion and Verdict
Xiaomi Mi4 64GB with an Indian price of 23,999/- is value for money smartphone. In fact, it has an impressive display, powerful processor, good memory and highly user-friendly UI. We recommend the 64 GB model as there is no memory expansion support.
|SIM||Single, Micro, GSM, 2G/3G|
|OS||Android Kitkat 4.4.4|
|Screen||5 Inches, FHD, IPS LCD, 441 PPI|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 801|
|Memory||3 GB RAM, 64GB Memory|
|Camera||13 MP[P], 8 MP[F], 1080P Recording|
|Battery||3080 mAh Non Removeable|
|Body||149 gram [W], 8.9 mm [Th]|
|Connectivity||BT 4, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM, USB 2.0, 5 Sensors|