Xiaomi Mi 4i specification: Xiaomi that launched its first phone in the country a little over nine months ago, Xiaomi has made quite an impact on the Indian market. While its inaugural launch, the Xiaomi Mi 3, targeted the YOUTH by offering specifications similar to Android flagships by Samsung, Sony, and HTC at one-third the price, the Xiaomi Redmi 1S redefined customer expectations in Rs. 6,000 smartphone could offer. It is now the fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the country, and India is Xiaomi’s biggest overseas market in the relatively short time.
At Rs. 12,999, the Xiaomi mi 4i, but does the smartphone have what it takes to capture the minds and market like the original smash hit from Xiaomi? Let’s have a look at Xiaomi mi 4i specification.
Xiaomi mi 4i specification & features
|Model||Xiaomi mi 4i|
|Operating System||Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop)|
|Processor||Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53|
|Storage Memory||16 Internal Storage|
|4G-LTE||Yes. LTE band 3(1800), 7(2600), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|Display||5.0 inches IPS LCD touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Screen Resolution||1080×1920 pixels full HD (~441 ppi pixel density)|
|SIM support||Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Camera||13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 5 MP front facing camera|
|Recording||With rear camera 1080p@30fps|
|Other Camera Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, HDR|
|Supports||Calendar, Voice Command, Instant Messaging, Youtube Player|
|Connectivity||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and WiFi Hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, GLONASS, MicroUSB Support, A-GPS, FM|
|Battery||Non-Removeable Li-lon 3120 mAh battery|
|Backup||Up to 35 h (3G)|
|Dimensions||138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm (5.44 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)|
|Colors Available||Black, White, Yellow, Blue, Pink|
Design and display
Mi 4i has a 5-inch full-HD screen 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density), The Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with a unibody design that lends it a very solid look and feel. It’s built from high-quality polycarbonate. At first glance, the Mi 4i looks similar to the iphone 5c – the multi-coloured variants certainly adding to that impression. The smartphone doesn’t feel very big. That’s partially due to the growing acceptance of larger smartphones and partially to the excellent display-to-body ratio of the Mi 4i. The screen made using a custom solution from Corning which gives same protection as Gorilla Glass 3.
Though the Mi 4i is slated to come in various colour options, only the white 16GB variant is available, which will disappoint a few potential buyers. White can be a bit of a dust magnet, especially in Indian conditions. The back is not user-removable, which means your plan of buying the white model and then snapping on an aftermarket back cover of your choice will be a non-starter. You can buy one of the official shells or flip covers to give your Mi 4i a more personal look and save that back from dust and smudges.
In terms of the layout of buttons and ports, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is pretty standard – the power button is on the right edge, just below the volume rocker, the 3.5mm audio jack and the Micro-USB port are at the top and bottom respectively; a noise-cancelling microphone sits at the back, alongside the rear camera module and the dual-tone LED flash, to go with the mic at the bottom. The dual Micro-SIM tray is on the left.
Colour reproduction and viewing angles on the Xiaomi Mi 4i are great. The display is bright enough for text and other on-screen elements to be easily visible under sunlight. Most phones compensate for this by automatically increasing the overall brightness of the display, which makes darker areas easier to see, but also puts more strain on the battery. With Sunlight Display, the Xiaomi Mi4i is analysing the on-screen image in real time and brightening only the darker parts, so the resulting image is clearer overall. Xiaomi Mi 4i has the best display in its class.
Software and performance
Mi 4i is powered with Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 & quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A53 with chipset of Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615. The Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with MIUI 6 running on Android 5.0.2. Lollipop. The Mi 4i comes with 2GB RAM.
The mi4i comes with 16GB of internal storage, 10.68GB of which is available for applications and user data when you boot up the phone for the first time. This will disappoint gamers and those who love lugging their media collection wherever they go, given the lack of a microSD slot. There’s talk of a 64GB variant coming soon, but no official word on if and when that might happen. The Mi 4i supports USB OTG, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP, FM radio, microUSB v2.0, USB Host.
The left-most capacitive button is mapped by default to show the Recent Apps, with the screen also showing the amount of RAM that is currently available to apps. There’s also an on-screen button that lets you kill apps and free up RAM.
Xiaomi claims that MIUI comes with support for six Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Bengali – but we found a seventh lurking in the Settings menu – Marathi. No problems while making calls with the Xiaomi Mi 4i that could be attributed to the phone rather than the sad state of networks in this country. The phone supports 4G on both SIMs. The loudspeaker does a decent job during calls and while watching movies and/ or listening to music.
One feature that Xiaomi touted during the Mi 4i launch event is Visual IVR. The company is using crowdsourced data to map IVR menus of commonly used numbers such as India Railways, Vodafone, Cleartrip, and others to build a visual tree of their IVR menus. So, for example, if you call Indian Railways, you will be presented with options like ‘1 for English, 2 for Hindi..’ on screen, and you don’t need to wait to hear the entire menu read out to you before selecting your choice. You can simply select the option by tapping it on screen.
Camera and battery life
The Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera (4128 x 3096 pixels) that captures great detail outdoors and in extremely well-lit conditions. HDR mode performs well.
The dual-tone LED flash does a good job of lighting up subjects evenly. Videos captured by the rear camera look decent, the in-built mic does a good job of capturing clear audio.
The front-facing ‘selfie’ camera is of 5-megapixel has a similar tale to tell – it takes great pictures in well-lit conditions but the results are more miss than hit under low light. The Mi 4i includes a beautification feature that attempts to remove wrinkles and other ’embellishments’ from your face.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i has a 3120mAh battery that the company claims is designed to give one-and-a-half days of usage in typical conditions.
With the Mi 4i, Xiaomi has another clear winner on its hands. The phone costs less than half as much as some of its Snapdragon 615-powered brethren and still outperforms them in all departments. The Mi 4i scores with a stunning screen and great build quality.
Price and Buy:
Xiaomi Mi 4i is available at the lowest price of Rs. 12,999 from Flipkart.com.
Pros And Cons:
- Great display quality
- Long battery life
- 13 MP rear camera
- 5 MP front camera
- 1.7 Ghz Quad-core processor
- Large display size
- Ease to use
- Design and form factor
- Durable handset
- Cheap price without compromises
- Customizable firmware
- High speed response
- Superb value for money
- MIUI has its quirks
- Non-removable battery
- Camera performance could be better