Xiaomi Mi 4i already made the presence in the market since its launch months a few months back. I would like to call this semi flagship device but it has very impressive specs, performance and affordable price which made it a success in the cellphone market.
- Dual-SIM, dual-standby
- 5.0 inch full HD IPS display with 441ppi. Corning® Concore™ glass.
- 64-bit 2nd gen Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 615 octa-core processor(4x 1.7GHz + 4x 1.0GHz)
- 13MP Sony/Samsung rear camera with f/2.0, dual-tone flash and 5 Mega Pixel front facing selfie camera.
- 16GB Built-in memory with No memory expansion.
- 2G/3G/4G support on both SIM slots
- 3,120 mAh battery.
- Android 5.0.2 with MIUI v6.0 upgradable to MIUI v7.
Designs & Display:-
The design is the first thing we notice about any gadgets, Xiaomi hasn’t continued their signature build materials as they used in Mi 3 and Mi 4.
In Mi 4i they have used polycarbonate body which looks decent but it is bit slippy while you hold the device in your hand. It has a single speaker on the back which is also awkward for listening to music on speaker and sometimes you may miss ringtone if it is kept on the bed.
Xiaomi retains the capacitive hardware navigation button like other Xiaomi phone and this one is my favourite :). Volume and power buttons are in right side and on the left side, you will have the dual SIM slot tray with the headphone jack and microUSB port at the top and bottom respectively. Mi 4i is both thinner and lighter with a thickness of just 7.8 mm, and weighing 130 gram.
Let’s talk about the display, it has 5.0 inch full HD display with 441ppi which is not unique these days but Mi 4i has amazing display quality in comparison of other full HD screens in the market. It has accurate colour reproduction, natural colour temperatures, and outdoor visibility in bright sunlight is also very good. I can say the display of Mi 4i looks really good and can impress everyone.
Performance & Software:-
Performance of Xiaomi Mi 4i is smooth and fast as we all expect from Xiaomi, there were few minor issues which has been fixed with a recent update. I have read some complaint about heating issues but I’m not having any such issue. Xiaomi Mi 4i has 64bit 2nd gen snapdragon octa-core processor with 2GB RAM and Adreno 405 GPU. The call quality was really good, with the sound loud and clear at both ends of the call.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i ships with the latest MIUI 6, based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop but Xiaomi started seeding MIUI 7 update for Mi 4i device, I have installed it yesterday, now the device is performing more faster and smooth without any glitches.
Personally, I never used Xiaomi’s phone as my primary phone because I prefer to use stock android more but I have used almost all Xiaomi product launched in India for review purpose and just to enjoy the MIUI !!! Yeah MIUI is the first reason I put my hands on Xiaomi devices, it’s very clean beautiful and its performance is also better than any other custom ROMs.
Camera & Battery Backup:
As I already mentioned it has a 13MP rear camera with f/2.0, dual-tone flash and 5 Mega Pixel front facing selfie camera. I have clicked a few images which appear to be sharp and crisp, and even more so when using Xiaomi’s advanced HDR mode.
The camera application is same what Xiaomi using in other devices like Mi 3 a Mi 4 which has useful features like manual mode and focus ring to adjust exposer. Xiaomi needs to work a lot on camera to produce better images in low light or in the night.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i packs a non-removable 3,120 mAh battery, that allows for some impressive battery life. I’m getting a full day with normal uses. If you managed to drain your battery fast, you can charge it up to 40% in an hour.
Xiaomi Mi 4i is a semi-flagship device with better features, performance and decent design than other devices in its price range of around 12000/- If your budget is around 12000 rupees it will be worth buying.