Flagship devices from any brand usually create quite a stir and if the handset is in a affordable price segment it becomes the hottest selling device in the market. Xiaomi is one handset manufacturer that has got this combination of value for money appeal and premium specifications right. Its first ever offering in the Indian handset market was MI3, a flagship device under INR 15,000. Now the handset maker has launched Mi4, which was priced in mid-range initially and is now available under INR 15,000.
Xiaomi Mi4 is a state of the art device in terms of build quality and cosmetics specially coming from a Chinese handset manufacturer. This smartphone boasts of an all metal and glass chassis with toughened stainless steel adding to the build quality of the device. Moreover, the unibody design of the handset means that the device is quite sleek and elegant.
Xiaomi has equipped its latest flagship device with a High color saturation sharp/JDI display that measures 5 inches across the diagonal. The display comes with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which does not compromise even a bit with high resolution multimedia and gaming content. Moreover, the display of the handset comes protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass.
The user experience offered by the handset is nothing exemplary since it comes with a dated Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system out of the box. However, Xiaomi's proprietary MIUI user interface running atop the stock Android changes the whole experience. Boasting of an app drawer less interface and a number of performance enhancement features, the handset scores high on user experience.
Performance and Battery Life
The Chinese handset manufacturer has equipped its flagship device with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz processor coupled with Adreno 330 GPU, which is designed to provide an impressive performance with lesser battery consumption. Moreover, the processor of the handset comes with 3 GB of RAM for enhanced multitasking and task processing. The handset comes backed by a 3080 mAh battery unit that is good enough to last a day on a full charge.
The rear panel of the handset features a 13 Megapixel primary camera that is equipped with Sony IMX 214 stacked sensor, f/1.8 and 6-element lens designed to improve picture quality drastically. There is also a powerful 8MP BSI camera on its front panel that boasts of an 80 degrees wide angle lens for enhanced selfies.
On the connectivity front, the handset offers features like 3G, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, microUSB, GPS and NFC. Surprisingly, the handset lacks 4G LTE connectivity, which is quite surprising considering it is a flagship device.
The Mi4, just like Mi3, gives the impression of being a power performer that has just one goal set for itself - to slay flagship smartphones. The specs add to that kind of impression and make the phone look and feel even meaner. However, Xiaomi invited some trouble for itself with the Mi3 as the phone failed to excite users once they started using it. The product was not a polished one and Xiaomi faced the flak for it, prompting it to work on bringing the Mi4 to the market.
|General Specifications||Launch Date||February 10, 2015|
|Operating System||Android v4.4.3 (Kitkat)
Upgradable To V6.0.1 (Marshmallow)
|Phone Body||Case: Stainless steel Back: Stainless steel Side: Stainless steel|
|Dimensions||139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm|
|Processor & RAM||Processor||2.5 GHz Quad core (Krait 400)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC|
|Display||Size||5 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope, Hall Sensor|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920 pixels, Full HD|
|Pixel Density||441 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio||72.11 %|
|Other Input Features||Multi-touch|
|Front Camera Sensor||Exmor RS|
|Rear Camera Sensor||Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor|
|Rear Camera Aperture||f/1.8|
|Front Camera Aperture||f/1.8|
|Rear Camera Features||Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst Mode|
|Rear Auto Focus|
|Front Auto Focus|
2160p@30fps, 4k, Full HD, HD
|Battery||Battery Capacity||3080 mAh|
|Battery Type||Li-Polymer, Non Removable|
|3G||HSDPA 2100/1900/900/850, HSDPA 42.2 Mbps|
Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz
|USB Port||microUSB 2.0, Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Entertainment & Multimedia||Ringtone||Music ringtones, Vibration|
|Audio Format||AAC, AMR, APE, FLAC, MP3, WMA|
|Video Format||ASF, M4V, MKV, MPEG4, WMV, Xvid|
|Storage||Internal Storage||16 GB|
|Calling & Messaging||Phone Book||
|Additional Information||Items in the Box||Handset with built-in Battery, Charger, USB Cable, SIM Eject Tool, User Manual, Warranty Card|