“At this price point, the Mi 4 is the most affordable smartphone with the Snapdragon 801 processor”
After several rumours and delays, the Chinese upstart Xiaomi is finally bringing its loaded Android flagship to the Indian market. Similar to previous offerings from the company, the Mi 4 (review | FAQs) will be up from grabs from its ecommerce partner Flipkart, carrying a sticker price of Rs 19,999. The first sale for the smartphone is scheduled on February 10th, and registrations for the same will open at 6pm today.
Unlike most successors who upsize their previous iterations, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is built around a 5-inch display – just like the Mi 3 (review | cheatsheet). The IPS panel sports a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, resulting in a sharp pixel density of 441 pixels-per-inch. A layer of Corning Concore glass acts as protection against scratches. There are also some neat differentiations in terms of their design between the Mi 4 and Mi 3. A metallic frame running along the edges of the Mi 4 adds to its robustness and at the same time lends it a premium look. The rear is made of plastic, which can be removed via suction cups and replaced with rear panels available in wood and leather textures (available for purchase separately).
Keeping the Xiaomi Mi 4 up and running is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, offering four Krait 400 cores clocked at 2.5GHz. The processor is combined with Adreno 330 graphics engine and a meaty 3GB RAM. Sadly, the device scores low on the storage front as you only get a fixed memory option of 16GB, which can’t be expanded further. There’s no word yet if the 64GB version of the smartphone will arrive here. The Android-based handset comes with the latest version of brand’s custom skin, MIUI 6 (MIUI 6 vs MIUI 5).
In the camera department, the Mi 4 is adorned with a 13-megapixel Sony Exmor RS sensor with f/1.8 aperture. The primary camera is supplemented by a dual-tone LED flash. For selfie-maniacs, the device packs in an 8MP camera at the front. It comes with the usual connectivity features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS, but unfortunately doesn’t support 4G LTE. Rounding up the spec sheet is the 3,080mAh embedded Li-ion battery.
It might seem slightly late for the Xiaomi Mi 4 to land in India, considering the Rs 20,000 price band has become quite crowded in recent times, with the similarly-specced OnePlus One (review | cheatsheet), and other capable options like the Huawei Honor 6 (review) and Lenovo Vibe X2 (review | FAQs) being formidable contenders. However, the device still manages to stand out by offering top-tier specs at an attractive price point – if only you can manage to get your hands on it in its weekly flash sales.