Xiaomi Mi4 looks like an iPhone that emulate another product. Xiaomi Mi4 is the best Chinese firm’s popular Mi3 flagship phone. The smartphone resembles Apple’s iPhone. It has a metal chassis with a plastic back panel. Xiaomi MI3 has high end specifications at a price that is half of seen branded devices with similar specifications. The Mi3 was followed by the Redmi 1S, which is named as Xiaomi Redmi Note with the 3G version. Each of them are being monster hit with its own right one. It has only weekly sales strategy with the online retailer Flipkart, which has paid off, where the Xiaomi phones are sold out within seconds.
About Xiaomi Brand
Xiaomi is branded by the name of “The Chinese Apple”. Xiaomi is the one of the biggest company in designing, developing and selling smartphones, which follows Android based OS. Xiaomi is the best manufacturer of fitness trackers, air purifiers and tablets. The device has MIUI as its skin for its Android phones and tablets. The company is popularly known name for large selling of its phones by following flash sales in India.
Xiaomi MI4 wash launched in July, 2014. The Xiaomi Mi4 is the most laid eyes on that is exactly similar to that of iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S. Mi4 has launched at a price of Rs. 19,999/ – which has higher side of Xiaomi’s standards. Xiaomi is the successor of Mi3 which is unveiled last year. It has 5 inch IPS display with 441 PPI. The mobile is made up of one glass solution (OGS) that is sharp. It is powered with 2.5 GHz Quad core Snapdragon 801 processor. The device runs on MIUI v6 on top of Android. It has 13 megapixel rear camera with Sony BSI sensor and 8MP front facing camera with Sony sensor. The body has a stainless steel frame which is not removable.
Some specifications are liked by the users and some are not. Here is the Mi4 configuration with 5 inch LED screen. The Xiaomi Mi4 in white with 16GB is available at a price range of Rs 8,000 on Amazon. The similar product is available in Flipkart with Rs. 8,999. The product has a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer with inbox accessories of battery, handset, charger, data cable, warranty card and user manual.
OS and processor of Xiaomi MI4
The Xiaomi Mi4 runs with Android v4.4.3 (KitKat) operating system. The Mi4 is built with the company’s own MIUI skin. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad core processor of 2.5GHz. Xiaomi Mi4 has Adreno 330 GPU. MIUI keeps every app on the home screen which is similar to the iOS, instead of using app drawer. Thus, most of the users prefer to this screen that is with less cluttered for the apps, those switching over from Apple. The mobile is with high end flagship that includes 3GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. It is well known that Xiaomi’s usual modus operandi, it’s like that only 16GB version with a retail outside of China.
Hardware, display, design of Xiaomi MI4
The Xiaomi Mi4 is of a stylish 5 inch IPS capacitive display with multi-touch screen feature. The screen is waterproof and dustproof.The phone has a full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels with a pixel density of 441 ppi. This has an incredible visual with high resolution of video capturing and photo shoots. The phone is of multi touch gestures. The Mi4 supports a single micro SIM card single standby feature. The dimensions of the Mi4 are 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm. It can weigh up to 145 grams. The device is available in two common colors, namely black and white. Xiaomi gone with a metal frame, which is a sturdy stainless steel frame. The product has a chamfered edges that makes it look elegant. The rear cover is all of plastic though. The flat metal chamfered edges look as inspired by the design of iPhone 5s. Even it has a rectangular dotted base design for the speaker grilles. This style looks similar to that of the iPhone. The flat metallic frame is sand blasted with a matte finish for glossy appearance to attract smudges. The device has a sharp edge. The Mi4 is free in hands and glass surface is a bit smooth that can tend to slowly slip from the shoulder grip.
Coming to the top of the edge with a 3.5mm audio jack and IR blaster. The right hand side has a metal buttons for volume change and a power or standby button. The single micro SIM slot is on the left hand side, which lies flush with an edge. At the base of the phone, you can notice a micro USB charging port with a speaker grille. This seems to be similar to that of Note 4, and has antenna segment cutouts on the top and base of the Mi4.
Camera and memory of Xiaomi MI4
Xiaomi Mi4 having best camera features, that works well with 8MP front camera and 13MP of rear camera. The camera has an autofocus and dual LED flash light. This helps in enabling the users to click images in sunlight. Even, one can capture high resolution video with front and rear camera that supports of 1080 P at 30 fps. The mobile is having an internal storage memory capacity with a two variants that are named as 16GB or 64GB, which is to store large number of data. In the smartphones, particularly in this Mi4, the top has the earpiece speaker, proximity sensor and a front facing camera. The device has a three capacitive touch button that has a white backlight. This has an indicator light which is below the home soft button. The light glowing green whilst charging and blinks red as and when on low battery. It tends to merge with surrounding white bezel. The camera has LED flash unit just under the rear camera. The camera has a glossy plastic cover which is on the back and is non-removable. It tends to take away the sheen away from the metal edge. The embossed metallic Mi4 logo is at around the bottom of the rear side.
Connectivity and battery of Xiaomi MI4
The Xiaomi Mi4 has a connectivity point of view with Wi-Fi, USB and GPS features. This is also equipped with Bluetooth feature and helps the users to safely transfer a big number of files. Music is the great fun for the users and can tune FM radio, which is inbuilt. The user can enjoy the music either by 3.5mm jack or even with the loudspeaker option. The phone is built with a non-removable powerful 3080mAH lithium ion battery, which gives a great standby time of up to 500 hours. Thus, it even supports a talk time up to 4 hours.
Software specifications of Xiaomi Mi4
The Xiaomi Mi4 is designed with latest update and can bring a lot of design changes with improved experience. This is designed by someone familiar with iOS design philosophy. The MIUI 6 skin needs to have to take a lot of inspiration from the iOS design. The Xiaomi has refined app with designed specifications that are drastically changed with simpler and flatter in appearance. The music and video apps are divided into local and cloud sections. It has a clock app that too with a new design feature which is divided into alarm, stopwatch, timer and clock. The weather app is having a beautiful data visualization. The security app having different sections like cleaner, data usage, blacklist and many more. It has even a nice toggle button to switch a setting on or off.
The floating notifications are not interrupted when you receive a message or call. This notification is at the top of the screen. Thus, the MIUI 6 divides important and unimportant notifications. Notification is shown on the lock screen, even as and when you pull down, you will see the notification. The quick notification screen is transparent backdrop locks inspired by iOS’s pull up control center. Instead of all these the notification icon from app can be seen as three dots which is very common for notifications that are not important. The mail app is redesigned to key features of the layout of threaded email conversations that appears as a chat message. The proprietary apps that includes my account, security, MI Remote, Themes, Music and so on. It allows for easy switching apps between screens. This can hold onto an app with a finger swiping the screen by the other finger. Even you can also easily add widgets that can change the transition effects.
Pros of Xiaomi Mi4 mobile
- The mobile is inexpensive and is within the budget.
- It has a bright display with inbuilt speakers.
- Smartphone with realistic color and is durable.
- The Mi4 is a lightweight phone with good battery backup.
- The Mi4 mobile is dual SIM that supports 3G/EDGE and having a spacious keypad.
- The smartphone without heating problem.
- Best photographs with in sunlight by front and rare camera shooter.
Cons of Xiaomi Mi4 phone
- Mi4 is built with low quality and has no storage expansion.
- It has a low screen resolution with slight heavy weight.
- The storage capacity of Xiaomi MI4 is less when compared to other mobiles.
- Mi4 doesn’t support 4G and no MicroSD slot.
Verdict of Xiaomi Mi4
The Xiaomi Mi4 is the best smartphone with high resolution and good display at a reasonable price tag. The device is with high internal memory capacity, good camera and is a best choice. The Xiaomi Mi4 is a high performing mobile with powerful RAM. The two extraordinary cameras give you the best of photos and videos, which looks good with complete features.
The only issue with the device is that the phone is a single SIM 3G device. It can support quad band 2G/3G networks. On the other hand the drawbacks are limited with memory and no add on SD card options. If you are the person who uses cloud storage services, then the 12.17 GB usable memory is ample. It has an option of expandable memory. Thus, the Mi4 is the best choice with great camera and display features.