Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Best Smartphone under 15,000 INR

There was a time when Indians were not even aware of the fact that there is a company named Xiaomi. Then came the Xiaomi Mi3 and it took the Indian smartphone market by storm. Slowly and gradually, Xiaomi gained success and now, it is one of the top most smartphone company in India. Cut-throat pricing, powerful specs and amazing sale process are the key factors behind Xiaomi success.


Xiaomi Mi4i is the latest smartphone from the company that was announced at the Global launch event held in Delhi, India. No doubt, Mi4i looks very strong on paper but, the question is will it be as successful as Mi3 or it will just come and go like Mi4. So, in this post, we will let you know whether you should buy this smartphone or not.

Design and looks

The phone is slim, lightweight and compact in design. It weighs 130 grams and is only 7.8 mm thick. It features a matte finish plastic pack which is responsible for offering a strong grip. The phone is designed in such a way that it can be easily used with one hand. The front is dominated by a 5 inch IPS display. Above the display you have a 5 megapixel camera, an earpiece, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.


Below the display you have usual android touch buttons. Power/lock button along with Volume rocker is present on the right. You have a 3.5 mm audio jack at the top and a micro USB port on the bottom. Moving to the back, Mi4i comes with a non-removable back panel. The phone has a 13 megapixel camera along with dual tone dual led flash and Loudspeaker at the back.



One of the best part about Mi4i is its display. It features a 5inch full HD display which offers excellent colour saturation and depth. It is a one glass display which helps in getting stunning contrast and viewing angles. It would not be an exaggeration to say that Mi4i has got the best display till now if compared with other Xiaomi smartphones. It offers many display settings like warm display, sunlight display so that the user can easily use the screen. The display works perfectly fine even in the broad daylight.


If we see the specs of the phone, Xiaomi Mi4i is a powerhouse. The phone is powered by a 1.7 GHz 2nd Gen. Snapdragon 615 chip and boats of an Octa Core processor. With 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory, the phone is powerful enough to handle heavy gaming and multitasking. There is an Adreno 405 graphics card to add clarity to the graphics and it is backed up by a mammoth 3120 mAh battery.


The device was able to handle all kind of apps and high end games with ease. We didn’t face any kind of lag or issues while running heavy games like asphalt 8 or while doing multitasking. Some users did complain about the device getting over heated but we did not face any such issues with our unit.


Xiaomi phones are well known for its camera performance. Xiaomi never compromises on camera and includes high quality sensors for offering excellent quality images. Mi3 and Mi4 were loved by the users for their camera performance and Mi4i carries the legacy. It features a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.


The best part about Mi4i camera is that is its HDR mode. The HDR mode is capable of clicking DSLR quality images which are better than most of the other smartphones in the similar price segment. It offers images rich in colour and the camera can be used to do normal photography in case you don’t have a separate professional camera.


The phone runs on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS which makes it look fresh and new. Xiaomi’s UI was never a problem. It is easy to use and doesn’t lag. The Mi4i runs on latest MIUI 6 which offers a lot of customization.

Xiaomi has added support for 6 new Indian languages and it also has a new Visual IVR feature. Overall, Mi4i has an impressive and lag free UI. It offers a lot of interesting and useful features which will enhance the user experience.


Battery life is always one of the major concern for any smartphone users. The phone is backed up by a powerful 3,120mAh battery which can give you a usage of 2 days with normal use. However, it drains heavily in case of gaming. Although, that is still not a problem as it also features a fast charging mode. Mi4i still delivers best battery performance despite having a full HD display.



The biggest drawback of Mi4i is its storage. The phone offers only 16 GB of storage and there is no option to expand it. Although, the 16GB storage seems enough but, it may cause problems when you plan to carry HD movies and videos.

Final verdict

At INR 13k, Mi4i is a device to look out for. If you are looking for a phone for moderate usage and long lasting battery, Mi4i is the best choice. There are many reasons to buy this amazing piece of technology. Brilliant design, powerful battery, amazing clear display and excellent camera are few things which are responsible to but it. But, at the same time, heating issue, no expandable battery and frustrating flash sale are few things which can go against the device. So, consider yourself lucky if you are able to buy this phone in the next flash sale.

Author: Deepak Kumar

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