Xiaomi Mi4 Review – Great Device With an Affordable Price Tag

Xiaomi debuted in India less than a year ago but it is already a well known brand especially in the Sub 10,000 INR segment. Last week company launched their latest flagship device Mi4 in India exclusively on flipkart for 19,999 INR. It is the most expensive device from Xiaomi but it is still much more affordable as compared to most of the other flagship devices available in the market. Is it better than other flagship devices and is it worth the money? Read on to find out.

Unboxing

Here is an unboxing video of the Xiaomi Mi4 showing various items you get with the device in the Indian retail package.

Retail Box Contents:

  • Xiaomi Mi4
  • USB Data Cable
  • USB Charging Adapter
  • User guide & warranty information

Design & Build Quality

Xiaomi Mi4 looks entirely different from its predecessor Mi3. The phone has a unibody design with steel frame which gives this device a premium look as well as finish. It is bit slippery in nature but feels quite solid and sturdy. We can’t think of any other smartphone which comes with such a good build quality at this price point.

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The front of the phone is dominated by a 5 inch full HD display. Above the display you have an earpiece, Mi logo, proximity & ambient light sensors and an 8 megapixel front facing camera.

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Below the display you have usual Android touch buttons – Menu, Home and Back along with a tiny notification LED just below them which is bit hard to spot.

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The phone has a steel rim running around the edges with 4 antenna cutouts (2 at the top and 2 at the bottom). On the right side you have a volume rocker and a power/lock key. Since ithe device does not have a removable back panel, micro SIM card slot is present on the left side. Unfortunately there is no micro SD card slot present on the device.

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The micro USB port and loudspeaker is present at the bottom of the device. On the top you have a 3.5 mm Audio jack and an Infrared LED.

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Moving to the back, it has a 13 megapixel camera along with LED flash, secondary microphone and MI branding.

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Overall, Mi4 design resembles Apple iPhone or Galaxy Alpha and it has an impressive build quality.

Display

Mi4 comes with a 5 inch IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels and a pixel density of 441 ppi. It has good viewing angles and the display looks quite vivid and sharp. We didn’t face any kind of issues with the display while watching videos, browsing internet, playing games or reading text.

Hardware & Performance

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor which is a quad core processor with 2.5 Ghz clock speed. It comes with 3Gb of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU and 16 or 64 GB internal storage option. The device is quite powerful and we didn’t face any performance related issues with it.

The interface is smooth and it can handle all your daily tasks and apps with ease. To measure the performance of the device we ran few benchmark apps – Antutu, Quadrant standard, GeekBench 3 and Nenamark2 and played 2 games – Aphalt 8 and Nova 3 on the device.

The device scored pretty well in all the benchmark tests and both the games ran smoothly on the device. Even after 25 mins of gaming there was no major heating issues with device. The only issue with the device is the limited internal storage and it does not support microSD card.

Talking about other connectivity it supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB OTG. At this price point it is a very powerful device and you won’t face any kind of performance related issues. It is the most affordable smartphone available in the market which comes with Snapdragon 801 processor.

Software

Mi4 comes with MIUI 6 interface on top of Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. Company has given the interface an entirely new look with lots of new animations, fonts and design. The phone does not have a separate home screen and App drawer but if you want them to be separate you can always install third party launchers.    Screenshot_2015-02-19-11-16-33

Users can completely customize the interface using themes and you can also download few India specific themes. There is a small notification LED below the touch buttons which can be managed using the Notification Light option present under settings. You can even change the behavior of touch buttons.

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Apps like Compass, Scanner, FM Radio, Mi Remote, SwiftKey and Fleksy comes pre-installed on the device. Overall, company has really worked hard on their Software and it is one of the best interface we have seen in Android devices.

Camera

Xiaomi Mi4 comes with a 13 megapixel back camera with LED flash and an 8 megapixel front facing camera. The camera interface is simple yet offer lots of features and modes like Panorama, HDR, Refocus, Burst Shot and Manual settings. Here are some sample images captured using the back camera:

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The quality of captured images is good and it is one of the best cameras in this price segment. The back camera can also record 4K videos which is an added advantage.

Battery Life

Mi4 comes with a 3080 mAh battery which lasts for an entire day with moderate or even heavy usage. The phone takes around 2.5-3 hours to charge completely from 0 to 100%. It has two power settings – Performance and Balanced. If you choose Balanced mode the battery life is extended a bit by cutting down the resource utilization.

Conclusion

The 16 GB Xiaomi Mi4 variant is available for Rs 19,999 which makes it one of the most affordable flagship device available in the market. It is undoubtedly a great device but limited storage is its biggest drawback. Since it does not support micro SD card and 64 GB is now available in India we will recommend you to buy the 64Gb variant if you need more storage. Another issue with the device is the availability, so if you are able to buy one in the Flash sale consider yourself lucky.

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Great Display
  • Powerful device
  • Value for money

Cons:

  • Limited storage
  • Limited availability

Author: Akshay Aggarwal

Akshay is a Tech Enthusiast who loves to write about Technology and Gadgets. He is very passionate about blogging and has been blogging since 2009.

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