Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Better Smartphone in Mid-Range
Xiaomi is the popular name in smartphone industry to make high performing devices at low price. Xiaomi is saying that the Mi 4i is a flagship level smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 4i was the first device of the company that was launched outside its home country of China. The phone has a brilliant form factor. The device has good camera quality, better design and builds quality. But is it still best performing in the price range on $200 USD. Here is the Xiaomi Mi 4i review to find out more about the device.
Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Design
Xiaomi Mi 4i is the best designed Xiaomi phone yet. The device hardly feels like a 5-inch phone. It comes with comfortable and grippy back cover. The back cover is non-removable and this cover wraps the phone from the rear side giving smooth rounded corners and edges. The device will remind you of the Apple’s iPhone 5C. It is made out of polycarbonate and lighter (138 grams) and thinner (7.8mm) than the metal clad Mi 4. The camera positioning has changed from center to on the top left with dual LED light. The volume rocker and the power button are on right hand side which is made of steel. The dual SIM tray is located on the left hand side. On the top of device there is a 3.5mm audio jack and at the bottom there is the micro USB port for charging and data transfer.
Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Display
The Xiaomi Mi 4i has a 5-inch IPS display along with a pixel density up to 441ppi. According to Xiaomi officials Mi 4i has higher color saturation than Apple iPhone 6. The screen display has 1920 x 1080p full HD screen resolution same as the Mi 4. It comes with fully laminated OGS display for better graphics. The Mi 4i includes Sunlight Display, which uses hardware-level algorithms to adjust contrast for each pixel in real time. It dramatically improves readability in sunlight. The display is protected by Corning® Concore™ glass.
Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Performance
The Mi 4i has best processor in the mid-range smartphone category. The performance of the Mi 4i is not really like a flagship-level but in the price range Mi 4i is good. The device is powered by a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 SoC chipset. The quad-core chipset is clocked at 1.7GHz and comes with Adreno 405 GPU. The CPU is paired with a 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB eMMC flash inbuilt storage. But the resource leaching MIUI ROM is taking a toll on performance. MIUI is full of animations and other intuitive features that make it very attractive but at the cost of performance.
Benchmark scores of Xiaomi Mi 4i Review:
- AnTuTu: 37,450
- Quadrant Standard: 24,834
- Geekbench 3 Single Core: 720
- Geekbench 3 Multi Core: 2,894
Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Camera
Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with quite a good quality camera. The device has 13 mega-pixel Sony/Samsung rear camera with a 5 element lens. The camera has an aperture of f/2.0 and dual tone flash. The Mi 4i is capable to manage better performance even in low lights. The rear camera does a great job in the night as well as in day light. While writing this Xiaomi Mi 4i review we just use the camera in low light and have a great result. Check the below image.
On the front, the device has a 5 mega-pixel of camera with an 80-degree wide angle. The front snapper is pretty good for selfie lovers. The rear camcorder is capable to shoot 1080p full HD videos. It has an improved HDR recording which allows device to capture a greater dynamic range. The Mi 4i has feature to manually adjust focus and exposure even while recording.
Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Software
The Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with the latest MIUI 6 ROM which is based on Android 5.0.2 Lollipop. The MIUI 6 has been developed by Xiaomi with the support of millions of MIUI fans. The MIUI 6 comes with full of animation and flexible to customizations. It has feels like Apple’s iOS but MIUI ROM has extra features. Xiaomi provides regular OTA for better performance. The MIUI comes with built-in Security Centre scans for viruses and manages permissions for each app. It also has a smart Block-list and privacy protection to ensure maximum privacy. For information about MiUI can be found at MIUI forums.
Xiaomi Mi 4i Review: Battery
The Mi 4i has the best battery ever used by Xiaomi in a smartphone. The device has a huge 3120mAh Sony/Samsung/ATL 4.4V lithium-ion polymer battery. The battery comes with quick charge feature and it charges up to 40% in an hour. The Mi 4i has a bigger battery than the Mi Note and the Mi Note Pro. The battery performs well. According to Xiaomi the full charged battery can provide backup for Music play up to 59 hours. This is the best battery which you can expect from a $200USD smartphone.
Xiaomi Mi 4i is available at $200 USD worldwide and in India the device priced at INR 12,999.