Xiaomi Mi 4i – Back For The Attack
Xiaomi has yet again announced their latest gadget that is set to be launched soon which is called the Mi 4i. This smartphone will be aimed at the world around and this time around, the company has decided to put aside a country with its largest target market, China itself. A very brave and bold move has been taken here to capture the consumers from other parts of the world instead of targeting consumers in their own country to grow their sales.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i has been set to be launched at a killer price of RM 749 which makes it cheaper than all its other big brand competitors around such as Apple and Samsung. Most might say that the price point for this phone is a little bit ridiculous as it is priced a little too low for its capabilities but Xiaomi has its plans to capture the world. The Mi 4i will be launched in a few countries and they have decided to start with India where it will be launched on the 30th of April 2015, followed by the other Asian countries around such as Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore where the launch dates have yet to be set.
Is the price the only thing that is special about this phone?
You will not be getting any fancy curved edges and neither will you be getting a bent screen at the side of your phone but instead, you will get a very standard and basic phone design with the Mi 4i. The Mi 4i doesn’t need curves and edges to get your attention. Weighing only 130 grams, with its slim 7.8mm body, this phone is all about quality regardless of its polycarbonate body. The power and volume buttons on this phone however are made out of steel, giving this phone an elegant touch.
The polycarbonate finish on this phones body sets it apart from its other flagship Xiaomi phones such as the Mi Note or even the Mi 4 as those models have a premium glass and metal finish. The polycarbonate chassis of the Mi 4i gives this phone that luxurious and smooth touch when you hold it in your hands. That isn’t all about this phone as there is an anti-grease coating that even allows you to clean off ink from permanent markers. Xiaomi has even made a video of this and uploaded it over the internet and this impressive feature alone would make you want to buy this phone and put it through the test yourself. After all, how many phones are there out there in the market today with an ant-grease coating over its body?
If you were to take a look at the colours that the Mi 4i comes in, you would immediately be reminded of Apple’s iPhone 5C phone models because the Mi 4i also comes in a variety of colours such as pink, orange, blue, black and white. Xiaomi will also be coming up with additional colours for their phones covers just so that consumers will be able to snap on these different covers to their phones giving their phones a new and exciting look each time and at the same time to also protect the phone from scratches and dents.
A Brilliant Screen – Mi 4i
The world has shown interest in larger screen over the years and just as what the world wants, the Mi 4i has to offer. The phone comes with a 5-Inch Full-HD display packed with 1,920 x 1,080-pixels, giving a density of 441ppi a pixel for each inch. With that being said, the Mi 4i has just crushed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and this main point will be one of the highlights of this phone when it is launched to the public. Speaking about screen features, you can forget about having your onscreen images look washed up under the sunlight with the Mi 4i’s Sunlight display feature. The phone uses local tone mapping and will maintain the clearance of the display to give you perfect clarity.
The only downside to this phone I believe is that Xiaomi has not included the microSD card slot to expand the storage of this phone. They have however provided space for a dual-SIM 4G slot which you will find on the right side of this phone.
Mi 4i – Features and Hardware
Unlike the other flagship versions of Xiaomi phones that use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, the Mi 4i uses a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. While some might argue saying it is a little underpowered, with four main cores at 1.7GHz, and 1.1GHz for the lower powered cores, this phone is still one not to be messed with.
The Mi 4i comes with 2GB of RAM but it lacks storage as it only has a maximum capacity of 16GB. There is no room for any expansion here which might upset you especially if you are someone who loves storing images and videos in your phone. You will not be able to find any Mi 4i with a 32GB or 64GB storage as none have been produced which is a loss because many wouldn’t mind paying a little more for a Xiaomi phone with a 64GB storage capacity.
Some of the other things this phone comes with is a dual 13-megapixel rear camera and a front 2.0 camera. A bonus 5-megapixel front shooter is also found on this phone. Some of the other features such as the ‘beautify’ feature which is found on the other Xiaomi phones is also included in this phone here. The feature enables you to make your selfies look better by sharpening the images and also by smoothening your wrinkles, if any are visible. Just like all the other phones out there, the Mi 4i also comes with Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity.
Being the latest phone of its kind, the Mi 4i is powered by Android Lollipop 5.0 which also runs a custom MIUI 6 skin on top. Something that Xiaomi is proud of is that this is the first among all the Xiaomi phones that is running on the latest version of Google’s mobile OS.
The Mi 4i is one that comes powered up with a 3,120mAh battery and the amazing thing altogether is that there is a quick charge feature that can provide 40 percent battery life in a 1 hour charge and a full charge only takes 3 hours. It has also been said that there aren’t any other phones with similarly sized displays that have a battery capacity of this the Mi 4i.
An Overall View
From all that you have heard above and with the crazy price point at which it is said to be launched, this is most definitely going to be yet another hit in the gadget world today. Xiaomi, as everyone already knows, has a huge fan base around the world because of its cheap price and while most people might say that this company isn’t making a huge profit from its items, they aren’t aware that this company has actually gained market share all around the world. All in all, this is a great phone that everyone should think of getting as it has outstanding overall features that any smartphone user will love.