Xiaomi has just revealed it’s latest phone the Xiaomi mi4i at New Delhi, India today. This phone is targeting the budget smartphones consumers in India. The Xiaomi Mi4i is one of the very first phone that is be designed out of China. Also dubbed the most affordable Xiaomi phone next to Mi4.
Xiaomi Mi4i features a polycarbonate unibody and stainless steel button. It is 7.8mm thick and weights around 130 grams and is definitely smaller and lighter than the Mi4. It has a soft touch matte backcover which feels comfortable when being gripped. The internal structure of the phone is made with magnesium alloy thus the phone is tougher and is more resistant to drops. The design of the phone outperforms the pricing level of this product.
It has an impressive 5″ Full HD 1920×1080 OGS display with a 441 PPI. Typically a Full HD display is only available on flagship phones. The display is clear, vibrant and sharp with such dense pixels on a 5 inches screen. Just for readers information, the Iphone 6 Rentina display is only 326 PPI. The new screen comes with improved adaptive Sunlight technology display for better outdoor viewing and yes the screen is protected by corning OGS Glass. It has a built in hardware that auto adjust display in realtime so that any viewing will not be effected by sunlight and glare.
Xiaomi has also claims that the Mi4i has 32% more vibrant display compared with Iphone 6. This is when the phone is able to achieve true colors by covering 95% of NTSC palette. IPS technology ensures consistent display viewing at 178% angles.
Xiaomi Mi4i has all the juices for a device just under $200. This device has an amazing Snapdragon 615 Octacore processor which clocks at 1.7Ghz. It is perhaps less powerful than the previous Mi4 805 however the latest processor is 64 bits enabled. The Mi4i is powered by Adreno 405 GPU graphic processor. It has a default 2 GB Ram and a 16 GB storage space.
Mi4i is a dual micro sim device and both of these slots are 4G/LTE ready making this one of the cheapest dual 4G phone in the market. It runs on the latest MIUI 6 which is the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system which means that user will be able to enjoy the latest features such as IVR (Interactive Vioce Recognition).
Despite the size of the phone, Xiaomi is able to squeeze and large 3120 mAh battery into the 7.8mm thick phone making this one of the largest performance power battery for similar size phone. Users will be able to enjoy longer usage of the phone with a battery such capacity. Quick charging is also available on the Mi4i which charges the phone to 40% in just 60 minutes time
Mi4i has an impressive 13 megapixels Samsung/Sony back camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. The selfie camera comes with beauty profiles for selfie lovers while the rear camera supports 1080p video, real time HDR and two tone flash mode. The two tone flash functions to balance the harshness of flash to produce great skin tone when being used. Xiaomi also claimed that the new camera received a lot of improvements. The new camera has received additional functions such as auto gamut tuning, auto gamma tuning and low light noise correction.
Xiaomi is priced just under $200 USD dollars which is just about the reach for Indian and emerging markets consumers. Mi4i has been launched at the price of RM 749. It also can be purchased here. Xiaomi has done great jobs in bringing flagship phone features into budget level smartphones. Fortunately for other phone manufacturers, this phone will only be available in India and will be released into other markets in phases. Could the Xiaomi Mi4i be the ultimate phone killer for low range smartphones ?