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Xiaomi Mi4

Xiaomi Mi4
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Xiaomi Mi4 News, Reviews & Analysis

Xiaomi is a well-known brand for manufacturing smartphones which are available at affordable prices. It is not known to the gadget freaks until the release of Redmi 1s. But now, upon launching the flagship devices like Xiaomi Mi4 and Xiaomi Mi5, the brand became popular all across the world. Xiaomi Mi4 smartphone comes with high specs and features and is made available to mid-range users. Xiaomi doesn’t have a long history, but it does have a significant place in the electronics industry due to its product launches which occur strategically.
When it is first launched in India, the smartphone lovers got impressed with its high specifications. It soon became popular in India and as a result of Xiaomi too opened various service centers all across the country to gain the trust of the users. Within five years, Xiaomi became one of the top brands among the smartphone manufacturers. The Xiaomi Mi4 got popular since its release date was announced.

With a 5-inch display, 3GB RAM and Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, Mi4 surprised everyone, and with its affordable pricing, it just killed all other competitors who have the same specs. The phone comes in 16GB/64GB internal storage variants, and there is no microSD card slot. Now, let’s look at the detailed review of this smartphone and discuss the features and pricing.
Software
The smartphone is packed with Android OS 4.4.3 Kitkat version, and there is a planned upgrade for marshmallow in coming days. As of now, the phone features the Kitkat OS, and the software is working very efficiently without any issues. The manufacturer releases the MIUI software updates for the device at regular intervals to fix any minor bugs and for enhancing the performance of the device. So, users get notified about the software updates and if not they can check manually in ‘Settings>About Phone>System Updates.
Hardware
When we look at the hardware part, this device comes with powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Adreno 330 GPU. The phone is available in 16 GB and 64 GB internal storage models with 3 GB RAM. The only thing that bothers few users is that; it doesn’t have a memory card slot, and so users have to satisfy with the internal storage itself.
Price and Features
When it is first launched, the phone was available at 19,999 INR, and now it is available at 14,999 INR. The latest pricing was fixed few months earlier and is consistently maintaining without any increase or decrease. When compared to the other smartphones with the same specifications, we can say that Xiaomi Mi4 is a bit less in pricing as it targeted the mid-range users. The phone is available in online at Flipkart, Amazon and other e-commerce sites and users can avail this phone with various offers which are provided by the sellers.

Coming back to the features, the phone weighs 149 grams and measures 139.2 x 68.5 x 8.9 mm dimensions. It has IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with the 5-inch display screen and has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 441 ppi. With the interface of MIUI 5.0, the touch works very well which gives a smoother experience for the users. The rear camera is 13 MP with LED flash and f/1.8 aperture. To click selfies, the front camera is of 8 MP.

When compared to the Sony Xperia Z3 and Apple iPhone 6 smartphones, Mi4 has got a bit better display. The look of the phone is somewhat similar to that of Apple in some aspects and with that we can say, Xiaomi has drawn inspiration from the Apple in certain aspects. The buttons, headset jack, SIM card tray and IR blaster are very well placed. One can say that the design and look of the phone are simply awesome as it has a classy appearance.
More information
The phone has a micro-SIM slot, and it doesn’t support the dual-SIM feature. The reason behind this is said to be dual-SIM phones may not function properly after few months of usage and the phones with single SIM will function properly for a long time. The Li-ion 3080 mAh battery is non-removable and gives up to 280 hours standby on 3G. The black and white color variants are available in the market and while the phone is plugged in for charging with the original battery charger it can charge up to 60 % in 30 min. The Indian model gets 2G/3G bands and no 4G connectivity.

The phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, and hotspot. It has FM radio connectivity along with Bluetooth v4.0, GPS and microUSB v2.0. Coming to the sensors part, the device has an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass and barometer sensors. The photo and video editor features are available on the phone, and it supports MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC audio and MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264 video player.

In India, the device comes with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat version with MIUI v6, which can be upgraded to the newer software (if available). While unboxing the Xiaomi Mi4, we found that the package contains a Mi 4 phone, a microUSB cable, and an adapter. There is no headset available in the package, and so you can purchase it via online in Flipkart, Amazon or any other website. In the package, you also find the warranty card and a booklet of instructions along with a pin for removing the SIM tray to insert the SIM card. Apart from these, there are no other accessories available in the package.

Well, upon charging and turning on the device, you will experience the smoother touch interface on the screen. Few pre-installed apps like the compass, barcode scanner, Mi remote, file explorer, notes, etc., related to Mi are available on the phone, and you can also see default wallpapers. Also, you can sign-in for Mi account to back up the data on the phone.

The developer options are hidden in the phone which can be enabled by tapping few times on the MIUI version under ‘Settings>About Phone’. These options will give access to the special features using which one can enhance the mobile phone’s performance. Mi account users can access extra features which are not available for non-Mi account holders.

The benchmarks test has given a good score for this smart device. AnTuTu gave 43176, whereas Vellamo multicore gave 1622 and Quadrant Standard gave 23206 scores. The SAR value for the phone as per SAR EU rating is 1.37 W/kg. The 3080 mAh battery gives good backup for the phone, and you have performance and balanced power options using which you can increase the battery life. A special feature named one-handed mode is available in this handset using which you can make the display to 4.0 inch or 3.5 inches. The phone also got an ‘updater’ feature using which you can check for any software updates released by manufacturers. The security feature is also added in the phone for the safety of the device.

To enhance the performance of the phone and to fix any bugs, few users try to install the custom ROM’s which are developed by the third-party developers. They also give the rooting guide for installing the new ROM’s but, do remember that rooting will void the warranty of the device, and the company will hold no responsible in case of any damage during that process. So, users have to proceed for rooting and installing custom ROM’s at their own risk. Anyhow, the manufacturer will release the updates for the phone officially at regular intervals.

As of now, Xiaomi is a well-known brand for all the smartphone lovers as it started releasing several devices at regular intervals to stay in competition with other manufacturers. If you wish to purchase this product in online, then order headset along with the suitable back cover and screen protector for the phone. Choose the case as per your style which can add beauty to the device. Some of the e-commerce sites also selling the refurbished Xiaomi Mi4 devices at a lesser price. So, check the top online shopping sites and purchase the phone for the best price. After the launch of this phone in India, there was a price drop to 14,999 INR. And after that, we didn’t see any price drop on the product as it has gained a good popularity among the smartphone lovers. But, as Xiaomi is launching its newer products, we can expect a price drop on Mi4 in the coming days.

Few of the users who bought this phone reported about the lag issues and few performance issues after using the phone for few months. The issues may rise depending upon various factors, and one among them would be the lack of taking proper precautions. So, users have to follow few guidelines so as to enhance the performance of the phone and to avoid any lag issues. Also, with proper maintenance, the battery life of the phone can also be increased.

Xiaomi Mi4 is said to be a flagship device for the company. The software update news and any other news related to the Mi4 will be available on its official website. The service center addresses and contact information is made available on the official website of Mi. People who are looking for the mid-range and budget phones can opt for this smartphone without any second thought as it has got high-specs and features with affordable price.

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Xiaomi Mi4 Specifications

Hardware
Dimensions 139.2 mm x 68.5 mm x 8.9 mm
Weight149 grams
TouchscreenCapacitive touchscreen
Display Size, Type5", IPS LCD, Multitouch
Resolution, Colors1080 x 1920 pixels, 16M
SIM TypeMicro-SIM
Processor & ChipsetQuad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 & Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801
GPUAdreno 330 GPU
RAM3 GB RAM
Internal Memory16/64 GB
External MemoryNo
Battery, Stand ByNon-removable Li-ion 3080 mAh, Up to 280 h (3G)