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Xiaomi Mi 4i Packs In a Surprising Punch

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The Xiaomi Mi 4i comes with pretty impressive hardware, with a 5 inches display in full HD, an excellent 13 MP primary camera, with a solid build.

Also, the price is also very reasonable. The device comes pre-installed with the Google services, and this will increase the cost.

Design and Display Details

This is a 5 inches phone with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a ppi of 441. It has dimensions of 5.44 x 2.74 x 0.31 and weighs 130 grams. The design is a rectangular one, so there is no curved edge or curved screen and so on. However, it still manages to be impressive, being slim at 7.8 mm. Though the case is a plastic one, it looks premium, with the power and the volume buttons in steel and the chassis in polycarbonate. This comes with a coating that is anti-grease. You also get it in different zippy colors, such as blue, pink and orange, not to mention black and white of course.

The display of 4 inches is a full HD one, so fonts are crisp, and colors are vibrant. It uses the IPS technology and has viewing angles of 178 degrees, so you can view it well from the sides as well.

Hardware/Software Specs

It is powered by the Snapdragon 615, octa core, 1.7 GHz and comes with 16 GB of internal storage and a RAM of 2 GB, with a battery powered at 3210 mAh. The processor used is of the second generation, so the main cores are faster.

It offers connectivity with dual SIM, 4G LTE capability, along with Bluetooth 4.1 802.11 as, Wi-Fi and GPS.

It is powered by the Lollipop 5.0 software with an overly of Xiaomi’s proprietary software. The user interface of the device is quite different from the stock Lollipop Android version and offers a system resembling the iOS, with apps being present on the main home screen.

Interesting Features

Sunlight Display is a hardware feature, which is capable of identifying the screen area that is darker and makes these bright in sunlight. This makes it very comfortable to use outdoors.

The Quick charge is another feature that offers a forty percent of charge within an hour, with a full charge taking three hours.

Camera

The camera is a 13 MP rear shooter with f/2.0 and a front camera of 5 MP. The HDR features have been improved and the Mi 4i also boasts of the Beautify feature, which will make selfies look smoother, removing blemishes and so on.

Cons

The device is very impressive in many aspects, but there is no OIS in the camera, and the internal storage is a little disappointing. There is no micro SD card slot, so storage cannot be expanded. But, it seems there are plans to release a 32 GB version as well.

Verdict

The company is known for offering high-end phones at affordable prices along with excellent low-end phones as well. Xiaomi Mi4i is placed in the middle of these two. It is being sold for around $200. It is well designed and suitable for emerging markets though the specs cannot be compared to the features of high-end devices.