- Display: 5.0 inches @ 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
- Connectivity: 2G/3G/4G LTE, Bluetooth, WiFi
- Memory: 2GB
- Storage: 16GB
- Operating System: MiUi 6.0, based on Android 5.0
- Camera: 13 megapixel (back) 5 megapixel (front)
- Dimensions: 69.6 x 138.1 x 7.8 mm
- Weight: 130 grams
- Slim body
- No memory expansion
- Benchmark Results
- Ice Storm: Maxed Out
- Ice Storm Unlimited: 7,981 points
- PCMark for Android: 3,955 points
- Antutu: 25,879 points
World Flagship Device?
In a somewhat glitzy event in Delhi, Hugo Barra walked on stage and talked about making a world flagship phone. What he announced was the new Mi4i, and we have one in the labs. Is it befitting the moniker “world’s flagship, or it is not for you?
As par for the course, Xiaomi’s packaging is very simple yet functional. Fun fact – the pack is rated to stand abuse, as it can support a medium-sized adult on top. In the box, you get the aforementioned Mi4i, charger (first time the British three-pin charger is included in the box), headphones and USB cable. You have noticed that we didn’t mention about the batteries, like the Redmis. Why? This is because Xiaomi elected to have the battery for the phone built-in, which is similar to the Mi4.
Underneath the polycarbonate body lies a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, an octa core processor that features a four cores running at1.7GHz, and another four cores running at 1.1GHz, for times you need the lower power usage. Paired with the processor is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.
Holding the Mi4i is both comfortable and weird, as the back of the device is made out of polycarbontate. The white colour has a very nice matte finish, that is very nice to hold, but may give false alarms as you may think that your grip on it is losing fast, when it is not. On the front, the five inch screen is manufactured using a One Glass Solution, which binds the screen, and touch digitizer directly to the Corning Glass 3, to eliminate air-gaps between the glass and display. It also comes with what Xiaomi call Sunlight display, which will automatically adjust the screen to suit the brightness of your surroundings.
The Mi4i is a great phone to own, but is fundamentally flawed. The model that is currently available from the Mi website only comes with 16GB of storage, and will not accept any expansion microSD modules. If the models starts from 32GB the lack of microSD slots would have been excusable, but with 16GB only models (which translates to only about 12GB after excluding the OS) available, we feel that it is not a worth buy at this juncture of time.
CHIP CONCLUDE: If you are looking for a mid-high range device that is great to hold in hand, this is a good choice. If you are happy with what storage you get that is.
(previously published in issue July 2015)