Xiaomi Mi 4i Meta Review: Here’s what everyone is saying about made for India flagship
Xiaomi made its highly anticipated global launch of an India-first Mi flagship product earlier this year and there was much to rave about, atleast for the Mi Fans. Talking the ‘Apple of China’ prerogative seriously, Xiaomi and Hugo Barra took the stage and transformed the way tech launches happen in India.
If Mi 3 was their awakening in India then Mi 4i has surely encapsulated their position to higher levels. Even before launching it in the home market (i.e. China) Xiaomi (along with Li Jun) launched Mi 4i for the Indian market, thereby showcasing their interest in the 2nd largest market for them out of China. It was a big statement of intent and for Rs 12,999 they couldn’t have played the Xiaomi-game anyway else.
While we wait for the devices to start churning out handsome numbers (sales wise) the product’s reviews are already out and without much ado, we take a look at how the Indian tech media perceives about the Mi 4i and its value proposition and the results wouldn’t shock you to any extent.
Unsurprisingly, most of the reviewers have tagged the Mi 4i being an exceptional for its price.
With the Mi 4i, Xiaomi has another clear winner on its hands. The phone costs less than half as much as some of its Snapdragon 615-powered brethren and still outperforms them in all departments.
Having said that, MIUI is not without its quirks and the camera performance could’ve been better, so if you prefer the stock Android experience, expandable storage, and a camera that’s a little bit more forgiving, the Moto G (Gen. 2) is still a solid pick. Everyone else, go ahead register yourself for the next flash sale of the Xiaomi Mi 4i.
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There is a lot going in favour of the Xiaomi Mi 4i. It’s one of the few phones under Rs 15,000 to sport a brilliant, full-HD display. The camera is also best in class and the wide range of connectivity options along with the compact, one-hand use-optimized form factor make it a compelling buy. The only problem areas are the underwhelming battery life (we expected better from a 3120Ah one) and some minor performance issues in the Balanced mode.
At Rs 12,999, the Mi 4i is not only a worthy rival to the likes of the Asus Zenfone 2, Motorola Moto G, Huawei Honor 4X and the YU Yureka but also to much expensive phones such as Samsung Galaxy A7 and HTC Desire 826. We have no qualms in recommending the Mi 4i.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i is a strong value for money buy if you want a phone under Rs.15,000. However, it won’t please enthusiasts and power users who want flawless performance.
To wrap-up the entire experience with the Mi 4i, we would want to state that Xiaomi has definitely managed to impress us with the quality and performance of the device. The Mi 4i is a premium smartphone in the mid-range category with a low budget and premium quality parts. The definitely recommend the smartphone to those hunting for a high-end premium-looking smartphone in a mid-range budget. With contenders such as HTC Desire 820, the Samsung Galaxy A7 and the OPPO R5, which sport identical hardware specifications and build quality, the Xiaomi definitely stands atop the list with the price tag of Rs 12,999, which is almost half the cost of the rest.
So in conclusion we can conclude that Xiaomi Mi 41 is not path breaking. Almost all reviews have talked about the sunlight-visibility feature, which is a critical feature while using the phone under Delhi’s summer fireball.
Stay tuned for our review that will be coming out really soon.