Xiaomi Mi4i Review: VIDEO
All you need to know in the video review!
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: SPECIFICATIONS
Display 5″ 1080p, 441PPI Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit, octa-core, 1.7GHz) RAM 2GB Camera 5MP Front/13MP Back Connectivity Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, Battery 3.120 mAh Li-Ion (non-removable) Dimensions 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8 mm / 5.44 x 2.74 x 0.31 inches / 130g OS MIUI 6.5.5, Android 5.0 Lolipop Storage 16GB (non-expandable)
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: UNBOXING
A plain box with all the contents put neatly but no premium presentation
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: DESIGN
ALTHOUGH THE XIAOMI MI4i DOES NOT CARRY PREMIUM MATERIALS LIKE METAL BUT IT STILL FEELS LIKE A WELL-MADE DEVICE WITH ITS UNIBODY PLASTIC SHELL
The Mi4i does not have premium materials in its design, but it comes in a high quality unibody plastic shell, which does not feel cheap at all.
On the top you can find a MI logo, notification LED, proximity sensor, earpiece and 5MP front facing shooter.
On the bottom there is a loudspeaker and you will hear a sound test. Please check out a video review to hear a sound test.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: DISPLAY
a flagship-worthy display
One of the first things you are going to notice once you turn on the device is the display, which I believe is one of the highlights of the Xiaomi Mi4i. The 5” 1080 LCD panel is sharp, vivid, very bright and has a super sunlight visibility. I believe that it is one of the best panels I’ve seen in a while.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: UI
the miui 6.5.5 is sleek and runs very fast on top of android 5.0 lollipop. Also, google services are pre-installed out of the box
The Xiaomi Mi4i runs the MIUI 6.5.5, which is a highly customised version of Android 5.0 Lollipop. As usual for the Chinese manufacturers, there is no app drawer as all the apps sit on the home screens.
The device has tons of setting to play with and more importantly, there are many customisation options. Xiaomi is famous for offering literally hundreds of different themes, so you would find at least a few to suit your taste.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: PERFORMANCE
a great performer, which handles even the most graphically intensive tasks. but heats up in return.
The Xiaomi Mi4i has the 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 chip inside along with 2 GB of RAM and just 16GB of non-expandable storage. The overall package fits the upper mid-range class, but the lack of the MicroSD card slot may be a deal breaker for some.
The synthetic benchmarks are actually not that great as the device is definitely not on par with current flagship smartphones.
The Antutu score is 33997.
On the other hand, graphically intensive games are handled without a sweat as I didn’t notice any difference between the Xiaomi Mi4i and devices powered by Snapdragon 801 chips.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: MULTIMEDIA
multimedia consumption is great
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: CAMERA
a good 13mp shooter, but the video recording quality could be better
The MIUI design language continues in the pre-installed camera app. It is fast and responsive, the shutter speed is very fast. In addition, there are tons of different settings and shooting modes if you feel like getting the picture the way you want.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: IMAGE QUALITY
awesome looking daylight images with a great amount of detail
The low-light camera performance is a hit or miss. Sometimes you can get some great looking photos, which can be even on par with real flagship devices, but other times the images turn out to be blurry and have a lot of noise. Still, you can achieve some good looking results and the low light camera performance is one of the best I’ve seen in this price category.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: VIDEO QUALITY
the video quality is good but does not capture a lot of detail as flagship smartphones
The device is capable of shooting videos at maximum resolution of 1080p. The footage comes out quite good, colours look natural, auto-exposure works well. However, the video could be a bit sharper and the sensor could capture some more details. Still, I like what I’m seeing overall.
Please check out the video review to see the video sample.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: CONNECTIVITY
all the connectivity options work just fine
All the connectivity options including GPS, Wifi and Bluetooth work just fine. In addition, call quality is great. I could easily hear clear voices via earpiece and same can be said about people on the other end.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: BATTERY LIFE
a huge 3120mah battery performs well in real life scenarios
The huge battery delivers in real life as you can be sure that the juice pack will get you through the day even if you are a heavy user. Also, the screen on and stanby times are great as you can watch the HD video for around 10 hours, which is quite impressive. Overall, the battery life is very good.
Xiaomi Mi4i Review: CONCLUSIONS
A great device overall despite a few shortcomings
Is the Xiaomi Mi4i a flagship device as the company declares? Well, no it is not. Considering the specs sheet and synthetic benchmark results it is more like an upper-midrange device.
On the other hand, the real life scenarios suggest that the device can deliver almost flagship-grade performance. To begin with, it is very fast and even the most graphically intensive tasks are handled pretty well. However, the more processing power you require, the more it heats up. Actually, the chip inside can overheat easily and may even make the device uncomfortable to hold it in your hand. I know that this is widely known issue, but I hope that Xiaomi will fix it as soon as possible. For example, I’ve reviewed ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini with the same processor, but I did not have these issues at all.