Back when Xiaomi unveiled the Xiaomi Mi4i flagship in India, Chinese users felt a bit left out. The device was good in looks as well as specs and the local market could have used a device like the Mi4i. But little did they know that Xiaomi had something even better for its domestic market, and a few minutes back, it made the Xiaomi Mi4C flagship official. Just like the previous leaks and rumors predicted, the Mi4C flagship will be much better in terms of specs and value than its international brother, the Mi4i. I am sure after seeing the specs and the pricing of the new device, Chinese users will be delighted. So, without wasting any more of your time, lets take a look at what this amazing device has to offer.
Looks wise, there’s hardly anything changed in the new Xiaomi Mi4C. You get the same smooth back finish with a strong rectangular body as its international brother. While this may sound a bit simple, especially in a market where metal bodied smartphones are preferred, the company compensates this clean look with its numerous color offerings. You can choose between five different colors according to your liking, including yellow, white, pink, blue and black.
But this is where the major similarity ends. Under the hood, the Xiaomi Mi4C comes with the much more powerful Snapdragon 808. On the other hand, the Mi4i had the slower Snapdragon 615. This is a great move from Xiaomi since 808 will ensure the fastest performance in its price segment, which is exactly what the MT6795 powered Redmi Note 2 did. There are two version of the Mi4C, one with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage while the other with 3GB RAM and 64GB of storage. With Adreno 418 GPU and the above specs, the Xiaomi Mi4C manages to score much better than competitors in the price range. According to the benchmark score revealed by the company in the presentation, the Mi4C managed to score about 57K on AnTuTu, which is even better than MX5 and Huawei P8. Clearly, you won’t be disappointed with the phone’s performance.
The display will be of 5-inches with full HD 1080p resolution. It is said that the Mi4C’s display will be 20% slimmer than traditional panels. The company has compared its size with the recently announced Apple iPhone 6S. As you can see, the dimensions are almost the same as the 6S, despite having a slightly larger display. Also, Xiaomi has made sure that the bezels are quite thin, making it around 30% thinner than average smartphones.
The company has also paid special attention to the Mi4C’s camera. The phone comes with a 13MP Sony IMX258 rear sensor with PDAF. This should ensure great images with fast focus. What’s more, the company has upgraded the algorithm to ensure that low light photos come out bright, with more detail and less noise. You can check out the image below to see how it works in real life.
Here’s also a few samples from the rear camera that you can check out.
As for the front camera, you get a 5MP sensor 85 ° ultra-wide angle lens to make sure that you can take in more objects in your camera shots. In fact, in the comparison shown with the iPhone 6S, you can see how wide the Mi4C’s front camera really is.
While these features are impressive enough, the Xiaomi Mi4C also comes with an IR port. This means that you can control over 2000 appliances at your home in 10 different categories including TV, Air conditioners etc with your smartphone. The company also adds that the Mi4’s IR app can control your SLR camera too.
Connectivity options are pretty much standard with Dual-band dual-antenna Wi-Fi, supports 802.11ac MU-MIMO, Bluetooth and dual SIM dual Standby with LTE support. The battery is large at 3080mAh and supports fast charge 2.0 as well. You also get the new USB Type-C port, which makes it the first Xiaomi smartphone with this new age connector.
As for the software, you can upgrade it to the latest MIUI 7 OS based on Android 5.1. What’s even more interesting is that the phone accepts double click gesture to wake up the display. There’s even a new feature called as Edge Tap, which lets use tap on the edge for various functions like capturing a photo.
Finally, coming to the best part of the device, the Xiaomi Mi4C starts at just 1299 Yuan. Yes! Despite the numerous upgrades, the phone starts at the same price as the Mi4i, which is really an impressive thing. When you convert it into dollars, this translates into just $200. As for the high-end version with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, you can get it for a slightly higher price tag of $235.
Once again, Xiaomi has released a mind blowing smartphone which offers the best value for money quotient that we have seen in a while. The phone will be available for pre-order in China from tomorrow at 10AM.