Xiaomi Mi 4i official: 5-inch Full HD, Snapdragon 615 for just $200

by: Bogdan PetrovanApril 23, 2015
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Hugo Barra took the stage today in New Delhi to unveil Xiaomi’s newest weapon against mid-range competitors worldwide. The Xiaomi Mi 4i is a budget-minded, yet very compelling device coming first in India for the equivalent of around $200.

Barra said that the Mi 4i is a device designed for the Indian market, though you can rest assured the phone will be well received when it hits other countries soon. As the name suggests, there are similarities with the “flagship” Mi4, but the lower specced processing package place the Mi 4i somewhere in the upper mid-range, price not considered.

The Mi 4i features a 5-inch Full HD display, a Snapdragon 615 octo-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of onboard memory, a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, and a 5.1MP f/1.8 front camera with a bevy of software features including “beautify” mode. The main camera is identical to the 13MP shooter found on the higher-end Mi Note, and offers a suite of Xiaomi enhancements to the HDR mode and more. There’s also a beefy 3,120 mAh battery in the Mi 4i’s 7.8mm thick body, which is actually slightly better than the Mi 4’s. This is a dual-SIM device, with both slots accepting LTE cards.

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The Mi 4i is the first Xiaomi device to run Android 5.0 Lollipop (MIUI 6), which includes a number of features designed for the Indian market, like Visual IVR (which simplifies dealing with automated phone systems typically encountered in customer service). MIUI6 also includes support for six Indian languages – Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.

Xiaomi will offer the plastic-made Mi 4i in five bright colors that match the Mi Pad 7.9 tablet: black, white, orange, blue, and pink. The smartphone will go on sale in India through Flipkart starting April 30, for Rs. 12,999, or about $205, with reservations starting today. Prices and availability for other markets are not known for now, but it will probably be in the $200 range.

Xiaomi also launched its Mi Band fitness tracker in India, available soon for Rs. 999.

Thoughs on the Mi 4i? What do you think about the price?

  • Anestis Christidis

    Lovely Specs, Lovely Price!
    The aperture of both front and rear facing cameras is excellent! Although the name of the sensor would be rather illuminating. Undoubtedly a Sony IMX one.

    • Luka Mlinar

      It’s a Sony indeed. I don’t think he mentioned the exact model but it’s current gen stuff. Most likely the same one used in the Mi Note.

      • Anonymousfella

        A sony IMX135 maybe? (The one used in galaxy s4)

        • Luka Mlinar

          I think this one will stay unanswered for the moment. There was a teardown of the Mi Note done a while back but even then it wasn’t revealed what sensor it uses.

          • Anestis Christidis

            My uncle has a redmi note which has a 13 mp sensor, but it all about the pixels. Colour reproduction is not so good.

        • Sere83

          IMX214 same as oneplus and mi note but no OIS obviously

      • TheEvilPenguinGamer .

        It won’t have the same camera as the Mi Note. This is a mid range device.

        • Airyl

          It’s the same sensor, but with a smaller aperture and no OIS. It’s similar to the Mi Note’s because they both sit flush in the case.

    • Jay

      Indeed, barring the fact that it has only 16 GB storage and is not expandable

  • abc905

    Finally… an actual cheap phone that has a FHD display.

    • Even though it is a cheaper but it looks to be a good one as I have heard the name of Xiaomi around me.

    • Airyl

      There’s a lot of them.

      • abc905

        Any examples of them? I’m not talking about high mid-range phones. I’m talking about the budget end.

  • Anonymousfella

    Great specs for the price but how good is the customer service?

    • On a Clear Day

      Service. No problemo. Easy. Call China. There are lots of people there maybe someone will pick up some day, some time. Traditionally, given China tends to want to steal technology from others, or copy it without paying the copyright holder – even to the extent of copying an entire Apple bricks and mortar store with phone everything in it – only a fool would seriously consider vesting anymore than a range of infinitesimal to no trust in a Chinese company’s concern about your after purchase peace of mind. Caveat emptor – “Let the buyer beware” is most accurately applicable.

      And yes, I know, most of the better brands of phones are assembled in China – however, their quality as well as servicing is in the hands of people who actually care about quality and having a reputation for dependability for the most part; companies you know you will be able to find if there is a problem – Samsung, Apple, etc.

      Until China stops believing the entire world’s technology cookie jar is one that it has a right to stick its hand in and steal from – despite the fact it has been caught so many times it makes the word countless seem like a limited term – until they actually decide to join the community of responsible, respectable nation states that have true concern about legal – as well as human rights – you REALLY do have to be foolish and wanting in concern to patronize them directly – even if we are forced to do so indirectly.

      • Anonymousfella

        Your words just confirmed my suspicions. I’ll wait it out for the 3rd gen of Moto G which will hopefully have similar specs and close-to-stock skin which I prefer over the colorful MIUI…
        Btw China is not gonna stop copying since there are no binding international copyright infringement laws; China isn’t gonna persecute a Chinese tech company and no major international company is going to complain as long as China provides cheap labour with little to no fuss…

        • On a Clear Day

          No, you absolutely right – they realize that at this point in time America’s leadership has as much backbone as a Jellyfish and is more interested in using Chinese money to cover the fact that America’s socialistic programs are not bearing fruit but fruit left rotting on the vine.

          Perhaps, if come 2016 we get a President who has some guts and is willing to fight for America he will begin the process of weaning us off dependency off Chinese credit largess and the attendant kissing of Chinese butt being dependent on a totalitarian state for your funding naturally engenders.

    • Airyl

      In a supported country like Malaysia, pretty good. In a non supported country, god help you.

  • Jeff C

    Why didn’t anyone question what happened to the micro sd slot? It’s missing from this mi4i right? How much can we store with only 16gb Rom? Xiaomi better get realistic n not cut here n there just to meet their cost target.. Customers also buy on function n not just price..

    • Guest123

      Don’t think this one has microSD and i think they are already being unrealistic with this pricing for these specs. They are not giving their phones away.

    • TAICHI

      I think Xiaomi’s just following the same strategy that Apple and Google is playing. There must exist a 32GB or 64GB version which will be much more expensive. People’ll be attracted by the low price tag but in fact ended up spending more than they thought they’d spend.

      • Jeff C

        Yes, I agree with you.. Playing a low ball price game to attract eyeballs and possibly small wallets, will initially generate interests, but the lack of functionality Will drive away serious users..I won’t buy this iteration but May hold out for one with sd card slot or 64gb Rom later.. Thanks for your reply..

  • AsakuraZero

    i need this for a backup phone, but goddame capitalism i should not spend my money like that =(

  • José Martins Neto

    Xiaomi is already on Brazil but still haven’t all things set for the release. Maybe this phone will come here too. Let’s hope.

  • Daniel Blanchard

    This is a winner!

  • David Williams

    Beautiful device, but I don’t understand the point of these previews/reviews without mentioning what networks the device will support. Most of Xiaomi’s lineup has very little support for LTE bands in the US, so the phone is likely worthless to most of the people reading this site.

    • AchillesPhazd

      I totally agree with you on that. Most of the Chinese devices that are talked about here aren’t actually available in the US, and don’t mean anything to me at all.

    • Nishad Gurav

      How can you be certain of the people reading this site? I’m from India and many people like me read Android Authority.

      • David Williams

        I suppose my point was that Xiaomi typically creates devices tailored to very specific markets – they are by no means global devices. It’s not like a nexus device where you can pop in a sim card just about anywhere and have most of your carriers bands covered. I would think this would be pertinent information to all readers.

    • Airyl

      Who exactly are “most people”?

      • David Williams

        Suppose its possible i falsely assumed that most users of this site were from the US/UK.

  • Kanoosh

    the devices design itself is rather boring , just a rectangular ice cream slab , but the specs make it well worth it for sure.

  • eilegz

    well this just killed the moto G nice stuff xiaomi hopefully make it available in more places

    • Airyl

      The Moto G shot itself in the leg with the G2.

  • Any comparable devices anyone can suggest against this???

    • ppppp

      m1 note

      • Yes I saw the specs.
        Mi note is even better than this but lack of a 64-bit SoC.

        • Caxxo

          Nubia z9 mini

      • Airyl

        It’s not very comparable since the screen on the M1 Note is much larger.

    • Nikhil

      Moto G 2nd Gen available at same price in India with little water down spec but better SAR ratings.

      • I have one Moto G 1st Gen phone.
        The Moto G Gen2 has only 1GB RAM and the 2GB RAM and of course the 64-bit processor too in the Mi 4i makes significance difference.
        I will look forward to this one.

  • Shailendra Pratap Singh Sengar

    good one

  • May Czos

    I like the specs for the price. I hope they did something to improve optimization, Mi4 is quite power hungry, SD615 doesn’t seem to be very power efficient either. Still they managed to squeeze over 3000mAh into a fairly compact body – I’m impressed. Mote – it’s one of the smallest 5-inchers on the market! And it still has physical buttons in the lower bezel. Hard to resist.

  • ….I’m a Moto fan, but I want this :O

  • Samir Maric

    Absolutely awesome…..

  • Robert Johnson

    Does this phone have a micro sd card slot?

  • srhardy

    specs (freq 4LTE) support and where can i buy one online?

  • Tommy_Oliver

    I’d buy the fuck outta this if it was released in the U.S. Not holding my breath though. Hopefully the next Moto G will have similar specs, at least in the CPU/RAM department.