Xiaomi Mi4 First Impressions

August 23, 2014
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Xiaomi may be a popular device manufacturer in its home market, but the Chinese company has been pushing for a more global presence, spurred on by their high-profile hiring of Hugo Barra away from Google. Xiaomi has found some success in emerging markets in Asia with their previous flagship, the Mi-3, and are hoping to continue this growth with its latest smartphone offering. Before we dive into a comprehensive review, today, we’ll be taking a look and giving our first impressions about the Xiaomi Mi-4!

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Unboxing the Xiaomi Mi-4 is a standard affair, with the box itself very utilitarian in its look, with just the Mi logo at the top corner. Opening the box, you’ll find the phone front and centre, with an AC wall charger, a microUSB cable, a tool to open the SIM slot, and some documentation found below it. Taking the phone out, you will notice the metal frame around the device that looks really good, with a white plastic back housing just the camera, an LED flash, and the Mi logo. The front is dominated by the 5-inch display with thin bezels around the sides, along with a capacitive button layout below the screen.

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Handling the device is very easy because of its flat sides, and an overall size that makes the phone easy to grip with one hand. The button layout along the side is a little different from what you might expect, with the power button placed below the volume rocker, making it simpler to get to.

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Something that has to be mentioned as far as network connectivity is concerned is that the Mi-4 isn’t compatible with 4G LTE bands of AT&T, and that may hold true for other network carriers in the US as well, so that is definitely something to consider before picking up this phone. I do get 3G connectivity, and that should be more than enough to get through any tasks that I will perform.

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When it comes to the software, you get the MIUI ROM, which some of you may be familiar with, as you may have this custom ROM installed on your phone, but is the official operating system for Xiaomi devices. As you may know, the MIUI ROM does not come with an app drawer, which may be a turn off for anyone looking for a more traditional software experience. That said, it does have a very clean look to it, with app icons that are boxy with rounded corners, the font, and the wallpaper contributing to a very good looking interface. It can get quite cluttered though if you do install a lot of apps, but you always have the option of sorting your applications into folders.

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I found no problems with the construction of the phone and it feels solid and really nice to hold. With a 5-inch display, it is also easy to use with one-hand, and relatively compact compared to a lot of other larger Chinese smartphones we’ve got our hands on. Comparisons with the iPhone are natural, in part due to the metal frame of the Xiaomi Mi-4, but the similarities are less obvious when you go past a single glance.

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The Xiaomi Mi-4 does pack a punch under the hood, with specifications that are no different from any other flagship Android smartphone out there. Boasting a 5-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 441 ppi, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, backed by the Adreno 330 GPU, 3 GB of RAM, and other good specs, the Xiaomi Mi-4 should offer a great experience.

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So there you have it – our first impressions on the Xiaomi Mi-4! Stay tuned with Android Authority as we continue to bring you more on the Xiaomi Mi-4, including an in-depth review, as well as a few comparisons to see how this device fares against the current crop of Android flagships out there.

Comments

  • Norman Zaczyk

    Sorry but the autoplay video ads with sound are so annoying, no adblock exception for you anymore, AndroidAuthority!

  • http://mobilecrackers.blogspot.in/ MObiLeCRacKErS

    Show us some of the camera features. take a pic and post it here please.

    • https://www.facebook.com/d.knight12 Dhruvdutt Jadhav

      These are ‘First Impressions’ -,-

      • Jayfeather787

        I think he meant in the full review. When it comes out.

        • Kass

          I’m almost sure he meant it for this article

    • Aran Perumal

      Currently this phone running MIUI5 just telling in case if in case someone miss this part. MIUI5 is more than 1year old. On 16 August them come out with MIUI6. Currently MIUI6 in beta testing. I would glad if Android authority can show MIUI6 to us.

  • Илиян

    Since you’re doing a review of this phone, I think it’ll be good to pronounce it the right way. It’s not Jao-Mi, actually that sounds quite funny :D As for the phone, I really hope it could make it to Europe. The only thing I’m not satisfied with is the plastic back. But the front looks so beautiful :3 Can’t wait for the full review

    • Airyl

      The denim back looks amazing though. But we must prepare for the Apple fan rage before we rejoice about Android Authority reviewing the Mi4. I swear, those Apple fans really get on my nerves.

      • Fatboy [99,000+ Votes]

        Why are apple fanboys on Android Authority anyway?

        • Airyl

          To bash Android users. They’ve already announced nuclear war on Xiaomi because, according to them, the Mi4 is a “100% iPhone clone”.

          • Jesus

            I’m not an apple fanboy (I don’t like the iPhone), but it peeves me off when people think that people will get confused between the Galaxy Alpha and an iPhone… especially when you have THIS phone.
            Like how stupid can people get?

          • Airyl

            This phone? You mean the Mi4?

        • Karly Johnston

          Why are top Android flagships looking like iPhones?

          • Kass

            *flagship

            Singular.

            The Xiaomi Mi4 is the only one that for some reason apes the iFruit phone.

            Just because purely as a physical piece of engineering achievement, the iFruit phone is great piece of kit, doesn’t mean you can wildly and falsely generalise when it suits your sensationalist pro-iFruit argument.

            P.S. Fewer mentions of the actual phone name itself or the company name, fewer SEO terms to match with for when people search for their usual iFruit stuff and, fingers crossed, less of them…”gracing us” with their one dimensional view of the smartphone world #EveryLittleHelps

          • Karly Johnston

            Don’t forget the Galaxy Alpha…

          • Милен Стефанов

            Alpha is not flagship, it’s just … something. But not even closer to a flagship…

          • Cole Raney

            Doesn’t look like an iPhone … And not a flagship.

    • MasterMuffin

      IKR no offense to Joshua, but his pronounciation of Xiaomi made me cringe :)

    • Kroovizx

      Also you’ve gotta ‘respect’ the Chinese intonation.
      it’s ‘jao-ME’ with the tones from low to high. So, you say the ‘me’ part higher than the ‘jao’.

      • Karly Johnston

        It’s pronounced show-me like shower – er.

        • abazigal

          To be precise, Xiao. Pronounce as sh (emphasise the hissing sound with your tongue)-iao me.

      • Jesus

        …like it’s a question.

        “jao me??”

  • steve job

    Is it true some chinese android phones come with malware/spyware? Kind of skeptical but these phones really do look good

    • Airyl

      Hello Steve. Some super cheap Chinese clones do, but most phones from bigger Chinese brands (Xiaomi, Oppo, Meizu, Vivo, 1+, etc.) don’t.

      • Jesus

        are you sure?

        • Airyl

          Pretty sure. Just make sure avoid brands like Star and Cubot and you’ll be fine.

  • Aceey

    Well josh needs to do two review for this phone, 1. MI4 with miuiv5 2. MI4 with miuiv6 :) and btw mi4 will certain be like iphone when miuiv6 comes out :p

    • Aran Perumal

      I am eagerly waiting for both video. Crossing my finger wishing the team will port MIUI6 to lots devices especially my LGG2 :-)

  • gommer strike

    gosh the UI reminds me of another prominent smartphone maker.

    • http://blog.sawilson.org/ Scott Wilson

      All of them?

  • Greg

    Are you going to test ZTE Nubia z7 mini or/and max?

    • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com/ Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

      Yes we have them incoming. Some exceptional value / quality devices in the pipe, and of course we want to serve you guys with more Android goodness!

      You know what I’m excited for? High end, top of the line devices at sub $350 price points. Take that!

      • Greg

        Cant wait :)

  • Mahmood Qadri

    iSheeps be like :- Hey, that’s the clone of iPhone 6!!!

    • Aran Perumal

      Even Iphone6 not available to purchase but this phone said to be Iphone6, where is the logic behind this statement. This custom ROM thousand time better than Iphone UI. Dont compare this with lame Iphone.

      • Mozaik

        Lol , what are you smoking.

        • Airyl

          Weed. Why?

          • Mozaik

            Because you are talking shit !!! Thats why.

          • Aran Perumal

            i wont simply saying it i had done m research. Its true at least for me.

      • Mahmood Qadri

        You took it very seriously Bro! Here,have some!

    • Gary W

      Nobody said that except you.

      • Airyl

        They do say it’s a clone of the 5S.

  • Tomas

    Well I wouldn’t even consider it, unless it does 4gLTE.

    • gghh

      I heard that there will be a international version which support international 4G LTE.

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  • http://www.thetechbuzzer.com/ sandeepttb

    its awesome than MI3

  • The-Sailor-Man

    How this could give you a clue , how the larger iPhone6 could look like, when iPhone 6 is having different “design language-lol”????
    By the way the fame here is NOT the same as iPhone5S . And the bezels are much smaller.
    We are fed up with this Apple worshiping in the tech sites (even with “android” in the names). Is it possible Android sites to hire not only iboys???
    Smartphones today are only “rectangle display” and nothing more. Well the corners could be rounded of not so rounded. And few options for the back. And that’s it.
    Knowing this, how could you expect those hundreds of models on the market to have completely different “design”? And how all of a sudden the “design BS” become so important for the tech media???LOL (since Apple lost the real tech war)
    TV sets, losing the bezels made the design talks, IRRELEVANT. Right?

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    • Sal

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  • criccric

    I think it should be mentioned in the article that Xiaomi phones do not come with Google play and Google services because of Chinese regulations. Outside of China, Xiaomi phones come with the whole Google suite out of the box. Even if you are getting a Xiaomi device from a Chinese reseller, Google services are rather easy to install.

  • thepowerof

    Phone looks nice! Not a big fan of the UI though.

  • JDMillest

    Omg who cares how he pronounce the word.

  • BigUps

    I’ve been trying to determine if this phone works on the Verizon network in the US. Can someone answer this question for me?

    • DirkDigg1er

      A FDD LTE version is expected at the end of the year. It’s unknown if Verizon will be supported.

  • http://www.clearpathtechnology.com Akash Tyagi