Rumours about a cheaper ‘i’ aka Mi 4i version of the Mi 4 are rife. Today’s price cut of the Mi 4 only adds fuel to the fire, suggesting strongly that the Mi 4 would soon be replaced, perhaps at the first ‘global launch’ event that Xiaomi have planned for later this month.
The smartphone got a price cut worth 2,000 INR (US$32) in India today, bringing the prices down to 17,999 (US$290) for 16GB and 21,999 INR (US$350) for 64GB from the previous 19,999 INR (US$320) and 23,999 INR (US$385) respectively.
The Mi 4 was first sold exclusively via Flipkart, after which Xiaomi got into a partnership with other online and offline retail channels in India. Thus, the smartphone is now available on Flipkart and The Mobile Store (offline), with competitor e-commerce stores — Snapdeal and Amazon — set to offer the smartphone in the coming days.
The Mi 4 is a wonderful phone with a 5-inch 1080p screen, 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB RAM and a 13 mega-pixel camera. The phone has been my daily driver since last August, and a replacement for the phone is hard to find at the moment!