Ahead of their first global launch, Xiaomi gives the Mi 4 a price cut


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!

If you’re contemplating buying the Mi 4, take a look at our review of the phone here. Also be sure to go through the latest news around the upcoming Mi 4i!

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18 Comments

  1. Guest123
    April 16, 2015

    link to buy at the cheaper price?

    • Babidi
      April 16, 2015

      It is sold at flipkart.com

  2. balcobomber25
    April 16, 2015

    Looks like the Mi5 is close to being announced. Xiaomi always lowers the price of their Mi line when the newer one is announced.

    I have used the Mi4 since about September and it is the best phone I have ever used. I normally buy a new phone every 8-12 months but I am not even close to ready to give up my Mi4.

    • Ulti
      April 16, 2015

      I just hope we get a choice of black with 4G for the Mi5 straight away and not have to wait months because a lot of technology comes out in the phone market in just a few months.

      • balcobomber25
        April 16, 2015

        I wouldn’t count on it. Xiaomi’s products have all followed the same path of white being mass produced first and then offering special colors later. I hope instead that alternate back covers (like the wood ones for Mi4) are offered from day 1.

  3. realjjj
    April 16, 2015

    The price was cut first in China ,now they did the same in India and it’s not about any new models, it’s about poor sales and being competitive.
    The Note Pro hasn’t even hit retail yet and SD810 is boring so no rush for them to replace the Mi4.

    • Guaire
      April 16, 2015

      I’m curious about their Q1 2015 results.

      I heard Note Pro scheduled to May 6th for preorders. It announced too early.

      • realjjj
        April 16, 2015

        My guess is 1-2 million units down from Q4 so a mild decline to 15-16mil units. Others have far bigger declines, Huawei shipped 17.5 mil units in Q1 so down hard from Q4 when they shipped 23.5-24.5 million units and Lenovo maybe 17-18 down from 25. LG could be ahead of them all but that would be mostly on inventory inthe channel for the new mid range models.

    • balcobomber25
      April 16, 2015

      “it’s about poor sales” The only problem with that is Mi4 was one of the top selling phones in China last year and is one of the most anticipated phones in the Indian market. They could have kept the price as is and still sold millions in India.

  4. Babidi
    April 16, 2015

    Is this actually a price cut? This is the same amount of discount which was offered for 24 hours during their anniversary.

    • April 16, 2015

      This is permanent.

  5. Angry Mobile Nerd
    April 17, 2015

    Yesterday the only colleague in my workplace who bought a mi4 came into work with a new iphone6 after having the mi4 for only 6 months.

    Not surprised.

    • balcobomber25
      April 17, 2015

      Guess the Mi4 was too exciting for him. Either that or he wanted something he could easily bend.

      Last week on the Shenzen Metro I looked around to see who had what phone. I saw more Oppo’s and Xiaomi’s than anything else. Not surprised.

      • Lucho
        April 17, 2015

        Which version of MI4 do you own? And where could I find it at a cheaper price?

        • balcobomber25
          April 17, 2015

          The Mi4 is still one of the best phones I have ever used. I have seen it for as low as $310 on some resellers. I have the 16GB model I never run out of space but I do use cloud storage for anything I don’t need on the phone all the time like pictures. Keep in mind shipping costs when looking at prices for phones. On the surface some may seem higher but they offer free shipping and taxes are included in the price. I have seen what looked like some great deals for the Mi4 but then when adding everything in came out to being more.

      • Lucho
        April 17, 2015

        Is it still worth to invest a lot of money in the MI4? It has only 10GB storage, no SD slot.

  6. Lucho
    April 17, 2015

    I am just wondering why Xiaomi have released a Xiaomi MI4 2GB RAM version because some resellers like Ibuygou sell that special edition at the price of the 3GB RAM version. They sell the Xiaomi MI4 3GB version at $309 without the shipping costs. IMO the 2GB RAM version should be around $270.

    • balcobomber25
      April 17, 2015

      The official price of the Mi4 2GB is 1699 yuan which is roughly $275, anything additional is being added on by the reseller you are using. Xiaomi recently slashed the price of the Mi4 3GB to 1799 yuan or about $290 USD. Most resellers I have seen usually charge about a $20 difference for the two.