Xiaomi Mi4i “Mi 4 India” launched at $205 (12,999 INR), coming to all Xiaomi markets later in the year


xiaomi mi4i india

Today over in New Dehli the Xiaomi team have unveiled a new smartphone device aimed at the Indian market only. The Mi4i will be launched in all current Xiaomi markets later in the year. Keep reading for details of the Xiaomi Mi4i.

In his introduction of the new Xiaomi phone, Hugo Barra told reporters that the Xiaomi Mi4i is a device for India, even telling that Mi4i means “Mi 4 India”. So what is the Xiaomi Mi4i? Well the leaks told us to expect something along the lines of the Mi4, only with a plastic shell, and this is exactly what Xiaomi have delivered.

The Mi4i comes in a choice of yellow, blue,  pink, black or white and is made of polycarbonate. Think of the 5-inch unibody device as Xiaomi’s version of the iPhone 5C. The Mi4i measures in at 69.6 x 138.1 x 7.8mm which makes the phone slightly thinner than the metal bodied Mi4 at a weight of 130g

Update 1: Hugo Barra has announced the Xiaomi Mi4i has a 3120mAh battery under the bright plastic body with quick charge feature. The Samsung/Sony sourced battery is apparently good for up to 1.5 days of usage.

xiaomi mi4i iphone 6

Update 2: Sharp and JDI supply the 5-inch OGS display for the Xiaomi Mi4i. JDI and Sharp have been the screen choice for plenty of big name brands over the past few years from OnePlus, to Xiaomi and others.

Update 3: Xiaomi say the 5-inch 1080 panel on the Xiaomi Mi4i uses a new technology called “Sunlight Display”. At this point I am not 100% sure how it works but it is described as HDR but applied to the display. The effect means easier viewing in direct sunlight.

Camera specifications include the same 13 mega-pixel rear sensor with F2.0 aperture as the flagship, and premium priced, Xiaomi Mi Note with dual tone LED flash. The front camera is an F1.8 5 mega-pixel sensor with beautification software.

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Update 4: At the heart of the Xiaomi Mi4i is a 2nd generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615. This new chipset has faster cores than the current version of the chipset running 8 x A52 cores running at 1.7ghz. The new SoC has apparently been designed and enginnered in India. Along with the SoC there is 2GB RAM, and 16GB memory. Xiaomi claim Antutu scores are 40,000+.

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MIUI Version 6 comes on the Mi4i out of the box, but fans will be happy to learn that this is based on Android 5.0 so you won’t need to wait for updates for some sweet Lollipop Android.

Update 5: What will really set the Mi4i apart from the standard Mi4 is the dual SIM support. This is teh second non-Redmi phone Xiaomi have released with dual SIM support and like the Mi Note the phone offers 4G LTE on both SIMs.

xiaomi mi4i price

Update 6: The Xiaomi Mi4i has will go on sale for 12,999 INR in India (around $205), but will not be an India exclusive. Other Xiaomi markets can expect the phone to be released later in the year for a similar price. In addition to the Mi4i, Xiaomi have also released the Mi Band in India too.

That’s a wrap for now, but keep posted for our first hands on impressions of the Xiaomi Mi4i coming as soon as Yash get’s his hands on the phone.

 

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89 Comments

  1. Jan
    April 23, 2015

    Great phone, hope for good price. 🙂

  2. desponent
    April 23, 2015

    Hi gaes here’s our 12GB kind-of-super-but-ultimately-useless phone lol

    • Jason45
      April 23, 2015

      Agree, no support for microsd slot. I don’t want to rely on cloud.

      • balcobomber25
        April 23, 2015

        I prefer the cloud to SD Cards. I have never not had access to it, I don’t pay for it and I never have to worry about damaging/losing a card. I once had an SD card that failed and I lost hundreds of pictures.

        • Caxxo
          April 23, 2015

          if you play game on your phone you must have enough space

          • balcobomber25
            April 23, 2015

            I don’t play games, I have a PS4 for that.

            • Ciarán Kenny
              April 23, 2015

              And do you find it difficult to bring your PS4 and TV on the bus with or do you kinda get used to it after a while?

            • balcobomber25
              April 23, 2015

              I have a car which would make it difficult to play any games when driving. If I do take a bus I never really find the need to play games on it, usually I try to get some work done.

            • Ace Maguire
              April 24, 2015

              dude u have to agree 10gb useable space and going with no sd card slot is very poor choice.. not everyone prefers cloud and would want to waste their bandwidth on downloading and uploading over capped data connection.

            • balcobomber25
              April 24, 2015

              It depends on your priorities. Not everyone uses a smartphone the same way. For some people 10GB of usable space is more than enough, for others it is not.

    • Ace Maguire
      April 24, 2015

      nope its 10gb

  3. cuios
    April 23, 2015

    great price , great specs

  4. Balaji Chandrasekaran
    April 23, 2015

    It’s a Steal at that price

    • Jason45
      April 23, 2015

      Maybe in India, but not in China.

      • Sayan Sarkar
        April 23, 2015

        It is not a steal deal at all in India too! In india we have the YU Yureka for 8.9k and Lenovo A7000 for the same! Lenovo A7000 has a powerful CPU as compared to the SD 615! It has a 6572M.

        • balcobomber25
          April 24, 2015

          Think you mean 6752m, the 6572m is a dual core chip from 2013.

      • Balaji Chandrasekaran
        April 23, 2015

        why?

        • Jason45
          April 23, 2015

          In China you have Meizu M1 note, Jiayu S3 for example. Pricing is around 199 USD dollar worldwide shipping. If you live in China, you can buy these phones for around 160 usd with similar specs.

          Of course, if you really want a 5 inch phone, then this Xiaomi phone could be an option.

          • Balaji Chandrasekaran
            April 23, 2015

            5.0 inch is usable…and 3150mAh battery …
            INDIAN’s trust Snapdragon Soc..they don’t like MTK
            And now it’s tough for Meizu to enter INDIA given Xiaomi’s dominance

  5. Shahin Mustafa
    April 23, 2015

    5″ display…. Mmmm. Not cool.
    Mi Note”i” (India) for 250 USD will be great!!

    • Andrew P
      April 23, 2015

      There are already plenty of phablets, so your comment is not cool

      • Shahin Mustafa
        April 24, 2015

        Maybe
        The taste and color of all the markers are different. Joke, I do not know whether it is true I have translated. It was my personal opinion.

        • balcobomber25
          April 25, 2015

          I like the blueberry scented markers the best, they taste amazing!

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      Xiaomi has the Redmi Note 2 coming out soon if you want a screen over 5 inches.

  6. Sayan Sarkar
    April 23, 2015

    In India the YU Yureka with a Snapdragon 615, Sony IMX 135 sensor (same as the one found on Mi3) and CM 12 is available for Rs 8,999. It scores about 31.5k in Antutu despite even having a HD display. So I jusn’t don’t know what Xiaomi is trying to say? 40k+ score with the same chip plus a higher resolution (Full HD) display! Are they crazy or what! I accept Mi4i has a better camera and Xiaomi has a track record of building really great camera, but I don’t think the Snapdragon 615 has the image processing unit to use the f2.0 camera to it’s full potential.
    On the flipside when Meizu M1 note will launch in India it will shake the market because the MT6572 at a price of Rs 9,999 is a hell better deal than both YU and Mi4i.

    • Ace Maguire
      April 23, 2015

      40k score i believe could be coz of 2nd gen 615 SoC. 5″ display in Iphone 6 form factor with JDI Full Hd display thats my selling point.. and if we go by how Miui handle camera processing on mi4 i think we are good.. the only two concern for me is right now didmt hear anything about memory card slot and that it will be flash sale

      • Jason45
        April 23, 2015

        It does not have any micro-sd cardslot

        • Ace Maguire
          April 23, 2015

          yup thats a deal breaker for me and i guess many other.. Sold my mi3 for the same reason

      • Sayan Sarkar
        April 23, 2015

        40k score with a Full HD display it really hard to believe. If that happens Snapdragon 615 will be at par with the last generations SD 800/801s! Plus I don’t know what they have changed in the 2nd gen of SD 615! Because the clock speed of the core of both gen are the same. Mediatek 6752 would have better. What say?

        • Ace Maguire
          April 23, 2015

          no doubt Mediatek 6752 is much better, and 615 was qualcomm desperate attempt to counter it.. but as a former mi3 user had high hopes for this one even though it had inferior processor. the only option right is to wait for meizu m1.. and lenevo a7000 over yu anyday

        • Jason45
          April 23, 2015

          I believe the cores are higher clocked in SD615 second generation. That’s why they have reached similar Antutu scores compared to MT6752

          • Ace Maguire
            April 23, 2015

            then there might be heating issues… coz my yureka heats up quiet a bit.. i guess used Mi3 is still a better option than this… the only upgrade worth is display tech and the camera

          • Sayan Sarkar
            April 23, 2015

            In most probability unboxed Mi3 would be available through Overcart in India within a few months. At a price of about 10k it would be a much better deal!
            I personally had bought a Redmi 1s from Overcart and they provide damn good service!

          • fido futte
            April 24, 2015

            Yes , 2-gen has same clock as MT6752, and SoC quality should be highere than MT6752 , and price is the same- that is why they use the 615- 615 should be very stabil. I am also looking forward to Andi do an test of the “Newman Button” , which as far as i have heard should have very good spec and also using the 615 , but maybe it is the 1-gen version at 1,5Ghz

    • April 23, 2015

      To answer your question on AnTuTu: the Mi 4i has a 2nd gen Snapdragon 615 chip with faster cores which makes the difference.

      • Sayan Sarkar
        April 24, 2015

        Even if it does we are missing out on one very important point. SD 615 GPU is simply not powerful enough. Has they increased the clockspeed? MT6752 has a much much better GPU!

        • balcobomber25
          April 24, 2015

          Not powerful enough for what exactly?

  7. seven7dust
    April 23, 2015

    lot of excitement about the product , too bad giz china readers will look at Sd 615 and laugh , but it’s more than enough for 90% of the people out there.

    good price , impressive screen and camera.

    • Sayan Sarkar
      April 23, 2015

      Its too bad for the price, YU Yureka is a better deal!

      • seven7dust
        April 23, 2015

        not in battery department and new screen , also yu yureka is infamous for bad screen.

        • balcobomber25
          April 23, 2015

          They are also infamous for horrible overall build quality. And if the camera on the Mi4i is the same as the Mi4 (conflicting reports right now as to which camera they used) then the Yu Yureka doesn’t come close.

          • April 23, 2015

            Barra mentioned it’s the same sensor as the one used on the Mi Note. Regardless, even if it is the one from the Mi 4, it easily beats the Yureka — unless software/processor screws it up.

    • Jason45
      April 23, 2015

      Camera (on the back) seems to be ok for its price range, not impressive in my opinion.

      I wonder if the Samsung or Sony camera module will really give the same results. Maybe you will get some reviews that the camera is ok (because for example you have the Samsung camera module inside) and some other reviews say the camera is very good (because a Sony camera module is inside)

      • balcobomber25
        April 23, 2015

        They announced the camera is the same one on the Mi4/Note which is very good especially at this price range.

        • Jason45
          April 23, 2015

          But you will most likely never know what rear camera module you are going to get when you buy this phone: Samsung or Sony.

          If you can choose, then I rather go for the Sony camera module, especially if it is the same as on the mi4/note (sony imx214).

          • balcobomber25
            April 23, 2015

            What makes you think this? As Yash pointed out above Hugo specifically said it is the same exact sensor on the Mi Note (Sony).

            • Jason45
              April 25, 2015

              Go to the official xiaomi site, it is mentioned Sony/Samsung 13 MP camera: http://www.mi.com/in/mi4i/camera/#camera-slide-next

              So, it is possible that they are using the same sensor as on the mi note, there is also a possibility that they are using a samsung rear camera sensor.

              This info was also mentioned on a slide in the press conference. They are not going to write Sony/Samsung 13MP camera for no reason. Just like they are using two suppliers for their screens: Sharp/JDI.

            • balcobomber25
              April 25, 2015

              i saw that too but we don’t really know why it says that. Maybe they mean rear (Sony) /front (Samsung). Or maybe they were undecided which one they were using when they made the website. Hugo specifically said though that it was the Sony sensor used in the Mi Note.

    • drifter77
      September 5, 2015

      I’m only worried about the SD615 overheating, or picking up heat in general usage. Is the 2nd gen SD615 any better in terms of thermal management?

  8. pueblo23
    April 23, 2015

    hi, what LTE bands does it support? It will be available in India and all XIAOMI markets = China and?? so whats global about this phone? i like the specs and prices too though

    • Sayan Sarkar
      April 23, 2015

      Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillipines and all those markets where Xiaomi has already entered!

      • pueblo23
        April 23, 2015

        so not global 🙂 but if the phone will support european FDD LTE bands 800/1800/2100/2600 i will buy it. SoC is capable to do so.

      • pueblo23
        April 23, 2015

        if there are FDD-LTE B3/B7 bands only i will buy some other, more europe user friendly device…pitty

        • Jason45
          April 23, 2015

          It is mentioned on the official site that it only has fdd B3 and B7 bands

      • fido futte
        April 24, 2015

        Andi- do you plan to make an test review of Newman Button soon ?

  9. Guaire
    April 23, 2015

    Nice, but overpriced comparing to Meizu M1 Note.

    • Jason45
      April 23, 2015

      Agreed, resellers price is most likely around 250-270 USD dollar. Meizu M1 note or Jiayu S3 can now be bought for only around 199 USD dollar or less. Only if you really want a 5 inch phone, then this Xiaomi phone could be an option.

      • balcobomber25
        April 23, 2015

        Serious question: Where are you finding the M1 fo $199 or less? The cheapest I have seen it is around $220. I am looking to get it for the wife.

        • Jason45
          April 23, 2015

          On aliexpress. If I want to buy something (whether it is a phone or something else, I usually go to aliexpress instead of ebay nowadays). You have to look for sellers that have great positive feedback, because just like on ebay, there are scammers. Of course, you will have buyers protection on this site.

          A quick search reveals you can get the Note M1 for 199.99 USD dollar from a reliable reseller with great positive feedback. Jiayu S3 for around 190 USD.

          • balcobomber25
            April 23, 2015

            I have had bad experiences on Aliexpress even from trusted sellers with positive feedback, I avoid it like the plaque.

            • Ace Maguire
              April 24, 2015

              care to share? coz i m planning to buying either M1 or Jiayu S3

            • balcobomber25
              April 24, 2015

              I bought two phones on Aliexpress both were from trusted sellers with positive feedback, both ended up being fakes. I got my money back thanks to Paypal’s fraud protection but I am good with going through that hassle again. Since then I have used three websites almost exclusively: Antelife (which many don’t like), Merimobiles and 1949deal. I never had any issues with any of these three and always get my phones quick.

            • Ace Maguire
              April 24, 2015

              cool thanks for the info

        • Sayan Sarkar
          April 23, 2015

          The way things are going it looks like soon Indian would start reselling phones! 😀 Mi4i for 13k, Mi3 for 14k (lower than the price for which it sold in China), Lenovo A7000 for 8.9k (it sells for 999 Yuan i.e. approx. 10k in China), Meizu M1 note for a predicted 10k! Chinese brands are flooding India with cheap and VFM tech!

        • Angry Mobile Nerd
          April 23, 2015

          I thought you said you were in Shenzhen just a while back, did you try the Meizu store there?

          Also, resellers in Hong Kong have them for around 1400/1700 HKD ($180/$220 USD) for 16/32GB versions.

          • balcobomber25
            April 23, 2015

            I was in Shenzen on business but really didn’t have time to shop. I was able to make it to a few of the markets but didn’t know at the time my wife needed a new phone so was more just window shopping.

  10. Tomáš Jedno
    April 23, 2015

    lte bands?

  11. antidumb
    April 23, 2015

    zenfone 2 (2GB version) still lot better option tho, but if you want better design i choose this

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      If you want better design choose anything, the Zenfone 2 is one of the ugliest phones I have ever seen.

  12. Simon
    April 23, 2015

    Come with Lollipop 5.0 – MIUI v6, too cool.

  13. realjjj
    April 23, 2015

    Another overpriced Xiaomi, they are doing great at launching the wrong thing at the wrong price this year.

    • April 23, 2015

      What could the price have been according to you?

      • balcobomber25
        April 23, 2015

        It doesn’t matter what the price is it would be overpriced to him, he is of the Xiaomi is the devil crowd.

      • MaxPower
        April 24, 2015

        Probably according to him even “free” would be overpriced due to the lack of SD card slot.

  14. Paap
    April 23, 2015

    Better product than Mi4 imo. Another worthy alternative is alcatel Idol 3, though it has 5.5 inch screen.

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      This could very well be a better value than the Mi4, not necessarily a better product. The Mi4 is an excellent product.

  15. Filipp
    April 23, 2015

    So, we have mi3 with much stronger GPU and slightly faster CPU for 200 dollars on aliexpress
    Bad, Xiaomi, I don´t see why I should pay more for this hardware
    6752 for 160 dollars would sound much nicer

    • balcobomber25
      April 24, 2015

      You can always find older flagships cheaper and usually more powerful than current mid range phones. This is not exclusive to Xiaomi it is industry wide. But keep in mind they use older components and won’t be supported as long.

      • Filipp
        April 27, 2015

        Mi One prefectly supports MIUI6
        and that is 4 years after the launch
        what is the problem?
        Now I can find mt6752 phones for 160$ while mi4i will be around 240$ on aliexpress, and this is not ok

        • balcobomber25
          April 28, 2015

          The difference is the Mi4i has a 64 bit processor, the Mi3 has a 32 bit. A year from now when 64 bit is fully realized, a lot of features of MIUI won’t work on older phones.

    • Airyl
      April 26, 2015

      The Mi4i is faster than the Mi3 thanks to 64-bit + Lollipop.

      • Filipp
        April 27, 2015

        Any proof?
        adreno 405 is a crap comparing to 330
        according to antutu/geeksbench s615 is not superior than s801

  16. Angry Mobile Nerd
    April 23, 2015

    Wow look at all the haters. 😛

    I actually think this is a decent offering from Xiaomi. The only thing I’m wondering is why they decided to call it the “Mi4i” when it really doesn’t have much in common or borrowed from the original Mi4 — an original model number may have been the better way to go (it’s clearly a totally new phone inside and out).

    Are they going to cease Mi4 sales in India now? Can’t see how anyone there would want to buy a single-sim 3g Mi4 now that a dual-sim LTE Mi4i is available at an even lower price.

    • balcobomber25
      April 23, 2015

      The name is marketing. It is to capitalize on the success of the Mi4, rather than having a new phone with a new name people haven’t heard of. It is for people who really want a Mi4 but can’t afford it.

      • Angry Mobile Nerd
        April 24, 2015

        Actually I think there are a lot of people in India who don’t want a Mi4 but would want this.

        I also totally foresee the Mi4i cannabalizing Mi4 sales there as anyone who actually would be interested in buying Mi4 will now instead opt for a Mi4i. Very surprised Xiaomi is going to continue to sell the Mi4 there alongside the Mi4i.

        • balcobomber25
          April 24, 2015

          I think a lot of those people don’t want a Mi4 because they know they cant afford it, which is why they want this. If you offered those people a choice of a free phone between this and the Mi4, how many would choose this one?

          • Angry Mobile Nerd
            April 24, 2015

            I’m curious, Gizchina should do a poll.

            • balcobomber25
              April 24, 2015

              If this was available when I bought my Mi4 I probably would have chose this because of the price, but if I had my choice between the two for free I would take the regular Mi4. The Mi4 is one of the top smartphones I have ever used.