Xiaomi Mi 4i heading to Malaysia, now confirmed


Xiaomi’s Mi 4i is among the more promising mid-range phones out there, and it has now been confirmed that the phone will make it to the Malaysian markets.

The Mi 4i comes with the second generation Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit chipset, and has 2GB of RAM to boot. In its price range, the Mi 4i is touted to be among the best phones; with my limited use of the device, I can certainly say it is quite good.

The phone was launched in New Delhi last month at an event which happened to be Xiaomi’s first ever international spectacle. In Malaysia, Xiaomi’s head of product, Donovan Sung along with others is scheduled to take centrestage on May 21 for a special media preview of the phone.

It might be among the lesser expensive Xiaomi phones, but the Mi 4i surprisingly packs the largest battery Xiaomi has ever shipped. You can find out more about the specifications of the device here, or read our unboxing and hands on article here.

There’s no word on exactly how much the Mi 4i will go for in Malaysia, but considering the prices in other markets, the phone should retail for around RM750.

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26 Comments

  1. vijay sud
    May 15, 2015

    Fatal flaw in Xiaomi Mi 4i….lack of expandable memory..why does Xiaomi want to cripple its own products..what is the agenda ?

    • LastoftheBrunnen_G
      May 15, 2015

      Xiaomi and Meizu want to be the Apple of China so bad that they can’t even see how counter productive this sort of behavior will be in the long run. It will only open doors to even more competition like Elephone, Mlias, Gionee, Ulefone, iOcean and Asus.

      This is what happen when Asian companies adapt a European businesses model. Sony’s slow implosion of the past 10yrs should be a case study for all Asian corporations.

      • Sere83
        May 15, 2015

        Meizu offer all models in 32gb apart from the M1 Mini which has expandable memory. Xiaomis redmi line also has expandable memory. What else do you want? I do think it was a mistake from xiaomi not releasing a 32gb model but they may still do it. A lot of devices from big names manufacturers only use internal unexpandable memory not just apple. Xiaomi also have bigger issues, namely overheating of their devices and how bloated and ram heavy MIUI has become.

    • Guaire
      May 15, 2015

      If they would put in it Micro SD slot, 16GB Mi4 would look bad.

      Mi4 doesn’t have Micro SD because 64GB version has higher profit margin.

    • The Bastard Christ
      May 16, 2015

      I don’t mind non-expandable memory but atleast have other options 32gb or 64gb

      • The Bastard Christ
        May 16, 2015

        if they don’t, atleast OTG is supported

    • Angry Mobile Nerd
      May 16, 2015

      A “fatal” flaw would suggest a flaw that would lead the product or service to not achieve success or desired results.

      The first batch sold out did it not? People are lining up (online) to buy it, right? Sounds like a success to me.

      It’s got it’s pros and cons but no “fatal” flaws. It’s not like they’re being delivered DOA to customers.

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2015

      While it lacks an SD card it is not impossible to expand the storage. The Cloud is one option if you live in a country where data isn’t terribly expensive, or where there is an abundance of free wifi. Another option is OTG, which is what I use with the Mi4.

  2. realjjj
    May 15, 2015

    This would have been nice if it had a SD808 at the 200 something price point, at least for half a year or so before better things come along.. And microSD ofc,not letting them off the hook,ever.
    With SD615 it’s just too flaccid for the price.

    • balcobomber25
      May 16, 2015

      If they used the 808 it would have cost a lot more than $200.

      • eno
        May 16, 2015

        I have a budged of 200 usd . which phone do you recomend. Jiayu s3. Elephone p7000. Lg g2 refurbished. Any other suggestion. My preference are: android 5, good camera, well build, dual sim if possible.

        • balcobomber25
          May 16, 2015

          I would say Jiayu S3, it’s the best value for the money and offers everything you want.

          • MaxPower
            May 16, 2015

            How about the old gionee?
            Oh, forget. I didn’t see android 5

            • eno
              May 16, 2015

              What about meizu m1 note.

            • MaxPower
              May 16, 2015

              I think that one doesn’t have lollipop either

            • balcobomber25
              May 16, 2015

              I assume you mean the E7? If Gionee was better with updates that would be the top phone I would recommend when people ask for one under $200. But I can’t recommend the S3 enough, it really is an incredible phone for under $200. I am seriously considering one to replace my Mi4 in a few months, if the Mi4i doesn’t launch here or I can’t get one in Malaysia.

            • MaxPower
              May 16, 2015

              Yes the E7, I heard it’s a good phone with good camera, but then I realized he needs one with lollipop.
              I’m going to replace my MI4 soon because I think in ready for a 5.5″ phone. I was tempted by the s3 as well, problem is that I heard it takes forever to charge and coming from MI4 that charges in less than 1H is a big turn off.
              Speed is not a problem to me since I never switch to performance mode.
              Fast charge and good camera is what I demand right now on a phone, and I don’t consider any battery below 3000mha.

            • balcobomber25
              May 16, 2015

              Yea the camera on the E7 was one of the best I have ever used. I am just getting bored of the Mi4, it is an amazing phone but I get bored after 6-8 months with a phone lol. I hadn’t heard that about the S3 charging but now I am curious, that would be a problem coming from the Mi4.

            • MaxPower
              May 17, 2015

              I’m pretty sure I read that here on gizchina, Andi reviewed it.

              Edit:
              http://www.gizchina.com/2015/02/03/jiayu-s3-review/

              Battery draining while on standby, slow charging (I’ve heard somewhere else up to 3 hours) and (to be confirmed) problems while making calls.

              I’m not in a rush like you, I’m gonna wait for LeTV.

            • balcobomber25
              May 17, 2015

              I am not really in a rush my Mi4 is still great just always on the lookout for something new. I have a trip planned to Malaysia next month as it is so if I can find a Mi4i I will seriously consider it. But I also like the THL 2015, I just have always been a huge fan of theirs. Didn’t like the 4/5000 but like the look of the 2015.

      • realjjj
        May 17, 2015

        Not more than the retail price. They did cost cuts on this model and SD615 likely costs them 15-20$ while SD808 likely 30-35$. They could have done it without a huge effort even if the difference in cost was higher than my 15$ estimate.
        But Xiaomi is not what it used to be and not aiming for great prices anymore.

        • balcobomber25
          May 17, 2015

          Where do you get your estimates from? Site some sources.

          Not aiming for great prices because they made a great mid level phone for a great mid level price? You do realize these are businesses that need to make money to operate? SD808 is used on phones that cost $100+ more than the $205 they charge for this. It also would make this more powerful than the Mi4 which would kill the sales of that. It would be like Nubia using a 4k panel in the Z9 Max and selling it cheaper than the Z9 regular. Who would buy the regular if the lower tier one has better specs?

  3. balcobomber25
    May 16, 2015

    This is great news, Malaysia is a $30 train ride away from me (very comfortable overnight train at that). Might have to make a trip to Penang in the coming months and see what the markets have.

    • mr201
      May 16, 2015

      Go to directd’s store at subang jaya, selangor and you will not regret it or atleast wait till they got their hand on mi4i stock

      • balcobomber25
        May 16, 2015

        I have to go down there anyways next month for my Visa so I will have a look.

  4. Filipa Madruga
    May 17, 2015

    how long til it get’s to europe?