Xiaomi’s newest phone is the Mi 4i. The company calls it their ‘mid-range flagship’, and with a price tag of around the US$200 mark, the phone is truly mid-range.
The device was unveiled in India in Xiaomi’s first truly international launch earlier this year. The phone is restricted to a few markets, but if you’re not based in one of those markets you can now get your hands on the device. The Mi 4i has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (2nd gen) processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel main camera, and a 3120mAh battery.
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If you missed our review of the device, you can take a look at it here. The phone certainly didn’t blow our minds, as you might already know. International buyers have, however, shown interest in the device which is perhaps why resellers are now stocking the phone. With heavy mark-ups, the device was over US$250 some time back, but can now be bought for US$223 from Chinese reseller GearBest. (Update: Just been told that that the offer is valid this July only)
Will you go for the Snapdragon 615, or do you rate the MT6752 higher? Let us know in the comments below.
Meizu M2 Note = $160, Mi4i no thanks.
Meizu M2 Note vs. Lenovo K3 Note? what’s your take?
No thanks. The least I will buy is a smartphone with MT6752. Not even MT6732/53 unless just as a cheap second phone with large battery.
the phone itself seems to be pretty well made.
too bad for that SoC! with a MT6752 would have sold like candies.
Hearing about how it lags makes me wonder why anyone would get it. The Lenovo K3 Note works perfectly fine with no overheating for 100$ cheaper.
besides Lenovo there are many phones with MT6752 at the same price.
people have a huge selection.
I would totally recommend one of these phones anytime.
Apparently the Lenovo K3 Note comes with alot of malware and bloatware. You should therefore root the device, install custom recovery and flash a custom rom eg AOSP v4 or Limochelo. Otherwise I have heard very good things about the K3 Note.
anyone can suggest a phone under $250 and have same screen size and as beautiful as xiaomi mi4i? i hear the heat issue was unsolved in this xiaomi
I would say the Meizu M2 Note. I had the M1 note and was very happy with it, I am not too sure in real world usage how much of a downgrade the 6753 is. Other then that the specs are pretty much identical. Plus the M2 note is a lot cheaper.
i see it in aliexpress, unfortunately its a bit bigger than mi4i,
i dont know about the build quality. can you tell me about the build quality?
As I said I had the M1. The build quality was very good, its a unibody phone which makes it less likely to be flimsy, I guess. It is made from high quality plastic. The volume buttons are solid and give a nice press feedback. From what I have read the m2 note has a physical home button, so I can’t comment on that. The screen is very high quality, every one I showed it to agreed. Ja, so overall it gives a very good impression in the quality department.
what about the software update support? i have a infocus m310 and a OPPO find 7a, and both still workin in jelly bean because i cant get any update on the air
The OTA updates worked fine. I received 2 while I had it. The updates do seem to come fairly regularly. I don’t think they are on lollipop yet. It’s Flyme based on KitKat. Takes a little getting used to, but it has some nice features.
zte z9 mini, amazing camera less than $250
Nice price for a Xiaomi device with the full MIUI rom support. However unfortunately the model proposed by Gearbeast doesn’t include the support of WCDMA 900MHz Band
but if not needed seems to be a quite reasonable phone
Possible interesting question, how do you guys think the 615 performs against the MTK6753? Since MTK6753 phones seem even cheaper then the MTK6752 counterparts example: M2 Note.
I’d guess that the MTK6753 would still be the better choice overall, if only because of the numerous issues the Snapdragon 615 has. In terms of performance, the should Snapdragon 615 should be faster, at least when it’s not throttling to reduce the temperature of the device.
hmm just found a Xiaomi libra in geekbench with SD808 and 2GB RAM http://browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench3/2928065
Hell knows if it’s real or fake but with a 1080p screen priced at 999 to 1199CNY (161-193$) it would be great. Ofc they are more likely to go for 1499CNY(242$) but that wouldn’t be that bad, except for the RAM. Or if it has 1440p screen, it would be interesting at 1499-1799CNY but 1440p and 2GB of RAM seems unbalanced.
So if this thing is real, it could be what the mi 4i should have been from the start.
Seems like legit. Only LG uses SD808 yet if I’m not wrong and it has 3GB of RAM.
Coupling SD808 with just 2GB RAM is a weird choice. I would say it’s Mi5 if had 3GB RAM.
If they cut from RAM, then 2K display seems unlikely.
Considering how much they are asking for Mi4 now with SD801 and 2GB RAM, I guess price could be level with MX5 or even more.
Except what they really need is something close to 999CNY not yet another 1.5-2k CNY device and if they really want to they can do this at 999CNY but they would need to revert back their old strategy of selling at great prices.
They need a lot of things, but I doubt they will understand their fundemental mistake.
I guess they are believing that they are truly Apple of China.
I must be in a different world to everyone else as i have totally enjoyed using this phone. I never had any over heating and there is the slight lag and i say sometimes. The battery lasts me all day and beyond. Everyone who has picked it up or looked over my shoulder has said they like the design and the feel of it. We are getting to the stage where people are expecting some form of miracle whilst paying only £150 its not going to happen.