Photo Feature: Xiaomi Mi 4s Quick First Impressions


Xiaomi Mi 4s

The Apple of the East pulled off an Apple by launching the 4s along with the 5.

What I’m talking about is the company Xiaomi, and their new phones, the Mi 5 and the Mi 4s. This is the first time that Xiaomi launched an ‘S’ version of an ex-flagship, and have restricted availability to China probably to test the waters.

That said, the advent of internet will make sure that anyone in any part of the world with a credit card and an internet connection can get hold of the phone.

We took receipt of the Xiaomi Mi 4s yesterday, after it spent more than a month moving from city to city in a continent where neither the shipper or the addressee happen to be present. Anyway, moving on to the device now.

Xiaomi Mi 4s 8_result

The Mi 4s is very similar to the Mi 4c with its spec sheet, but is intended to be more of a premium phone than the latter.

Here is what the Xiaomi Mi 4s comes with:

  • 5-inch 1920 x 1080p display
  • Hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 64GB on-board ROM (plus microSD support)
  • 13 mega-pixel rear camera
  • 5 mega-pixel front-facing camera
  • 3260mAh battery
  • USB Type-C port

Xiaomi Mi 4s Gallery

The Mi 4s also features glass on both the front and rear of the phone.

Xiaomi Mi 4s

Right out of the box, the phone feels extremely different from the Mi 4 in the hands for some reason. Probably because of the curved edges (the Mi 4 has uncomfortable sharp edges).

The front of the phone looks more like the face of a budget Redmi series device than an Mi-series phone.

Xiaomi Mi 4s

The USB Type-C port is a refreshing change. The shift to this new interface is taking longer than it should’ve, causing people a great deal of harassment. Okay, I might have exaggerated a bit there, but we need one single standard.

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Xiaomi Mi 4s

The display seems to have a slight yellow tint… which was confirmed by placing the phone against the Mi 4. Wonder if it’s a conscious decision by Xiaomi to have a slight yellow tint on China-only phones?

Xiaomi Mi 4s 7_result

Very much like the Redmi Note 3, the Mi 4s has a fingerprint sensor on the back. This one though, seems a little faster.

Anyway, stay tuned for the full review of the Xiaomi Mi 4s in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, head over to Banggood.com if you wish to buy one. That’s where we got ours from!

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76 Comments

  1. Assefa Hanson
    April 11, 2016

    for some reason the 4s an and the mi5 just doesnt grab me

    • Millet Air Purifier (Mi-Fan)
      April 11, 2016

      yes theyre too small

    • MaxPower
      April 11, 2016

      Same here.
      If I had to pick one between them I would probably go with the 4S though

      • balcobomber25
        April 11, 2016

        I like the Mi4s a lot, if it had an upgraded camera I would be very interested.

        • Sere83
          April 11, 2016

          I heard its average at best. The whole latest line up from xiaomi is basically stinking of mediocrity. Mi5 being the biggest disappointment of them all. Wish one of these chinese manufacturers would just smash it out the park one time. I’m still eying up the pro 6 but i think camera wise it is still likely to fall short of competing with the big boys.

          • balcobomber25
            April 11, 2016

            Yea I haven’t been as impressed with Xiaomi over the last year or so as I was in the past. Although I do love my Mi Pad 2 I just got. I am still undecided about the Pro 6, I really like the MX5 I have been using this past year but something is telling me the Pro 6 is going to be a letdown like the Mi5. From my limited hands on time with it the Gionee S8 ticked all the boxes especially for the camera but historically their software has been terrible and it doesn’t get updated.

            • Bailey
              April 13, 2016

              But the back of the Gionee S8 is fugly. I am the werid person who really loves my mi4i it’s a nice size I have the Redmi note 3 pro and killing the battery is hard and the build is not bad and the finger print scanner works well. But I did order a black mi4s

            • balcobomber25
              April 13, 2016

              I love the back of the S8, especially holding it in person. It felt so natural in the hand.

        • Nick
          April 11, 2016

          I agree with you, moreover I would say that Xiaomi should release a version with either SD652 SOC with upgraded camera or keep the one used in MI4C. Then it will justify its actual price in the market. I have seen that the phone get warm for intensive usage. If it was around 250€ shipping costs included I would have gone for it.

        • Nick
          April 11, 2016

          I am hesitating between MI4S and Note 3 Pro.

      • April 11, 2016

        If you ever end up with an Mi 5, do get in touch, we’ll trade 😉

        • MaxPower
          April 11, 2016

          Ha! You know what I mean. 🙂

    • Xalis
      April 12, 2016

      The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is a way better deal then both Mi4s a Mi5.

  2. Zeca—br
    April 11, 2016

    Are the buttons backlit?

  3. balcobomber25
    April 11, 2016

    This should have been the Mi5. This looks elegant and beautiful, the Mi5 is fugly.

    • Sere83
      April 11, 2016

      Yep. We seem to be agreeing about a lot of stuff lately. Bizarre haha

      • balcobomber25
        April 11, 2016

        Two bizarre things happened this year, Xiaomi released a flagship I wasn’t in love with and you and I started to agree on things haha.

    • xi7
      April 12, 2016

      both disaster photo camera, elegant phone = ulefone power wooden

      • balcobomber25
        April 12, 2016

        Keep telling yourself that, someone might believe you

        • xi7
          April 12, 2016

          maybe meizu and xiaomi can make something different than iphone, i think it only rest of copy design

          • Bailey
            April 13, 2016

            Name the iPhone model that this looks like?

            • xi7
              April 13, 2016

              xiaomi SE and iphone SE , 🙂

            • Bailey
              April 13, 2016

              Dont think so sorry does not look anything like the iphone SE

  4. Assefa Hanson
    April 11, 2016

    for some reason the 4s an and the mi5 just doesnt grab me

    • Beloved Chairman Lei Jun
      April 11, 2016

      yes theyre too small

    • MaxPower
      April 11, 2016

      Same here.
      If I had to pick one between them I would probably go with the 4S though

    • balcobomber25
      April 11, 2016

      I like the Mi4s a lot, if it had an upgraded camera I would be very interested.

    • Yash Garg
      April 11, 2016

      If you ever end up with an Mi 5, do get in touch, we’ll trade 😉

    • MaxPower
      April 11, 2016

      Ha! You know what I mean. 🙂

    • Sere83
      April 11, 2016

      I heard its average at best. The whole latest line up from xiaomi is basically stinking of mediocrity. Mi5 being the biggest disappointment of them all. Wish one of these chinese manufacturers would just smash it out the park one time. I’m still eying up the pro 6 but i think camera wise it is still likely to fall short of competing with the big boys.

    • balcobomber25
      April 11, 2016

      Yea I haven’t been as impressed with Xiaomi over the last year or so as I was in the past. Although I do love my Mi Pad 2 I just got. I am still undecided about the Pro 6, I really like the MX5 I have been using this past year but something is telling me the Pro 6 is going to be a letdown like the Mi5. From my limited hands on time with it the Gionee S8 ticked all the boxes especially for the camera but historically their software has been terrible and it doesn’t get updated.

    • Guest
      April 11, 2016

      I agree with you, moreover I would say that Xiaomi should release a version with either SD652 SOC with upgraded camera or keep the one used in MI4C. Then it will justify its actual price in the market. I have seen that the phone get warm for intensive usage. If it was around 250€ shipping costs included I would have gone for it.

    • Guest
      April 11, 2016

      I am hesitating between MI4S and Note 3 Pro.

    • Guest
      April 13, 2016

      The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is a way better deal then both Mi4s a Mi5.

    • Bailey
      April 13, 2016

      But the back of the Gionee S8 is fugly. I am the werid person who really loves my mi4i it’s a nice size I have the Redmi note 3 pro and killing the battery is hard and the build is not bad and the finger print scanner works well. But I did order a black mi4s

    • balcobomber25
      April 13, 2016

      I love the back of the S8, especially holding it in person. It felt so natural in the hand.

  5. Inti Energia
    April 11, 2016

    “Wonder if it’s a conscious decision by Xiaomi to have a slight yellow tint on China-only phones?”

    Is that a not-too-subtle reference to the Chinese skin color? Are you saying that the phone will blend in?

    • April 11, 2016

      that would offend a lot of my friends and colleagues from China, so… No. 🙂

      • balcobomber25
        April 11, 2016

        Not to mention most of Xiaomi’s customer base.

  6. Razor
    April 11, 2016

    Why not just get a mi 4c? Sure the mi 4s has metal unibody and fingerprint scanner but mi 4c has excellent camera and excellent display and not to mention it’s also cheaper as well.

    • balcobomber25
      April 11, 2016

      For me if I had to pick between the two I would go with the S. Slightly bigger battery, higher storage capacity (plus SD for those who need that), VoLTE support and the metal frame are all added bonuses. But what really sets them apart for me is the fingerprint scanner, after using a phone with one I don’t think I can ever go back to one without it.

  7. Guest
    April 11, 2016

    Are the buttons backlit?

    • Yash Garg
      April 11, 2016

      Yup!

  8. balcobomber25
    April 11, 2016

    This should have been the Mi5. This looks elegant and beautiful, the Mi5 is fugly.

    • Sere83
      April 11, 2016

      Yep. We seem to be agreeing about a lot of stuff lately. Bizarre haha

    • balcobomber25
      April 11, 2016

      Two bizarre things happened this year, Xiaomi released a flagship I wasn’t in love with and you and I started to agree on things haha.

    • xi7
      April 12, 2016

      both disaster performance and photo camera, elegant phone = ulefone power wooden 🙂

    • balcobomber25
      April 12, 2016

      Keep telling yourself that, someone might believe you

    • xi7
      April 12, 2016

      maybe meizu and xiaomi can make something different than iphone, i think it only rest of copy design

    • Bailey
      April 13, 2016

      Name the iPhone model that this looks like?

    • xi7
      April 13, 2016

      xiaomi SE and iphone SE , 🙂

    • Bailey
      April 13, 2016

      Dont think so sorry does not look anything like the iphone SE

  9. Inti Energia
    April 11, 2016

    “Wonder if it’s a conscious decision by Xiaomi to have a slight yellow tint on China-only phones?”

    Is that a not-too-subtle reference to the Chinese skin color? Are you saying that the phone will blend in?

    • Yash Garg
      April 11, 2016

      that would offend a lot of my friends and colleagues from China, so… No. 🙂

    • balcobomber25
      April 11, 2016

      Not to mention most of Xiaomi’s customer base.

  10. Razor
    April 11, 2016

    Why not just get a mi 4c? Sure the mi 4s has metal unibody and fingerprint scanner but mi 4c has excellent camera with an excellent display and not to mention it’s also cheaper as well.

    • balcobomber25
      April 11, 2016

      For me if I had to pick between the two I would go with the S. Slightly bigger battery, higher storage capacity (plus SD for those who need that), VoLTE support and the metal frame are all added bonuses. But what really sets them apart for me is the fingerprint scanner, after using a phone with one I don’t think I can ever go back to one without it.

  11. Luc
    April 11, 2016

    If this phone had SD652, I would have gone for it without any hesitation. I think it is a bit expensive and its camera is not great!!

    • jauling
      April 12, 2016

      SD652 > SD808?

      • Luc
        April 12, 2016

        Yeah a lot better but in my case I would have preferred an SD650 SOC which would have reduced the costs.

  12. Guest
    April 11, 2016

    If this phone had SD652, I would have gone for it without any hesitation. I think it is a bit expensive and its camera is not great!!

    • jauling
      April 12, 2016

      SD652 > SD808?

    • Guest
      April 12, 2016

      Yeah a lot better but in my case I would have preferred an SD650 SOC which would have reduced the costs.

  13. Karly Johnston
    April 12, 2016

    For that price just buy a Mi5.

  14. Karly Johnston
    April 12, 2016

    For that price just buy a Mi5.

  15. zupatami
    April 12, 2016

    Check MIUI Tweaks from Play Market. It is pure magic!

    • April 13, 2016

      Will do! Thanks 🙂

  16. zupatami
    April 12, 2016

    Check MIUI Tweaks from Play Market. It is pure magic!

    • Yash Garg
      April 13, 2016

      Will do! Thanks 🙂

  17. trapchan
    April 13, 2016

    I can confirm the existence of yellow tint on the screen. There’s also one more important thing about this phone that you have to know, this phone gets hot easily. You don’t even need to push it with heavy games to make it hot. The phone is very light and the metal frame doesn’t feels like metal, it lacks the cold metal feeling. Also the gold color is tinted towards rose / pink instead of yellow in my opinion.

    • Nick
      April 14, 2016

      I saved my money thanks to you. It confirms that the phone is a bit expensive and has some minor downsides. Maybe the heating you mention will be fixed when the ROM will be updated. That being said, I have seen some reviews pointing that the phone gets indeed warm when using it intensively but no one mention an heating problem. The screen quality is below the MI5 but offers great experience for the user. I think a price drop of $50 (coupons + price reduction) would push me to get the black version.

  18. trapchan
    April 13, 2016

    I can confirm the existence of yellow tint on the screen. There’s also one more important thing about this phone that you have to know, this phone gets hot easily. You don’t even need to push it with heavy games to make it hot. The phone is very light and the metal frame doesn’t feels like metal, it lacks the cold metal feeling. Also the gold color is tinted towards rose / pink instead of yellow in my opinion.

    • Guest
      April 14, 2016

      I saved my money thanks to you. It confirms that the phone is a bit expensive and has some minor downsides. Maybe the heating you mention will be fixed when the ROM will be updated. That being said, I have seen some reviews pointing that the phone gets indeed warm when using it intensively but no one mention an heating problem. The screen quality is below the MI5 but offers great experience for the user. I think a price drop of $50 (coupons + price reduction) would push me to get the black version.

  19. Jimmy
    April 18, 2016

    Today, I have noticed that the MI4S got a price cut from well known resellers like Ibuygou. From $325 to $289, just wondering why…does the phone has huge downsides? Like heating issues? Bad camera?

    Just asking because I am going to buy one. Those who own that phone please let me know if you are happy with it.

    Yash, this message is for you. Can you confirm that the MI4S is an excellent phone and is it worth to get it at $289?

    I need a phone, maybe the Redmi 3 Pro will be more than enough for a couple of months.

  20. Guest
    April 18, 2016

    Today, I have noticed that the MI4S got a price cut from well known resellers like Ibuygou. From $325 to $289, just wondering why…does the phone has huge downsides? Like heating issues? Bad camera?

    Just asking because I am going to buy one. Those who own that phone please let me know if you are happy with it.

    Yash, this message is for you. Can you confirm that the MI4S is an excellent phone and is it worth to get it at $289?

    I need a phone, maybe the Redmi 3 Pro will be more than enough for a couple of months.