Specs summary

Screen
5"

The Xiaomi Mi4's screen is 5 inches with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.5 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC Quad core 2.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 8+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
16/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3080mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3080 mAh battery. Xiaomi's performance ratings are 3 days standby time, 1095 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).



Incredible power and a gorgeous design make this one of the best phones of 2014, as long as you can put up with snatches of Chinese text.

- Damien McFerran , Know Your Mobile 


Xiaomi is a company built on quality and high standards, and the hardware of the new Mi4 shows just that, but the software situation could be better.

- Taylor Martin , Pocketnow 

Reviews summary

8.1/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 18 reviews

What's good

  • Excellent battery life
  • Good viewing angles
  • Budget price for flagship phone
  • Lag-free gaming experience

What's bad

  • No protective glass for display
  • Performance slowdown when phone heats up
  • Slow-down when browsing main menu

China boasts the largest smartphone market in the world and the most popular company isn't Samsung or Apple, it's Xiaomi. Their flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi4, offers a similar design as the iPhone – complete with the stainless steel band – on an Android platform. While many reviewers describe it as "a big iPhone" design-wise, they add that it also has the same sturdy build quality. It also comes with a couple different features like different designs for its removable back cover.

The 5-inch LCD display offers a 1080p resolution for a full HD experience. Experts had few complaints about the panel, describing it as a gorgeous display with excellent color reproduction and viewing angles. There is, however, a noticeable lack of protective glass that can lead to more scuffs and scratches.

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The Mi4's internal hardware lines up with other flagship smartphones: 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. Critics report a lag-free experience during gaming and video playback, though interestingly they notice some stuttering when browsing the main menu. GSM Arena noticed that under stress, the phone heats up and also begins to slow down. They add, "…if the upgraded chipset is your sole reason to upgrade…might as well keep your Mi 3 for yet another year." Battery life has also improved over previous models with critics clocking in around a day of moderately heavy usage and over 3 days of light usage. Other features include a 13MP rear camera and 8MP front camera. Camera performance seems hit-or-miss among with experts as some felt the picture quality was excellent while others write it off as average.

While its design might not be particularly inspired, experts highly recommend the Mi4. Ars Technica states, "the Mi4…[is] one of the best smartphones this year." CNET adds, "…the Mi4 is an Android Phone worth trying to get your hands on."


Reviews (8.1/10 Avg. rating)


Fone Arena

Bang for the buck

from Fone Arena

The build quality of the device is great and the stainless steel frame adds elegance.

While we liked the polycarbonate design from the Mi 3, the rich choice of rear covers that makes the device even more stylish almost helps us forget about the Mi 3’s uni-body. The display quality is on par with the competition and at this bargain price we doubt if it gets any better...

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The build quality of the device is great and the stainless steel frame adds elegance.

While we liked the polycarbonate design from the Mi 3, the rich choice of rear covers that makes the device even more stylish almost helps us forget about the Mi 3’s uni-body. The display quality is on par with the competition and at this bargain price we doubt if it gets any better.

There’s only one word to describe the performance of the Mi 4 – top notch! Xiaomi has managed to get the most out of the Snapdragon 801 silicon and the company has made sure that the device is future proof with the inclusion of 3GB of RAM.

Xiaomi’s MIUI v6 based on Android 4.4 KitKat offers rich customization options and the UI is very responsive. The engineering team at Xiaomi has done a great work with the animations on the MIUI and they definitely deserve some applause.

The Mi 4 has a pair of excellent cameras that captures excellent quality images and videos. The battery life too is impressive and it should easily last for a day even for power users.

Lack of LTE connectivity and microSD card slots are the only aspects we do not like and it could well be a deal breaker for many of you. Buying a 64GB model would solves the storage issue, but there’s nothing you could do about the connectivity. Xiaomi surely missed a trick by not bringing the LTE model and the company could lose some potential consumers to OnePlus.

All things considered, Xiaomi Mi 4 is one of the best smartphones money can buy you. The price tag it comes with makes the deal even more sweeter. And, If you are out there looking for the definition of the phrase ‘bang for the buck’ then just look at Xiaomi Mi 4. 

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Coolsmartphone

Decent spec with a decent price

from Coolsmartphone

Overall the Xiaomi Mi 4 is a cracking phone, a decent price, a decent spec, decent camera and a rather unique take on Android. Which if you can get your head around will leave you with a device for life (or a year or so).

Although if you do decide to go with a Xiaomi phone then you&rsq...More

Overall the Xiaomi Mi 4 is a cracking phone, a decent price, a decent spec, decent camera and a rather unique take on Android. Which if you can get your head around will leave you with a device for life (or a year or so).

Although if you do decide to go with a Xiaomi phone then you’ll need to be ready to work out how things work in Miui, be prepared for non existent product support, a totally random software update policy with no logical timescale and a decidedly complicated warranty process if you have a hardware problem and you need to send the phone back. 

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tech2

Certainly priced well for its features and performance

from tech2

With the Mi 4, Xiaomi is really testing the waters it seems. Their real focus will be to gauge the market’s acceptability of a phone priced in the 20k bracket. If like the Redmi sales, the Mi 4 is sold out in seconds, that will give the brand ample confidence to price their current flagship...More

With the Mi 4, Xiaomi is really testing the waters it seems. Their real focus will be to gauge the market’s acceptability of a phone priced in the 20k bracket. If like the Redmi sales, the Mi 4 is sold out in seconds, that will give the brand ample confidence to price their current flagships, the Mi Note and Mi Note Pro over 20k to 25k. Xiaomi is no longer going to remain that brand which only makes budget devices, no sir. After having captured the budget market, Xiaomi now has its eyes set on the higher end of the market. The metallic design will certainly appeal to those who stayed away from the plastic designs on previous Xiaomi phones. Xiaomi has done a smart thing, establish base with an affordable phone and popularise the brand and now target the cream segment.

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The Indian Express

A beast of smartphone

from The Indian Express

Overall performance will satisfy any user. The 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU along with 3GB RAM will easily cater to multi-tasking, gaming and other daily usage. The 5-inch HD Full HD IPS display is at its best and it delivered good results in sunlight too.

The rear camera supports 4K video recording and comes with a Sony IMX214 stacked CMOS rear 6P lens, and f1.8 aperture. The front camera features a Sony IMX219 sensor 5P lens and offers f1.8 aperture and 80- degrees wide-angle. Overall, the camera is good and it will impress you. Another interesting thing is that the selfie camera keeps on guessing the age and sex of the subject, when face detection is switched on.While the sex, thankfully, remained constant, the age kept on changing with the angle. The camera is fast and offers an array live filters along with several manual controls...

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Overall performance will satisfy any user. The 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU along with 3GB RAM will easily cater to multi-tasking, gaming and other daily usage. The 5-inch HD Full HD IPS display is at its best and it delivered good results in sunlight too.

The rear camera supports 4K video recording and comes with a Sony IMX214 stacked CMOS rear 6P lens, and f1.8 aperture. The front camera features a Sony IMX219 sensor 5P lens and offers f1.8 aperture and 80- degrees wide-angle. Overall, the camera is good and it will impress you. Another interesting thing is that the selfie camera keeps on guessing the age and sex of the subject, when face detection is switched on.While the sex, thankfully, remained constant, the age kept on changing with the angle. The camera is fast and offers an array live filters along with several manual controls.

While, we may want to forgive Xiaomi for lack of 4G and NFC for the time being, we would have loved it if it came with a microSD card slot.The 3080mAh battery will last the entire day on moderate to heavy usage. Also, the battery gets charged fast. 

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Tech Ticker

Excellent performance, premium Design

from Tech Ticker

Mi 4 is a great device in the price range but the phone’s Achilles heel is the limited amount of storage. Given the high-end games, 4K video recording support, and a good quality camera, 16GB gets filled up quickly. If you can make do with the storage, the Rs. 19,999 gives no other reason to complain.

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Mi 4 is a great device in the price range but the phone’s Achilles heel is the limited amount of storage. Given the high-end games, 4K video recording support, and a good quality camera, 16GB gets filled up quickly. If you can make do with the storage, the Rs. 19,999 gives no other reason to complain.

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UnleashThePhones

Immense value-for-money

from UnleashThePhones

While the Xiaomi Mi 4 might not be perfect in every aspect, it’s incredibly affordable price tag sure makes up for it. At just Rs 19,999 (or $320 for the 16GB version), that’s far less than you’d have to pay for a flagship smartphone with similar specs, from a mainstream brand.

The Mi4 boasts a bright, vivid screen, great build quality, decent camera, one of the most functional and speedy Android UIs out there, and even has an infrared blaster so you can control your home electronics. Granted there’s no LTE though, at least on the Mi4W model, which is a bummer but not a big deal to me, personally. And sure the design might not be a hundred percent original, but there is not denying that the phone still looks pretty darn good...

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While the Xiaomi Mi 4 might not be perfect in every aspect, it’s incredibly affordable price tag sure makes up for it. At just Rs 19,999 (or $320 for the 16GB version), that’s far less than you’d have to pay for a flagship smartphone with similar specs, from a mainstream brand.

The Mi4 boasts a bright, vivid screen, great build quality, decent camera, one of the most functional and speedy Android UIs out there, and even has an infrared blaster so you can control your home electronics. Granted there’s no LTE though, at least on the Mi4W model, which is a bummer but not a big deal to me, personally. And sure the design might not be a hundred percent original, but there is not denying that the phone still looks pretty darn good.

Instead the only actual flaw, in my opinion, seems to be the 16GB of internal memory and no microSD card slot. You’ll have to be careful with internal space on this one, or just wait till the 64GB version goes on sale.

At the end of the day, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is still a great phone that is great value for the price tag. 

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NDTV

Applying the same formula in new places

from NDTV

The Xiaomi Mi 4 is a great phone for its price, but it isn't as decisively ahead of the curve as its predecessors have been. It's certainly not perfect, but it will suit most people's needs just fine. Still, the market has somewhat adapted to the Chinese upstart's disruptions, and there are alternatives that offer similar value for money if you feel as though the UI, storage space or looks aren't enough for you. We'd most likely hold off till the 64GB model is launched - it will be interesting to see how that compares to the OnePlus One in terms of pricing...

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The Xiaomi Mi 4 is a great phone for its price, but it isn't as decisively ahead of the curve as its predecessors have been. It's certainly not perfect, but it will suit most people's needs just fine. Still, the market has somewhat adapted to the Chinese upstart's disruptions, and there are alternatives that offer similar value for money if you feel as though the UI, storage space or looks aren't enough for you. We'd most likely hold off till the 64GB model is launched - it will be interesting to see how that compares to the OnePlus One in terms of pricing.

The price tag of Rs. 19,999 is ambitious for Xiaomi but we're sure people will still line up for hours to buy how many ever units are put up for sale now that the company has established its name in India. As has been the case with previous models, there's no telling how many units will be sold and for how long. Hopefully, plans to sell the device through channels other than Flipkart's flash sales will help alleviate the mass frustration that arises from each weekly event.

With even more premium devices such as the Mi Note coming in later this year, the Mi 4 will help Xiaomi break away from its ultra-low-price image. Competition is always good for buyers and so we welcome responses from the world's big Android manufacturers. 

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Digit

Good performance with compact and premium build

from Digit

The Xiaomi Mi4 is no doubt a value for money device, but the 16GB internal storage with no micro-SD slot is a deal breaker for us. If you want a phone below 20k, then go for the Honor 6. If you're hell bent on getting an Snapdragon 801-powered device, then the OnePlus One provides more value with...More

The Xiaomi Mi4 is no doubt a value for money device, but the 16GB internal storage with no micro-SD slot is a deal breaker for us. If you want a phone below 20k, then go for the Honor 6. If you're hell bent on getting an Snapdragon 801-powered device, then the OnePlus One provides more value with its 64GB storage capacitiy, inspite of the slightly higher pricing. 

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PhoneArena

Very cheap for what it brings to the table, even through scalpers

from PhoneArena

Originality might not be Xiaomi's strongest suite, but execution sure is. This much has been made perfectly clear through the Mi 4 – a device that doesn't score perfect on each and every test, but nevertheless has ensured itself enough leeway through its affordable price tag. Indeed, the fact that the Mi 4 costs the equivalent of just $320 for the 16GB versions means that, even through scalpers, you can get the handset for less than $400, which is far less than you'll have to whip out for a flagship from a mainstream brand....

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Originality might not be Xiaomi's strongest suite, but execution sure is. This much has been made perfectly clear through the Mi 4 – a device that doesn't score perfect on each and every test, but nevertheless has ensured itself enough leeway through its affordable price tag. Indeed, the fact that the Mi 4 costs the equivalent of just $320 for the 16GB versions means that, even through scalpers, you can get the handset for less than $400, which is far less than you'll have to whip out for a flagship from a mainstream brand.

Does this mean that the Mi 4's only saving grace is its pricing? Absolutely not, though it certainly helps. And why shouldn't it when you can literally get two of those for you and the missus for the price of a Samsung Galaxy Note Edge? In fact, if it weren't for the Mi 4's Achilles' heel, the rear camera and its lack of LTE, we'd have a hard time justifying anything less than a chart-topping score for the Mi 4 – it's superbly-crafted, has an attractive, speedy and feature-filled interface, and can last you for two days straight.

In the end, the Mi 4 is, at worst, good enough for just about anyone on the planet, and that ought to give Xiaomi the confidence that it can come up with its own original designs and not borrow as heavily from Apple and others. Once it figures that and irons out a few details, the West will be ripe for the taking, granted that it sticks to the same formula. 

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Know Your Mobile

China's answer to Apple delivers the goods

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Xiaomi's almost overbearing desire to ape Apple might leave a bad taste in the mouths of some tech consumers, but if you're an Android user who has long admired the talents of Jony Ive and his team at Cupertino, then this could provide the perfect solution. The Mi4 combines Apple's design philoso...More

Xiaomi's almost overbearing desire to ape Apple might leave a bad taste in the mouths of some tech consumers, but if you're an Android user who has long admired the talents of Jony Ive and his team at Cupertino, then this could provide the perfect solution. The Mi4 combines Apple's design philosophy with the software flexibility of Android, making for what some will regard as the perfect mobile union.

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Excellent.premium Design

Mi 4 Performance satisfy . premium Design.A great device in the price range.The 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU along with 3GB RAM will easily cater to multi-tasking, gaming and other daily usage. The 5-inch HD Full HD IPS display is at its best and it delivered good results in sunlight...More
Mi 4 Performance satisfy . premium Design.A great device in the price range.The 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU along with 3GB RAM will easily cater to multi-tasking, gaming and other daily usage. The 5-inch HD Full HD IPS display is at its best and it delivered good results in sunlight too. The rear camera too good Excellent for selfy. But slipyin hands no grip. 9/10 Less

Nice phone with better price

I love this phone. After many review i have ordered. Really worth for price. Awesome user interface with nice looking design. Touch and browsing feeling is fantastic. Many people told don't buy Chinese phone. After getting the device and my experience I never felt it's Chinese phone. I believe this...More
I love this phone. After many review i have ordered. Really worth for price. Awesome user interface with nice looking design. Touch and browsing feeling is fantastic. Many people told don't buy Chinese phone. After getting the device and my experience I never felt it's Chinese phone. I believe this could be the best phone in this price segment comparing the features also. Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date July 31, 2014
Regions available India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.4 KitKat

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 8974-AC Quad core 2.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/64 GB
RAM 3 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3080 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 420 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 571 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1095 minutes
3G Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 3 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Magnesium alloy
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 13.9 x 6.8 x 0.9 cm (5.5 x 2.7 x 0.4 in)
Weight 156 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 441 pixels
Size 5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen, One Glass Solution
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP, HID
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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