- Damien McFerran , Know Your Mobile
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.
- Taylor Martin , Pocketnow
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.
- Excellent battery life
- Good viewing angles
- Budget price for flagship phone
- Lag-free gaming experience
- 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.
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)
Bang for the buck
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 dev... Full review
Decent spec with a decent price
Certainly priced well for its features and performance
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... Full review
A beast of smartphone
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 tha... Full review
Excellent performance, premium Design
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 bu... Full review
Applying the same formula in new places
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. 1... Full review
Good performance with compact and premium build
Very cheap for what it brings to the table, even through scalpers
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... Full review