Xiaomi, in an unprecedented move, launches the Xiaomi Mi 4i in India first. It also live streamed the event. With the specs, it is sold at an incredible price of rs 12,999 (or S$274). I let you be the judge. Is this the phone for you?
With its 5-inch screen and a 2nd gen Octa-core processor, coupled with dual 4G SIM and a super big (3,120mAh) battery with Quick Charge, I think the price is very justifiable. Plus, it has a 13MPX rear camera and a 5 MPX front camera.
The only missing thing is the external SD card (currently built in 16 GB). I guess Xiaomi wants to force you to use their Mi Cloud.
Check out the introduction video.
As mentioned, Singapore will be getting the Xiaomi Mi 4i in May. India will be the first to get it from 30th April 2015 but they can register your interest now. Read the Press Release for more information.
Highlights of Xiaomi MI 4i
- 13MP Sony/Samsung rear camera, f/2.0
- 5MP front camera f/1.8, 80° wide-angle lens
- Two-tone flash, Amazing HDR features
- Beautify enhances selfies using one of 36 beauty profiles
Performance & System
- 2nd-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor
- 2GB LPDDR3 RAM, 16GB Flash
- 4G Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- MIUI 6 based on Android L
- Ultra-compact unibody design
- Only 7.8mm thin and 130g, the lightest in its category
- 3120mAh battery, 4.4V 700Kh/L Polymer Cell technology
- Quick Charge (charges up to 40% in an hour; fully charges in 3 hours)
- 5” Sharp/JDI 1080p Full HD display
- Fully laminated Corning OGS glass
- NTSC 95% color gamut, 441 PPI
- Latest Sunlight display – adjusts contrasts for each pixel in real time for maximum readability
Xiaomi’s new flagship Mi 4i makes its debut in India
Mi 4i will be launched in India and Xiaomi’s other global markets first
23 April, 2015 — Leading smartphone vendor Xiaomi today unveiled its stunning new flagship device, the Mi 4i, at a global premiere in New Delhi, India.
Xiaomi has applied its powerful design and engineering capabilities to create a flagship smartphone exclusively for global markets. Designed to fit perfectly in your hand, the Mi 4i features a 5” 1080p Full HD screen with the all-new Sunlight Display. A high-capacity 3120mAh battery powers the ultra-compact phone, a feat made possible only by close cooperation with leading suppliers and world-class manufacturing partners. Mi 4i is also Xiaomi’s very first MIUI 6 device based on Android L.
Mi 4i will go on sale in India first for an incredible price of Rs. 12,999. Registration on Flipkart starts today, and the sale will begin April 30, 2015. Starting in May, Mi 4i will launch in Xiaomi’s other markets – Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. This speaks volumes about the company’s commitment to its global plans.
Over 1,500 Mi India fans packed the Siri Fort Auditorium today to witness Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, taking the wraps off the company’s eagerly-awaited smartphone. Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun, as well as co-founder and President Bin Lin, were also present at the event to thank Mi India fans for their support.
Mi 4i features a 5” 1080p Full HD display with a sleek unibody design. The display is incredibly sharp with a pixel density of 441 PPI, and the all-new Sunlight Display dynamically adjusts the contrast of each pixel for crystal-clear images even under direct sunlight.
Mi 4i is a work of art packed with top-of-the-line components from leading global suppliers such as Qualcomm, Samsung, Corning and Sony. Xiaomi has collaborated with manufacturing partner Foxconn to manufacture a motherboard that is one of the smallest and thinnest found in a phone this size, making space for a huge 3120mAh battery that can power through 1.5 days of normal usage. That’s on average 38% more battery capacity across 5-inch premium devices, and 72% higher capacity than the iPhone 6 battery.
For faster performance, Mi 4i comes equipped with a 2nd-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and 16GB of onboard Flash. It also features 4G dual SIM slots.
With a 13MP f/2.0 rear camera, Mi 4i takes gorgeous pictures that are transformed into amazing by its industry-leading HDR mode. The front-facing 5MP camera with an 80-degree wide angle lens is great for selfies, coupled with Beautify.
In a first for MIUI, Mi 4i ships with MIUI 6 based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
At the event today, Barra announced that the extremely popular Mi Band is coming to India, and will be sold exclusively on Mi.com. Xiaomi is already selling 1 million units of the Mi Band a month, and Mi India fans will now be able to get their hands on one. The Mi Band not only tracks exercise, but also monitors sleep patterns. It can also automatically unlock Mi phones and Android 5.0 devices.
Lei Jun, founder and CEO of Xiaomi, said: “India is extremely significant to Xiaomi. It is our largest international market outside of mainland China, and I am truly excited that Mi 4i will be launching first in India, followed by our other global markets. Xiaomi’s goal is to bring innovation to everyone. We will launch more products for India and other markets as we continue our focus on making friends with fans and creating products according to their needs.”
Hugo Barra, Vice President of Xiaomi Global, said: “The Mi 4i is an amazing smartphone and I believe Mi fans will simply love the experience they get on this device. We have worked closely with leading global suppliers to source the best components and collaborated with Foxconn to ensure the highest precision and quality, making Mi 4i our most beautiful ultra-compact flagship device ever. Coupled with the incredible price, I trust that Mi 4i will be warmly welcomed by Mi fans.”
Xiaomi was founded in 2010 by serial entrepreneur Lei Jun, who believes that high-quality technology doesn’t need to cost a fortune. We create remarkable hardware, software, and internet services for and with the help of our Mi fans. We incorporate their feedback into our product range, which currently includes the Mi 4, Redmi 2, Mi TV, Mi Band and other accessories. With more than 61 million handsets sold in 2014, and products launched in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India and Indonesia, Xiaomi is expanding its footprint across the world to become a global brand.