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Xiaomi debuted in India with the Mi 3, introducing the market to its premium yet affordable smartphones. The demand outnumbered supply and for reasons only known to the company, it was discontinued a month after it went on sale in limited numbers.
Six months and three budget smartphones later, Xiaomi is bringing its 2014 flagship, the Mi 4 to India. This time, it’s not the only one to offer value-for-money high-end smartphones. Also, the phone comes six months after its Chinese debut and is not a major upgrade when compared to the Mi 3.
Will the Chinese device giant find the same success it received with its other phones? We try to find out in our review…
Build & design
Unlike the Xiaomi Mi 3, which looks more tall and rectangular, the Mi 4 has rounded corners that give it a softer persona. You can’t help but notice the design’s similarity with the iPhone 5/5S, mainly due to its solid stainless steel frame and chamfered edges. The latter give the phone a very premium look, which is missing in devices such as the Huawei Honor 6 or Lenovo Vibe X2, that are priced similarly. The frame also makes the Mi 4 a solidly built device.
The front of the phone (in White colour) houses a 5-inch full-HD display. The capacitive touch navigation keys (backlit in white) are placed right below the display, backlit in white. The sensor array and the 8MP front camera sensor are placed above the display alongside the earpiece.The volume rocker and power keys are made of metal and are located at the right edge while the sim card tray that houses a micro-sim is at the left edge. The buttons are responsive and offer decent tactile feedback.
The volume rocker and power keys are made of metal and are located at the right edge while the sim card tray that houses a micro-sim is at the left edge. The buttons are responsive and offer decent tactile feedback.
The bottom edge houses the micro-USB port and a speaker grill while the 3.5mm headset jack and Infrared port sit at the top. There are two antenna bands on the top and bottom edges as well.
The back of the phone sports a slightly rounded plastic back cover with grating pattern design, which is essentially a diamond-style texture. The 13MP rear camera and LED flash are also placed at the back. The back looks slightly glossy and smudges easily though the smudges are not very visible unless you hold the phone under light.
To be honest, the plastic back doesn’t really go well with the phone’s premium design and metal frame.
Overall, the phone feels premium yet durable without any creaks and wobbles.
Xiaomi Mi 4 sports a full-HD (1920x1080p)JDI/Sharp display that comes with Corning OGS (One Glass Solution) for protection against scratches. The display has high colour saturation so colours look more vivid and good to look at. However, colour rendering is not accurate which means that colours don’t look natural even when you set the screen saturation level to ‘Standard.’
The display offers wide viewing angles and is one of the brightest ones we’ve seen. The under-sun legibility was also good though the panel is slightly reflective. Touch response was excellent and made the phone more responsive. Original post at ET Telecom