The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has been shaking up the market quite a lot. It is already the bestselling smartphone manufacturer in China beating Apple and Samsung. Now they are making things hard for other manufacturers in the Indian market. The Mi 3 was launched recently through an online retailer and it gets sold out in a matter of seconds every time it goes up on sale. Now they will be launching the Mi 4 very soon and it is already on sale in the Chinese market. This upcoming device is even better than the Mi 3. We take a look at some of the best bits about this device.
The Xiaomi Mi 3 has got a simple design and decent built quality. The Mi4 however comes with a superb design and excellent built quality. Some would say that the design looks very much similar to the iPhone but we would pass it off as the dimensions are not even remotely similar. The similarity is that both of them have a metal band around the device and that is it. They have gone great lengths to make this device look and feel this good. The shiny chamfer takes hours to finish. They have also put Nano coating on the sides so that it doesn’t get smudges. The Mi 3 isn’t a big device but the Mi 4 is even narrower with the same display size. Due to this size, it manages to sit comfortably in your hands. Along with this, they also offer customisation options so that people can have their device according to their taste. We have seen something like this earlier on the Moto X. you can choose from bamboo, wood, leather, cloth and couple of other options for the back of the device. This would really make it appealing to the people who look to have that something unique about their device.
The device runs android 4.4.3 KitKat which is the latest version of android (well almost). Most the times we prefer stock android interface over any skinned UI but this one is an exception. MIUI is a very impressive job of loading android with skin. Not only that but you get to choose from a large number of themes. There are various other customisation options that not only make it look nice but also ease access to various features. The default interface is quite colourful. They have customised the icons for almost everything and all the icons follow a specific design scheme. While it looks pretty good, a lot of third party apps would show their default icon which would look out of place in the app launcher drawer. The interface is pretty smooth and there are no lags at all. While a large credit for that goes to the hardware, the software is equally good.
The device comes with a 13 megapixel primary camera. While that is the same resolution as the Mi 3, the camera is a little better.
To help you shoot in the dark, it comes with dual LED flash. It comes with all the features you would find on any camera of this range. The camera can shoot videos in 2160p at 30 fps. It is not just the primary camera that is impressive. The secondary camera on this device has a resolution of 8 megapixels. That is like a lot for the front camera and the selfie obsessed people would really love it. Even the front camera can record videos in full HD.
The hardware running inside this sleek body is pretty impressive as well. It runs a 2.3 GHz, Quad-Core Krait processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The graphics are handled by Adreno 330 GPU and it has got 3 GB of RAM. You get all the usual crop of sensors like accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor, compass and barometer. The device supports 4G networks, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, micro USB 2.0 with OTG support and infrared. The infrared port is present here so that you can use it to control your appliances like TV and audio systems. It has also got a FM radio although it would be hard for us to recall when the last time we used the FM radio on a smartphone was. It is powered by a 3080 mAh battery which is fairly decent considering the hardware. The hardware is fairly powerful and is seen on most of the flagship devices that came out recently.
We have already seen that Xiaomi is really good at getting the price right. In the Indian market, they showcased that with the Mi 3 which is already on sale and also with the price tags of other devices that they will launch soon. The Xiaomi Mi4 is offered at a price of 320 USD for the 16 GB version. Price in India is expected to be under 20K which would be excellent for such a device. There is a 64 GB version as well but like the Mi 3, they might not bring it to India. They say that they make money out of selling accessories at attractive prices. We recently saw the smart band they came up with. It is an excellent accessory that is priced at just 19 USD. The closest rivals are priced many times more than this band. We also came to know about their power bank which has a capacity of around 10000 mAh and comes at a price tag of just INR 999. If we go by the expected price of Xiaomi Mi 4, it will have a price almost half as much as most of it’s similarly specced rivals.
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