Xiaomi today announced that it is slashing Rs 4,000 ($62) off the retail price of its flagship Mi 4 smartphone in India. Xiaomi, which slashed the price of 16GB variant of the Mi 4 in the country in April, is now making the top-of-the-line 64GB version cheaper to purchase. The 64GB version of the phone is seeing its retail price of Rs 23,999 revised to Rs 19,999.

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The timing of the price cut of the phone is interesting as Xiaomi’s stark rival OnePlus made its flagship smartphone cheaper by $50 earlier this week. The price reduction, which is applicable worldwide except Asian regions, is expected to be rolled out to India soon enough.

For a refresh, the Xiaomi Mi 4 is a flagship smartphone from the Chinese technology conglomerate. It sports a 5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) display with JDI OGS full lamination and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Inside the device sits a Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz paired with 3GB of RAM and non-expandable 64GB internal storage. Other features include a 13-megapixel sensor and an 8-megapixel selfie snapper. The dual-SIM capable Mi 4 supports 3G, Wi-Fi and other standard connectivity options. On the software side, it runs on Android KitKat-powered MIUI 6.

Interestingly, the company is also offering exchange offers on the purchase of Xiaomi Mi 4. The company is selling the Mi 4 for as low as Rs 12,999 for the 16GB variant, and Rs 14,999 for the 64GB variant when swapped with an eligible smartphone. The company supports a number of brands including BlackBerry, Apple, Sony, Micromax, Lenovo, LG, and Xiaomi among others. The 16GB variant of the phone isn’t getting any further price cuts.

But should you purchase the phone? You could, but you need to check out other phones as well. The Xiaomi Mi 4i, which the Chinese company launched in India in late April for Rs 12,999 is a decent smartphone and packs in impressive specs. Unlike the Mi 4, the Mi 4i supports 4G LTE connectivity option. You might also find the Meizu M1 Note, and Nubia Z9 Mini interesting. Also worth noting is that OnePlus One is likely to receive a price cut soon in India, and the company will be launching One’s successor, One Plus Two in a couple of months.


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