Just as we were telling you yesterday, both Asus and Xiaomi are holding two events today, and we’ve already seen Asus announce the ZenFone 2 for the Indian market. Now it’s Xiaomi’s turn who has taken the stage in New Delhi to unveil the Mi 4i, a smartphone that we’ve know for more than a week that it will be launched today. The new Xiaomi Mi4i is the successor to the Xiaomi Mi 4 which has been announced back in July, 2014.
The smartphone is priced at 12,999 rupees and it will go on sale on April 30 with registrations starting at 8PM on Flipkart. The device will be available across other retailer channels later including the Mi India site. Barra also announced that the Mi Band will be coming to Indian customers, as well, at a price of Rs. 999.
The newest smartphone from Xiaomi has a unibody polycarbonate body, which means it is aiming at budget buyers, but not necessarily. Polycarbonate isn’t always a sign of ‘cheap’ or affordable, it’s just the opposite of full-metal, which is something that you see on premium devices. The great news is that the plasticky build allows for more colors, as the Mi 4i will come in 5 black, white, orange, light blue and pink. The Mi 4i gets a soft touch matte finish with anti-grease coating, as Hugo Barra informed.
The phone has a 5-inch 1080p display, is 7.8 mm thick and weighs just 130 grams. The smartphone has a fully laminated OGS Corning Concore display, which should provide the same protection as Gorilla Glass 3, says Barra. The device comes with an Ultra High color gamut which results in a 441 pixels-per-inch density.
Furthermore, the display of the handset comes equipped with a ‘sunlight display’ technology which will prove to be very useful when you’re looking at your screen in the middle of a sunny day. The display adjusts images so that they look better under bright light and it is also 30 percent more power efficient under this mode. HDR seems to be a thing with the Mi4i, as it comes with enhanced alignment, ghost removal, and halo suppression. Other features include gamma and contrast tuning, colour correction, and low-light de-boosting.
The Mi 4i comes with a quick charge feature which charges its battery (3120mAh capacity) up to 40 percent in one hour and 100 percent in three hours. Moving on to the camera capabilities, the phone comes with a 5MP front camera and a 13-megapixel main camera with f/2.0 aperture and dual tone flash. Of course, as expected, there are various special software features, such as Selfie Timer, a ‘beautify’ feature for selfies, a number of filters and much more.
Of course, you were curious to know what’s driving engine in this phone – the device comes with a 2nd generation 64 bit Snapdragon 615, which, by the way, has been designed in India. Being an 8 core chip, this means you get four performance cores at 1.7 GHz, and four power saving cores at 1.1 GHz. The smartphone also gets 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage.
On the software side, as it was pretty much expected, the Mi 4i will be the first device from Xiaomi’s portfolio to get the MiUi 6 skin built on top of Android Lollipop. Indian users will be pleased to hear that the smartphone comes with support for 6 Indian languages – Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telgu, Kannada, and Malayalam.
The Mi 4i also gets dual micro-SIM and dual standby support and comes with Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi Direct, USB OTG, and 802.11 ac WiFi. As for the main difference between the Mi 4i and Mi4, you should know that the handset that has been unveiled today is 12% thinner and 13% lighter.