Xiaomi Mi 4i – Review

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Welcome to my review of the Xiaomi Mi 4i.

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First let’s take a quick look at the key specifications –

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– Dimensions – 138.1 x 7.8 x 69.6mm
– Colours – white, blue, black, pink, yellow
– 13MP rear Sony/Samsung camera, 5-element lens, f/2.0 aperture,Two-tone flash, Supports manual mode, real-time HDR, Torch, Supports 1080p video recordings
– 5MP front camera 5-element lens, f/1.8 aperture 80° wide angle lens, Beautify with 36 smart beauty profiles
– 5″ Sharp/JDI Full HD display 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441 PPI 95% NTSC colour gamut, Fully laminated Corning® Concore™ glass, All-new Sunlight display with hardware-level pixel contrast adjustments,IPS 178° wide viewing angle
– Snapdragon™ 64-bit octa-core processor 2nd gen Snapdragon™ 615 CPU, 1.7GHz Adreno 405 GPU
– 2GB RAM LPDDR3, 16GB Flash eMMC
– 3120mAh all-day battery
– Sony/Samsung/ATL 4.4V lithium-ion polymer battery
– SIM slots – 2 x micro SIM slots
– Networks – 4GFDD-LTE,TD-LTE B3 / B7 /B38 / B39 / B40 / B41, 3GTD-SCDMA, WCDMA 1900 / 2000MHz
850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100MHz, 2GGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
– Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11ac wave 2 include MU- MIMO, supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands
– Bluetooth 4.1
– Sensors – Compass, Gravity, Gyroscope, Light, Hall, Proximity
– GPS, GLonass, BDS
– Supports: H.264–Baseline/Main/High, MPEG4–simple/ASP, H.264–0,
VC-1/WMV9–Simple/Main, VC-1–Advanced
– Supports: PCM, AAC/AAC+/eAAC+ , MP3, WMA – V9 and V10, AMR – NB and WB, FLAC, APE

Phone Basics

The Mi 4i looks like an iPhone 5C. But that is where the similarities stop. Dual SIM and running Android with Google pre installed. I have installed a huge selection of my apps. See below.

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The 64 bit Snapdragon 615 processor provides a smooth affair and produces an AnTuTu score of 38,000.

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The 5 inch 1080p screen has good viewing angles and sunlight visibility due to a special display. The new Sunlight display has hardware-level pixel contrast adjustments and a 178° wide viewing angle. The loudspeaker is on the rear and maxes out at 84db. It is a clear sound but being on the back is not the best spot as it can get covered quite easily. Headphone audio is good including bluetooth too. USB OTG is supported.

Camera

The Mi 4i has a 13MP rear Sony camera, with a 5-element lens, f/2.0 aperture, and supports 1080p video recordings. The front camera is a 5MP front camera 5-element lens, f/1.8 aperture 80° wide angle lens, beautify with 36 smart beauty profiles.

The camera app is a familiar Xiaomi affair. Plenty of modes and options including a manual mode. See below.

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In use, I have found the camera app rather easy to use. Plenty of options to choose from and a decent auto mode.

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The quality of the shots is good at this price point. I really like the macro shots, but again similar to the Mi Note Pro, panoramic shots are tiny in resolution being around 1mp. A number of third party apps will take higher resolution photos.

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Camera samples

The results overall are rather good. There are 2 different HDR modes which are shown below after the normal shot.
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And now some random camera shots.

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MIUI

Below are screen shots from the MIUI v6 skin. The entire look can be changed with an extensive theme store. The MIUI functionality is again similar to that found on the Mi Note Pro minus a few features, but nonetheless still plenty of options. Noteworthy are the one handed mode, headphone audio options, screen calibration and the endless options for the inbuilt apps.

Conclusion

The Xiaomi Mi 4i is another example of a well built, decent phone and competitively priced for around £200. It has a good camera and audio quality and backed up with a thriving community. It is one of the few android phones that is able to be used one handed with ease and consequently makes this a pleasure to use.

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