Xiaomi has spun off a new product from its flagship smartphone last year. It’s called the Xiaomi Mi4i, a Snapdragon-powered 5-inch handset with a polycarbonate unibody.

The Xiaomi Mi4i isn’t the flagship we’re all waiting from the company this year; that’s for another announcement probably in the coming months. Instead, this handset is the Mi4 but made more affordable by replacing the processor with a less powerful chip and swapping the metal frame with plastic material. On the plus side, these changes introduce 64-bit processing and a more comfortable feel and grip to the Mi4i.

For a midrange smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi4i comes with other specs that borders on the high-end. Case in point: it comes equipped with a 5-inch display with OGS technology, Corning Gorilla Glass panel, and 1080p resolution, making its pixel density (441ppi) better than even the iPhone 6‘s (326ppi). The battery inside is a whopper at 3120mAh capacity, which is 22 percent larger than the capacity of the Galaxy S6‘s battery. The pair of cameras is decent: a 13-megapixel primary shooter (with dual LED flash and F/2.0 aperture) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with F/1.8 aperture).

Xiaomi Mi4i Specs

  • Android 5.0 Lollipop (MIUI 6)
  • 5-inch IPS LCD (1080×1920 Full HD), ~441ppi
  • 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (MSM8939) processor
  • Adreno 405 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • No microSD support
  • 13-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Dual SIM with dual 4G and standby
  • 3G HSPA+, 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dimensions: 138.1 x 69.6 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 130g
  • Li-Ion 3120mAh battery

Xiaomi Mi4i (1)

Android 5.0 Lollipop runs out of the box, with some customizations made by the company’s own MIUI 6 skin. In addition, the Xiaomi Mi4i sports dual SIM slots, with both capable of having 4G reception. Available color choices for the phone are white, black, blue, pink and yellow. At 7.8mm thick, the Mi4i is 12 percent thinner than the Mi4.

All these Xiaomi Mi4i features can be had for only INR12,999 (approx. Php9,000). Price should be more or less the same if ever the phone lands in the Philippines.

[Source: Xiaomi]

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  1. Buy Xiaomi at your own risk!

    The top selling Android smartphone in China, Xiaomi Mi4 LTE, has been found to be shipped with pre-loaded spyware/adware and a “forked,” or not certified, vulnerable version of Android operating system on top of that, according to a San Francisco-based mobile-security company, Bluebox.
    Security Researcher Andrew Blaich of Bluebox firm revealed Thursday that the brand new Chinese Xiaomi Mi4 LTE handset appears to be unsafe to use from the moment you take it out of the box for the first time.

    1. Hey, at least the ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini is announced already.

      + Has microSD card slot
      + 16 MP rear camera over 13 MP, 8 MP front camera over 5 MP
      + Still below 15k pesos…

      – … though not cheaper at 10,667 pesos over 9,000 (not sure, though)
      – Less battery capacity at 2900 mAh vs. 3120 mAh, no quick charge support
      – Slightly slower processor speed at 1.5 GHz & 1.0 GHz octa-core vs. 1.7 GHz & 1.1 GHz