At a New Delhi event Xiaomi today confirmed its new Xiaomi Mi 4i phone. Here we reveal the Xiaomi Mi 4i UK release date, price and specifications. Also see: Xiaomi Mi 4i launch video stream and live blog - as it happened.
Xiaomi Mi 4i UK release date, price: When is the Xiaomi Mi 4i coming out? How much will the Xiaomi Mi 4i cost?
The Xiaomi Mi 4i goes on sale on 30 April exclusively through Flipkart, and from May will be available through its other channels in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
Let's clear up one thing straight away: Xiaomi does not officially sell its products in the UK. Also see: Xiaomi Redmi 2A UK release date, price and specs.
It's likely that you'll be able to buy a Xiaomi Mi 4i in China and ship it to the UK, and we've previously used sites such as Geekbuying, Coolicool and GearBest to obtain non-UK phones in this manner. Note that as you will be shipping the phone from outside the EU you will be liable to import VAT should Customs request it (you're liable either way, of course).
If you are buying from China, read up on our advice on buying grey-market tech.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i is priced at Rs. 12,999, which is roughly £136 in Sterling. That makes it significantly cheaper than similarly specced smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy A7, Moto X2 and HTC Desire 826.
If you're buying it from a grey-market site then note that the price you pay will fluctuate on a daily basis. Also see: Best budget phones 2015.
Xiaomi Mi 4i specifications and features: What to expect from the new Xiaomi Mi 4i
All the rumours we heard in the lead up to the Xiaomi Mi 4i launch turned out to be true. This is a unibody polycarbonate smartphone with a soft-touch matt finish and anti-grease coating, just 130g and 7.8mm thick. It comes in black, white, orange, light blue and pink.
The 5in screen is a 1080p (441ppi) JDI IPS fully laminated OGS panel. The Corning glass is said to be as tough as Gorilla Glass 3 and, switched off, is a deep black that looks great.
The screen has a 178-degree wide viewing angle and supports NTSC 95 percent ultra-high colour gamut. Sunlight Display technology uses local tone mapping to show beautiful, detailed images no matter what are the lighting conditions.
Despite the super-slim chassis, the Xiaomi's rear camera lies flush to the rear. This is a 13Mp Sony/Samsung model, with a five-element lens and f/2.0 aperture. Low-light photography is improved with an integrated torch feature, and there's a two-tone LED flash that measures the colour temperature and adjusts the white and yellow LEDs accordingly for the most natural results. HDR also features, with enhanced alignment, ghost removal, halo suppression and now gamma and contrast tuning, colour correction and low-light de-noising.
At the front is a 5Mp selfie camera with which Beautify mode is enabled by default. This not only can adjust such things as wrinkles and skin colouring, but it takes into account age - an eight-year-old girl won't need the same level of wrinkle smoothing as her 80-year-old grandmother, for example. A Selfie Timer mode is also handy, letting you tap the capture button and then perfect your pose. Also see: Best selfie phones 2015.
Inside the Mi 4i is a second-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa-core SOC. This is much faster than the original 615, and crams in four 1.7GHz cores for performance and four 1.1GHz cores for energy efficiency. Also here is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage; the Xiaomi Mi 4i doesn't support removable storage. Also see: Best Android phones 2015.
Some benchmark scores for the Mi 4i quoted by Xiaomi include 40,253 points in Antutu, 1,665 in Vellamo, 5,606 in 3D Mark, 25,686 in Quadrant, and 57,216 in CFBench.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i is equipped with a 3120mAh battery. How can it fit such a high-capacity battery in such a slim phone? The Mi 4i is one of the first phones to use 4.4V 700Kh/L high-density battery technology. It has 9 percent smaller volume and 11 percent higher energy density than standard smartphone batteries. It also supports quick charging, able to fill 40 percent in one hour, and reaching a full charge in three hours. It should last 1.5 days with normal use.
In common with all Xiaomi phones the Mi 4i is dual-SIM dual-standby. Interestingly 4G is supported on both its Micro SIM slots. Xiaomi says it covers five modes and 16 bands, with FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE. There's also the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MU-MIMO, GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1 and USB OTG. Also see: Best dual-SIM phones and dual-SIM phones buying advice 2015.
The Mi 4i is the first device running MIUI 6 software to be based on Android 5.0 Lollipop. MIUI 6 now supports six Indian languages: Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Also new in the software department is Visual IVR, which in essence lets you bypass all those press 1 for X, press 2 for XX options when contacting a call centre.
Xiaomi also announced at the event that its Mi Band fitness tracker would be going on sale in India for the first time, and gave out free Mi Bands to everyone in attendance to the launch event. The Mi Band is a great-value waterproof activity tracker, with 30-day-plus battery life and some neat functionality such as the ability to vibrate when you get a phone call or unlock an Android phone. We've reviewed the Mi Band, which is available in the UK for £15 through Amazon UK.
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