In a recent press event in New Delhi, India, Xiaomi, the aggressive and upstart smartphone company that has overtaken old school rivals like HTC and LG, has announced the Xiaomi Mi 4i, its latest smartphone targeted as the more affordable option (to the already affordable) Xiaomi Mi 4.
Under the hood, the Mi 4i packs a 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chip with an octa-core configuration of Cortex A53, half of which is clocked 1.7GHz and the other half at 1.1 GHz. 2GB of RAM comes standard with the device, as well as internal memory storage of 16GB. Unfortunately, no microSD expansion slot is available. Graphics processing is handled mightily by the Adreno 405 GPU.
A 5 inch Full HD IPS display graces the front of the Mi 4i, packing an impressive 441ppi screen density. Xiaomi touts that the Mi 4i has a new adaptive brightness technology called Sunlight display, which the company says improves sunlight legibility when outdoors. Sony has been using the same technology on its smartphones.
Dual-SIM capability is standard with the Xiaomi Mi 4i, with 4G support for both SIMs. There’s also dual-band MU-MIMO Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac support, Bluetooth version is 4.1, and the microUSB 2.0 port now supports USB host mode. Powering the Xiaomi Mi 4i is a 3,120 mAh battery. Five color choices are available: white, blue, black, yellow and pink. Measuring at 138.1mm x 69.6mm x 7.8mm, it is generally smaller and lighter than its big bro the Mi 4.
For imaging tasks, the Mi 4i is equipped with a 13MP f/2.0 main camera (same as the Mi 4) and a 5Mp f/1.8 front-facing camera, with the former also coming with a dual tone LED to help in low light situations. Overall, Xiaomi says the Mi 4i will be a great photography tool as a number of improvements have been made with the handset. Low light quality is said to be improved, with new image filters now armed with better facial recognition algorithms. The Beautify and HRD modes were also said to have received major overhaul. Of course, all these are just marketing talk for now, until we get an actual hands-on testing of the new device.
The Xiaomi Mi 4i ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, skinned of course by the company’s very own MIUI 6. The handset will be initially available in India at approximately $205. No word yet on when this will be available internationally though.
So what do you think? Will you be buying the Xiaomi Mi 4i?