How many of you know that the Xiaomi started as a software company initially? Yes, the Chinese handset maker started out as a software company with the intro of Android skin -- MIUI (Mi User Interface).
Later, in an attempt to give users a smooth experience, they integrated the hardware and software into a smartphone, thus giving birth to 'Mi' phones. On the other hand, the birth of Redmi phones is in itself a phenomenon that generated awe among the masses with the best experience, a user can ever get at a budget segment.
A Bit of history!
This Chinese firm started its service in a different way from traditional phone maker. Moreover, Xiaomi doesn't have any offline retail store around the world and sells and communicates entirely through online and social media. This technique allows the company to manufacture smartphones at cheap price with rich in features.
Xiaomi has forayed into the Indian market with Mi3 smartphone two years back through e-commerce site Flipkart. However, the company followed a flash sale technique with some 100,000 people signed up to buy the phone on its very first sale.
Soon this became the norm for selling their smartphone in India, but with different online sites. So thus, Xiaomi became a popular brand in India.
Beijing-based handset maker Xiaomi has released its smartphone under two series -- Mi and Redmi. The difference between the Mi and Redmi is exactly as same as the difference between Samsung Galaxy Note series and S series.
Mi series: Built for heavy users
Talking about the Mi smartphones, this device is basically built for heavy users with better speed and processing capabilities. Being the higher-end smartphone in Xiaomi portfolio, the Mi range of devices comes with high-end processors under the hood.
Mi series: Better built quality with metal design
Most of the Mi smartphones come with metal built to withstand the drop test. Here, a huge amount of design thoughts goes into each and every Mi smartphones.
Mi series: High-quality camera!
The Mi smartphones come with high-end camera specifications including features like Hi-Fi, Optical Image Stabilization, dual tone flash and manual mode.
Mi series: Faster software update
Just like other companies, the Xiaomi brings a faster update to Mi smartphones, when it is rolled out for public (However, it is not the case in MIUI 8).
Redmi: Casual users
The Redmi smartphones are designed for day to day use with mediocre specifications. This smartphone doesn't support heavy/rough
Redmi: Mid-range Chipsets
The most significant difference from Mi smartphones is that it uses less-expensive components and is more consumer-oriented.
Redmi: Minimal design
In the case of Redmi, the company uses minimalistic design with not so costly material.
Redmi: Goes Consumer-oriented!
The Redmi focuses on the latest trend giving you access to fun selfie features, PDAF, etc.