Xiaomi's Mi4 is one of the biggest smartphone releases in the first half of 2015. Despite being pitted against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S5 and iPhone 6, Xiaomi Mi4 has a fair chance to succeed in India, given its affordable retail price.
Xiaomi Mi4 - Highlighted Specifications
Xiaomi launched the Mi4 in China last year, but it wasn't available in India until now. As far as its specs sheet is concerned, it include a 5-inch IPS display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM and 16 GB of native storage. It comes with an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 13MP rear-facing shooter camera with LED Flash, Sony IMX214 BSI sensor and 4K video recording.
The phone runs Xiaomi's MIUI 6, a customized OS on top of Google's Android mobile OS. The company says Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Mi4 will hit soon, although exact time frame is unavailable, at least, for the time being. The premium handset from Xiaomi comes fitted with a 3080mAh battery. It offers 3G connectivity, though LTE support is missing.
Xiaomi Mi4 is priced at Rs. 19,999. The first flash sale will be on Feb.10, and registrations will begin on the same day itself.
Well, the Mi4 is expected to sell in respectable numbers. But how does Xiaomi Mi4 stack up against top 10 Snapdragon 801 powered smartphones. Let's take a look at the sliders below to understand before you go for a smartphone upgrade.
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Samsung Galaxy S5
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Samsung Galaxy S5
The Galaxy S5 4G is almost similar to its 3G variant, except it is powered by the quad-core 2.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 processor, and supports eight 4G LTE bands. Specs-wise, the Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED FHD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of native storage, microSD card support, a 16-megapixel rear camera with HDR, and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The makers have added a 2,800mAh battery. Plus, the device runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Samsung's native UI on top. Well, the Galaxy S5 doesn't even come close to the Mi4 in terms of specs and price.
Asking price - Rs. 35,000
HTC One (M8)
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs HTC One (M8)
While the HTC One (M8) features a 4-megapixel UltraPixel rear facing camera and a 5-megapixel front facing camera, the Mi4, on the other hand, offers a respectable 13-megapixel rear camera, and an 8MP front-facing shooter. The latter handset is also efficient in recording 4K videos. The Mi4 has a healthy 3GB of RAM, whereas the M8 has 2GB of RAM.
Asking price - Rs. 40,000
Sony Xperia Z3
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3 may come closest to the Mi4 in respect of raw specs but the Xiaomi-made device still stands tall in respect of price. The Mi4 is priced at Rs. 20,000, whereas the Xperia Z3 is priced around approximately Rs. 45,000.
Asking price - Rs. 45,000
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is being tagged as the Mi4 killer. However, when it comes to specifications and highlighted features, it easily falls short compared to Mi4.
So, here are some major differences between the Xiaomi Mi4 and Sony Xperia Z3 Compact. The Z3 Compact has 2GB RAM against the 3GB RAM of the Mi4. The Z3 Compact has a 4.6-inch HD IPS (1280x720 pixels), whereas the Mi4 comes with a 5-inch FHD display.
Asking price - Rs.40,000
Oppo Find 7
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs Oppo Find 7
The Find 7 is an unbelievably a monster device with 4G LTE connectivity, a 5.5-inch FHD screen, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 CMOS sensor ,a 5MP front facing shooter and a 3000mAh battery inside. However, the Find 7 is way expensive at Rs. 37,000 against the Mi4, which costs a mere Rs.20,000
Asking price - Rs. 37,000
HTC One E8
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs HTC One E8
The HTC One E8, as we know, is a cheap version of the One (M8). At a price of Rs. 34,999, the One E8 seemed to be an expensive deal against the Xiaomi Mi4.
If we look at the E8, it comes with 2GB of RAM and a 5-inch FHD screen. The phone houses a 2,600mAh battery, whereas the Mi4 offers a large 3080mAh battery.
Asking price - Rs. 34,999
Moto X (Gen 2)
Xiaomi Mi 4 Vs Moto X (Gen 2)
The Xiaomi Mi4 is powered by a 3080 mAh battery, while the Motorola Moto X (2014) sports a mere 2300mAh battery. Another area where the Mi4 stands out is in the memory department. The Mi4 offers 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory, which further expanded via microSD support. In comparison to that, the Motorola-made Moto X (2014) doesn't support expandable memory.
Asking price - Rs. 32,999
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs LG G3
Although the LG G3 incorporates a large 5.5-inch screen QHD display and a Snapdragon 801 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. But, again, the G3 will cost you at least Rs. 40,000 against the Mi4, which will retail for Rs. 20,000.
Asking price - Rs.40,000
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs OnePlus One
The OnePlus One Android Smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor with up to 2.5GHz quad-core Krait 400 CPU and 3GB of RAM. Though OnePlus One Smartphone skips the microSD card slot, which makes it less appealing.
Asking price - Rs. 21,999
Xiaomi Mi4 Vs BlackBerry Passport
The BlackBerry Passport is a different kind of device. Yes indeed, it commands an expensive price tag. But when compared to the Xiaomi Mi4, the Passport too seemed to be over expensive. Notably, both smartphones have similar specifications.
Asking price - Rs. 47,000