Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i: What's the difference?


Xiaomi latest dig at reinventing their existing Mi4i with their Mi4c is rather interesting. Despite a no of improvements on the internal aspects, Xiaomi thought twice this time before calling this a ‘Flagship' - thank god they learnt something from their previous experience.

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Jokes aside, the Mi4c looks reminiscent to the existing Mi4i and changes are high that you won't be able to distinguish between them if both are placed side by side on the table. The Mi4c coming in a range of what Xiaomi loves calling ‘Bubblegum' colours, just like the existing models. Despite the similar footprint, the Xiaomi Mi4c brings in a few changes over its predecessor. The best part is that Xiaomi has priced the 2GB version of the device right against the Mi4i. Let's have a look at what exactly did the Xiaomi engineers tinker with under the hood.

Dynamic Refresh Rate as found in the iPad Pro

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

The Xiaomi MI4i sported one of the best LCD display around sourced from JDI/AUO. Further the presence of the company's Sunlight Display technology made reading under outdoor conditions a breeze. However the display had a heavy toll on the batter life and Xiaomi needed to find a fix to the problem.

Here's where the technology of Dynamic Refresh Rate comes in. On using the technology, the display adjust it interval of refresh rate according to the type of display usage. It helps to save the battery life, by preventing unnecessary display refresh during idle conditions. In case you were unaware, the Dynamic Refresh Rate was first introduced with the Apple iPad Pro.

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Xiaomi Mi4c now comes with a powerful 1.8GHz hexa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC. This is similar to the one found in the present gen LG flagship, the G4. With numerous complaints regarding the heating and throttling issue of the Mi4i, Xiaomi finally decided to replace the SD615 with the more powerful SoC.

The best part about SD808 is the fact that unlike the SD810 the SoC doesn't suffer from heating issue. The GPU on the inside is a Adreno 418.

Now comes in a 3GB RAM variant

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Something that many a Mi4i users missed was a 3GB variant of the SD615 powered device. However with the Mi4 around, it wasn't quite a sound proposition for Xiaomi to introduce a 3GB variant. Hence they let it passe.

Now, with the Xiaomi Mi4 decaying to extinction and the Mi5 being round the corner with a 4GB (expected) RAM, the Chinese OEM felt that it was the best time to launch a 3GB variant of the Mi4c. Priced at 1499 Yuan (Rs 14,999 approx.) the 32GB storage/3GB RAM variant cost 200 Yuan higher than the 1299 ( Rs 12,999 approx.) 16GB storage/2GB variant. And going by the addition of an extra 16 gigs of storage and 1gig of RAM, you 100 Yuan (Rs 1,000 approx) won't be badly spent.


Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

This is something that Xiaomi presumably took from the ZTE Nubia Z9 engineers. With its support for the edge touch technology dubbed the FiT (Frame Interactive Technology) ZTE Nubia Z9 was one easy to use 5.5 inch and needless to say that it won many a laurels worldwide. However unlike the Xiaomi Mi4c, the Nubia Z9 costs a bomb.

Xiaomi supposed tried to push in some of the goodness of the Nubia Z9 into its mid-ranger by this Edge Tap Technology. The edge touch will come in handy if you want to operate selected features without actually touching the display. For example you can click a picture on the Camera app by just a single tap at the edge of the screen or go back by a menu by a double tap.


Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Unlike the Mi4i which touted a micro USB 2.0 port, the Mi4c features the latest and the greatest USB Type C port. With the similar shape both upside down, the USB Type C port is rather hassle free to use, and save your from the ‘Upside Dow Downside Up' dance. Plus its add up the copying speed too.

The major con however with the USB Type C port is that it isn't highly adopted in most smartphones in the market till date. That mandates you to carry the USB Type C cable everywhere you go, along with a micro USB 2.0 port (in case you have to use two phones at a time). However Xiaomi has apparently solved the issue by bundling in an adapter within the box.

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Xiaomi first started including the PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus Sensor) with their Redmi Note 2. In case you were unaware, the Samsung S6 and the Note5 comes with this camera technology which helps to focus onto object rather quick - 0.1s approx. Needless to say that it is only present in flagship device to present date.

Hence it was a surprise to see Xiaomi include it into their Mi4c which comes surprisingly cheap at just Rs 12,999 approx.


Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Despite honing a similar megapixel count, the front camera of the Xiaomi Mi4c has been given some special treatment. It now comes with a wide angle 24mm equivalent lens which helps to capture 6-7 people in a single selfie.

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

IR Blaster that went missing on the Mi4i is back again. According to company claims the build in IR Blaster can help you to control 2000 different appliances including dSLR cameras. The best part is that the IR remote can be set up in just three easy steps.

Though the presence of an IR Blaster might not be used often in day to day performance, the simple addition of it in a mid-range shows Xiaomi clear impetus of their Smart Homes principle.


Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

This is something that turns things a little shower but not a deal breaker by any means. The Xiaomi Mi4c doesn't come with the company's latest MIUI 7 out of the box! However the company claims that the MUI 7 update will be pushed to the device rather soon. The worst part is that the existing Mi4i already runs on the MIUI 7 build, albeit a beta edition.

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

Xiaomi finally dumped their boring recycled paper box, and replaced it with a matter finish orange box. The box is slightly larger than the typical Xiaomi boxes too. Aimed at the youth customer Xiaomi is targeting with the Mi4c, this is one refreshing change!

Xiaomi Mi4c vs Xiaomi Mi4i

The Xiaomi Mi4c is a great mid-range to own and its apparent that the company has really dished in a lot of effort behind it. However with the Mi4i around at the same price bracket, Xiaomi' intentions regarding the Mi4c are still not clear. Hopefully the company will cut the price of the existing Mi4i very soon. Additionally the Mi4 is also priced similar to the 3GB variant of the device at 1499 Yuan (Rs 14,999). With an improved processor and nifty features, it is definitely a better buy than the Mi4 at this price point. On the other hand though the build of the Xiaomi Mi4 is rather premium thanks to the metal and the glass. Hence it's apparent that Xiaomi is in a kind of fix with their pricing. Expect the company to make a few changes in the pricing of the existing device, if not driving them to extinction before launching the Xiaomi Mi4c in India.

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