There surely was some frenzy among buyers for this device. The product seems to have an edge over peers in some of the key features — be it display, battery, software or camera. Overall, the mobile is one of the best available in its price range. In what could be the only trouble, the Xiaomi Mi4i (pictured) doesn’t have a microSD card slot. Though companies in general are doing away with this, users in India still love the feature. Xiaomi has, instead, offered a USB facility: You can connect it with a pen drive for file transfers.
Business Standard looks at Xiaomi’s offerings in its latest product and deconstructs the reasons for the hype.
Touch: The front of the mobile has a fully laminated OGS Corning Concore protection. That means it has a full-sheet ion-exchanged glass that enables integrated touch. It enables smooth design and its high-touch sensitivity supports the most sophisticated electronic devices. There’s also an LED notification light on the front.
Battery: The Mi 4i has a battery (3,120 mAh) that is 7.8 mm thick and weighs only 130 g.
Display: A five-inch full-HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display with a 1080 x 1920 pixel resolution that roughly translates into 441ppi.
Operating system: It runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop with the company’s own MIUI 6. This gives the option to customise icons, ringtones, fonts, status bar, even dial pad and messaging panels. MIUI 6 supports some local languages, too — Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.
Processor: The Xiaomi Mi4i is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 CPU, with Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB RAM. It supports 4G LTE on both SIMs.
Storage: It comes with 16GB of internal storage, of which about 12.90GB is available for use.
Camera: The Mi4i sports a 13-MP rear camera with autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash and a capable HDR mode. There’s also a 5-MP front-facing camera. Both cameras can shoot 1080p at 30fps.
USB on-the-go: This feature means that you can connect a compatible pen drive to the Mi4i and transfer data from one device to another.