MI stands for Mission Impossible. MI stands for Xiaomi. Now, the Mi4 is out, and for its competitors, it certainly does look like Mission Impossible. Priced at just S$400 for the 16 GB variant and S$500 for the 64 GB version, this phone is shaping up to follow in its predecessor’s footsteps as a giant killer. Read on to find out more about it.
|Display||5.0”, 1080p IPS LCD|
|Camera||13 MP, ƒ/1.8, Optical Image Stabilisation, Dual LED Flash, 1/3 inch sensor|
|Processor||2.5 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801|
|RAM||3 GB (with respect to storage)|
|Battery||3080 mAh, non-removable battery|
|Other||LTE, MIUI, Real-time HDR|
With over 193 processes to the finishing of the phone, a stainless steel side looking exactly like the iPhone’s, sleek finishes to the phone’s body, and a laser cutting for the sides, this brand new phone impresses with its looks. It even offers backings with wood or stone/marble design, but in the end it seems that it will still be plastic.
Detractors would just say that it is just another iPhone spin-off, but I disagree. I feel that it’s kind of a hybrid between the Nexus 5 and the iPhone.
Sporting a 5-inch HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, the phone is a slight disappointment given how rumours were claiming that a 5.5-inch phone would be paired with a QHD (2560×1440) display akin to the LG G3. Nevertheless, pixel density is still significantly higher than the iPhone 5s, as Xiaomi proudly claims on its website.
Xiaomi supports the latest 4G LTE network, but the supported radio bands are not available in Singapore until Q4 2014. If you can’t wait, you can always use the 3G network here. 4G LTE is the fastest type of network that is currently in the market (if you still don’t know already) which supports speeds of up to 150Mbps. Perfect for watching HD movies on the go (if only the telcos still had unlimited data).
Xiaomi has also packed a nice camera module into the Mi4. With 0.3s autofocus, the phone is powered by a 13 MP f/1.8 module back camera, but the front has a monstrous 8 MP resolution. It also comes with Optical Image Stabilisation – only featured in the LG G3 for this year’s crop of flagships till date. The sensor size is still 1/3 inch though, so you won’t see it go toe-to-toe with the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2 or Nokia Lumia 1020.
The processor is a hugely beefy one as well. Powered by the quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 seen in the HTC One (M8), LG G3 and Samsung Galaxy S5, it is paired with the Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM which is the standard for the flagships released this year.
For those who love iOS for its design, but love Android too for its customizability, you have MIUI, which puts them together in a beautiful amalgamation. You now have a phone that is both user-friendly, customizable, elegant, fast, and powerful. The MIUI is updated weekly, so for Android fans who can’t wait for the soon to come Android L update, be rest assured Xiaomi won’t take too long. Furthermore, the Mi4 will be the first device from Xiaomi to ship with the latest Android release – in this case 4.4 KitKat – straight out of the box.
Thanks to the greatly slimmed down bezels on the Mi4, MIUI has been updated to ignore accidental taps from your palm when using the device, especially one-handed. This is great news for clumsy typists who end up sending pllojkok at the end of various messages.
Together with the Mi4, Xiaomi has also released the MiBand (Mi Shouhan). As a fitness monitoring device, this wristband connects to any Android 4.4+ phone via Bluetooth Low Energy, providing detailed statistics on your daily exercise, sleeping schedules and even acts as a smart alarm that wakes you at the best cycle of your sleep. Just like any other smart watch, the band vibrates to let you know that you have an incoming call. Pretty cool eh? Now here’s the deal. It only costs S$16.
Now please continue reading this article while I go and reserve my units. Simply unbeatable, or do you have something to say against the Mi4 and MiBand? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!