Xiaomi Mi 4i review

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Slide 1 Xiaomi Mi 4i Review in pictures The #1 gadget research website in India 1 Good things come in small packages The Xiaomi Mi 4i boasts a premium look and feel, thanks to its unibody design and soft-touch matte finish at the rear The 7.8mm thin chassis isn't the slimmest we've seen, but overall, the Mi 4i has to be one of the most compact smartphones with 5-inch displays The compact size makes one-handed usage a breeze The attention to detail is obvious, and shows that a lot of thought has gone into the design DESIGN 2 Brings in the sunshine The 5-inch full HD display is gorgeous Good viewing angles and excellent touch response Gets Corning Concore protection Features Sunlight Display tech that adjusts contrast of each pixel in real time to enhance viewability under harsh lighting, making the screen appear more natural DISPLAY Snappers heavy on specs and features Sports a 13MP primary camera with dual-tone LED flash, and a 5MP front camera Standard MIUI camera app App features filters with live previews, and modes such as panorama, HDR, refocus, manual and HHT (handheld twilight) The manual mode allows you to tweak parameters such as ISO and white balance There’s an exposure ring available if you tap on the screen, while the flash options include a torch mode that keeps the LEDs on as you shoot CAMERA High on dynamic range and other capabilities Can shoot impressive stills, especially if the ambient light is good The close-ups look great too, while the HDR mode does wonders to liven up the image quality as well Shots taken in low light and at night show mixed results though, with apparent softness and noise The front shooter comes with the Beautify mode turned on by default, but it can take decent selfies even without it Low Light Sunlight CAMERA Mi, U and I Runs MIUI v6, with Android Lollipop as the base The platform boasts theme support, and useful features like a security suite, call recording and a private area for SMSes Tons of tweaks and customisation options Absolute control over stuff like notifications, data access, permissions, button behaviour, battery profiles etc USER INTERFACE It’s a workhorse… Powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor and 2GB of RAM Smooth performance for everyday tasks and navigation Tiny hint of lag while playing intensive games, an issue which can be resolved by clearing out background apps and switching to the performance profile Gets warm when stressed 16GB fixed internal storage with 11GB free. USB OTG support included PERFORMANCE …with a battery that refuses to die Features an ample 3,120mAh battery Drops to around 35 percent by the end of the day with regular use comprising phone calls, WhatsApp, social media and Wi-Fi Can last through the day even with heavy usage Lasted 10 hours and 30 minutes in our battery drain test, using the balanced profile PERFORMANCE At a glance… 5-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel OGS display (441ppi) Octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, with two quad-core Cortex-A53 clusters clocked at 1.7GHz and 1.1GHz respectively 2GB RAM 13-megapixel primary camera, 5MP front 16GB storage (non-expandable) USB OTG, dual-SIM, 4G, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, GLONASS, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Display, USB 2.0 Android Lollipop 5.0.2 with MIUI v6 3,120mAh battery FM Radio Pros and Cons Compact size, stylish looks and solid build Gorgeous screen with Sunlight Display technology Capable cameras Feature-loaded MIUI platform with Android Lollipop Excellent battery life Non-expandable storage Slight lag noticeable on balanced mode Pricing & Verdict Price: Rs 12,999 “There’s nothing in the same league as the Xiaomi Mi 4i in its price range, especially if you combine parameters such as full HD screen resolution and 4G support. From the gorgeous Sunlight Display-powered screen, solid build, reasonably smooth performance, capable shooters… right up to the excellent battery life, the Mi 4i has it all. It’s the compact handset that offers almost everything a flagship would, for an attractive price. If you can manage with the offered storage, it should at the top of your shortlist”
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