[Updated May 21th – See Open Sale details at the bottom]
The much talked about Xiaomi Mi 4i has been on sale for 3 weeks now. All the sales that have been conducted till now have been over in few seconds. You need to register first before making purchases at 2pm exclsuively on Flipkart. Check out the Flash dates at the bottom of the page.
As we reported more than 2 weeks back, Xiaomi has unveiled a new Smartphone variant Mi 4i, and based on the specifications and price on offer we can definitely say, this is yet another impressive value for money smartphone right up there with their flagship Mi3.
The specifications of Mi 4i are quite impressive – A 5-inch 1080p full HD display with awesome 441ppi pixel per inch density means the screen is right up there with best.
Under the hood, the Mi 41 is powered by a powerful 64-bit 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 615 CPU Octa-core CPU paired with Adreno 405 GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.0, which means it can play the heaviest of games without an issue. 2GB of RAM should be more than enough for any kind of multi-tasking you would want to do on this phone. Mi 4i has an internal storage of 16GB which might be stifling for a few because it does not have any external microSD card support, but for most it should be enough!
The rear camera is a 13mp snapper with front 5mp should suffice most photography enthusiasts. Camera adds some nifty features like dual two-tone flash that intelligently assesses room color temperature and emulates natural lighting.
Another thing that most Indians would love is that it is Dual-Sim phone with both SIMs supporting 4G LTE connectivity! Mi 4i also stands out with its humongous 3120 mAh battery that should last you nearly two days even with moderate to high usage!
On the Software front, Mi 4i comes with MIUI 6 which based on Android Lollipop!
All this at a price of Rs. 12,999 – Mi 4i is one of the best smartphone your money can buy.
You will need start registering for Mi 4i sale on Flipkart, and registrations will start today starting 8pm. The Mi 4i will also be available at other partner sites soon.
In the launch event today, Xiaomi also announced Mi Band, their nifty fitness device and as an introductory offer buyers of Mi 4i will also get Mi Band absolutely free!
[The article below was written on April 13th when we reported Mi 4i launch ]
Last week, Xiaomi sent out media invites to bloggers and journalists across India with a hint that “i IS COMING”. The event is scheduled to be held on April 23rd at Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi. Xiaomi did not give details of what is going to be launched, but mentioned it is “global Mi phone premiere in New Delhi” clearly pointing to the fact that a new phone will be launched.
This was interesting because, Xiaomi does not have any mobile or device that has letter “i” in it. While some were expecting Mi 5 launch, from the teasers it did not look so.
Finally, it seems that Xiaomi is all set to launch a new and cheaper variant of Mi 4. While there is no official confirmation, a Chinese website MyDrivers.com has spotted a smartphone name Xiaomi Mi 4i on Singapore’s Infocomm Development authority (IDA) database as well as GeekBench.
Here is the screenshot from IDA
As per the Geekbench report, the Mi 4i will come with 1.65 GHz Snapdragon 615 Octa-core 64-bit processor, 2GB of RAM and will come with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop out-of-the-box.
Here are the Geekbench report shared by MyDrivers.com
Interestingly, few days back GFXBench had leaked specifications for a Xiaomi Smartphone codenamed “Ferrari”. The specifications of Ferrari very nearly match the specifications of Mi 4i, so as far as speculation goes, Mi 4i seems to be pretty much on the dot and given that “i” has been highlighted in the invitation, we are sure that it is going to be Mi 4i that is going to be launched in India.
The display of Mi 4i could be the same sized phone as Mi 4 (5-inch), but will have one-step lower CPU and RAM. The leaked specification of “Ferrari” also pointed that the phone will have 16GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera.
The Xiaomi flagship Mi4 was launched in India couple of months back priced at Rs. 19,999/-. It has not been as successful as it’s predecessor Mi 3 was in India, due to tough competition from likes of OnePlus One and others. Given that Mi 4i is a slightly watered down version of this phone, we expect it to be sub-15k phone. The most likely price of Mi 4i will be between Rs. 12k to Rs. 15k.
We don’t have to wait much longer – It will be clear on April 23rd!
Flipkart Mi 4i Flash Sale Details
- 1st Sale – 30th April – Sale got over in seconds
- 2nd Sale – 7th May – Sale finished in Seconds
- 3rd Sale – 14th May – Sale finished in Seconds
- 4th Sale – 21st May – Sale finished in nearly a minute
- Open Sale (No Registration required) – 25th and 26th May – Click Here to buy
- 6th Sale – 28th May – Sale yet to commence