Xiaomi Mi 4: hands-on photos and official press renders
In terms of design, you'd notice that the chamfered edges and metal sides that make the Mi 4 stand out among other Android smartphones. It's also surprisingly friendly for single-handed use as it features a 5-inch display with an ultra thin bezel. The secret Xiaomi sauce, however, is not in the hardware alone, but rather in its MIUI custom skin, full of customization options.
We'll be exploring those features of the Mi 4 in depth in the near future, but at the moment take a look at the official hands-on images and press renders of the Xiaomi Mi 4 right below and feel free to let us know whether you like what you see.
Xiaomi Mi 4: hands-on and official press photos
1. aayupanday (Posts: 520; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
That looks One Neat Premium Device!
MiUi > TouchWiz
10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
cheap iPhone is an Oxymoron as iPhone is never cheap!!
22. Nokia99 (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Jul 2014)
The camera is stolen from the galaxy s4,,, the bottom is stolen from apple and HTC one,,. the side keys and back panel are stolen from the Lumia 930
25. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
You make it sound like XiaoMi has made a perfect phone.
32. needa (Posts: 134; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)
actually the camera is stolen from the oneplus. and i don't really think you can call it theft. as many oems use sony exmor sensors.
37. RandomUsername (Posts: 523; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
OMG it has a metal border what an apple copycat!!1!
6. tech2 (Posts: 2328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
*If looks is all you care about.
I would rather have TouchWiz's multi-window, UPSM, S-health, Knox, HDR in video/0.3 auto-focus, etc.
and oh I almost forgot this: http://www.phonearena.com/news
9. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 544; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)
I must agree with you, l would prefer TouchWiz over any kind of UI's. Sadly, Samsung didn't bring the newest TouchWiz for my Note 10.1(2012) after 4.4 update. The same thing also applies to the other Galaxies.
23. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Samsung still has its camera HDR advantage over XiaoMi HDR. Wonder Mi4 changed that.
PA please confirm this in your Mi4 review.
31. pulkit1 (Posts: 325; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)
i am sure i am not the only one who prefers speed and smoothness over touchwiz features . Once samsung improves touchwiz and starts to use premium contraction i think it will be samsung galaxy s2 all over again ( the phone that brought samsung ahead of HTC except this time samsung would have the best phone in the market .)
35. tech2 (Posts: 2328; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Touchwiz in GS5 is pretty smooth and works flawlessly.
42. pulkit1 (Posts: 325; Member since: 03 Jul 2014)
smoothness is subjective . coming from a nexus 4 there is definitely something wrong with touchwiz .If you really wanna see flawless performance pickup nexus 5 or m8.
13. jdoee100 (Posts: 308; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Two reasons why I think MiUi can never be better than TouchWiz. One, MiUi is most likely hardwired to their devices and users have to use/pay for some of their services(since they are not making money off their devices, they have to make money from somewhere). Two, can't use many Google apps, just like Amazon devices, since they're forked version of the Android. MiUi simply has too many restrictions and limitations. (fyi, I've never used Xiomi devices.)
18. rantao333 (Posts: 267; Member since: 21 May 2013)
i used both MiUi and touchwiz, honestly, Miui is much more better than touchwiz.
customization : miui > touchwiz
update : miui > touchwiz
21. jdoee100 (Posts: 308; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Touchwiz has many options to customize their skins from third parties(in fact, perhaps too many). And, if users still aren't satified with their skins, they can root their devices, and don't even have to use Touchwiz. If MiUi is freely allowed to customerize their skins and and even root their devices, their business model breaks down, because MiUi is where they make money. If users don't use MiUi, they don't make money. There is always a price for things, whether you pay upfront or down the line.
24. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Its depend where the XiaoMi phone is intended.
China market - no Google apps and play store only the native store and services.
International market - only Google apps and play store. No traces of China apps and services. No bloatware.
I already bought 3 RedMi Note meant for international market. I give it away as gifts.
26. jdoee100 (Posts: 308; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
That's interesting. However, that means Xiaomi has lost its biggest advantage outside of China. Outside of China, they're no different from other Chinese makers. They'd have to make profit off of their devices(however thin). Which is probably why only Xiaomi's cheap or older versions of their flagships are available outside of China.
40. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
XiaoMi stock availability are much lower than the big brands no threat to them yet.
30. dimas (Posts: 261; Member since: 22 Jul 2014)
I use MIUI launcher in my S4. Yup, touchwiz have many options but MIUI is also good considering that they have lesser bloatwares and their UI is freakingly responsive just like nova launcher. Let's not forget Touchwiz' kiddie fonts that's already too boring to use. I prefer the MIUI's minimalist approach. Xiaomi makes money out of their phones and other gadgets such as TV and powebanks. Their company's goal was to create affordable high end phones. Xiaomi makes profit by selling gadgets, Samsung makes profit by flooding the market with goof-named phones and marketing gimmicks. Going to ditch my S4 once I have Mi 4.
38. jdoee100 (Posts: 308; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
"..Samsung makes profit by flooding the market with goof-named phones and marketing gimmicks." Every company wants what Samsung has right now, which is to flood/dominate the market. What is wrong with that?? "goof-named phones," huh? Galaxy is one of the best marketed brand in the world, I don't see anything goofy about this. As for marketing gimmicks, Steve Jobs wasn't an innovator or even an inventor, he was a marketing genius. Currently, Samsung has that title in the smartphone world. Again, what's wrong with that?? In order to achieve sucesses as big as iphone and galaxy phones, you need brilliant marketing and brilliant devices. So far, only Samsung and Apple have managed to achieve both at the same time. This is why they're making billions of profit every quarter while others sputter. It's hard to achieve both at the same time.
28. Vinayakn73 (Posts: 179; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
I wish that Xiaomi kind of manufacturers bring down proudy and greedy OEM's (Shameshung, ipple, Sony) and show them what is real value for money?
2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1386; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
iPhone and Galaxy series just had a baby o.O Nevertheless, it's one good looking device.
3. Bondurant (Posts: 135; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)
Mi4 is improvement over Mi3 in the looks department.
19. gaara6775 (Posts: 469; Member since: 20 May 2014)
Seriously? Lol. Mi3 looks dyaum sexy than this.
7. DONUT (Posts: 307; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
bezels on this thing is slim! Xiaomi tryna come for LG wigs
8. Cicero (Posts: 431; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
It looks like renders of Samsung's Galaxy F. At least on the sides frame.
11. rantao333 (Posts: 267; Member since: 21 May 2013)
i used both MiUi and touchwiz, honestly, Miui is much more better than touchwiz
14. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1259; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
I love how Hugo Barra screams to the world that they are "not a ripoff," even when they finish the keynote with "One more thing...". There is a reason Xiaomi doesn't sell their products in any countries that respect patent or copyright law.
41. joey_sfb (Posts: 3100; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
They hardly have enough stock for China and Asia market.
Their online store are out of stock 99% of the time. Its good because they can do spec. revision of the same model as soon as its available. They are a nimble company with no baggage. I like them because they give me the best value for money.
U.S patent law is unnatural and benefits only certain rich corporations. Its against the spirit of innovation. As all innovation were build on other innovation. The fact that you need to be brief on how to think and interprets U.S patent law show that its Brain washing to line the pockets of rich corporations.
17. superfans (Posts: 151; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
Looking at the pictures make me feel like I'm on apple.com. Still a great phone though!
34. refillable (Posts: 652; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
I knew they took the design from many major smartphone brands, but hey, it's not a clone! I hope it does really sell well and will spread over Asia ASAP. As customers, we win!
36. wildfiregt (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
it looks alot to the galaxy J
I wonder ,does Xiaomi provide source code of this phone ?
39. fzacek (Posts: 2082; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
I would love it if this phone came to the US...