$204 Xiaomi Mi 4c officially unveiled, comes with Snapdragon 808, 2GB of RAM, 5-inch FHD display


Earlier today, rising smartphone maker Xiaomi has unveiled a new smartphone its home market of China, the Xiaomi Mi 4c. Although the Xiaomi Mi 4c is basically the same smartphone as the Xiaomi Mi 4i on the outside, and it also shares many of the latter's internal specs, the Mi 4c comes with more processing power at a killer price.

The Xiaomi Mi 4c features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels (FHD) at a PPI of 441. The panels will be provided by Sharp, AUO, and LG, and feature a variable refresh rate, a trick that allegedly makes the panels 10% more power efficient. In the camera department, the Xiaomi Mi 4c is equipped with a 13MP primary sensor (either a Sony IMX258 a Samsung S5K3M2 sensor) and a 5MP wide-angle front camera. These specs are all identical to the ones found on the Xiaomi Mi 4i. 

In terms of appearance, you'll be hard pressed to find a difference between the Mi 4i and the recently-unveiled Xiaomi Mi 4c, as both phones come with the same matte polycarbonate build and the exact same design curves. If you look carefully, though, you'll find that the Mi 4c swaps the microUSB connector on the Indian Mi 4i for a modern USB Type-C connector.

The only area where the Xiaomi Mi 4c comes with significant updates compared to the Mi 4i is processing power. While the Mi 4i is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, an upper mid-range chipset, the Mi 4c comes with a Snapdragon 808 chip, which is the same chip that powers high-end phones such as the LG G4 or the Motorola Moto X Style. Furthermore, while the Xiaomi Mi 4i is only offered in a 2GB variant, Xiaomi will also sell a version of the Mi 4c with 3GB at a slightly higher price tag. 

Xiaomi's traditional ingredient for success has been the comparatively low price of its handsets. With the Xiaomi Mi 4c, the manufacturer has continued to apply the same recipe. The Xiaomi Mi 4c will be launched at the equivalent of $204 for the version with 16GB of internal storage, and at the equivalent of $235 for the version with 32GB of internal storage and 32GB of flash storage.

On the software side, the Xiaomi Mi 4c will launch with MIUI 6, but the company promised to update the phone to MIUI 7, Xiaomi's customized take on Android Lollipop, in a few weeks' time. 

As a neat added bonus, the handset will also come with an Edge Tap feature. As the name suggests, Xiaomi's trick will allow the user to perform actions by tapping the edge of the phone. To take a photo, the user can single-tap the edge of the Mi 4c while in the camera app. A double tap will be equivalent to pressing the back button. At the moment, it's unknown if the Edge Tap feature can be customized, but this would certainly be a really nice feature to have.


Other specs include an IR blaster, dual-SIM capabilities (both with LTE support), as well as the usual range of sensors and connectivity options. All of these hardware components will be powered by a 3080mAh battery that supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology.

Unlike the Mi 4i, which is exclusive to the Indian market, the Xiaomi Mi 4c is destined to make waves in China, Xiaomi's home market. The phone will launch tomorrow on Mi.com and Tmall. To get your hands on one in the US, you'll have to go through unofficial channels and import one.

What do you guys think of the Xiaomi Mi 4c? Can you think of a better-specced smartphone at this price?



source: Xiaomi

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59 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Great package.. but will it be available outside China officially?

2. shiftt

Posts: 333; Member since: May 03, 2015

No. Xiaomi phones never are... At least here in the states.

4. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

You need to told judge Lucy Koh not to take side if you want XiaoMi phone.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Actually, the last paragraph says it has exclusive partnership with India too. So, "no" is not the right answer. On the other hand, tap to click pictures is a little useless, as it will only blur the picture... unless, it works out like this tap>focus>click

53. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

The Mi4i were available in mi.com for India, Indonesia, Brazil, Singapore, Philipine, Malaysia, HongKong, Taiwan

9. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Probably not, because it would kill their overpriced international model Mi 4i.

24. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Can we expect a India launch soon? Would be a good upgrade to the mi4i which is already on sale here.

28. Guaire

Posts: 886; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

C stand for China, i stand for international. Not just India, except Brazil all the official Xiaomi markets like Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan got Mi 4i.

40. shijuv

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 09, 2015

I think c stands for usb type "c"

33. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Outside China - yes. Outside Asia - no.

3. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

At US$ 204, It simply wow. Looking at this price, The Moto X Play & X Style price is not really cheap, and LG really need to......

5. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

hopefully its got LTE bands that work in Europe/US! waiting for the detailed specs... the Type-C USB connector is a bit unnecessary IMO

6. MTT84

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

As mentioned before, IR blaster is used to control the TV for example, not as a security feature as mentioned on this site. Also, there aren't only 100,000 units in total, also mentioned on this site several times. That being said, Xiaomi Mi 4c is a very nice phone with great specs for a relatively low price.

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Where's 4K video recording.....?

8. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

Wow...killer specs for a very reasonably priced phone.

10. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

This phone shows that how brands are simply stealing on people.... i would say this phone will work flawlessly and as good as any other high end phone in the market. At his price and specs its simple a steal.....peopel gonn i wish it is available in middle east...

51. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

+1 and yet, iPhone fans think that Apple is good for having so much profit...

11. HtPsycho

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

Anyone knows why it doesn't get released worldwide? with the specs and price it would be a huge success globally. I just can't think of a reason for this.

12. yonith

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Finally a phone that's actually compact and powerful! I'm waiting for a phone like this to be released in the USA to upgrade from my LG g2.

23. jauling

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

You'll be waiting for a long time LOL... just order it, there are plenty of companies that will ship this internationally. ibuygou is one of the many.

13. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

only chinese manufacturer manage to make wow factor in 2015, the rest just s***

43. danielxxi

Posts: 183; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

Which? Every chinese manufacture are copycat either in design, UI, or features

14. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

This sounds great! But apart from the screen size which is better? Redmi Note 2 with the Helio 10 or this with SD 808?????? Does the 808 have overheating issues as well. PA - can't wait for the reviews- maybe a comparison of these two phones??? I just wish colors on the Xiaomi displays were not so oversaturated- but I guess you can't have everything for this price.

21. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Helio X10 > S808 in the cpu department, its like 30% better. 808 > X10 in gpu department (much less important) Note 2 has 5.5' display, Mi4c have 5' display but a tiny bit better quality one. The camera is also a bit better on the Mi4c. Mi4c also has USB - c which might make difference for some users, generally they are both amazing phones, and considering the price difference ~ 80$ not sure if the mi4c is worth it, you must decide....

29. Kame_Hame_Haaaaa

Posts: 360; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

No. Helio X10 is about 30% better than SD 615. And a bit bellow SD 808. Helio X20 is the one that better than SD 808.

44. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Nope.jpg You are wrong buddy.

31. shijuv

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 09, 2015

The single core performance of snapdragon 808 is almost 30% better than mediatek 6795. Only in multicore its a little behind.. Then how come it is 30% faster in cpu dept than snap 808? Any links pls.

32. shijuv

Posts: 17; Member since: Aug 09, 2015

Mtk 6795 is not the best soc out there. Only coz of snapdragons 810 's failure it got the attention more than it deserved. Mayb helio x20 or x30 will outperform.

47. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

No one said its the best cpu out there, its mixed bag. It has tremendous cpu processing power (for the money) it seets comfortably between S808 and S810 (cpu performance)

46. dazed1

Posts: 800; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

SIngle core is useless in modern Android. Here is my geekbench score... http://i.imgur.com/JcI2oig.png Here is my pc mark (real life tests) http://i.imgur.com/D4LDJOC.png Its close to the S6, due to programs using small cores better then the A57 in the S6 generally. For more info, look here... http://www.anandtech.com/show/9518/the-mobile-cpu-corecount-debate

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