Xiaomi Mi 4i gets a teardown by Hugo Barra, your pressing questions get answered

Xiaomi Mi 4i gets a teardown by Hugo Barra, your pressing questions get answered
The Xiaomi team, led by the ex-Googler Hugo Barra, has taken part in an internal teardown of its new value-for-money champ, the Mi 4i, and answered a bunch of pressing questions about it. First off, for the thought on anyone's mind - yes, Xiaomi is considering a 64 GB version of the handset, but is waiting for some user feedback on whether it will really be needed. 

With just a single 16 GB model, of which about 11 GB are user-available, we'd say that user feedback will start pouring on Xiaomi's unsuspecting head honchos sooner rather than later, as Hugo Barra mentioned there was no place for putting a microSD slot inside the thin phone, on account of the dual SIM one. In retrospect, they could have gone with a combined microSD/SIM slot, as a few phones out on the market have already done, but that's another topic. All in all, Xiaomi said they won't be outing a 64-gigger before a couple of flash sales has gobbled up the 16 GB inventory that's sitting in the warehouse.

In other news about the Mi 4i, its protective panel is not Gorilla Glass 3, but is still made by Corning, so you can rest assured it is reinforced against scratches, bumps and light drops still. The Sunlight mode of the display, on the other hand, is always on, and you don't have to do anything to have it kick in when out and about on the beach. As for the Snapdragon 615 chipset, and the overheating reports from its first users, like Galaxy A7 and HTC Desire 820 - Xiaomi advised that this is the second production generation of Qualcomm's midrange processor, so heat won't be an issue.

source: Phoneradar

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Mi 4i
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 3120 mAh

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10 Comments

1. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

The phone seems to be a great midranger. Specially 3120 mah battery in that slim and compact body

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Lack of expandable storage kinda resist me from buying it coz now-a-days I need more than 16GB.

5. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

lol there was no room for a microSD, why do they insist on saying the dumbest things to justify their lack of decency.... You can't take those words back Mr Barra and they define you in the public's view.

7. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

This guy made a foolish decision to leave Google.

11. AndroidLollipop unregistered

He is not Stephen Elop

12. kjha5

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

everything is good about Mi4i, but you never feel that using android , whatever version it is running. dominated by MIUI.

16. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Good size for a 5" phone (tall 138mm) but Sharp's better (131mm). No US LTE?

17. lakki369

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 10, 2015

Can't get better at that price point. But an SD card slot would have made the deal even sweeter. Or the 32 or 64gigs version will just do fine.

18. Haywood_U

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

I have no idea what that guy said.....should probably have subtitles.

19. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

It has very hight quality parts inside the phone and have very competitive price. But 16G without microSD slot is just too bad.I rather they remove the one SIM card slot and replace with microSD slot.

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